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New Trade Group Targets Decorating Engineers designing plastic parts enjoy plenty of alternatives when it comes to choosing colors and finishes for their products, but a new trade group believes there’s still a lot to be learned about in-mold decorating. Ronald Schultz, executive director of the In-Mold Decorating Association, discusses technologies of interest to design engineers. Full Story
New Plastics Enhance Design PotentialHigh-flow resins from GE Plastics allow molders to shoot parts at lower injection pressures, allowing larger and thinner components greater detail. KetaSpire, a new PEEK resin from Solvay, offers engineers a strong, lightweight alternative to metals and ceramics for demanding applications in aerospace, healthcare and automotive. Full Story Mold-Making Magic Speeds Production Using reverse engineering techniques, a California manufacturer of motorcycle accessories is not only cutting production time on molds by 75 percent but creating parts that boast finer detail. Actual parts are rotationally molded in ABS plastic using hand-laid-up molds. Full Story Colors Make the Difference in Medical PlasticsIncreasingly color is being used for fast identification of instruments in medical settings, such as surgery. Suppliers are adding pigment materials to special grades of medical plastics, so color can’t be washed off even under pressurized steam during autoclave sterilization. Full Story
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Applying the Finishing Touch The Precision Decorating arm of Phillips Plastics proves there’s plenty of value to be added at the end of the molding process. Find out how to add more visual appeal to products ranging from automotive components and consumer electronics to medical and sporting goods. The ABCs of Precision Decorating Steve Axtman, manager of Phillips’ Plastics Precision Decorating facility, tells engineers how to make the most of the company’s extensive painting, finishing and laser techniques. It’s one-stop shopping for customers that want their products to stand out from the competition.
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Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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