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  • American dream come true

    Issue: July 2017

    Demetre Loulourgas was certain about two things when he was growing up in Athens, Greece — he would work in a tool shop and it would be in the U.S. [more]

  • Lighting manufacturers see opportunity with LSR

    Issue: June 2017

    The liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding machinery business is booming, driven by new optical products, growing demand in medical products and reshoring. [more]

  • From bakery to Bekum

    Issue: June 2017

    Martin Stark was miserable. New to America, and with limited English, he started working the overnight shift in a Chicago-area bakery when a newspaper [more]

  • Father of ultrasonic welding

    Issue: May 2017

    A mechanical engineer by trade, Bob Soloff began creating his legacy in the plastics industry with his accidental invention of ultrasonic welding. He founded Sonics & Materials in 1969. [more]

  • Robots are here to help with jobs, not take them

    Issue: May 2017

    It is a lot to ask, but we need the manufacturers of automation equipment and robots to save the nation's manufacturing economy. Think about it like [more]

  • Wait! Let me polish my crystal ball

    Issue: March 2017

    The unreported story at trade shows is often what exhibitors are saying about business conditions. We rarely get out of a booth without hearing the familiar [more]

  • Rotoline's Bob Sly rolling on

    Issue: April 2017

    From his start at a knife business, Bob Sly began carving out a place for himself in the plastics industry, moving first to fill a need for pulverizers. He now is a co-owner of Rotoline. [more]

  • Engineer's take on extrusion

    Issue: March 2017

    Chris J. Rauwendaal, president of Rauwendaal Extrusion Engineering Inc., has been fascinated with the extrusion process since the very beginning of his career as a new hire at American Enka. [more]

  • Doing what comes naturally

    Issue: February 2017

    Werner Wittmann, founder and president of Wittmann Kunststoffgeräte GmbH, Vienna, is a machinery aficionado who loves to think about ways to produce [more]

  • Building better machines through collaboration

    Issue: February 2017

    Machinery manufacturers can take several paths when developing new equipment. They can build what they think their customers want (and will buy), they [more]