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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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Bowl Feeder vs. a Vision-Guided Feed System

One of the key parts of any automated process is the feed system. But is a bowl feeder or a vision-guided feed system more suitable for your needs? Read this blog article from SP Technology to find out more.

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Injection Moulding or 3D Printing? Making the Right Choice

In this blog post, Mark Dickin, Additive Manufacturing & Moulding Engineering Manager at Ricoh UK, explains how the two technologies can complement each other rather than compete.

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PET Recycling and rPET: What you need to know

Plastic manufacturers and converters are facing consumer and legislative demand when it comes to the use of recycled PET in their products. In this post, Vanden Recycling explores challenges and proposed solutions to improve the inclusion of rPET.

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When is Stereolithography the better option?

Many years ago, Stereolithography (SLA) was the established rapid prototyping solution for additive manufacturing, then along came laser sintering (SLS). So, what happened and are people missing out? Plunkett Associates investigate…

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Is There Any Value to Granulating In-house?

Have you compared the cost of reprocessing your own material vs the rebates and service offered by dedicated plastic recycling firms? Or are you assuming that, by granulating yourself, you will see more benefits? Vanden Recycling explains more…

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PP film is recyclable, so why isn’t it being recycled?

Pure PP film, in all forms, is fully recyclable and does not produce any toxic or harmful by-products when reprocessed. But it’s often not being recycled, which is a huge concern when you consider the volume in which it is produced and used. Vanden Recycling explains more…

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How is the Plastic Granulate Separated from the Conveying Air? | Mo’s Corner

Mo reveals the secret of the “suspended plastic granule.”

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