Downgauging is a key trend: the average PE t-shirt bags utilize 30% less material than bags made five years ago, due mostly to advances in resin technology. Blog Post: 1/23/2018
Jim Callari Editorial Director/Associate Publisher, Plastics Technology Last week we reported on the results of 2017 research conducted by market-research firm Mastio &
Lexair’s Flex Grip manual/hydraulic closers are clamped through a screw pump with a spring return opening and a parts stop disk is inserted and removed from the top to eliminate the need to remove the closer from the mounting base. New Product Post: 1/23/2018
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Boride Engineered Abrasives adds PSA silicon, carbide-coated abrasive strips to their product offering. These strips are designed to complement Boride’s continuously growing polishing product line. Boride’s PSA silicon carbide-coated abrasive strips are made from high-quality wet/dry silicon carbide paper sourced from Germany. They have
Nordon’s John Binder says the first step to optimizing a powder coating operation is an official audit of the entire system to identify areas for improvement. Q. We are looking at ways to better optimize our powder coating operation. What steps should we take to start this process, and what should we be looking for?
Columbia Chemical’s Matt Schario says focus on the acid pickling stage of the plating process to solve adhesion issues on high-carbon steel. Experts Post: 1/22/2018
Director of Technical Services, Columbia Chemical This photo shows, from left to right, a typical 10.9 bolt as is, the same bolt after pickling with no
The range of products we come into contact with every day that have a chrome finish is impressive: virtually everything, it might seem, from kitchen utensils to tools to automotive trim. Even if the base material is plastic instead of metal, the decorative chromium coating makes it look like metal and feel like metal, and maybe most importantly,
Axalta’s Joe Subda suggests taking an eight-step problem-solving approach to get cost savings from an electrocoating operation. Experts Post: 1/22/2018
Senior Product Specialist, Axalta Coating Systems Q. I would like to reduce the costs of my electrocoat operation without affecting part quality. What are my options?
Creating a proper finishing environment, and keeping booths, spray guns and filters clean, will help ensure the safety of paint booth technicians, says Global Finishing Solutions’ Mark Freels. Q. Our business sprays solvent-based paint. What safety measures should we have in place to keep our employees safe?
A. There are many subtle
SmartCAMcnc has released the 2018 version of its CAM software, including new adaptive rough milling technology; FreeForm Machining and Advanced Turning applications; Advanced Fabrication and Advanced Wire EDM verification modules; and improved feed rate control.
Adaptive roughing tool paths maintain consistent cutting condition, eliminate
Key is tiny, individually controlled ceramic heaters that allows optimal regulation of film thickness. German firms Kiefel GmbH and Wattron GmbH have joined forces on a long-term R&D project aimed at increasing quality and efficiency in thermoforming, especially for thin-gauge packaging. Kiefel (U.S. office in Portsmouth, N.H.) furnishes
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