Making a Mark with Liquid Colorantby Mark Stephen, editor
Any plastics processor out there who doesn’t want to gain a competitive advantage, raise your hand. Nobody, right? Well, interest in one potential advantage is on the rise: A growing number of molders are considering liquid colorants as a…
Gate Crashersby Mark Stephen, editor
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 themes…
Four-Warnedby Mark Stephen, editor
The survey, consisting of 33 questions, was emailed in August 2012 to approximately 160 moldmakers across Canada in the Canadian Plastics database, as well as to members of the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM). We received 23…
Building (or rebuilding) A Better Materials Handling Systemby Mark Stephen, editor
Just like that killer double-breasted suit probably does with your wardrobe, materials represent your single largest expense as a plastics processor. You didn’t sew the suit yourself just to save a few bucks, so why scrimp on having a…
DME names new Canadian sales managerby Canadian Plastics
Mold technology provider DME Company has a new Canadian sales manager.
Ontario engraving shop installs rare laser ablation systemby Canadian Plastics
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.
LEADER OF THE YEAR – Paul Cohen: Film Buffby Mark Stephen, editor
For someone who prefers to fly under the radar, Paul Cohen has a habit of making the kinds of contributions that get noticed.
CAMM seminar will target South American business opportunitiesby Canadian Plastics
The Canadian Association of MoldMakers (CAMM) is hosting a free breakfast seminar for moldmakers looking to explore business opportunities in several South American countries.
NPE 2012 ROUND-UP: MOLDS/HOT RUNNERSby Canadian Plastics
DLC coated components allow molds to run grease-free Hasco is using a new type of coating called DLC (diamond-like coating) on its ejector pins and other components that slide in the mold. This new coating enables the components to operate…
U.S. moldmaking work held “steady” over the summer: surveyby Canadian Plastics
Business among members of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) isn’t exactly booming, but work is holding steady, according to the organization’s Summer 2011 Business Forecast Survey.
Unique Tool & Gauge acquires Windsor, Ont.-based Gauge Rite Inc.by Canadian Plastics
Plastics tooling manufacturer Unique Tool & Gauge Inc., headquartered in Windsor, Ont., has acquired 100 per cent of gauge and fixture supplier Gauge Rite Inc., which is also located in Windsor.
HOT RUNNERS: To purge or not to purgeby Canadian Plastics
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.
DMS North America opens Hong Kong officeby Canadian Plastics
Mold component and accessories manufacturer DMS North America has opened a new Asian office in Hong Kong, China.
Windsor Mold invests $9.7 million in Ohio plantby Canadian Plastics
Ontario moldmaker Windsor Mold Inc. is investing $9.7 million in new equipment and an expansion at its Bellevue, Ohio injection molding plant.
Mold shop has three-pronged success strategy…and no “bling”by Canadian Plastics
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…
Synventive Molding bought by private equity firm Littlejohn & Co.by Canadian Plastics
Private equity firm Littlejohn & Co. LLC has purchased hot runner supplier Synventive Molding Solutions in a debt for equity swap.
Moldmaker Reko to close 7 plants, cut 65 jobs in restructuringby Canadian Plastics
Ontario mold, tool and die-maker Reko International Group Inc. is closing seven small plants and cutting 65 jobs as part of a corporate restructuring that will trim annual labour costs by $3.5 million and fixed costs by $4 million.
Turn, turn, turn: The long and short of unscrewing componentsby Canadian Plastics
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…
Husky to acquire Austrian closure moldmaker KTWby Canadian Plastics
Husky Injection Molding Systems has announced plans to buy Austrian closure moldmaker KTW.
Moldmaker digs deep on turf pallet projectby Canadian Plastics
Sometimes, it’s the jobs performed behind the scenes that can be the hardest.