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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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Is There Such a Thing as Biodegradable Plastic?

Current culture has led to a belief that plastics do not biodegrade. This is, in fact, incorrect. All plastics are organic and have been proven to biodegrade by microorganisms. This blog entry explains more…

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Want to Re-shore your Plastic Component Manufacture, but Don’t Have a Tool or Drawings?

It’s a common enough issue.  Your current overseas manufacturing partner very helpfully helped to design your components and manufactured your tooling, but now you’re stuck with them!

This informative case study from LVS Quality Measurement Services demonstrates how they worked around this common issue.

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Oil is the Life Blood of your Machine

Established for 40 years, KLEENOIL wants you to achieve ultimate production from your injection moulding machine.

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Sterling and the Impact on Polymer Pricing

The weak pound is causing misery for those holidaying abroad but is also creating frustrations for the UK polymer industry, as the weakness of Sterling is causing upward pressure on UK polymer prices.

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The Effect of Pressure and Temperature on Part Quality and Dimensions

Injection moulding is a complex system of machinery, fluid dynamics, and thermal conductivity. Let’s break the mould down into two simple parts, the heat exchanger and the pressure vessel, and review how they can impact overall part quality and dimensions.

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Making the Most of Impact Testing

Falling weight impact tests can yield much more relevant information than single-point impact testing; however, they come with their own challenges. 

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Do Izod and Charpy Make the Appropriate Impact?

Cracking of plastics components under impact was a major blow to the plastics industry in the early days. Today it is still a challenge for designers to select thermoplastics that will stand up to impact under service conditions.

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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Injection Moulding?

Injection moulding is one of the most commonly used methods of producing identical plastic products in high volumes. However, as with every process, it is important to understand the specific design restrictions that must be adhered to in order to facilitate the obvious benefits of successfully producing cost-effective, high-quality parts.

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What Methods Can I Use to Produce Plastic Prototype and Production Parts?

From 3D Printing to CNC Machining, Vacuum Casting to Injection Moulding, the process options for plastic parts are limitless. Transitioning from prototyping to production can be a challenge, and it may be worth considering the long term requirements first.

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