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‘HOT’ Tips For Dealing With HOT Weather

As the UK’s longest heatwave in five years continues, Refcool Refrigeration present their top tips for dealing with the hot weather in plastics manufacturing.

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AKI – High Definition Printing on High Surface Finish components

AKI are often requested to repeatedly and precisely decorate highly cosmetic Covers for Shower Units and other chrome plated components.

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What is Dry Ice Blasting & Why Should You Choose It?

Dry Ice Blasting is the process of propelling solid carbon dioxide particles at a high velocity to clean a surface. At Cryogenesis, we specialise in the intricate procedure of Dry Ice Cleaning or CO2 Blasting as it is also known. This process has grown to be one of the most efficient and effective methods of cleaning in many industries.

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What to Consider When Selecting Material for Your Medical Device

When you’re looking for the right materials for your medical device, there’s plenty to take into consideration.

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Combining Injection Moulding and Engineered Structural Foam for the Automotive Market

For more than 45 years, Hallam Plastics has been providing high quality plastic injection moulding services to blue-chip companies working in the automotive sector.

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A K Industries: High Surface Finish Components Challenge

The Challenge: The customer required a completely aesthetic component with a very high gloss finish. This was to be printed as a post moulding process and with no evidence of gate witness, ejector marks, flow lines or sink on the show surface.

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Where are Rigid Plastic Extrusions Used?

Rigid plastic extrusions are used in a wide range of everyday applications, many of which you will use regularly without even realising!

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Rockwell Hardness Test

The rockwell hardness test is used to measure the ‘hardness’ of a plastic – it’s ability to resist permanent indentation.  This information can be ascertained through the use of a loaded ball indenter.

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3 Reasons to Think Twice Before Purchasing Your Next Mould

Traditional manufacturing methods such as injection moulding have been around for decades and remain a solid option for most projects once the market demand and product requirements have all been validated. However, there are times when considering other options can provide some major benefits.

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A K Industries: Two Shot Moulding Challenge

The Challenge: The customer required an injection moulding company capable of producing a complex suite of conventional injection mould tooling for a Safety Handlamp.

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Two Shot Moulding: What is it and What are the Benefits?

Two shot moulding is the ability to produce complex mouldings from two different polymers at the same time during one machine cycle. This opens the door to allow you to create innovative mouldings that can be produced quickly and to a very high quality.

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ASTM D638 Tensile Testing of Plastics

Impact Solutions, through our laboratory, have extensive capabilities and experience in plastic testing. Our facility houses a mix of state of the art plastic testing equipment and bespoke designed plastic testing rigs allowing us to undertake a wide range of different test techniques on plastics. This includes ASTM D638 (technically equivalent to ISO 527 -1) is a testing standard which ascertains the tensile properties of a plastic material. 

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How do I Choose the Right Process for my Prototype?

Prototyping, 3D printing, additive manufacture, whatever we choose to call it now offers a wide variety of options and importantly capabilities. Which one is ‘best’ depends on what you are trying to achieve.

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Hydraulic Oil Oxidation: FAQS

Leading oil and engineering fluids supplier Millers Oils answers the most frequently asked questions when it comes to the oxidation of hydraulic oil.

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Accelerated Weathering of Automotive Interior to SAE J2412

SAE J2412 is a popular and commonly used accelerated weathering test standard, which exposes automotive interior samples to simulated sunlight using xenon lamps. 

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Impact Testing

An impact test is used to measure toughness, capacity to resist the energy of shock loading or a dynamic impact of a product.  Samples inspected under this test method are then checked for signs of deformation, fracturing and ruptures.

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Revealing the Formulation and Identity of Plastic Products

It is without any doubt that plastics have been increasingly popular in material selection for plastic products and have found applications in engineering fields spanning from automotive to construction and from biomedicine to packaging of everyday healthcare products. The ease of processing, low cost of production and lightweight characteristics are just a few of the advantages of the plastics when compared to other materials like metals etc.

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UK Plastics Industry: Post-Brexit

Thursday 23rd of June 2016, the date where the residents of Britain voted to leave the EU, ultimately beginning the process of Brexit.  After the public voted and the decision was made, a question had been raised by many; how will this affect the economy?

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Bridge Tooling – What is it and When Should I Use it?

Bridge Tooling can also be known as development tooling or rapid tooling, and defines a stage in development where there is a need for moulded parts but production tooling is unavailable. Its name coming from the fact that it forms a bridge between prototyping and production.

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Easter Egg Packaging: 3000 Tons Wasted A Year

Easter is a fantastic time. Spring has arrived, flowers start to blossom and the favoured chocolate covered eggs are beginning to hit the shelves. Continue reading

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