• New control package designed for extruders

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    Eurotherm’s E+PLC 400 control package is specifically designed for all types of extrusion lines.  

  • Water-cooled TCUs work at high temps

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    This line of temperature control units from HB-Therm AG, St. Gallen, Switzerland, is appropriate for use in medical injection molding applications where process validation is critical, as well as for molding other small, precision parts.

  • Compact actuation plate new to the US

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    Thermoplay’s compact actuation plate for valve-gate systems allows mold cavities to be closer, compared to the use of individual actuators for each nozzle. 

  • Drawer magnets withstand high temps

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    Bunting Magnetics’ FF series of drawer magnets can be used with injection molding machines or extruders to remove ferrous contaminants from the resin before processing. 

  • Collaborative robot Sawyer receives software updates

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    Designed for machine tending, circuit-board testing and other tasks requiring precision, Rethink Robotics’ one-armed Sawyer collaborative robot sports an expressive face and is equipped with an advanced vision system.

  • KraussMaffei adds a speed option to GX hydraulic unit

    Fri, Apr 20, 2018

    KraussMaffei is offering a new feature on its GX series of two-platen hydraulic injection molding machines to make them more efficient at manufacturing large packaging and logistics products.

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  • NPE in the zone: Technology zones will run the gamut at show

    Tue, Apr 17, 2018

    The more than 65,000 plastics professionals attending NPE2018 will find more than 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space and 11 sector- and process-specific technology zones ranging from 3-D printing to thermoforming. More than 2,000 companies will be exhibiting. This year’s exposition, produced... [more]

  • NPE's inaugural Bottle Zone will include machinery demonstrations

    Tue, Apr 17, 2018

    The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) will debut its Bottle Zone at NPE2018 with live machinery demonstrations. Covering more than 65,000 square feet of exhibit floor space, the zone will bring together more than 80 suppliers of blow molding machines; molds; dryers; labeling, filling, capping... [more]

  • NPE gives Re|focus summit opportunity to extend scope

    Tue, Apr 17, 2018

    The 2018 Re|focus Sustainability and Recycling Summit will be accessible to an especially large audience this year, as it co-locates with the triennial NPE. The summit will address the challenges companies face as they increase recycled content and adopt sustainable manufacturing practices. In addition... [more]

  • Smart robots featured in NPE educational session

    Tue, Apr 17, 2018

    Fanuc America Corp.’s Chris Blanchette will outline how intelligent robotic automation can improve a plastics processor’s bottom line during an educational session from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. May 7 at NPE2018. “The primary focus for my presentation is going to be on intelligence-based... [more]

  • ANTEC co-located with NPE2018

    Tue, Apr 17, 2018

    The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Bethel, Conn., a plastics industry association representing 22,500 plastics professionals from business, academia and government, will hold its Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) May 7-10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, co-located with NPE2018.... [more]

  • PLASTICS works to update standards

    Issue: March 2018

    This year, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) will conduct a five-year review and revision of some of its machinery safety standards to ensure that they meet changing workplace conditions and newly available safety features, said Megan Hayes, the association’s director of industry standards.... [more]

  • Extruder manufacturers insulate against injuries

    Issue: March 2018

    Rhode Island-based US Extruders is putting an emphasis on operator safety, company President Bill Kramer said. The new machinery manufacturer is touting some novel safety features, while other extruder makers, including Leistritz Extrusion and Dual Spiral Systems, noted a continued trend among users... [more]

  • Vertical injection machines boast features to help users

    Issue: March 2018

    Although the word ergonomics is based on the ancient Greek words ergon (work or labor) and nomos (natural law), the importance of the discipline wasn’t well understood until society was decades into the Industrial Revolution. When line workers began performing the same motions hundreds or thousands... [more]

  • OSHA, PLASTICS hash out updates on lockout/tagout rules

    Issue: March 2018

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) continues to work on its lockout/tagout (LOTO) standard on two separate fronts. As part of OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project IV, the agency proposed removing the word “unexpected” from the phrase “unexpected energization”... [more]

  • Robot association, government agencies team up to promote safe use of robots

    Issue: March 2018

    Two government agencies and the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) have formed an alliance to increase awareness of safety hazards from traditional industrial robots and new robot technologies. Initial reaction from some robot makers serving the plastics industry is positive. A worker reaches into... [more]

Extol InfraWeld: IR spot welding
Extol's InfraWeld technology uses focused infrared light and air pressure to spot weld plastic components. Some people refer to this process as through transmission infrared (TTIR).