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  • Q&A: The Paulson point of view

    Issue: November 2017

    “If you are a molecule, what do you feel? You don’t know the machine controls, you just feel the temperature, pressure, flow and cooling,” said Don Paulson, chairman of Paulson Training Programs. Looking at injection molding from this perspective enables molders to use the basic properties... [more]

  • France-based Corelco develops system to produce insulated pipe

    Issue: November 2017

    Corelco, a French maker of pipe corrugators, is marketing a system for producing insulated pipe for drinking water, chilled water or other liquids that need to be kept hot or cold. The company began developing the system about two years ago for a customer in Scandinavia that wanted to make water pipes... [more]

  • Index plate allows multiprocess molding on one machine

    Issue: November 2017

    As novelties go, there’s probably not much value to a sealed cup containing a six-sided die bobbing in water. But, for mold maker J.P. Grosfilley, Martignat, France, the object represents proof of concept. All of it was made in just one cycle on one injection molding machine (IMM).   Grosfilley’s... [more]

  • Autodesk advances weld-line strength prediction

    Issue: November 2017

    Autodesk has developed new software that works with its Moldflow Insight flow-simulation program to predict the weld-line strength of plastic parts. Helius PFA takes into account a wider spectrum of material behaviors and properties than those previously generated by the Moldflow Insight software, which... [more]

  • Talking Points: Taking time to kick tires, chat up customers

    Issue: November 2017

    Fall is not just for football and clambakes anymore. Machinery manufacturers are increasingly rolling out the red carpet to get processors in for a day of technical talk and to kick the tires on their latest equipment offerings. If you buy processing or recycling machinery, it is an excellent opportunity... [more]

  • Temperature Control: Latest products manage the transfer of heat

    Issue: November 2017

    Working with heat is a tricky endeavor because, like water, heat always seeks equilibrium. It continuously moves from warmer areas to cooler ones until everything is the same temperature, and that presents a doubly thorny problem for plastics processors. When heat escapes the area where it’s needed,... [more]

  • Temperature Control: Temperature control units increase capabilities

    Issue: November 2017

    New and upgraded oil- and water-type temperature control units (TCUs) are delivering greater efficiency through more accurate control. WITTMANN WIDENS TCU OFFERINGS Last month at Fakuma in Germany, Wittmann Battenfeld introduced a variable-speed pump motor and a frequency converter as options on its... [more]

  • Temperature Control: Central, portable chillers gaining in efficiency

    Issue: November 2017

    The latest chillers — portable, central and adiabatic tower — incorporate variable-speed motors and drives and enhanced controls that improve operating precision while reducing energy consumption. CONAIR UPDATES UNITS WITH ADVANCED CONTROLS, VARIABLE-SPEED CAPABILITY Conair introduced its... [more]

  • Temperature Control: Suppliers advance hot-runner temperature controls

    Issue: November 2017

    Suppliers of hot-runner temperature controllers for injection molding are making upgrades that emphasize improved touch-screen controls, more compact designs and the ability to handle more temperature zones. MOLD-MASTERS SHRINKS UNIT AS IT EXPANDS CAPABILITIES Mold-Masters announced upgrades to several... [more]

  • Engel revamps e-connect, expands technical center

    Issue: November 2017

    Injection molding machinery maker and automation supplier Engel has announced improvements to its online customer portal and the expansion of its technical center in York, Pa. Engel’s 12,000-square-foot tech center in York, Pa., has room for six Engel presses. The upgraded customer portal, e-connect,... [more]

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