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  • Pellet-containment methods advance

    Issue: June 2017

    Waste is the enemy, regardless of whether it refers to loss of time, money or material. Preventing waste can be especially challenging for processors, however, because they not only need to worry about waste that occurs within the factory walls, they also need to worry about keeping their materials from... [more]

  • Davis-Standard bolsters product offerings at expanded HQ

    Issue: June 2017

    Davis-Standard recently finished merging its manufacturing facilities with those of the former Gloucester Engineering Co., Gloucester, Mass., which is expanding the company’s offering of products, company officials said. Davis-Standard bought Gloucester Engineering, also known as GEC, in September... [more]

  • Currier expands reliance on all-electrics

    Issue: June 2017

    Whenever a business tries something new, it involves an element of risk. No matter how much a company researches and does its due diligence, breaking away from the norm always requires a leap of faith. That leap of faith has brought two companies together recently — one in America and one based... [more]

  • Special Report: Plasticizing elements enhanced for twin-screw extrusion

    Issue: June 2017

    Manufacturers of twin-screw extruders are improving their machines with new plasticizing elements and barrel designs. Coperion To significantly increase throughput rates of its ZSK extruder series, Coperion developed special screw and kneading elements with a new and patented cross-section design. The... [more]

  • Special Report: Coating formulations extend screw life

    Issue: June 2017

    Coating suppliers are turning to some recent innovations to extend the life of plasticizing components. The new approaches include using a higher-performing tungsten-carbide coating and combining coating types. NEW TUNGSTEN-CARBIDE COATING INCREASES UPTIME Nordson Corp.’s Xaloy MPX, a new nanoparticle-based... [more]

  • Special Report: Nozzle, tip components gain broader use in molding

    Issue: June 2017

    Zeiger Industries has updated its Continuous Taper Front End (CTFE) cap, nozzle and nozzle-tip components with a new design and new metallurgy to improve their performance when processing clear polymers or fire-retardant resins, as well as for operations that require frequent color changes. Zeiger’s... [more]

  • Special Report: Single screws, add-on systems aim to optimize melt quality

    Issue: June 2017

    Optimal melt quality is the goal of recent developments in add-on plasticizing systems and single screws for injection, extrusion and blow molding machines. REILOY BRINGS NEW SCREWS TO THE MIX Reiloy’s Eagle II mixing screw allows users to adjust up to four different variables within the mixing... [more]

  • Sidebar: Robotics firm expands digital showroom

    Issue: June 2017

    Universal Robots has expanded its Universal Robots+ online showroom of plug-and-play products, including end effectors and software for the company’s six-axis collaborative robots. The Danish company launched Universal Robots+ at www.universal-robots.com/plus/ last June. It has grown to feature... [more]

  • New Robotiq tools simplify cobot programming

    Issue: June 2017

    Robotiq, Lévis, Quebec, is offering program templates for collaborative robots as part of its online resource center. Designed to help new users program their cobots faster, the program templates are for applications using Robotiq products, such as grippers, in conjunction with Universal Robots... [more]

  • Thermal Care Inc. names Hirate as Southwest rep

    Issue: June 2017

    Niles, Ill.-based Thermal Care, a manufacturer of custom heat-transfer systems and equipment, has appointed Hirate America to be its exclusive representative in Arizona, California and Nevada. Hirate, a full-service agency serving the plastics industry, also will be responsible for Mexico’s maquiladora... [more]

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