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Toray Debuts Flexible, Adaptive Prepreg System

Toray Composite Materials America Inc., a supplier of carbon-fiber materials and advanced composite prepregs, has introduced Toray 2700, an epoxy-based high-performance system employing patented resin technology and geared toward emerging aerospace programs. It reportedly satisfies stringent aerospace structural design drivers and enables the manufacture of high-quality, high-volume, cost-effective composite parts. This flexible and adaptive material is said to be ideal as emerging aerospace programs transition from prototype to high-volume production.…

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What Is the Right Quantity of Prototype Parts?

Speed to market is critical. In our hyper-competitive industrial and consumer industries, new product development is moving faster than ever before with no signs of slowing down. OEMs, suppliers, and contract manufacturers are struggling to meet the demands of their customers, and are actively searching for new solutions that improve processes and meet deadlines. The technological advances in rapid prototyping have made it possible for product developers to fail fast…

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I Didn’t See This Coming

July 22, 1972 – a day that will live in infamy. Well … not exactly. But it will live in my memory, since that was the day I started work at Plastics Technology magazine. Me (right), learning the craft, 1973. I was 22 years old, a former English Lit. major, fresh out of journalism school, where I’d spent a year getting closer to the “real world”; and now I was…

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Simply the Best of In-Mold Labeling and Decorating and In-Mold Electronics

Each year, the In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) showcases outstanding achievements within in-mold labeling (IML), in-mold decorating (IMD), and in-mold electronics (IME) through its awards program. The judges consider a number of parameters in choosing the winners, including overall design and complexity; integration of the in-mold element into the part or package; functionality; and innovation in the use of materials and processes. Manufacturing difficulty and complexity of the part, label, design,…

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IPEX Builds Advanced Plastics Manufacturing Plant in North Carolina

Thermoplastic piping supplier IPEX reports that it is making a major investment in a new injection molding plant in Pineville, NC. Equipped with state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence technology, the facility will significantly increase IPEX’s ability to manufacture fittings for plumbing, electrical, industrial, and municipal applications, said the company. The nearly 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will be the technological flagship for the company’s operations and one of the most advanced plastics manufacturing…

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