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5 Things to Consider While Attending NPE 2018

As NPE 2018 draws ever closer, the majority of the plastics industry in the U.S., and even the world over, are putting the final touches on their marketing and tradeshow booths and assorted items as they prepare to print, package, crate, ship, tow, haul and ultimately descend on Orlando, Florida. For exhibitors, the tradeshow is undeniably their best opportunity to showcase their latest and greatest technology, products and applications to respond to the ever evolving demands and changes in the industry.

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Industry 4.0: The IoT Revolution

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) are synonyms for connected devices that allow the owner to gain more efficiency and productivity from their equipment. The ability to control light switches in a home with a voice command, t-shirts that recognize your heart rate while exercising, utilizing smart technology in your refrigerator to know when you need more milk, or adjusting your HVAC remotely utilizing an intelligent thermostat. Each of these solutions offer a clear path to enhancing your productivity and saving you money.

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What is Co-injection?

Does your food or beverage packaging need an oxygen barrier, light blocking, or carbon dioxide retention for extended shelf life? Are you molding a part that could be filled with regrind? Do you want to differentiate yourself on the shelf with aesthetic packaging by implementing color gradation, foaming or other effects in your package? If you responded yes, then co-injection technology could be right for your application.

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What is Injection Molding?

What is injection molding? Injection molding is a manufacturing process commonly used for fabricating items from plastic trinkets and toys to automotive body parts, cell phone cases, water bottles, and containers. Essentially many of the plastic parts that we use in every-day life are injection molded. 

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Buying Time

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 over 35,000 machines across the country with varying degrees of age, almost half of which are over 5 years old.

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What is blow molding?

Blow molding is the process of forming a molten tube (referred to as the parison or preform) of thermoplastic material (polymer or resin) and placing the parison or preform within a mold cavity and inflating the tube with compressed air, to take the shape of the cavity and cool the part before removing from the mold.

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Choosing the Right Screw and Barrel

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.