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Cleanroom Classifications: What You Need to Know

Cleanrooms are an essential part of a safe medical manufacturing process. But how clean can a cleanroom be? The environmental control of a cleanroom depends on various factors, explained by Europlaz Technologies in this blog article.

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Clamping Force: Why It’s Vital to Your Injection Moulding Process and How to Calculate It

Clamp force is one of the most overlooked portions of the injection moulding process. How many times have you walked up to a moulding machine to see the clamping force set to max? So, what is clamping force? Why does it matter? And how do you calculate it? Jim Clifford, Consultant for RJG investigates in this blog article.

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Is it viable to convert my part material from metal to plastic?

When assessing plastic as a substitute for metal, there are many factors to take into consideration. Not all are strictly design-based; other factors can be desirability, finishing options, production cost, or sustainability, to name a few. Plunkett Associates investigate in this blog article.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Instrumenting a Mould

Putting a sensor anywhere in a tool can give you some form of data, but it may not be value-added. The key is knowing upfront what you want the sensor to do for you before determining where to place it and what type of sensor you want to use. RJG Technologies suggests you should start by answering these five questions.

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The Importance of Planned Downtime for Maintenance

As manufacturers face the pressure of delivery deadlines, planned maintenance usually drops down their priority list. In this informative blog, Intouch Monitoring explains the importance of planned downtime for maintenance and the effects it can have on machines, equipment, and finished products.

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8 Essential Injection Moulding Principles You Should Always Follow

In an industry full of grey areas and black books, what is “right” anyway? John Lobozzo, Technical Sales Engineer at RJG Technologies, walks us through his eight top principles for an effective injection moulding process.

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Have you Re-evaluated your Manufacturing Process?

The uncertainties surrounding Coronavirus and Brexit have shaken businesses across the country. As a result, many companies are using this time as an opportunity to re-evaluate the way they are conducting their manufacturing. Plunkett Associates investigate what this means for UK manufacturing.

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Unnecessary Plastic Pollution; How Can We Play a Part?

A large threat to ocean life is plastic waste, which humans are solely responsible for putting there. As a plastics company, igus® has a responsibility in ensuring that suitable investment is made into the issues surrounding environmental policies.

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Getting Critical on Extrusion

The extruding of thermoplastics can be complicated and unpredictable, and full consideration needs to be given to the intended product before considering how to set up the production line. Mike Newey, part of the Plastics Consultancy Network, explains.

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Have the Rules of Business Engagement Changed Forever?

We’ve all heard soundbites about how the COVID crisis has permanently changed the way we do business.  But will this apply to the UK Plastics Sector?

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Virgin Resin Price vs. Recycled Resin Price

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had enormous repercussions on the oil industry. In this blog article, Damien van Leuven, CEO of Vanden Recycling, investigates what this means for virgin and recycled resin prices.

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Aluminium Tooling: Friend or Foe?

Aluminium can offer significant advantages when specified correctly but is far from a panacea and recognising its drawbacks is very important. Plunkett Associates investigate in this informative blog article.

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Sierra 57: Addressing Anxiety on Employees’ Return to Work

After investigating current reports with HR & Chief Medical Advisors, Sierra 57 Consult wants to share with the plastics industry, the importance of taking care of employees returning to work. As the roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions is drawn up, employers are looking at how they can protect the health of their employees.

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Mixing Thermoplastic Compounds & Masterbatches

Following on from the previous article on formulations, Pravin S Mistry from the Plastics Consultancy Network investigates various blending procedures and their applications for mixing compounds and masterbatches.

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Formulating Plastic Compounds

There are so many factors one needs to consider when formulating thermoplastic compounds, regardless if it is being formulated for compounds or masterbatch. This blog from Pravin Mistry, a member of the Plastics Consultancy Network, investigates.

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What is the Impact of Reducing the Use of Black Plastic?

In this blog article, Vanden Recycling CEO Damien van Leuven investigates the impact of black plastic use, as newly released figures suggest that black plastic accounts for as little as 0.7% of consumer packaging in the UK market.

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Should I Continue Marketing During COVID-19 Pandemic Uncertainty?

Industry leaders understand the rationale behind investing in marketing media during a recession. We also, however, know marketing budgets can be the easiest taps to turn off. The natural reaction to a crisis is to ‘batten down the hatches’!

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Maintaining your Supply Chain in our New Isolated Economy

This week, many plastic sector companies will be beginning the process of ramping up their production.  As businesses ‘turn on the taps’, they will have to find new ways of connecting with their supply chain.

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Why Now is the Right Time to Reshore Your Plastic Moulding Supply Chain!

Many UK companies that currently import components into the UK believe that they should be looking at a reshoring programme.  The right incentives are definitely in place, so what exactly is stopping them?

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Lifting the Lid on Hydraulic Gantry Systems

In this blog entry, Duncan Rogers, Managing Director of Projector Lifting Service, discusses the advantages of using hydraulic gantry systems, and explains why they’ve been increasingly utilised for lifting applications over the past thirty years.

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