• Rollstock upgrades the frame, speed of rotary chamber unit

    Fri, Jul 22, 2016

    Rollstock has upgraded its rotary chamber machine, which is used for sealing plastic shrink bags that hold food,

  • Bottle machine gains sensor, camera options

    Fri, Jul 22, 2016

    Serac has added optional sensors and cameras to its vertical thermoforming machines to increase their functionality. The machines form bottles from reels of PP or PS, forming the plastic first into tubes, before blowing the tubes into bottles.

  • Omega's panel meter boasts improved display

    Thu, Jul 21, 2016

    Omega’s new series of panel metersare ideal for a variety of process-monitoring applications. The panels can be used to display input signals in either analog or digital form.

  • Kaeser enhances its compressor design

    Thu, Jul 21, 2016

    Kaeser Compressors has redesigned these direct-drive rotary-screw air compressors, which are appropriate for any manufacturing facility that uses compressed air.

  • Guill debuts extrusion crosshead series

    Thu, Jul 21, 2016

    Guill’s new extrusion crosshead series features a mechanically assisted gum-space-adjustment (MAGS) system to set the pressure on the substrate being extruded.

  • Brass manifold series resistant to corrosion

    Thu, Jul 21, 2016

    Kool Flow Manifold now offers its FB2 series manifolds in brass. The company’s distributors include DMS and PCS.

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  • Positive projections permeate pre-K gathering

    Issue: August 2016

    I had an opportunity in late June to attend the pre-K press event in Düsseldorf, Germany. This is a plastics industry event that is unique to the K Show. Messe Düsseldorf brings in the trade press from around the world — there were 80 journalists representing 85 publications from 34 countries... [more]

  • Special Report: Color analysis gains in sophistication

    Issue: July 2016

    Sophisticated tools and computer analysis are increasingly replacing the human eye as demand grows for more precise and repeatable color analysis of plastic products. “Color tolerances are tighter today than they were 15 or 20 years ago,” said Mike Beering, industrial color and appearance... [more]

  • Special Report: The skinny on color tests

    Issue: July 2016

    The best place to view colors is in a light booth, such as the new Judge QC Light Booth from Paul N. Gardner Co. Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla.  The most widely used tool to evaluate color is the human eye. According to experts at Teknor Color, Pawtucket, R.I., a person with average color vision can... [more]

  • Special Report: Testing — before and after processing

    Issue: July 2016

    Plastics processing technologies have changed substantially over the last decade, enabling processors to deliver increasingly sophisticated products. But this progress also has led to an increase in demand for both pre- and post-processing testing capabilities to support the pace of manufacturing. Several... [more]

  • Special Report: Testing materials before processing helps quality, costs

    Issue: July 2016

    Concerns about costs have forced processors to take a hard look at the materials they’re using. With that has come growing demand for devices that quantify polymer characteristics. “Until about eight to 10 years ago, most plastics manufacturers were not interested in the testing of raw materials;... [more]

  • Special Report: Post-processing testing minimizes human error

    Issue: July 2016

    Instron’s TestMaster AT3 is used for tensile testing. Ensuring that a product meets all customer specifications prior to shipping is critical for any plastics manufacturer. To meet this need, equipment providers are developing innovative equipment and accessories to test finished parts and minimize... [more]

  • Special Report: Lab extruders provide way to test materials prior to production

    Issue: July 2016

    The market for extruders in laboratory applications continues to evolve. Machinery makers are adapting to new and varied materials. Customers are looking for ease of use and flexibility. And government regulations addressing safety and the environment pose an ever-present challenge. KRAUSSMAFFEI USA... [more]

  • Special Report: Laboratory injection molding equipment runs gamut

    Issue: July 2016

    Those in the market say business is booming for laboratory injection molding equipment. Customers are seeking equipment qualities such as precision, reportability, temperature regulation and energy efficiency, among other factors. They require that the machines be compact and suited for making small... [more]

  • Engel grows, expands production

    Issue: July 2016

    Injection molding machinery maker Engel Group, Schwertberg, Austria, has reported significant increases in orders worldwide. In its 2016-2017 financial year, the company will invest nearly $112 million in expansion of its factories and capacities worldwide. In Kaplice, Czech Republic, Engel is more than... [more]

  • Husky, MHT's 15-year-old legal battle comes to end

    Issue: July 2016

    It has dragged on for many years, but the legal dispute between Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., Bolton, Ontario, and Mold & Hotrunner Technology AG (MHT), Hochheim, Germany, has been settled. The two companies issued a joint statement on June 9 to announce that a 15-year battle over trade secrets... [more]

Athena Stack Mold Carrier
This stack mold carrier from Athena Automation increases total mold weight to 9,500 kg, offers full access from both sides and is driven by patented bottom-mounted mechanical linkage.