Driving into Chinaby Mark Stephen, editor
In a famous scene from the classic western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman convinces Robert Redford to pull up stakes for Bolivia by telling him, “If we were in business during the California gold rush, we’d have…
LIGHTEN UP!by Mark Stephen, editor
The war against overweight is being waged on many fronts — low-fat foods, sugar-free drinks, and gruelling P90X-style workout regimes. But what about an overweight blow molded bottle?
Plastics recycling in Canada: It’s Getting Betterby Mark Stephen, editor
At present, the post-consumer plastics industry in Canada is in a bit of a good news/bad news situation.
Copol International Ltd.by Canadian Plastics
Most of us probably know Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island for a few specific things: the Cabot Trail, the coal industry, and maybe the Rankin Family.
Farnell Packaging Ltd.by Canadian Plastics
Integrated converter Farnell Packaging Ltd. isn’t just located in Dartmouth, N.S. — it developed almost literally alongside the city. Dartmouth was incorporated as a city in 1961, the same year in which the company was created by…
A Discrete Questionby Mark Stephen, editor
A Matter of Controlby Mark Stephen, editor
Underperformance is a drag. Ever go to the movies and watch an actor clearly phoning in his lines, or to a concert and listen as the singer goes through the motions? Irritating, right? Now imagine that you’re a plastics part molder, with…
New adventures in Part Designingby Canadian Plastics
Pneumatic tube carrier makes hospital life easier WHAT: A new medical grade carrier assembly has been designed to lift the workload of hospital staff that use these carriers every day in the course of caring for patients. To be an…
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association picks a FRESH CROP of Honoreesby Canadian Plastics
PLASTICS INNOVATOR AWARD
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.
Cyber attack, atom bombs and your PLC softwareby Jim Anderton, Technical Editor
I suppose it had to happen eventually: computer viruses have morphed from nuisances into real hazards to business data and our personal identities. For plastics processors, the silver lining
Fibre towing cables lighten up seismic researchby Canadian Plastics
Understanding earthquakes can take you to strange places — like the middle of the ocean, where seismic research vessels constantly deploy measuring devices, sometimes on the ends of towing cables tha…
Ultra-white alternative to black and grey data cablesby Canadian Plastics
Wire manufacturers have long been trying to offer halogen-free, flame re ant cables made for high-end, direct current chargers and data cables i ny colors other than black and grey.
Renewably sourced wire jackets can take the heatby Canadian Plastics
You knew it was coming: renewably sourced polymers have broken into the wire and cable industry.
Software (November 01, 2010)by Canadian Plastics
The new Freedom eWARE software suite from e-tekx, a division of MAG IAS, is the first all-encompassing manufacturing data reporting platform to provide performance, utilization and availability feedback from any industrial asset on the…
Materials (November 01, 2010)by Canadian Plastics
Two new low-smoke, zero halogen, flame retardant TPEs from Polymax Elastomer Technology are designed as an environmentally friendly and safe alternative to PVC or halogenated flame retardant TPE for wire and cable jacketing…
Hot Runners (November 01, 2010)by Canadian Plastics
Synventive Molding Solutions has redesigned its QCVG16 quick-couple actuator for simpler installation and maintenance, and also made it available for use with the company’s entire global product line of valve gate hot runner systems.This new…
Blow Molding (November 01, 2010)by Canadian Plastics
W. Amsler Equipment Inc. has expanded its custom line of filling equipment for a broad range of liquid filling applications including beverage, edible oil, household cleaners and pharmaceuticals.The company’s rotary monoblock filling lines…
Auxiliary Equipment (November 01, 2010)by Canadian Plastics
The new Versatron case packer with “soft catch” technology from Standard-Knapp is designed for high-speed packing of fragile containers, in particular challenging packaging applications with reduced and/or lightweight materials.Unlike many…
The Color of Controlby Mark Stephen, Editor
Efficient plastics processing is all about control. Part parameters, temperature set points, cycle times — they should all combine to make the perfect finished part, every time. The obverse is that if something — anything — is off, the part…