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New report on human resources and Canada's plastics industry identifies problems ahead

Canada's plastics industry suffered employment losses during the Great Recession that cut deeply into leadership, assets, skills, and supporting infrastructure, and there's little indication they'll come back even as the industry enjoys a...
Mar 13, 2013

Deep recess handle puts the pinch grip in a death grip

There’s nothing wrong with rapid innovation – the sudden leap from black and white to color TV 50-odd years ago comes to mind – but most products improve gradually. It’s not particularly sexy but it definitely works.
Feb 4, 2013

Brace yourself for custom, 3D-printed casts

If you’ve ever had a fractured limb, you know how unpleasant a cast can be. They’re bulky and uncomfortable — not to mention a blank canvas for embarrassing sketches by family and friends. But a Toronto start-up is using 3D...
Feb 1, 2013

Ontario blow molder gets ERP turbocharge

There’s nothing wrong with writing things down on paper by hand — it’s how Shakespeare and America’s Founding Fathers did it, among others. But let’s face it: it’s no way to run a business in the Internet Age.
Jan 17, 2013

HOT RUNNERS: Gate Crashers

Fact: Valve gating has become the preferred method of gating for precision molders, offering a  more stable injection process without stringing and drooling of the melt. And these are particularly interesting times for valves gates: two...
Nov 13, 2012

Taking a fresh look at LIQUID COLORANTS

All plastics processors out there who don’t want to gain a competitive advantage, raise your hands. Nobody, right? Well, interest in one such solution is spiking right now: a growing number of processors are considering liquid colorants...
Oct 1, 2012

GO WEST: Eyeing expansion, Quebec's Polykar installs high-efficiency bag-converting system

Saint-Laurent, Que.-based Polykar is a bit of a rare bird: the garbage bag, food packaging and polyethylene film maker sells exclusively in Canada through a network of distributors.
Aug 31, 2012

Small Cape Breton Island cast polypropylene supplier is making a big splash

Most of us probably know Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island for a few specific things: the Cabot Trail, the coal industry, and maybe the Rankin Family.
Aug 24, 2012

Ontario engraving shop installs rare laser ablation system

A small industrial engraving company in Windsor, Ont., has gone where almost no other Canadian job shop has gone before: it’s offering laser ablation services for moldmakers.
Aug 12, 2012

ROBOTS: A matter of control

Underperformance is a drag. Ever go to the movies and watch an actor clearly phoning in his lines, or to a concert and listen as the singer just goes through the motions? Irritating, right? Now imagine that you’re a plastics part molder,...
Jul 9, 2012

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