Say hello to your little friendsby Canadian Plastics
Collaborative robots are inexpensive, versatile, and easy to program. And by working safely alongside human operators, they can revolutionize the way you handle small-batch manufacturing and ever-shortening product cycles.
ARC de TRIUMPHby Canadian Plastics
From aerospace engineering to high finance to plastics packaging is quite the career arc. But when Amir Karim returned to Quebec and joined family-owned Polykar Industries after a successful stint on Wall Street, he didn’t know his best business days were still to come; or that his career trajectory would propel him into the ranks of the elite, as the Canadian Plastics Industry Association’s 2016 Leader of the Year.
The Book on plasticsby Canadian Plastics
When it comes to running Peterborough, Ont.-based custom molder G.B. Book Plastics Ltd., the brother/sister team of Bill Book and Cathy Cremers has always been on the same page.
Flexstar Packaging reinvents itselfby Canadian Plastics
Recapitalization, new technology and new hires, a plant expansion, and green initiatives are all part of this Richmond, B.C.-based company’s growth strategy.
ROTATIONAL MOLDING: Big machines, small hasslesby Canadian Plastics
What’s it like working in a plastics processing sector where short-run production is the norm and foreign competition is almost nonexistent? Just ask a rotational molder.
3D PRINTING: The multi-material future is hereby Canadian Plastics
Multi-material 3D printers have arrived. But so have challenges to wide-scale adaptation, beginning with the machines’ hefty price tags.
MY3DAGENCY.COM wants to revolutionize short-run & prototype productionby Canadian Plastics
What do TV star Jason Priestley, cake toppers, and yogurt containers have in common? They’ve all been 3D-printed in stunning detail by this innovative Toronto-based startup. And they might just be the tip of the additive manufactured iceberg.
Power Failure!by Canadian Plastics
Rising electricity prices, courtesy of Canada’s most ambitious green energy plan, are threatening to turn out the lights on Ontario’s plastics processors.
INTEX TOOLING TECHNOLOGIES is cutting into the marketby Canadian Plastics
Coming out of the Great Recession, Canada’s manufacturing sector looked like scorched earth after a massive forest fire. But scorched earth sometimes encourages new growth. In post-recession Southern Ontario, one group of entrepreneurs surveyed the landscape and saw opportunity.…
Much ado about frackingby Canadian Plastics
Hydraulic fracturing can open vast stores of cheap natural gas, to the benefit of North America’s chemical and plastics industry. The weird part is that, after more than 60 years, the process has suddenly become a lightning rod for controversy, and even outright bans. Here’s why.
Universal Gravo-Plast is getting a rebootby Canadian Plastics
New ownership is reinventing a familiar fixture of Canada’s plastics processing scene.
Ontario extruder cuts into the market for wood railroad tiesby Canadian Plastics
Just because something grows on trees doesn’t make it inexhaustible. Take wood. It doesn’t just grow on trees, it is the tree. But people still want to use less of it if possible. A prime example is wooden railroad…
The energy-efficient chemical supplier (and how to become one)by Canadian Plastics
Energy costs are on the rise in Ontario, and chemical manufacturers are huge consumers. So now is definitely the time to get serious about finding new and efficient ways of using your electricity. The good news? There’s a wealth of experts and incentive programs at hand to help you along.
CAVALIER TOOL & MANUFACTURING is sticking to the basicsby Canadian Plastics
We’ve all heard it from time to time — “So-and-so was born to do this job”. Unless you’re talking about Prince Charles, however, odds are it’s just a throwaway line. But with Brian Bendig, the president of Windsor, Ont.-based…
Polymer device could save the limbs of injured soldiersby Canadian Plastics
In what might be the best military news since the United States Navy SEALS tracked down bin Laden, soldiers wounded by gunshots and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) may soon be treated with a polymer-based medical device that can literally…
Overcoming common MEDICAL TUBING problemsby Canadian Plastics
Close might be good enough when tossing a hand grenade, but it won’t cut it in critical applications like medical tubing. Which is why medical extruders can’t afford to overlook even the smallest process flaw. And there’s a host…
Canada’s first family of blown film is back with Cyber Plastic Machineryby Canadian Plastics
Founders of equipment maker Future Design have returned to the industry.
Lessons from Portugal’s improved moldmaking industryby Canadian Plastics
Go back 30 years and many of Canada’s moldmakers and plastics processors probably had at least one or two Portuguese companies as go-to contacts on their rolodexes. With a centuries-old glass making tradition that crossed naturally over into creating…
New era begins for an Oldcastle tool shopby Canadian Plastics
Sean O’Neil, president of Cutting-Edge Technologies Ltd., on the shop floor. The company will be undergoing a US$10 million expansion and hiring spree due to a partnership with an American-based company. (Photo Credit: DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star) What with…
ACCORDING TO JIM: Talking with the CPIA Leader of the Yearby Canadian Plastics
Never underestimate the power of a good teacher. Socrates taught Plato, and that turned out all right. Twenty-five hundred-odd years later, the role of teacher is one that Jim Ellies is happy to take on. A 35-year veteran of…