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WITTMANN BATTENFELD with high-tech injection molding machines and peripherals at Chinaplas

WiBa MicroPower At Chinaplas, the largest plastics trade fair in the Asian region held from 25 to 28 April in Shanghai, WITTMANN BATTENFELD will present to trade visitors state-of-the-art injection molding technology for the plastics industry at booth No. E3K21. WITTMANN BATTENFELD will demonstrate its competence in the area of injection molding machines with two models from its PowerSeries. Read More

Continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites – on the road to success in large-scale series production

LANXESS tablet cover LANXESS subsidiary Bond-Laminates is exhibiting new applications for its Tepex range of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites at the JEC World Composites Show & Conference 2016. "At the world’s leading composites trade fair, we're looking to highlight the opportunities offered by Tepex semi-finished composites in large-scale series production of components in terms of their mechanical properties and optical performance. This applies in particular to hybrid molding, which combines forming of semi-finished products with injection molding," says Jochen Bauder, Managing Director of Bond-Laminates. Read More

Injection molding process timed with pinpoint accuracy

KraussMaffei Weekly Timer Weekly Timer, the new function from KraussMaffei, makes it possible to set the production start during injection molding precisely. This prevents unnecessary machine waiting times and significantly reduces energy costs. Weekly Timer is integrated by default into the KraussMaffei MC6 control system. The Weekly Timer detects changes to the process and reconfigures the times immediately and continuously. Thanks to this intelligence, the machine operator can define the exact start of production intuitively and without calculations. Read More

METTLER TOLEDO XPE Precision Balance wins prestigious GOOD DESIGN Award

Mettler Toledo XPE Precision METTLER TOLEDO's extraordinarily stable, durable and easy-to-clean XPE Precision balance has been acknowledged for "above and beyond" design details that create an outstanding weighing experience while simultaneously ensuring excellent readability and repeatability. METTLER TOLEDO announced that its XPE Precision balance has been recognized with a 2015 GOOD DESIGN® award. Eliminating the need for a draft shield allows a faster weighing process and a significant enhancement of lab productivity. Read More

PE Blog

Dandelion Rubber TPO

PE January Blog Over the last 100 years almost all natural rubber has come from tropical rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis). The global natural rubber supply, which is critical for tire making, is periodically at risk from disease, high prices, and political instability in Africa and Southeast Asia where these trees are grown. Governments have sponsored research on alternative natural rubber for tires off and on for over 100 years, typically in war time or when rubber prices soar. Now tire makers around the world are driving the development of alternative sources of natural rubber like dandelions and guayule shrubs, working with universities and bio-tech companies. Read More

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Product Focus

TOPAS Advanced Polymers Marks 10th Anniversary as Leading Global Supplier of Cyclic Olefin Copolymer

TOPAS 10th year TOPAS Advanced Polymers is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the leading global supplier of cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) under the TOPAS brand. A company-wide celebration at its plant in Oberhausen marked the occasion, attended by dozens of current and former employees and stakeholders from around the world. Since its commercial development by Hoechst in the 1990's, TOPAS COC has secured strong global positions in demanding applications such as shrink films, protective packaging, microplates, healthcare blister packs, drug delivery devices, and microfluidics. Read More

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