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Central Europe, a Plastics Processing Sensation

Central Europe, a Plastics Processing Sensation While much of the plastics industry takes a financial beating in the U.S., Western Europe, and many Asian countries, Central Europe continues to be a beacon in the darkness. Poland and the Czech and Slovak Republics have seen growth in 2008, mainly due to skilled employees working for lower pay. The countries also benefit from an ideal central location that can serve both East and West. So far, with auto and packaging industries claiming a major stake in Central Europe, injection molding dominates the number of processors; but Polish film extrusion consumes the most material.

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Mighty-Tuff Band Heaters
Ogden Manufacturing Co.

Mighty-Tuff Band Heaters When even, reliable heat is critical, choose Ogden Mighty-Tuff band heaters.

•  Stainless Steel Sheath to resist oxidation
•  Capable of operating up to 1400° F sheath temperature
•  Highest possible application temperatures
•  Reach 200 WPSI
•  Thin profile (3/16 in.) for rapid response

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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Night Lights

Night Lights If Converse All-Star sneakers can glow in the dark — and some of them do — then surely other products must soon be following the trend. Maybe for that reason, Chroma Rotational Molding has made Chroma Glow, a linear low-density polyethylene that glows in green or blue. Intended for rotational molding, the LLDPE needs five minutes of light exposure to light for 32 hours.

Damage-control Coatings

Damage-control Coatings Here's a solution for cars, boats, or patio furniture showing signs of wear — let them fix themselves. To protect underlying substrates from corrosion, this self-repairing polymer heals itself when scratched. Its secret? Dispersed microcapsules filled with a catalyst and healing agent.

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Fast Heat, Quick Cool

Fast Heat, Quick Cool Cooling channels and a ceramic resistance heater, working together, can save 10% in energy and change injection molding temperatures 10x faster, writes Modern Plastics. The technology, debuted at the Fakuma show and primed for PC and acrylic, puts the heater just below the mold insert surface to speed mold filling before switching to the cooling phase.

High-output Pipe Extrusion

High-output Pipe Extrusion About 35% to 40% more output — that's the estimated benefit of an extrusion die that relies on water cooling of the melt, and internal air cooling in PP and HDPE pipe, writes Plastics Technology. The uniform output, despite the low temperatures and reuse of heat and plastic pellets, makes the extrusion die a valid and energy-efficient pipe cooling option.

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NRD Introduces New Static Elimination
Products

NRD, LLC

NRD Introduces New Static Elimination Products NRD is pleased to announce the addition of three new innovative products to their static control line: Anti-Static Tinsel, model 4002; Ion Cord, model 4003; and Tinsel Bar, model 4001. They are available for purchase online at www.thestaticmasters.com.

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What's New with Hot Runners?

What's New with Hot Runners? Improvements in hot runner technology promise better uniformity and production outputs. In addition to continued use of thermocouple controlled nozzles, expect benefits from electrically actuated valve gate systems, high-pressure nozzles for thin-wall packaging, and thermodynamic heating for compatibility with thermal analysis software.

Intricate Shapes from Extrusion Blow Molding

Intricate Shapes from Extrusion Blow Molding Materials developer BASF claimed a European "first" when its styrene-butadiene copolymer, Styrolux® 3G 46, wound up in an extrusion blow-molded process, forming plastic bottles with handles. The material, originally intended for blow-molding, enabled light weight, low temperatures, and fast cycle times, securing its place in the extrusion blow-molding process.

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Greening Your Plant

Greening Your Plant There's more to turning a standard plant into a green facility than adding energy-efficient light bulbs. A comprehensive approach the "greening" process begins with an energy analysis to point out improvement areas in power, lighting, or heating sources. Then, it's a matter of shifting human behavior (turning lights off), automating some controls (motor power levels), and consistently monitoring the results.

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Energy Audit Unveiled

Energy Audit Unveiled Are you dubious about energy audits? This report reviews what's involved and why the exercise pays off. Consider: a review of energy bills and taxes will point out current overcharges and potential fuel options. An audit also in production vs non-production, and upgrade possibilities based on areas where your facility pulls the most energy.

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The Softer Side of Plastic — TPE
Overmolding

Da/Pro Rubber, Inc.

The Softer Side of Plastic — TPE Overmolding TPE overmolding improves functionality, performance, and aesthetics of precision molded device components. TPE overmolding is a cost-effective way to improve your product usability, reduce assembly, and improve sealing and vibration dampening. Da/Pro focuses on high-quality, tight-tolerance parts providing engineers and chemists to assist in the moldability of your components.

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