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CMT Field Notes: AMI Thin Wall Packaging 2017

Posted by Conor Carlin on 11:13 PM on June 7, 2017

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. 

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Data-Driven Thermoforming

Posted by CMTUpdate on 4:48 PM on July 25, 2016

Many industries have been "disrupted" by technology over the years. Many processes have been "optimized" through software. In both cases, buzzwords notwithstanding, the application of new information (or information presented in a novel way) to existing business models has resulted in improved efficiencies. The rolodex? Salesforce CRM. Palm Pilot? Smart phone. Illegible utility bills? Energy dashboards. MS DOS? Windows/Linux/OS, etc. You get the idea. 

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Back to Basics: Modifying the Plug Surface

Posted by CMTUpdate on 3:20 PM on April 15, 2016

It was waaaay back in May 2013 when we first published a blogpost about polishing plugs and why it is such an important concept. After some recent discussions with toolmakers and thermoformers about different plug materials and geometries, we figured this would be a good time to revisit the topic of polishing. Looking back in the archives, our original technical guide was titled "Polishing Guide." The updated version is more precise: "Tips for Modifying Plug Surface". The distinction is important as we shall see.

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Evolved Thinking vs. The Status Quo

Posted by Conor Carlin on 10:00 AM on April 5, 2016

When I was about 10 years old, I knew a lot about geography. I memorized capitals of countries, read the atlas and looked up at map of the world beside my bed every night that was given to me by my grandfather. When I was 13, I was selected to take a geography test to see if I would qualify for The National Geographic Bee, a national competition. The results came back, and I was off to the state capital to compete. Unfortunately, I didn't make it beyond the first round after missing questions that were well outside my area of expertise. On the long drive home, I was painfully aware that geography was a much larger field than the color-coded countries and political boundaries that I knew so well. 

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Thermoforming Simulation & Plug Design

Posted by CMTUpdate on 5:15 PM on November 3, 2015

We are often asked about plug design. It's clearly a critical issue for toolmakers and thermoformers and we've written about it many times in the past. Over the past year, it seems like we have been getting more pointed requests for specific design advice including designing plugs ourselves. Now, this is not typically our forte because we focus on the material science behind HYTAC syntactic foams. There are many variables involved in tool/plug design and those closest to the project are usually best suited to the task. That said, we are always looking to keep current on the latest trends and technologies in our industry to help our customers and partners.

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CMT Field Notes: Chinaplas 2015

Posted by CMTUpdate on 2:51 PM on June 1, 2015

Once again the city of Guangzhou in Southern China welcomed the world of plastics professionals to its massive exhibition hall. Though the organizers of the K Fair (Messe Dusseldorf) insist they are not nervous, it appears that Chinaplas is now larger than K, at least in terms of quantity (if not quality) of exhibitors. 

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CMT Releases New HYTAC Thermoforming Case Study

Posted by CMTUpdate on 8:55 AM on April 27, 2015

Case studies allow our customers and partners to see exactly how HYTAC material is being used in the field. 

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Understanding the True Cause of Failure in Plugs

Posted by CMTUpdate on 3:42 PM on January 21, 2015

This week we received a package with a damaged plug and its mounting system. After reviewing the plug material and the failure modes, we suspect the cracking was due to a mismatch of thermal conductivity rates in a tightly confined area.   The plug design was efficient and neatly put together - at room temperature.   The chosen plug material, HYTAC-WF, is a thermoset epoxy-based material formulated for low thermal conductivity and minimal thermal expansion to provide consistent performance when contacting a heated sheet.  In this particular plug design, those same properties provide a challenge for the mounting system and result in significant stress on the most brittle element – the syntactic foam.

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New HYTAC Thermoforming Case Studies

Posted by CMTUpdate on 12:08 PM on January 19, 2015

This week we have posted 2 new case studies to our website. If you haven't already received copies from us, be sure to take a look and let us know what you think:

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Focus on Heavy-Gauge Thermoforming

Posted by CMTUpdate on 4:01 PM on September 23, 2014

The annual SPE Thermoforming Conference always brings new ideas and inspiration. Given the customized nature of many heavy-gauge thermoforming projects, we usually get into the weeds pretty quickly with companies that are working on new stuff. Often, heavy gauge formers do not use full-size syntactic foam plugs due to low volumes.  However, syntactic foam can be used as localized pushers, as mold inserts, on the clamp frame, and for prototype/low volume tooling.

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