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Accelerating production on brake pedal modules

While a lot of manufacturers were hunkering down during the depths of the Great Recession of 2009, injection molder KSR International decided it was time to invest to beef up its throughput of automotive brake pedal modules, electronic sensors,...
Oct 20, 2011

CPIA leads tour of Edmonton's mega-recycling facility

On October 5, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) co-sponsored a tour of the future.
Oct 14, 2011

Synthesizing plastic from beef by-products. Stop laughing.

They look a bit like brown poker chips on steroids, but the chocolate-colored discs created by University of Alberta researcher Dr. David Bressler and his lab actually represent an unlikely new source for bio-plastics.
Sep 13, 2011

Cottage country injection molder finds path to success

It's funny how things live up to their name sometimes. Take Ontario-based contract injection molder Niigon Technologies Ltd. After 10 challenging years and a recent $10 million revamping, Niigon (Ojibway for "the future") is finally securing...
Aug 15, 2011

HOT RUNNERS: To purge or not to purge

Hot runner systems have hit their stride as the desire to reduce scrap and improve efficiency and productivity motivates mold buyers to shell out the added dollars for the technology.
Jul 15, 2011

A closer look at Mark Badger, CPIA's Leader of the Year

During then-senator Barack Obama's run for the American presidency a few years back, TV news pundit Chris Matthews notoriously described himself as having tingles of excitement running up his leg. 
Jun 20, 2011

UNPLUGGED: Defeating die buildup

Die buildup is, to put it bluntly, a pain in the a**.
Jun 2, 2011

Mold shop has three-pronged success strategy...and no "bling"

It's something you hear all the time - "So-and-so was born to do this job" - but unless you're talking about Prince William, odds are it's an exaggeration. With Brian Bendig, however, a slight variation is the literal truth. Bendig, the...
May 9, 2011

Turn, turn, turn: The long and short of unscrewing components

Like everyone else in today's plastics industry, moldmakers are looking for ways to shorten leadtimes while still maintaining quality. Although not exactly new, one timesaver continues to win over new converts: unscrewing components, which can...
Apr 30, 2011

Self-repairing elastomers inspired by the natural world

Here's a question: Superman aside, how many things can you name that are indestructible? Not many, right? And even Superman had to come from another planet.  
Apr 7, 2011

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