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  • Software targets variety of processes

    Issue: July 2016

    Compuplast International (USA) Inc. will soon launch new versions of simulation software for blow molding, extrusion and thermoforming that are designed to reduce product development times while increasing production rates and process consistency. The Williamsville, N.Y., company’s B-SIM Version... [more]

  • Right software can enhance, simplify printing

    Issue: July 2016

    If 3-D printing is the car, software is the engine driving it, whether it is in the product-development phase for simulation or the software that the 3-D printer depends upon to print parts. Several new products and upgrades were announced during the Rapid 2016 Conference & Expo, held May 16-19 in... [more]

  • Real-time monitoring improves process control

    Issue: July 2016

    Md Plastics Inc., Columbiana, Ohio, a maker of screws, nonreturn valves, nozzle tips and related machinery components for injection molding and extrusion, has launched a new melt temperature monitoring technology that measures the resin as it is being processed. The firm’s new Temp-Tek Melt Profiler... [more]

  • Fimmtech software advances molding

    Issue: July 2016

    Frontier Injection Molding and Material Technologies Inc. (Fimmtech), San Diego, released Version 8 of its Nautilus process development software for injection molding. The software allows molders to analyze and establish their processes through the use of scientific molding and design of experiments... [more]

  • Modular tooling gives flexibility to toothbrush design

    Issue: July 2016

    Zahoransky Formenbau GmbH, Freiburg, Germany, has developed new tooling for toothbrush molds featuring cavity inserts that can be changed quickly to produce a new toothbrush design. The company’s Z.Platform Line modular tooling system allows the molder to change the inserts while the mold is in... [more]

  • Ewikon shut-off system prevents cavity failures

    Issue: July 2016

    The new active cavity shut-off technology for multicavity injection molds from Ewikon Molding Technologies Inc., Rockford, Ill., prevents cavity failures from causing production delays. Common causes of cavity failures, such as a broken core, faulty ejector or inconsistent cooling, can cause unexpected... [more]

  • Screw systems, software boosts compounding

    Issue: July 2016

    Suppliers of multiple-screw extruder systems designed for compounding or melting and homogenization have reconfigured their equipment to consolidate processing steps or process a range of materials better. Another supplier of twin-screw units enhanced its software for designing screw and barrel configurations.... [more]

  • Patent Report: Water coolant limits outages for extruders

    Issue: July 2016

    Productivity on some extrusion lines can be significantly improved through use of a corrosion-resistant water treatment, said Peter Greenlimb, a water-management consultant whose company is called Chemagineering Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill. In a recently published patent application, Greenlimb said:... [more]

  • Efficiencies guide extrusion firm's comeback

    Issue: July 2016

    Absolute Custom Extrusions Inc. (ACE), Milwaukee, began business in 1986 with a specialization in tubing, profiles and coated wire and cable. Its current products include regular and oversized tubes for protecting golf clubs; coffee and cocktail stirrers; and drinking straws. It has customers throughout... [more]

  • Proposed ASTM standard measures film thickness

    Issue: July 2016

    ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa., has proposed a standard that will help measure the thickness of plastic film. The new standard is WK54333, Test Method for Measuring Plastic Film with a Non-Contact Capacitance Gauge, and it will support the quality control and production of the films, officials... [more]

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