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  • 3-D printed tooling bridges prototyping gap

    Issue: September 2016

    The technology used in 3-D printing for molds and tooling continues to evolve, as was apparent at both Rapid 2016, held in May in Orlando, and Amerimold 2016, held in June near Detroit. The latest updates came from Stratasys Ltd., Eden Prairie, Minn., in partnership with Hasco Hasenclever GmbH &... [more]

  • Printer maker's latest product minimizes post-processing

    Issue: September 2016

    A 3-D printer maker has set its sights on overcoming one of the oft-cited complaints of the burgeoning technology: post-process cleanup and part preparation. Based on its patented Augmented Polymer Deposition process, Rize, Woburn, Mass., has launched a new printer that it says requires minimal post-processing.... [more]

  • Simulations lead to improved die designs

    Issue: September 2016

    Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology used in simulation for film and sheet dies is being adapted by one company to design annular dies used in tubing extrusion. Final products that could be made with these dies include tubing for medical applications, microbore tubing, insulated fine wire and... [more]

  • Automotive market, process advances drive thermoformers

    Issue: September 2016

    Twin-sheet thermoforming is a rapidly growing field in plastics manufacturing. “More machines in the past three years are doing twin sheet than ever before,” said Michael Alongi, sales director for Maac Machinery Corp., Carol Stream, Ill. Many of the new markets are in the automotive industry... [more]

  • Patent Report: New system enhances insert molding

    Issue: September 2016

    A new system is aimed at boosting quality control of the insert molding process. Fanuc Corp., Oshino, Japan, filed a patent application for a system that allows inspection of an insert part prior to injection of resin into the mold. The invention involves the output and recording of inspection data in... [more]

  • Custom molder 20/20 keeps eye on reliable equipment

    Issue: September 2016

    Structural foam molding is the bailiwick of 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics Ltd. The company’s already-sizeable manufacturing footprint will nearly double this year at its site in Holiday City, Ohio, about 15 miles from the Indiana border. When all is done, the company will occupy 400,000 square feet,... [more]

  • 'Old clunker' press weaves its way through history

    Issue: September 2016

    I am always pleasantly surprised when I go into a machinery maker’s lobby and see its first machine proudly displayed. The technology may be ancient, but the ingenuity and craftsmanship are evident. My first thought is always, “How did that first guy figure everything out?” My second... [more]

  • Q&A: A survivor finds his calling

    Issue: September 2016

    For John Bozzelli, owner of Injection Molding Solutions, getting the basics right has always been fundamental to the injection molding process. He has long been a passionate advocate for competitiveness in North American plastics manufacturing. In addition, for the last 20-plus years, he has taught practical... [more]

  • Special Report: Auxiliary feeder capabilities tapped to meet simple and complex jobs

    Issue: August 2016

    Makers of feeders are adapting their equipment to meet a variety of needs. Suppliers interviewed for these stories shared updates to existing technologies and provided information on their newest products. Plastic Process Equipment Plastic Process Equipment Inc., Macedonia, Ohio, is offering its line... [more]

  • Special Report: Blending systems offering flexibility and speed

    Issue: August 2016

    Equipment for blending plastic materials continues to evolve. Blender manufacturers are working to integrate machinery communication, keep up with new resins and allow faster product changes. Maguire Products Maguire Products Inc., Aston, Pa., last month unveiled a new controller for its popular gravimetric... [more]

BroadBeam Electron Beam Curing and Crosslinking Systems
A brief overview of PCT Engineered Systems' BroadBeam line of electron beam (ebeam) systems, used to crosslink thin film plastics, polymers,and adhesives as well as cure inks and coatings.