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PlastikCity On Tour – LVS Quality Measurement Services

Our next stop was at Telford based LVS Quality Measurement Services.

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What is the Purpose of CAD and Why Do We Need It?

3D CAD data is the gateway to exciting and transformative technologies such as simulation, 3d printing and CNC machining.

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Thinking About Reshoring your Tool from the Far East?

Brexit has shaken up businesses across the country, and many companies are using this as an opportunity to re-evaluate the way they are conducting their manufacturing.

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PlastikCity On Tour – CMS UK

Our next stop was at Nottingham based CMS UK Ltd.

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Why would you use a Hot Air Dryer?

Some say hot air dryers have limited application as they are only effective for drying surface moisture from non-hydroscopic materials such as Polypropylene or Polystyrene.

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Are De-scaling and Cleaning Units the ‘Panacea’ to Preventative Maintenance Issues?

Most modern plastic processing companies will employ a preventative maintenance program. This will usually centre around the servicing of primary production equipment, conducted by skilled staff or the OEM service team.

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Tooling: What, Where and Why?

Plunkett Associates’ experience takes us from low volume into hundreds of thousands, or put another way, container loads! We would be the first to acknowledge that we lack a track record of dealing in millions, a specialist area in its own right!

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PlastikCity on Tour – Renmar Plastics Machinery

Welcome to the second edition of PlastikCity on tour! Our next stop was at Wellingborough based Renmar Plastics Machinery.

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Is Solvent Resistance Predictable with Polymers?

To assess solvent resistance, first consider solvents spread out on a polarity scale. Non-polar solvents are at one end, such as paraffin, petrol and diesel. At the other ‘highly polar’ end we find alcohols and water.  In between are moderately polar solvents such as acetone, esters and chlorinated solvents.

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How Can Disturbances in the Vacuum Supply be Avoided?

mo explains measures to maintain the vacuum

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What Are My Options for Low Volume Injection Moulding?

Whilst many companies view low quantities as a nuisance, they represent our staple diet!

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Sulphur: From the Underworld to Thermoplastics

In 1839, by inserting sulphur atoms as bridges between polymer chains, Charles Goodyear transformed Natural Rubber from an interesting curiosity into a superb engineering material that has had a huge impact on society.

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PlastikCity On Tour – The Automated Technology Group

Welcome to the first ever edition of PlastikCity on Tour! There are now over 200 active partners represented on the PlastikCity site. Our ambition has always been to have suppliers that cover EVERY product or service required by plastic manufacturers. As such, many of our partners are very specialised and not widely recognised in our industry. Our plan is to raise their profile in our sector.

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Can You Modify a Polymer Grade Safely?

One of the exciting attributes of polymers is that the properties of any polymer can be modified by tinkering with the basic molecular structure or incorporating a range of additives.  However, you have to be aware that altering one property may have a knock-on effect on other properties.

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Use of XRF Spectroscopy to Uncover Toxic Substances in Plastics

Undoubtedly plastics have played a key role in the shaping of our modern society mainly due to their unique versatile, lightweight and cost-efficient properties.  But, unlike other types of materials such as metals, recycling of plastics can be technically challenging.

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What is Important for Material Flow in Plastics Processing? | Mo’s Corner

mo explains the background information and details of plastics conveying…

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What do we mean by the Heat Resistance of Thermoplastics?

In some applications heat resistance can mean the material’s ability to carry out its intended function at elevated temperatures for short periods.

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Surface Roughness Testing

Surface roughness or roughness, in short, is the measure of deviations in the direction of the normal vector of a real surface from its ideal form. Continue reading

Proof of Principle: Why?

A Proof of Principle prototype – often referred to as Proof of Concept – is the process of identifying if a particular process or group of processes are robust enough for full-scale automation.

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RNA CASE STUDY: Robot De-Moulding & Assembly Cell

The world’s leading intelligent lock manufacturer approached RNA to design and develop a robot de-moulding & assembly cell system to handle and assemble plastic moulded letter box facia plates.

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