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Four reasons it is time to replace your tools

Plastic Manufacturing Tips for Tool Replacement All blow molded, and injection molded plastic products are formed with molds that are called tools. These tools are both molds and machines that are manipulated by larger machinery to form each specific part or product. The tools must come apart to...

Plastic Recycling Efforts Supported by Foundation

Plastic recycling has two halves:  Plastic collection and reuse. The reuse technology has improved greatly in the last few years, while the plastic collection has slid some. PepsiCo Foundation has joined the efforts to bring back the consumer participation efforts. Reuse Plastic trash must be...

Plastic Recycling Becomes a Brand Differentiator

Post-consumer recycled (PCR) containers are starting to see some activity as a brand diffentiator. Adding a portion of PCR to the resin of plastic containers is gaining momentum for naturally oriented companies and those that want to appeal to the environmentally conscious consumer. While many...

Injection Molded Electronics Parts Manufacturing

Microdyne has over forty years of experience in electronic parts manufacturing and micro-molding. Most electronic parts today have plastic molded components. The ease of design, inert characteristics of plastic polymers, low cost, micro-tolerance characteristics and flexibility make plastic an...

Some Plastics are Made to Last Forever

Recycled plastic building materials While most petroleum-based plastics can last almost forever, sometimes that is exactly what we need. One such application is bridges. In the (really) old days, we had stone bridges, and we still do. Roman bridges still exist in Britton and Rome that are now...

Plastic Starts Shedding Its Bad Boy Image

Among all the bad press recently about state-sized floating islands of plastic in oceans and perpetual presence of one-use plastic along highways and plastic bag and straw wars in California cities, the plastic industry is changing behind the scenes. For the last half dozen years large...

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 summarize the major trends here. Plastic is in...

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 out by an ESE World B.V.  in Europe. They said...

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 millions of Chinese workers enter the middle class and...

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