Date Archive - October 2022

That Was the K That Was

There were great expectations for the first K show since the global eruption of COVID-19. Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of the K 2022 Exhibitors Council and Managing Partner of Reifenhäuser GmbH, set a high bar at a pre-show press conference, suggesting that this might be the most important K ever.  On day one, Oct. 19, I overheard some exhibitors grumbling about smaller crowds than usual. Of course, the first day of…

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Large Plastic Battery Enclosures Are Ready to Roll

Engineering plastics such as polyamide (PA) 6 offer numerous benefits for the design of battery enclosures for electric vehicles in terms of sustainability, manufacturing costs, weight savings, and economical functional integration. However, there were lingering doubts about whether these large and complex components are also able to meet the very demanding requirements in relation to mechanical strength and flame-retardant properties. Kautex Textron and Lanxess have now carried out a comprehensive…

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Laser Welder Joins Plastic Parts in Blink of an Eye

Initially developed as a custom laser welder for a customer, the Branson GL-300 performed so well that Emerson adapted the device for its portfolio. It was shown for the first time to the public at K 2022. One of the striking features of the welder is its lightning speed, as Emerson’s Filip Gajdos showed me at the stand. The weld is formed in the blink of an eye. Moreover, the…

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ADM Montréal Keynotes Address Canada’s Role in Global Manufacturing

Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Montréal, Québec’s premier manufacturing event encompassing Automation Technology (ATX), Design & Manufacturing (D&M), Expoplast, Pack Ex, and Powder & Bulk Solids under one roof, has announced two keynote speakers. Stewart Cramer, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada. Stewart Cramer, Chief Manufacturing Officer of Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), and Charles Milliard, President and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), are confirmed to…

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Kickstart: Let them eat candy

It would be awesome if all those wrappers for all those bite-sized candies were easy to recycle, but we don’t live in that world right now. We also don’t live in a world where parents or kids want to see houses handing out unwrapped treats.

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Strength in Numbers

We’re less than one week from the Molding Conference (Nov. 8-10; Charlotte Convention Center; Charlotte, N.C.), and as the number of registrants climbs by the day, with the special Polymers Center Tour and Melt Preparation Workshop nearly sold out, many of your molding peers are opting to travel to Charlotte in packs, with a special group discount available to those who do. Since the Molding conference agenda touches on all…

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Involved in Compounding? Extrusion 2022 is For You

Have you checked out Plastics Technology’s upcoming Extrusion 2022 Conference? It’s going to be held Dec. 6-8 in Charlotte, N.C. at the Omni Charlotte Hotel in the downtown section of the city. This two-and-a-half day event is packed with presentations from more than 60 technical experts covering a wide range of subject areas. The morning sessions on each day will include presentations on “general” extrusion topics. During each afternoon there will be three…

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