February 10, 2020 Feature

Polymer-based, 3D-printed pericardial tissue project could save countless lives

by Canadian Plastics

A new three-year research project is developing biomimetic polymers that can imitate the mechanical properties of pericardial tissue, with the goal of making artificially produced implants for heart disease patients who are waiting for a donor organ.

February 5, 2020 Feature

Molded Precision Components is pursuing perfection

by Canadian Plastics

Located near Barrie, Ont., this full-service engineering, product development, and injection molding specialist produces over 70 million high-precision plastic parts each year. And you could probably count the rejects on the fingers of one hand.

January 26, 2020 Feature

Unbottled potential: Nova Scotia beach house made from 620,000 recycled PET bottles

by Canadian Plastics

Built by construction company JD Composites, the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home has opened up a new way of turning plastic waste into eco-friendly housing.

January 8, 2020 Feature

Ford and McDonald’s collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car parts

by Canadian Plastics

Drawing on Canadian research, the companies are giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using coffee chaff in vehicle parts such as headlamp housings.

December 31, 2019 Feature

Avoiding a hot mess: The right way to maintain hot runners

by Canadian Plastics

Hot runners can improve part quality, enhance operational efficiencies, reduce scrap, and save money. But they’re complex and not exactly low maintenance. The good news is, you can overcome these challenges by addressing a few key issues.

December 23, 2019 Feature

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. just turned 25

by Canadian Plastics

And the company’s Swiss-born founder and industry veteran Werner Amsler still takes pride in staying ahead of the technology curve.

December 16, 2019 Feature

A look at some resonating new resins

by Canadian Plastics

When it comes to food packaging, plastic is almost always a better material to choose than the alternatives. And speaking of better, here are some of the newest plastic resins and additives designed for both rigid and flexible applications.

December 5, 2019 Feature

Part packaging, robot-style

by Canadian Plastics

So you’ve finally decided to automate your end-of-the-line part packaging process? Great. Now here’s how to do it.

November 22, 2019 Feature

New 3D printing technology produces “living” polymers

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers in Australia and New Zealand have successfully merged 3D/4D printing with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, with huge potential for fields as diverse as recycling and biomedicine.

November 11, 2019 Feature

Canadians at K 2019: Oh, Canada!

by Canadian Plastics

Canadian companies may not have been among the most numerous exhibitors at the K 2019 trade show in Düsseldorf in October, but they made an impact. From the Great White North direct to western Germany, here’s a look at some of the made-in-Canada developments and technologies unveiled at the big show.

October 19, 2019 Feature

Smells like progress: Making sustainable polymers from fragrant molecules

by Canadian Plastics

British researchers have developed a technique for extracting molecules found in the essential oils of a wide variety of plants to produce organic polymers to replace plastics made from petrochemicals.

October 17, 2019 Feature

Compounding rewards: CPIA Leader of the Year Bill Dickson

by Canadian Plastics

The founder and president of Cambridge, Ont.-based material supplier Canuck Compounders Inc., Bill Dickson has been dedicated to sustainability since long before it was cool.

October 2, 2019 Feature

World-first surgery uses Aussie biopolymer in heart valve implant

by Canadian Plastics

A U.S. patient has successfully received a polymer heart valve jointly developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and medical device company Foldax Inc.

September 12, 2019 Feature

Nova Chemicals just got even more sustainable

by Canadian Plastics

With the new position of director of sustainability filled by Sarah Marshall, the Calgary-based polyethylene resin maker is walking the walk when it comes to advancing the circular economy.

September 3, 2019 Feature

Danish automation supplier OnRobot comes to North America

by Canadian Plastics

The end-of-arm tooling maker for collaborative robot applications has opened a new R&D office in Los Angeles as part of its push into the U.S. and Canadian markets.

September 1, 2019 Feature

The right way to convey powders

by Canadian Plastics

For plastics processors, conveying powders involves a completely different set of challenges compared to pellets. Here’s how to handle them.

August 27, 2019 Feature

You’ve been friended by the latest size reduction equipment

by Canadian Plastics

With the cost of materials going up and maintenance budgets going down, it’s critical that shredders and granulators be as user-friendly as possible. New designs can help transform your size reduction process from headache to hassle-free.

August 19, 2019 Feature

A cool comeback in conformal cooling

by Canadian Plastics

Industry veteran Pat Zaffino and his team are back in business with a game changing conformal cooling technology for injection molds.

July 30, 2019 Feature

Building schoolrooms from plastic waste in West Africa

by Canadian Plastics

Conceptos Plasticos, a Colombian non-profit group, has partnered with UNICEF to collect plastic waste in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire and turn it into modular plastic bricks to build classrooms.

July 9, 2019 Feature

Straw maker Stone Straw fights back with bioplastic straws

by Canadian Plastics

Traditional plastic straws are an endangered species nowadays, which is why this well-known Brantford, Ont.-based extruder is making the move to an eco-friendly plant-based alternative.