Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 20 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.
Drying is a necessary evil for most plastics processors. “No one wants to do it,” said Mark Haynie, Dryer Product Manager at Novatec (Baltimore, MD). But doing it improperly may come back to bite you in the end.
Reporting on sustainability issues, the impact of the trade war with China on the plastics industry and the technical aspects of injection molding were some of your favorite things this year, based on page views.
By assigning unique identification codes to each item in the production process—from the raw materials to the finished device—individual parts and devices can be tracked along the entire supply chain to determine if they have been stolen, damaged, diverted or otherwise compromised.
Oden Technologies (New York, NY) introduced what it is calling industry’s first end-to-end machine learning and artificial intelligence framework for manufacturing. The open framework features algorithms and data science tools for extrusion and injection molding processes.