Features


November 4, 2013 Feature

K 2013 WRAP UP: MATERIALS

by Canadian Plastics

 

November 1, 2013 Feature

K 2013 WRAP UP: ROBOTS & AUTOMATION

by Canadian Plastics

 

October 31, 2013 Feature

K 2013 WRAP UP: AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT

by Canadian Plastics

 

October 29, 2013 Feature

K 2013 WRAP UP: EXTRUSION

by Canadian Plastics

 

October 28, 2013 Feature

K 2013 WRAP UP: INJECTION MOLDING

by Canadian Plastics

 

September 26, 2013 Feature

MEGA BRANDS lays building blocks for growth

by Canadian Plastics

The business of making toys isn’t exactly fun and games — more like the latest extreme roller coaster ride, complete with white knuckle loops, plummets, and 180-degree turns.

July 26, 2013 Feature

Schad’s Athena Automation hits the stage

by Canadian Plastics

Famed writer F. Scott Fitzgerald claimed there are no second acts in American lives. Lucky for him he wasn’t looking north of the border, because up here in Canada, plastics industry pioneer Robert Schad is well into Act 2, Scene 4.

June 18, 2013 Feature

The man who helped KO TO’s plastic bag ban: Talking with CPIA Leader of the Year Gerry Maldoff

by Canadian Plastics

Most of us would probably consider being a lawyer as a safe-as-houses route towards economic security. Gerry Maldoff didn’t, and gave up practicing law for a career in plastics.

May 28, 2013 Feature

After 50 years with one company, a plastics worker looks back

by Canadian Plastics

In 1963, Lester Pearson was Canada’s Prime Minister, the Beatles were still in Liverpool, and Branko Muich started working at a new Toronto-based custom extrusion shop called Polyform Ltd.

May 2, 2013 Feature

Quebec’s Precimold is finding its own way forward

by Canadian Plastics

The mid-1960s was a long time ago, and you don’t last from then until now without reinventing yourself along the way.

April 8, 2013 Feature

Winnipeg’s COLOR AD PACKAGING finds its sweet spot

by Canadian Plastics

For any hockey fans working at Winnipeg-based flexible packaging manufacturer Color Ad Packaging Ltd., these are salad days. First, you’ve got the Jets back. Second, Color Ad’s business is booming.

April 1, 2013 Feature

DRYERS: The Necessary Nine

by Mark Stephen, editor

When it comes to drying polymers, figuring out the “why” is easy: to control viscosity and ensure maximum performance. It’s the “how” that can keep you up at night. Resin drying — especially involving…

April 1, 2013 Feature

Some Assembly Required: Chiller installation made semi-easy

by Mark Stephen, editor

Installation can be everything. That surround sound home theatre system in your man cave will sound worse than a two-cans-and-a-string telephone if it hasn’t been put in properly. Ditto chillers. Whether portable or central, the most…

April 1, 2013 Feature

Setting a Baseline

by Mark Stephen, editor

Taking measurements to establish baseline data for an extruder system sounds pretty dull. Dull, but important. Simply put, when a new single screw or twin screw extruder is installed, or a new screw mounted in an existing machine, it’s…

April 1, 2013 Feature

Medical Marvels

by Mark Stephen, editor

For plastics processors, there may be no such thing as a recession-proof sector — but medical parts molding comes damn close. At the very least, the medical molding business is less susceptible to economic swings than most other…

February 1, 2013 Feature

Brace yourself for custom, 3D-printed casts

by Canadian Plastics

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…

February 1, 2013 Feature

Extruders Clean Up

by Mark Stephen, editor

We’ve all heard the old myth that an apple falling onto his noggin inspired Sir Isaac Newton to start thinking about gravity. A more recent myth holds that commercial purging compounds (CPCs) are for injection molding machines only. While…

February 1, 2013 Feature

B&C Plastics: Highlighting competitiveness with the right ERP solution

by Mark Stephen, editor

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.

February 1, 2013 Feature

Avoiding Unforced Errors in Size Reduction

by Mark Stephen, editor

Whether you’re on the golf course or in a plastics processing plant, it’s never fun to wind up in a trap. In the first scenario, you probably risk bogey or worse. In the second, it’s even grimmer: wasting time and material,…

February 1, 2013 Feature

What Do They REALLY Think?

by Mark Stephen, editor

For the past few years, the Canadian Plastics injection molders’ surveys have read more like Stephen King horror stories than anything else, charting an industry in freefall and reflecting everything from declining utilization rates to…