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Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 21

TM Robotics Founder and CEO Nigel Smith is passionate about robots. Not only does he see robot technology as increasing the productivity and efficiency of the plastics industry, he sees robots as job savers rather than job takers. Smith discussed his career and the role of automation in the plastics industry with PMM correspondent Lisa Jo...

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

Flexibility is not a word that often comes to mind when describing an extrusion plant. But Reschcor, a family-owned extruder, has found that being flexible with its extrusion lines can be a significant business advantage. The Bristol, Ind., company opened its current manufacturing plant in 2015, adding production lines, manufacturing space and room...

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

Extruder manufacturer Battenfeld-Cincinnati has sold about a dozen of its multilayer feed blocks for making coextruded thermoforming sheet since the device was introduced, and the company is using feedback from its initial customers to tweak the original design. “Of course, we optimized the feed block based on the experiences we got out of the...

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

Beckwood Press Co., a St. Louis manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses and automation systems, has expanded its engineering department with six new hires. Adam Strein, Beckwood’s engineering manager, said that over the past five years his company’s customer base has increased its demand for more sophisticated machinery. “These new engineers have...

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

X400 German RepRap’s fused-filament-fabrication 3-D printer can be used for limited industrial-grade production runs, as well as in the manufacture of large parts. Equipped with Simplify3D software, it can use two extruders for the production of multi-material or multi-color parts. Six sizes of nozzles are available, ranging from 0.25mm to...

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

C 650 machining center The five-axis C 650 is the largest and newest model in Hermle Machine Co.’s Performance line of machining centers, which have a variety of applications, including mold making. It features a large door to accommodate big workpieces, a swiveling rotary table with a maximum load of slightly more than 3,300 pounds, a rigid...

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

Two robot makers have extended their capabilities with the introduction of new cobots. The Elfin-5 and HCR line — available through Han’s Robot and HYRobotics, respectively — represent their manufacturers’ first forays into building collaborative robots. Designed for safety, they represent a lower-expense option for plant operators considering...

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

Nussbach, Austria, mold maker Haidlmair Holding GmbH has proposed a nozzle designed to simplify demolding. Haidlmair’s nozzle injects a strand of plastic melt into a mold through a slit. To create a temperature gradient between the molded part and the sprue, the area of the sprue is exposed to heat, keeping it melted even as the part hardens....

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

The Plastics Hall of Fame has announced the induction of 10 new members, who will be honored at a ceremony on May 6 in Orlando, Fla. The list includes several machinery pioneers. • Robert Ackley began his career as an apprentice draftsman with Davis-Standard LLC in 1959, rising over the years to president of the extrusion machinery firm by the time...

Plastics Machinery Magazine

 •  February 20

Liquid feeder Coperion K-Tron has redesigned its loss-in-weight liquid feeders, which are compatible with a wide variety of liquids and feature the company’s Smart Force Transducer (SFT) technology for accurate weighing. With tank sizes ranging from about 2 gallons to 80 gallons, the liquid feeders are suited for use with extrusion and mixing...