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Using Plastics Simulation to Overcome a Fear of Fibres

A sure-fire way to make any injection mould toolmaker or processing engineer uneasy is to utter the words “fibre reinforced”; and not without good reason.

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How Can Material Distribution Be Automated? | Mo’s Corner

Mo explains fully automated material distribution systems…

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Brexit – Should we Export, or Stop Importing?

By Simon Anderson – MD of LVS Small Plastic Parts

Like most SME’s, the Brexit vote came as a shock to LVS Small Plastic Parts last year.  As part of the larger business community, we felt that a status quo would be the best outcome for the manufacturing sector.  Our own business being so heavily aligned to the automotive sector helped to reinforce this opinion.

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Are SMED practices used in the ‘real world’?

I recently read an article about a 5% increase in productivity achieved at Formula Plastics, just by changing their tool clamping system.  It got me thinking about mould change methods available in the market, which I then discussed with suppliers.

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Cutting Edge Advancements in Masterbatch & Additives

Masterbatch as a simple colouring agent has been with us for some time, but we wanted to find out how far things had come.  We posed three separate questions to UK based specialists that we thought would be of interest to our audience.  As well as technical advances, aspects such as long-term environmental impact are also covered.

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Are Gravimetric Dosing Units Worth the Extra Cost?

Gravimetric colour dosing units (also known as continuous or loss-in weight units) have been around for a while, so we asked the PlastikCity Ancillary Partners for some feedback that would help our readers to make a more informed decision when considering their options. 

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Does your machine just need a new ‘heart’?

The ‘heart’ of any plastic processing machine is its Screw and Barrel, so if your equipment is not as athletic as you would like, perhaps a ‘transplant’ is the answer!

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20% Off Your Next Moulding

Guest Blog by Richard Webster of Plastic-IT

Most plastic injection mouldings that are produced today are still compromised when compared to what they could be in terms of fully optimised product….

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Are we really as careful with our company’s money?

We all like to think that we’re as careful with our company’s money as if it was our own…

But is this the reality? 

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Cartesian or Side Entry – How Fast a Cycle Time Justifies the Switch?

Guest Blog by Nick Parker of DB Automation

As a company specialising in high speed part removal from injection moulding machines, we are often asked to justify the price differential between our standard Cartesian (three-axis or ‘beam’) robots and our side entry models.  An installation of our flagship CFR (Compact Flexible Robot) side entry unit costs around double that of a Cartesian solution, so the aim of this blog is to help you decide which is right for your particular project….

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The Real Cost of Outsourcing Production Tooling to the Far East

When large OEMs such as JLR are ‘waving the flag’ in building a UK based supply chain, we are right to be more optimistic about the future of our Toolmaking industry.  But do you need ‘deep pockets’ in order to be patriotic and support the cause?

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