Plastic Trends 2018

Plastics are undergoing dramatic changes this year. High Tech gets all the hype, but science and engineering are still driving major trends in the plastic industry—some trends and some fads, some frivolous and others critical to the planet. We...

HDPE Can Be Recycled at Least 10 Times

New scientific testing has shown that PET and HDPE which comprise 97 percent of all plastic bottles on the North American Bottle market can be recycled and reused for new bottles at least ten times. The first set of practical tests was carried...

Reshoring Trends – Going Local

Advantages of sourcing plastic parts and products from closer manufacturers may help close the price gap and broaden the reasons for spending closer to the assembly location.   China’s historical advantage of low labor costs is shrinking as...

Report on Plastic Bottle Recycling 2017

Plastic recycling is a partnership. While plastic resin makers rush to make more environmentally friendly products, all used plastic products still must be returned to the recycling stream. The wide variety of plastics will require a proper...

The confusing plastic mess

Consumers are confused by plastic. It’s bad, good, wonderful, harmful, and indispensable. Consumers know that plastic waste is a problem but love the plastic products they use every day. The problem is complex. Plastic is not just one material...

Packaging and Plastic Containers Promote Sales

In the 1890s many new home products were introduced to help maintain the household. These included baking soda and other cooking powders and liquids as well as cleaners. In the unregulated era of packaging, many mistakes were made that caused...

Plastics and Modern Medicine

Plastic injection molding continues to provide solutions for the medical industry to improve health care. From PVC joint fittings that are made into wheelchairs for developing countries, to injection-molded positioning helmets for precision brain...

Plastic Micro Molding: The big and small of it

Some things just keep getting smaller and smaller. While you might think we are talking about the amount of product in a box, in this case we are talking about electronics, computer chips and tiny parts of smaller and smaller robots of all kinds...

Making Stuff: The Custom Plastic Manufacturer

Microdyne Plastics, Inc. started in 1975 as a custom plastic molding company.  From our small beginnings, this was how we began the company and still continue today. In today’s manufacturing world, the opportunity still exists to produce custom...

The Problem with Plastic Microbeads:

The Need for Environmental Self-Control by the Plastic Industry Microbeads are plastic spheres that measure 5 millimeters or less and do not dissolve in water. They are used mostly for cleansing in beauty creams as exfoliators, and are rinsed off...

Blow Molding

  Blow molding typically refers to plastic blow molding. This is the process of “blowing” air into a plastic resin like a balloon that is soft or “melted” using heat and pressure.  However, the “balloon” is restricted by the walls of a mold...

Custom Plastics Manufacturing

The plastic industries have become huge over the last 80 years. Because of the huge flexibility of plastic resins, the uses have created several individual industries that use plastic resin as the material. This article is about the sub-industry...