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The Process of Injection Moulding

This is a great process! The range of materials and colours is huge and there is no “abs like’ that we get in 3D Printing, its the real thing. Parts are repeatable and tight tolerance. The only potential downside is the tooling, but this is covered here, with options to suit most requirements.

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The Necessity of a Global Strategy for Plastics Waste

Since 1950, it is estimated that 8.3 million metric tonnes of virgin plastics have been produced.  Of this, 6.3 million metric tonnes has become waste, with 9% being recycled and 12% incinerated.  This leaves 79% that is accumulated in landfills or the natural environment.

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I’m Looking at Injection Moulding – What Drives the Cost?

Injection moulding is a great way to form thermoplastics into a range of shapes. These can be anything from a simple washer to a complicated electrical housing to a wheelie bin or car bumper.

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The Positive Impact of Plastic

Plastic is an incredibly versatile material with a huge range of applications due to the multiple forms, textures and strengths it can take. There are many positive impacts of plastic on the environment that are generally unrecognised, so here are a couple of benefits that you may be surprised to hear…

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Plastic Extrusion in the Retail Sector

The retail environment is awash with products vying for customer’s cash, and with so much marketing collateral at play, it can be tricky to grab their attention.

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What Types of Drying Are There? | Mo’s Corner

Mo explains the differences between various drying methods.

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Why I may need to rethink Artificial Thinking…

A few weeks can be a long time in the engineering business just as it is in showbusiness. Indeed until recently, AI was perhaps mainly the domain of films.

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The Future of Recycling: From Fad to Fundamental

In 2017, the AI Business Excellence Awards announced EA Recycling as the Most Innovative Waste Recycling Company. Alex Hall, Managing Director, shares his thoughts about the changing face of the recycling industry and the future trends.

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5 Reasons Why Injection Moulding is So Effective

Injection moulding is one of the most popular and versatile methods for mass producing plastic parts, as it has multiple advantages over other methods of plastic moulding.

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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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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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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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