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  • Special Report: Predictive maintenance keeps processors ahead of problems

    Issue: May 2017

    Plastics processors are looking for ways to reduce unplanned downtime, and equipment manufacturers are helping them meet those goals by embracing the concept of predictive maintenance. Instead of waiting for a part to break and shut down production, or relying on a suggested maintenance schedule that... [more]

  • Special Report: High-tech alternatives for extrusion die cleaning

    Issue: May 2017

    Regular cleaning of plastic extrusion dies and inspection for damage is necessary to ensure the quality of products, reduce scrap and extend the life of the die. In a document that Nordson Extrusion Dies provides to its customers, the company advises disassembling flat extrusion dies at least once a... [more]

  • Special Report: Firms offer maintenance for heat-transfer rolls

    Issue: May 2017

    Matt Menges, president and owner of a company that supplies process rolls, is kind of a cardiologist for heat-transfer rolls. Damage to the rolls can be devastating for film and sheet manufacturers, who rely on the liquid running through them to provide precise temperature control to the products coming... [more]

  • Special Report: Prognostics software identifies potential issues

    Issue: May 2017

    Fortune-telling has gone high-tech as software companies make advances to allow plastics manufacturers to spot problems before they occur. Senseye In February, Senseye launched Version 2.3 of its automatic condition monitoring and prognostics software. The company introduced the first version of the... [more]

  • Special Report: NLB eyes extruders for cleaning system

    Issue: May 2017

    NLB, a manufacturer of high-pressure water jetting equipment, is offering a cleaning system for extrusion companies. NLB primarily sells water-jet cleaning equipment to industrial customers and cleaning contractors. More than 20 years ago, a company involved in extrusion asked NLB to help it find a solution... [more]

  • Special Report: Mold-maintenance tracking systems in the cloud

    Issue: May 2017

    Companies that make mold-maintenance tracking software and data-tracking systems say the technologies provide opportunities for greater productivity and efficiency both in the toolroom and on the shop floor. This can be especially critical when it comes to cleaning and maintaining injection molds, a... [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 this: U.S. productivity fell last year. That means we produced less with a given amount of labor and capital. Increasing the use of automation, including... [more]

  • Thermoformer taking swings at innovation

    Issue: May 2017

    Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging is a custom thermoformer that always is pushing itself as a constant innovator. The Brampton, Ontario, company is under the day-to-day management of brothers Todd and Mark Shepherd, who, on the day of Plastics Machinery Magazine’s visit, discussed several... [more]

  • Die-Sep, RUD Chain, IMS aid maintenance of multi-ton tools

    Issue: May 2017

    Crowbars and elbow grease may be cheap, but when it comes to tackling multi-ton molds and tooling, they’re often not enough. A number of companies, including Die-Sep, RUD Chain and IMS, tout equipment for making the logistics of tooling maintenance easier and safer. Die-Sep Die-Sep offers a range... [more]

  • New, improved products spot drying problems early

    Issue: May 2017

    To meet increased demand for in-line moisture meters, suppliers are launching new products and improving existing ones to help makers of plastic parts ensure resins are adequately dried prior to molding. While underdrying of hygroscopic resins can result in streaks or bubbles in finished parts, overdrying... [more]

Kautex KBB60 Double Station Extrusion Blow Molding Machine
The all-electric KBB series for extrusion blow molding shown in operation making 750ml sports drink bottles.