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ENGEL v-duo accelerates use of lightweight technologies in Britain

ENGEL HP-RTM ENGEL supplied the 1,700-ton press with a mold and integrated HP-RTM equipment. With a mold mounting surface of 2.2 by 1.8 meters, the machine offers WMG the opportunity to produce a multitude of components and use different materials and manufacturing processes. WMG is a research and education group based at the University of Warwick and works collaboratively with global companies to develop innovative products, services and processes. Read More

IMS Company rolls out the Industrial Molding ResQ Cart for plastic processors

IMS ResQ Cart IMS Company announced its latest development for the industrial plastic molding industry: The IMS ResQ Cart. Specifically designed to be a plastic processor’s go-to tool cart, it is constructed with a practical layout including many industry-based features to promote worksite efficiency as well as ease of use. The ResQ Cart is built to last with heavy-duty steel, 5" swivel/locking casters, and a sturdy work table with a holding capacity of 350lbs, making this cart a must have for any plastic molding shop. Read More

Foster offers prototype quantities of custom colored polymers for medical devices

Foster Custom Colors Foster Corporation now offers custom colored medical polymers in quantities as low as 25 pounds (11 kgs) within a two week lead time to support market demand for rapid prototype development. These include formulations using pigments compliant with FDA requirements for use in applications that contact the human body for up to 30 days. "Foster's regulatory and color matching departments collaborate in early stage pigment selection for custom colored medical polymers in order to facilitate FDA approvals for our customers," said Alicia Bergeron, Regulatory and Safety Specialist for Foster Corporation. Read More

ZKW group and DSM develop new lightweight LED lighting module for Audi Q7

DSM Audi Q7 Royal DSM announced the use of Arnite® XL-T in the new Audi Q7 for automotive headlight applications that can resist extreme thermal loads. Headlights are a key distinguishing feature for a car's identity and currently LED lighting, with its excellent performance characteristics, is the cutting edge of automotive headlamp design. They are also a safety critical item and must perform to highest international standards. LED, HID and Halogen lighting systems, often combined in one headlight assembly, offer excellent performance but also place more restrictions on the use of materials and design. Read More

PE Blog

Beyond micro: nano injection molding is finally commercial

PE July Blog After nearly 30 years of R&D, nano molding may be too small to see, but it’s real. Nano details that are so small they can’t even be seen under a microscope are being injection molded. They’re read by electron microscopes or by defraction using a laser pointer. Molded nano features include invisible logos on parts to prevent counterfeiting, functional surfaces like radar deflection, and hologram-like iridescence. Read More

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Product Focus

Covestro plastic sheet part of a total solution that helps protect against damage from machinery failure

TotalShield Covestro The failure of rotating machinery, pumps, pressurized vessels or other similar equipment can be devastating, resulting in high-velocity projectiles or a potential explosive blast. High-impact-resistant shielding can offer protection to personnel and other valuable assets. "From machine shielding installations to security glazing for schools, government buildings and correctional facilities, our durable, lightweight and transparent Hygard® BR polycarbonate sheet is tough enough to stand up to very demanding environments and applications," said Bill Pelke, field market development, polycarbonate sheet products, Covestro LLC. Read More

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