DN Editor-in-Chief John Dodge and Contributing Editor Doug Smock last week spent a day at one of the top plastics R&D centers in the country — Sabic Innovative Plastics’ Polymer Processing Development Center (PPDC) in Pittsfield, MA. Sabic engineers validate and test new materials and processes directly for customers or come with innovations they take to market themselves. Dodge shot 10 videos showing a variety of advanced processes and PPDC machines.
SABIC PPDC VIDEO COVERAGE:
An Aesthetic Look
PPDC Operations Leader Vincent Lanning shows how a process gives parts made from filled plastic resin an aesthetic look. Watch Now
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Sabic’s PPDC has about a dozen overhead cranes for moving around machines and molds weighing up to 35 tons. One crane has a 350-ton capacity. Watch Now
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