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Two-stage ejectors offer simple stroke modification

The use of two-stage ejectors is one of the ways in which complex undercuts on plastic parts can be demoulded. more »

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Smart factories: we’re not as far off as you might think

“Smart factories” is a term which is quickly becoming established as a handy umbrella phrase for all aspects of digital integration with the manufacturing process. more »

Apr 11, 2014 by in editor's blog

3D printing cuts Seuffer’s tooling costs by 97%

Stratasys Ltd. has announced that Robert Seuffer GmbH has incorporated Stratasys 3D printing in its manufacturing process to reduce the time and cost of producing injection moulded sample parts. more »

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Proto Labs supplies 10,000 moulds into Europe

Proto Labs, which claims to be “the world’s fastest manufacturer of CNC machined and injection moulded parts”, has announced the production of its 10,000th mould in Europe. more »

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BUGWORKERS presents sustainable plastic parts for electronic equipment

BUGWORKERS is a EU-funded project, coordinated by AIMPLAS, the Technological Institute of Plastics, aiming to develop plastic parts based on biopolymers produced by fermentation from agro-industrial residues and using eco-friendly production routes. more »

Apr 9, 2014 by in materials

AIMPLAS opens research centre for new materials and nanocomposites

The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) has opened its new facility in the Technology Park Paterna, Valencia, Spain. more »

Apr 9, 2014 by in materials

Clariant and Ashland to sell ASK Chemicals

Clariant and Ashland Inc. have announced that they have entered into an agreement to sell their ASK Chemicals joint venture, to investment funds affiliated with Rhône, a London and New York-based private equity investment firm. more »

Apr 9, 2014 by in industry news

Software gives UK moulder advanced flexibility

UK injection moulder Rutland Plastics has used the Vero Group’s ‘VISI’ software in combination with an Objet 3D printer to design and manufacture a secondary operation jig which halved the manpower required for the shop floor assembly. more »

Apr 3, 2014 by in machinery

FKuR adds Bio PET and Bio PA for packaging applications

FKuR has added to its bioplastic compound portfolio (which includes the Bio-Flex, Biograde, Fibrolon and Terralene brands), with a comprehensive range of distribution products. The group will present the new biobased products at Interpack in May. more »

Apr 1, 2014 by in materials

Event: Ferromatik Milacron open house

Ferromatik Milacron’s Open House, held 15-16 May 2014, will feature exhibits from a host of companies, including members of the growing Milacron brand, including DME, Mold-Masters, KORTEC, Uniloy Milacron and Cincinnati Milacron Extrusion Systems. more »

Mar 28, 2014 by in machinery

Injection moulded cocktail packaging deemed a West End showstopper

Tails is emerging as a key brand in the cocktails industry, and one of the factors linked to the firm's success is cited to be its distinct choice of packaging, which was designed and engineered in partnership with RPC Containers. more »

Mar 27, 2014 by in industry news

Engel re-structures 'Engel plus'

Engel has reorganised its service packages and platforms for injection moulding machine owners, which are known collectively as 'Engel plus'. more »

Mar 26, 2014 by in machinery

Extrusion feedblocks can now be tuned during processing

Nordson EDI has developed a tuning insert for extruder feedblocks which can be adjusted during coextrusion. Tuning enables film and sheet processors to reduce downtime and material waste while permanent flow inserts are prepared. more »

Mar 26, 2014 by

Temperature limit for perfluoroplastics is raised with new grades

DuPont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts has launched a new line of melt-extrudable perfluoroplastics with continuous service temperatures of 300°C as well as fluoroplastic foam resins enabling miniaturisation and weight savings. more »

Mar 26, 2014 by in materials

New technology produces polymer-grade bio-ethylene

Oil and chemicals giant Total in collaboration with catalyst specialist Axens, and research group IFPEN have launched Atol, a new technology for producing polymer grade bio-ethylene. more »

Mar 26, 2014 by in materials

New grade permits lighter caps and closures

Borealis and Borouge have launched an advanced grade of their BorPure HDPE range designed to reduce weight in caps and closures. BorPure MB5568 was launched in Europe by Borealis in early 2014 and will get its Asian launch at Chinaplas in April. more »

Mar 25, 2014 by in materials

Ferrari and Maserati choose flame retardant polyamide for fuel component

DSM’s bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. more »

Mar 24, 2014 by in materials

Arkema launching liquid resins for composite parts

Arkema is launching its first range of liquid thermoplastic resins under the brand name ‘Elium’. more »

Mar 24, 2014 by in materials

3D in-mould technology leads to award-winning packaging

Trexel’s 3D in-mould labeling (IML) process for packaging applications has aleady won awards for packaging manufacturers since its introduction in 2012. more »

Mar 14, 2014 by in industry news

Smarter, lighter photovoltaics given green light in Europe

A European consortium led by Tulipps B.V. (the parent group of photovoltaic specialist Tulipps Solar B.V.) has been approved for €4m in funding from the European Commission to build and validate smart, lightweight PV modules. more »

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