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TGA – FTIR: A Combined Quantitative and Qualitative Polymer Characterisation Technique

The increasing demand for quality and safe products with enhanced light weight, mechanical/thermal and fire-resistant properties has inevitably resulted in more challenging research, development and material characterisation processes.

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How to Use Machine Guarding to Minimise Risk in Business

Machine guarding used in industry and business is an important safety issue that is subject to numerous compliance standards and regulations.

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UK Plastics Exhibitions – Should We Support Them?

We frequently hear talk of how big the Interplas exhibition used to be – apparently Battenfeld alone filled one hall!

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Performance of Acrylic

We were asked to look at the performance of acrylic and the force required to break an acrylic window, fitted into a caravan which had been in service since 2001. Unfortunately sample of the glazing was not made available for inspection and subsequent physical analysis.

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Why Do We Mix Materials When Dosing? And What Should We Keep In Mind?

mo explains: Separately dosed materials need to be correctly mixed to ensure that plasticisation results in a homogenous output material.

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Understanding Colour Variation and How It Occurs

Colour is subjective and has a huge impact on our physiology and psychology, so getting the right colour for your product is essential to widening its appeal, increasing perceived value and retaining the integrity of your brand.

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Fire Testing PE – Why PE Cladding is a Bad Idea

Fire testing PE cladding has suddenly become a ‘buzz word’ following the tragedy at Grenfell.  If there is one material that we come across more often in our modern society this is Polyethylene (PE).

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Opportunities in the UK Automotive Supply Chain

As the MD of a UK injection moulding specialist, I have always been a strong advocate for the reshoring of moulding work. This has culminated in my participation on a specialist panel on this subject at the recent SMMT International Automotive Summit.

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Reshoring Your Moulding Work? Trade Moulder or Bring ‘In-House’?

If you are one of the growing number of UK companies looking to bring previously offshored moulding work back into the UK, then this blog should help you to decide the best way to achieve your goal.

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Colouring Flame Retardant Plastics

Andrew Donkin of LATI UK explains the considerations when colouring flame retardant plastics.
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How Do I Achieve Successful Injection Moulded Parts?

Part Design is the key to success and our top tip is “KEEP IT SIMPLE”. 

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Reflecting on the Early Effect of Brexit on Material Prices

It has not been long since Article 50 was triggered on 29th March 2017, however as a UK plastics manufacturing business, Pentagon Plastics are already starting to feel its effects when it comes to the purchasing of thermoplastic materials.

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What is a Permanent Central Vacuum? | Mo’s Corner

Mo explains the characteristics and advantages of a permanent central vacuum…
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Should Aluminium be Considered as a Tooling Material?

Plunkett Associates believe aluminium tooling offers significant benefits in the right applications.

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Need Plastic Parts Making? Ask our Plastic Guru!

OK, so we aren’t the Plastic Gurus in question (it’s the below handy Infographic), but at PlastikCity we operate both a Help Desk and an Assisted Service facility within our Source a Moulder section, so we have first-hand experience when it comes to ‘pointing people in the right direction’.

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Should I Use SLA or SLS For My Prototype?

You need a prototype, and are thinking Additive manufacturing, but just not sure whether to go Stereolithography (SLA) or Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)? Plunkett Associates’ simple to follow, light hearted step by step guide should help give you the basics…

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How Can UK Manufacturing Respond to the Triggering of Article 50?

With Article 50 now activated (March 2017), Brexit isn’t something that may happen, it’s here and we now rely on the UK Government and economists to get the best deals for Britain. Here, Paul Edwards of British firm Pentagon Plastics, discusses his own response to Article 50 as a manufacturing business owner, and how businesses can make positive strides into a potentially uncertain future.
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How Can Abrasion be Minimised for Vacuum Conveying Systems? | Mo’s Corner

Mo explains abrasion and measures to prevent abrasion…
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Ten Reasons to Use Robotics in Manufacturing

by AJ Robotics.

Robotics in Manufacturing is developing new concepts and solutions for robotic systems and manufacturing technologies to work more seamlessly together.

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What Surface Finish Options are Available for DMLS Parts?

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is one example of what are termed powder bed systems. These machines build your parts within a ‘cake’ of metallic powder that is subsequently recycled.
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