Getting Smarter

October 31, 2018

If titles were being considered for the plastics industry in 2018, it is fair to categorize it as the year of “smart everything”. In fact, it has seen a fair bit of transformation this year both in technology and capabilities but also the mindset or direction of plastics processing in general. From many of the […]

Buying Time

March 5, 2018

One of the many age-old debates that crisscross the plastic injection molding industry is that critical decision to either attempt to extend the life of an older machine or replace it. I would dare say that this is a topic far too familiar with plastics manufacturing in the United States, with an installed base of […]

Choosing the Right Screw and Barrel

February 21, 2018

It cannot be overstated that the process of selecting the appropriate screw and barrel combination for your plastics application is a critical part of the success or failure of any particular machine cell. However, most people may not realize how often that this very selection process is done in error or even done incompletely. Unfortunately, […]

Material Impact

February 14, 2018

The very basis of the plastics industry is, and are the pelletized materials that are manipulated, combined, synthesized, heated, injected, extruded and blown into the myriad number of molds and auxiliaries that the industry has to offer. It seems that almost every month someone is improving the materials, the processing of the materials and even […]

Safety in the New Year

Plastics manufacturers are some of the more safety concerned organizations in the US today. The efficacy and safety of the products they produce, whether in medical, automotive or even packaging and consumer goods is of utmost importance to their brand, their bottom line and the lives of those consumers that utilize those products. Within that […]

5 Things to Consider When Investing in IoT / Industry 4.0 Services and Infrastructure

As the industry continues to discuss the ever growing value/opportunity or potential impact of the Industry 4.0 (IoT) segment of manufacturing (now valued at well over $5 Trillion), little attention is being brought up regarding the basic considerations surrounding entrance into a data rich and connected future. We are in the beginning of fourth industrial […]