Innovation Takes Root is the bi-annual biopolymers event hosted by NatureWorks, developers of the Ingeo PLA bioresin. More specifically, the 3-day event is billed as a "collaborative biopolymers forum for the Ingeo community." We like the sound of that: we're big on collaborative partnerships to further the art and science of thermoforming. This year, CMT has been invited by NatureWorks to participate in a key workshop titled, "Tools for Ingeo Users." The session will be led by Dr. Jim Nangeroni, Ph.D. In addition to CMT, speakers will present papers on single screw and twin-screw extruder design, melt pump and screen changer design, proper additives, and testing protocols for gaining compost certification.
It's been a while since we had anything of note to share on our blog, but as we said at the outset - our goal is to provide valuable and relevant information, not SEO content.
Though the official numbers have yet to be released, by many accounts NPE 2018 was the biggest and best ever. 5 full days (okay, 4 full days and a slow 5th day) of new machinery, technologies, and processes, as well as myriad learning and networking opportunities on the show floor and in the multiple technical conferences (ANTEC, Re|Focus) will tire out the most intrepid of plastics professionals.
CMT Materials has participated in many important thermoforming studies since our founding in 1998. Working in cooperation with industry and academic partners in North America and Europe, we strive for a data-driven approach to a process that has historically been based on craftsmanship and an iterative trial-and-error approach. In this new case study, Kal Plastics of Vernon, CA, approached CMT with a thorny problem that required collaboration and patience, all while striving to meet the needs of a demanding customer.
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It's been a bit quiet on the blog front over the past few months, though not because we haven't been busy. As anyone in the plastics industry will attest, 2017 was a bumper year due to low feedstock prices, strong global economic performance, and continued growth in consumer demand. In fact, a recent interview with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) suggests that we are on track to see sustained expansion in production capacity for several years. Stretching back to the K 2016 event, we have seen steady increases in orders for all HYTAC materials especially our market-leading B1X product. With all of the major OEMs reporting continued long lead times for machinery and tooling, it seems safe to say that 2018 will pick up where 2017 left off.
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Over 160 delegates recently gathered at the Westin North Shore hotel in Wheeling, IL to hear the latest developments in thin wall packaging trends. Coffee capsules continue to be a topic of particular interest to the consultants at AMI who host a dedicated conference (October 4-5 in Berlin, Germany) on the innovative but troubled little package. The world loves coffee, with Switzerland, Canada and the Benelux countries topping the tables of per capita consumption.
The plastics industry’s second biggest exhibition returned to Guangzhou (pop. 14MM) in the Dongguan region of Southern China. This was the 31st Chinaplas Fair and with 13 halls and the organizers were delighted to announced a new record of 155,000 visitors, up 4.5% from last year and 21% from 2015.
It's been a bit quiet on the blog front these days, but rest assured we are hard at work on some new projects. In fact, we are just about to submit our presentation to the good people at AMI in advance of the Thin Wall Packaging Conference in Wheeling, IL (May 23-24). In short, we have developed new data sets illustrating the effect of plug material choice on overal material distribution. This isn't entirely novel, but what we've done in this case is link the differences in average minimum thickness to part costs and overall job profitability. In essence, we answer the question, "How much is 0.001" worth?" We're looking forward to presenting the data and getting feedback from our industry peers.