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Brexit – Where Are We Now?

There are times when I envy an ostrich, or at least the behaviour we have been led to associate with an ostrich! This is especially true when it comes to Brexit. Wouldn’t it be nice just to shut it all out and be left alone to get on with things?

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How Do Compressed Air Dryers Work? | Mo’s Corner

Mo explains: compressed-air dryers are suited to drying small quantities of granulate.

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How Do I Prototype an Extrusion?

Extrusion is a process that is commonly used in production, where lengths of a constant cross section are required.
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Are You Really Careful with Your Company’s Money?

We all like to think that we take care of our company’s money as if it was our own…

But is this the reality? 

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Plastic in the Ocean

As of Monday 1st January 2018, a new regulation will come into effect banning plastic waste imports into China. Already causing panic, with rubbish building up at UK recycling plants and landfill sites, we look to the government for solutions to stop more plastic pollution in the ocean.

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Should You Outsource?

Outsourcing is an established model in hi tech sectors and there are plenty of fabricators and installers who ‘buy-in’ so why isn’t it more established in extrusion?

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The Challenge of Static Never Stands Still

Despite the ongoing Brexit negotiations, Europe remains a key export market for many UK manufacturers. 

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Should Systems Companies Sub-contract?

With fluctuating demand continuing, economic uncertainty making major capital spend less appealing, Euroseal look at how systems houses could pick up the slack in their capacity without major investment.

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LPC Components: Quality You Can Taste

The word quality can be used in many ways, but on its own it is fairly vague.

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From Sack to Silo: Storage Solutions

Installing a storage silo represents a significant capital investment, so what are the key benefits and when should a company consider moving from sack to silo storage to meet its raw material logistic needs?

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Is Plastic the Recycling Pantomime Villain?

Pressure Grows on Plastics and the Environment

In 2017 the media has gradually increased the pressure on the plastics industry by highlighting the effect of waste plastic in our global environment.  This focus shows no sign of going away, with the UN oceans chief stating that Ocean plastic is a ‘planetary crisis’.  

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Custom Electronic Enclosures – What Are My Options?

Bringing a new product to market is challenging at the best of times. Generally the more technology involved, the more disciplines, the longer it can take. Hence sorting out the ‘box’ to house the device frequently gets pushed down the list as a “we’ll sort that out later” item!

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How Does Plastic Make Sport Possible?

At TCB-Arrow we manufacture a huge variety of plastic products for multiple industries, from the medical and hygiene sectors to the aerospace and automotive fields.
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Understanding What MES (Manufacturing Execution System) Can Do For You

I was hired as a marketing consultant by Intouch at the beginning of June. As a novice in the plastics industry I asked a lot of questions and I started to understand the system.

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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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