Spotlight on Vydyne® from Ascend
December 5, 2017
Trends in automotive lightweighting, packaging films, electrical, and electronic applications and more were highlighted at the K 2016 fair.
New Laser Welding System to weld Clear-to-Clear plastic without laser absorbing additives
April 5, 2016
Dukane Corporation introduced a new Laser Welding System that allows clear-to-clear plastic welding without the need of any laser absorbing additives.
TOPAS Advanced Polymers Marks 10th Anniversary as Leading Global Supplier of Cyclic Olefin Copolymer
February 29, 2016
TOPAS Advanced Polymers is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the leading global supplier of cyclic olefin copolymer under the TOPAS® brand.
Solvay’s Torlon® PAI Delivers High Strength, Wear Resistance in High-Performing Clutch System from FTE Automotive
December 16, 2015
Solvay’s Torlon® polyamide-imide technology forms several key components in a high-performing dual concentric slave cylinder (dCSC) developed by FTE Automotive.
Polycarbonate sheet from Covestro enables new options for protective canopy design
November 19, 2015
Many structures, including airports, commercial buildings and schools, need protective canopies to provide shelter from the elements.
Covestro plastic sheet part of a total solution that helps protect against damage from machinery failure
September 16, 2015
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.
Range of Efficient Material Handling Systems and Services Enhanced and Extended
August 25, 2015
roTec Polymer Processing will showcase at Fakuma 2015 a full range of high-performance, energy-efficient integrated system solutions for efficient material handling, including conveying, drying, dosing and mixing.
Riverdale Gravimetric Stand
May 6, 2015
The Riverdale Gravimetric Stand (RGS), provided and maintained by Riverdale Global, prevents the handling complications and workplace mess associated with liquid color.
Penn Color Launches PENNACLE FROST
April 16, 2015
Penn Color continues to diversify its colorant offerings with their latest line of Pennacle Frost products for use in commonly used blow molding polymers.
CB2 to Make Biobased Plant Containers at NPE2015
March 5, 2015
The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) will fabricate biobased plant containers at the NPE2015 International Plastics Showcase to be held March 23-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Martinenghi Digital Printing Machine: a new renaissance in printing process
February 26, 2015
Michelangelo KX48P is the Digital Printing Machine born from the genius and the creativity of Martinenghi team highly experienced in the design and manufacturing of machinery for the packaging industry.
High Efficiency Blow Molding Machine to debut at NPE
February 19, 2015
Plastiblow will be showing for the first time in North America our Fully Electric PB5E-DL double station machine in operation and producing a 350ml flat/oval personal care bottle in 4+4 cavity setup.
R&B Plastics Machinery Launches New MAX Extrusion Control System at NPE 2015
February 12, 2015
R&B Plastics Machinery LLC, a leading manufacturer of blow molding machinery, single-screw plastic extruders, and extruder process screws, has announced the launch of a cost-effective extruder control system which delivers performance that is comparable to that of higher-end systems.
XY Piezo Nanopositioners for Extreme Precision Applications
January 15, 2015
Aerotech QNP-XY series piezo nanopositioning stages provide the resolution, linearity, repeatability, and high dynamics required for the most demanding applications from microscopy to optics alignment. With resolution to 0.15 nm, linearity to 0.007%, and repeatability to 2 nm, nanometer-level precision is assured. With the highest dynamics (resonant frequency and stiffness) of any other comparable stage in size and travel, users can achieve higher throughput in exacting processes. A variety of travels (100 µm to 600 µm), feedback options, and vacuum versions add to the exceptional versatility of this stage series.
Versatile TPEs for personal electronic devices provide wide range of properties for comfort, durability, and on-the-go style
December 18, 2014
A versatile series of TPEs developed by Teknor Apex Company for consumer electronics provides the enhanced functionality, pleasing tactile properties, vivid color, and durability that are particularly valuable for constant-use personal devices like in-ear headphones, computer mice, fitness trackers, and smart watches.
Size grading of bulk potatoes now measures up
November 25, 2014
Accurate sizing of whole potatoes does not just need to be rough and mechanical thanks to the Modus, TOMRA’s new size grader. TOMRA Sorting Food revealed its Modus at INTERPOM | PRIMEURS in Kortrijk Xpo, Belgium, from 23 – 25 November.
Tekni-Films announces extensive line of high-barrier, Barex-alternative specialty films, for thermoformable, heat-sealable packaging applications
November 13, 2014
Tekni-Films, a division of Tekni-Plex, Inc., has developed an extensive line of high barrier, Barex® alternative packaging structures that are available globally. The materials target a wide variety of demanding pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic, food and other applications.
Synventive Introduces activeGate™, New Tool-Based Molding Technology for Unprecedented Control of the Hot Runner Molding Process
October 30, 2014
Synventive Molding Solutions, a business of Barnes Group Inc., has recently introduced activeGate, their new tool-based molding technology that will help provide unprecedented control over the molding process and enable the production of higher quality parts than were previously attainable with traditional hot runner systems.
Lehvoss North America Introduces High Performance Polyketone Compounds
October 14, 2014
Lehvoss North America announces the introduction of its LUVOCOM® 70 series of high performance compounds based on polyketone (PK).
Intematix and SABIC collaborate to deliver increased efficiency solutions for LED systems
September 18, 2014
Intematix Corporation, a manufacturer of phosphor solutions for LED lighting, has collaborated with SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business to create the ChromaLit Linear - a state of the art LED offering developed for the lighting industry.
Duff Norton’s new DWA Series rotary unions
August 21, 2014
Duff Norton is pleased to announce that all sizes of the new DWA Series general purpose rotary union are in stock for immediate shipment. Duff Norton’s new DWA Series Rotary Union offers a reliable and economical way to meet a broad range of process heating and cooling requirements. Suitable for applications where water, oils, or noncorrosive fluids reach a maximum temperature of 200°F (93°C), it is ideal for a wide variety of industries, from plastics and rubber to flexible packaging and printing. With a maximum speed of 1750 RPM and maximum pressure of 200 PSI (180 PSI on 2” models), the new DWA Series Rotary Union is well-suited to a broad array of applications, including heating and cooling rolls, mixers, plastic extruders, embossing rolls, and calendars. It is available in a range of sizes to suit almost application, from ½” NPT to 2” NPT. Metric threads are also offered on request.
Solvay Exhibits Comprehensive Photovoltaic Materials Portfolio Under the Sun at Intersolar North America
July 14, 2014
Solvay Specialty Polymers highlighted its comprehensive portfolio of high-performance polymers for the solar power industry at the Intersolar North America exhibition July 8-10 in San Francisco. The company’s offering was recently expanded with the addition of two new film grades of Halar® ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) resin, which features a unique patented UV blocking technology that was purpose-designed for PV front sheet applications capable of meeting the industry’s 25-years’ service life requirement.
New Plastics Technology Improves Sustainability of Mrs. Dash Packaging
June 26, 2014
Meredith-Springfield Associates, Inc., a world-class plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, is pioneering the use of new technology to manufacture sustainable plastic packaging for major brands like Mrs. Dash, owned by B&G Foods.
Chemineer Model 20 HT/GT with the RL-3 Ragless Impeller Creates the Ideal Wastewater Treatment Mixer
June 12, 2014
Combining the Chemineer® Model 20 HT/GT mixer with the Chemineer RL-3™ impeller creates the ideal mixer for wastewater treatment plant applications. The high-efficiency gearbox of the Model 20 and the unique characteristics of the RL-3 impeller work together to eliminate downtime and maintenance costs, increase performance and extend the service life of the agitator.
Methods Machine Tools introduces new VisionGauge Digial Optical Comparator 700 Series
May 14, 2014
Methods Machine Tools, Inc., a supplier of innovative machine tools, automation, and machine tool accessories has introduced the new VisionGauge® Digital Optical Comparator 700 Series developed by VISIONx Inc, featuring 5-Axis inspection to efficiently view parts from all sides and angles.
Breakthrough PET Catalyst Technology from Catalytic Technologies Ltd. Achieves Market Success
April 22, 2014
New titanium catalyst technology for the industrial production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polyester is now being adopted around the globe as PET manufacturers and processors seek to eliminate the use of the heavy metal catalyst antimony oxide. The technology was developed by Catalytic Technologies Ltd (CTL), a company established in late 2010 on Teesside in the UK. To date the company has invested over GBP 1M on research and development and in 2013 it launched its patent pending UP-Technology platform which exhibits performance unlike any other PET catalyst. UP is a catalyst technology platform that allows CTL to produce catalysts with unique chemical composition and that eliminates undesired side reactions in this application.
FKuR Extends Its Portfolio with Bio PET and Bio PA; A Wide Range of Bioplastic Products for the Packaging Industry
April 9, 2014
“Development, production & distribution“ – are the key topics for the bioplastics’ specialist FKuR Kunststoff GmbH at this year’s exhibition. Apart from its own already well-established bioplastic compound portfolio (Bio-Flex®, Biograde®, Fibrolon® and Terralene®), FKuR has, since the end of 2013, additionally offered a comprehensive range of distribution products and will present a variety of biobased products at Interpack, one of the world’s leading trade fairs, for the first time.
Automatic Evaluation and Identification of DSC Curves
April 2, 2014
The new NETZSCH DSC 214 Polyma makes DSC investigations easier and more comprehensive than ever before. It is comprised of a series of smart innovations which together addresses all aspects of a DSC investigation: The totally new Arenafurnace and Corona sensor in the instrument along with the novel Concavus sample pans allow for extremely fast and reproducible, high-quality measurements.
Kenics Thermogenizer Delivers Homogenized Melt Streams
March 20, 2014
The Kenics® Thermogenizer, from Chemineer, Inc., is a post-extrusion mixing device that provides superior color and additive distribution, and uniform temperatures over a broad range of thermoplastics, including nylons, polyethylenes, styrenes, acrylics, cellulosics and vinyl resins.
TruTag Technologies' Covert Invisible Barcodes Named 2014 Edison Award Finalist
March 14, 2014
TruTag Technologies, Hawaii-based innovator of an edible security platform that addresses the trillion-dollar global counterfeit problem, has been named a 2014 Edison Award Finalist. Vetted by over 3,000 professionals from the fields of product development, design, engineering, science, marketing and education, TruTag Technologies shares the honor with past winners that include household names like Apple, Johnson & Johnson, Lenovo, 3M, and Sony Electronics.
Flexibility Is the Trump Card
February 20, 2014
Injection-mold components, combine them with other components and assemble them as ready-to-use: This is possible, all thanks to the SpinForm injection molding technology from KraussMaffei, along with a flexible cube concept from the mold manufacturer, Zahoransky. This will be demonstrated on a CX machine with SpinForm technology (CXW) at the Chinaplas international exhibition (April 23 to 26, hall E.1, booth K 41). From April, customers in Asia will benefit from an expanded KraussMaffei Group factory. The production area, especially for MX machines, has been doubled in size and can be seen in action as part of an "open house".
BJK Expands Specialty Films Capacity with New 5-Layer Reifenhauser-Kiefel Blown Film Line
January 16, 2014
BJK Flexible Packaging, a specialty films producer based in Louisville, KY, has expanded its film production capacity with the addition of a new 5-Layer Blown Film Line from Reifenhauser Inc. The company recently installed and commissioned the new line in an all-new 30,000 ft2 addition that it built specifically for that purpose at its Louisville headquarters.
Trelleborg Launches New Whitepaper and App to Aid the Innovation of Engineered Plastics
December 18, 2013
Trelleborg’s engineered fabrics operation has launched a new portfolio of resources, to aid engineers in their product innovation and raise the profile of high performance engineered fabrics in applications where previously they might not have been considered. Designed to guide engineers through their product development processes and help to optimize innovation, Trelleborg has launched a whitepaper on design and manufacturing excellence. In addition, the company has produced a new self-selection application tool - the Fabric of Industry App – which is designed to guide specifiers towards a high performance material that could be suitable for their application.
Verstaete IML: Demonstrations on Live IML Systems at K Trade Fair
November 21, 2013
Verstraete in mold labels partnered with 34 companies at the K Trade Fair in Germany, running 16 live IML systems. Verstraete IML focused on IML innovation at the trade fair, showcasing solutions for Oxygen and Light Barrier IML, MockUp IML, DoubleSided IML, Metallic IML, and Peelable IML. Verstraete’s team was present at the K Trade Fair to illustrate the benefits of all these novelties as they were running on live IML systems.
Ray Products Enclosure Wins Plastics Design Competition
October 15, 2013
A thermoformed medical device manufactured by Ray Products has been awarded 1st place in the “Heavy-Gauge, Pressure-Formed” category at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division's annual parts competition. The competition occurred during the SPE’s 22nd Annual Thermoforming Conference. The entries were judged by SPE members during the conference.
Robust, Energy-Efficient Windows with Polyurethane Composites
October 3, 2013
The efficient thermal insulation of buildings not only reduces energy consumption, it also spares the wallets of the owners and tenants. Furthermore, it makes a real contribution towards conserving resources and protecting the climate. Windows and facades, in particular, are a common source of heat loss. To reduce this heat loss, it is important not only to use multi-pane glazing but also to ensure that the window frames are well insulated.
5-Zone Mixing Screw Improves Melt Quality
September 19, 2013
The five-zone HPS-M mixing screw by KraussMaffei has four years of proven success in many applications which involve adding color master batches directly on the injection molding machine. Its five-zone geometry allows gentle materials processing and minimizes machine wear. Thanks to its excellent mixing action, it is ideal for quick color changing.
Shapeways Launches 'Elasto Plastic': A New Material for the 3D Printing Industry
August 22, 2013
3D printing has, for some time, been the talk of the plastics industry. It is being hailed by many as a major influencer in all aspects of design and manufacturing - across potentially a huge range of industries. The idea that one can simply put a material into a device and then a computer can "print" it into a 3D object is indeed an exciting prospect. For the plastics industry, this technique offers a whole host of opportunities; plastics companies have been falling over themselves to produce plastics materials that can be easily used by the growing number of 3D printing companies.
SCIGRIP Adhesives Accredited with New European Fire Smoke Toxicity Standard
July 13, 2013
SCIGRIP, a supplier of smart adhesive solutions, has qualified two key products under the European safety standard for Fire, Smoke and Toxicity (FST) for use in rail constructions. Accredited by Crepim, an independent test laboratory in France, SCIGRIP’s methacrylate 10:1 adhesives SG300 and SG230HV officially comply with the newly introduced EN45545-2 2013 standard.
The Water Factor in Medical Device Resins
June 26, 2013
The Health Care industry has increased its needs for specialized devices over the past decade, which has led to a new frontier of resin and polymer development designed to keep the quality of care high while minimizing cost. With these goals in mind, the resins being used for medical devices are scrutinized more thoroughly than other resins that require less regulatory compliance. Analyzing a product for outgassing, deformation, and reactivity, among other things, has become part of the daily routine for manufacturers, molders, and final inspection personnel before an item can be shipped or used. This additional testing and control also includes the amount of water that is allowed in the resins, since this will greatly influence the final product's rigidness, consistency, and lifetime, as well as the quality of care that will be provided to the customer. Oftentimes the quality control of the materials is closely monitored using testing equipment defined in an IQ/OQ/PQ: installation qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ), and performance qualification (PQ) to ensure that the instruments are effective, and the quality of the product is consistent.
Thermoforming Vs. Injection Molding
June 26, 2013
An infographic from Ray Plastics.
Norton Abrasives Introduces Precision Grinding Technology
June 19, 2013
Norton Abrasives, a brand of Saint-Gobain and a leader in abrasives for over 125 years, has developed and launched Norton Vitrium3, the next generation of bonded abrasives products, engineered for maximum performance and cost savings in precision grinding.
Form and Function Come Together In New Ketchup Bottle Design
June 5, 2013
The humble ketchup bottle has gone through many transformations over the years. The most famous one in the world can, some say, trace its design lineage back to ancient Greek vases of the fifth and sixth centuries B.C. Plastic bottles for ketchup first started appearing on our tables 30 years ago. First they were multilayer extrusion-blow molded PP bottles with an EVOH barrier, then PET multilayer bottles, then HDPE. Today, depending on where you shop and what brand you buy, you can probably find designs based on all three polymers, as well as glass.
Roller Bearing Made of Solvay's KetaSpire PEEK Delivers Strong Chemical Resistance and Reduced Friction
February 11, 2013
Roller bearings produced by Link Upon Advanced Material Corp., Taipei, Taiwan, are made of KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for strong chemical resistance, high heat deflection temperature, low creep, and exceptional dimensional stability. Link Upon’s roller bearing is widely used in a range of processing machinery for the food, medical, chemical, and industrial markets.
NuSil Technology Introduces New Fluorosilicone Elastomer for Medical Implant Applications
February 6, 2013
NuSil Technology LLC, a leader in silicone materials for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and drug delivery industries, introduces MED-5440, a translucent 100 mol % fluorosilicone elastomer designed to be used with liquid injection molding equipment.
Using Synergy 2000, Schoeneck Containers Saves 33 Man-Hours a Day
May 8, 2012
Schoeneck Containers Inc. (SCI) is a manufacturer of blow molded containers. For over thirty-five years, SCI has supplied plastic containers for diverse consumer and commercial markets throughout the world. All products exceed industry standards for quality and durability. Since its inception in 1972, SCI continues to grow as a supplier of containers for food, beverage, personal care, household, and industrial products. “We manufacture approximately 200 million blow molded containers a year,” said Scott Chambers, Quality Facilitator for SCI.
Kenics Heat Exchanger Increased Productivity and Reduced Operating Costs in Cooling Hot Melt Adhesives
April 16, 2012
The hot melt adhesives manufacturer was experiencing excessive forming/packaging time. To reduce the cooling time, this company incorporated scraped surface devices and vertical tanks in an attempt to speed cooling of the hot melt adhesive products. Unfortunately, this approach still did not cool the hot melt adhesive quick enough and production cost was unacceptable.
Perstorp Emoltene™ 100
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