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  • IoT standardization step toward successful future

    Issue: February 2018

    There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to create standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, which we cover in this month’s issue. The alphabet soup of acronyms can be overwhelming. But industry officials believe a standardized, global communications protocol is at least... [more]

  • Q&A: A passion for robots

    Issue: February 2018

    TM Robotics Founder and CEO Nigel Smith is passionate about robots. Not only does he see robot technology as increasing the productivity and efficiency of the plastics industry, he sees robots as job savers rather than job takers. Smith discussed his career and the role of automation in the plastics... [more]

  • Rotary table speeds welding throughput

    Issue: February 2018

    Sonics & Materials, a pioneer in ultrasonic welding technologies, has responded to customer requests by developing a high-throughput rotary index table that can be used with its full line of ultrasonic plastic welders. The 2050RT rotary table “Customers had asked for a semi-automated machine... [more]

  • Customer input benefits feed blocks

    Issue: February 2018

    Extruder manufacturer Battenfeld-Cincinnati has sold about a dozen of its multilayer feed blocks for making coextruded thermoforming sheet since the device was introduced, and the company is using feedback from its initial customers to tweak the original design. “Of course, we optimized the feed... [more]

  • Companies extending the reach of cobots

    Issue: February 2018

    Two robot makers have extended their capabilities with the introduction of new cobots. The Elfin-5 and HCR line — available through Han’s Robot and HYRobotics, respectively — represent their manufacturers’ first forays into building collaborative robots. Designed for safety, they... [more]

  • Extruder Reschcor adapts to customers' needs, market

    Issue: February 2018

    Flexibility is not a word that often comes to mind when describing an extrusion plant. But Reschcor, a family-owned extruder, has found that being flexible with its extrusion lines can be a significant business advantage. Reschcor’s 18 extrusion lines are designed to work with coextruders in addition... [more]

  • Patent Report: Haidlmair nozzle simplifies demolding

    Issue: February 2018

    Nussbach, Austria, mold maker Haidlmair Holding GmbH has proposed a nozzle designed to simplify demolding. Haidlmair’s invention includes an injection molding nozzle with a heatable nozzle core. Haidlmair’s nozzle injects a strand of plastic melt into a mold through a slit. To create a temperature... [more]

  • Equipment makers tout specialized machinery

    Issue: February 2018

    Since compression molding was invented more than 160 years ago, it’s become recognized as an efficient, low-waste process that offers a significant amount of flexibility with a low initial investment. While many types of equipment manufacturers offer standard models that are readily available off... [more]

  • Yudo manifolds have conformal channels

    Issue: February 2018

    Yudo Group, Incheon, South Korea, has developed a new method for manufacturing hot-runner manifolds that incorporates flow channels designed with conformal cooling principles in mind. Yudo introduced the technology in October during the International Plastic Fair in Tokyo. Yudo’s ISO Technology... [more]

  • Press makers unveil precision units

    Issue: February 2018

    The latest injection molding machines presented at Tokyo’s International Plastic Fair (IPF) in October touted all-electric operation for precision, new designs for versatility, or faster speeds for packaging applications. SODICK UPDATES ALL-ELECTRIC LINE Sodick Co. Ltd., Yokohama, Japan, introduced... [more]

HydroDyn Washing Line | Vecoplan
Introducing the HydroDyn washing system in action from Vecoplan.