Features


October 1, 2010 Feature

Reading the clariant color roadmap

by Canadian Plastics

For years, Clariant’s annual ColorForward forecast has served as a roadmap for manufacturers of plastic products and packaging, outlining the twists and turns of color trends for the year ahead. The company’s research team assesses worldwide…

October 1, 2010 Feature

The “Obama colors”: still hot

by Canadian Plastics

His own approval ratings might be in a slide, but the colors associated with U.S. President Barack Obama’s wife and daughters remain popular almost two years after his inauguration.If you don’t know anything else about contemporary American…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Leaping into prosperity (with a bit of caution)

by Canadian Plastics

Last year, with the Great Recession in full groove, color suppliers predicted that most product hues would be soft, soothing and understated.Twelve months, and umpteen dubious economic forecasts, later? The recession may or may not be over,…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Hydraulic material lift for lean manufacturing facilities

by Canadian Plastics

Wildeck Inc.’ s new V-Lift unit is a hydraulically operated, cantilever material lift designed for crowded manufacturing facilities that are shifting towards leaner operation.

October 1, 2010 Feature

Dedusters reduce scrap rate, save money

by Canadian Plastics

Pelletron Corp. has unveiled two new series of dedusters, both designed to reduce the scrap rate and increase profitability by removing dust, streamers, and other contaminants before injection molding…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Two new offerings: bulk bag and manual dump system, open chute box dumper

by Canadian Plastics

Flexicon Corp. has introduced two new raw materials handling components.

October 1, 2010 Feature

Raw Materials Handling: Pneumatic conveying

by Mark Stephen, Editor

Some things are inherently confusing: the definition of “pie” comes to mind. Others shouldn’t be confusing, but still are somehow. Take pneumatic conveying. In theory, it’s simple, since there are really only two categories. If the conveyed…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Moldmaking Report: A tale of two surveys

by Mark Stephen, Editor

WHO, WHAT, WHEREAlmost 100 per cent of this year’s respondents were located in Ontario: forty-one per cent in Windsor, 41% in the Toronto area, and the reminder in Quebec. Last year, 48% of respondents were in Windsor, 43% in Toronto, and the…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Bioplastic stars in award-winning under-the-hood application

by Canadian Plastics

A plant-derived radiator end tank found in some 2009 Toyota Camry vehicles has been given a big green thumbs up by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).Made from DuPont Zytel 610 nylon resin, the part marks the first use of DuPont…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Automotive: Green gets in gear

by Mark Stephen, Editor

With environmentally friendly green products becoming today’s norm, it’s no surprise to see them being incorporated — via renewably-sourced biopolymers — into one of the most important aspects of daily life: our cars.And yet a lot of people…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Skilled workers: North America’s most wanted

by Canadian Plastics

Despite the shaky economy, scores of North American manufacturers are reporting a dire need for skilled labor. It’s a claim borne out by industry surveys and studies. According to a 2009 survey conduc…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Plastics recycler fills a big void (October 01, 2010)

by Canadian Plastics

Some statistics can put you to sleep. Here’s one that should wake you up: less than 25 per cent of plastics packaging is recovered for recycling in Canada, compared with almost 60 per cent being recov…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Moldmakers lend skilled hands to Dieppe monument (October 01, 2010)

by Canadian Plastics

The Windsor, Ont. moldmaking community has played a pivotal role in making sure that the infamous Dieppe Raid of World War II — one of the darkest chapters in Canadian military history — will never …

October 1, 2010 Feature

Polymer fibres might hold the key to tissue regeneration (October 01, 2010)

by Canadian Plastics

Using polymers to help regrow torn muscles and tendons? Sounds like something out of a late night sci-fiflick, or maybe Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein,” right?Don’t be too sure.A Canadian researcher is hoping that within 10 years,…

October 1, 2010 Feature

Getting ready for the uptick

by Canadian Plastics

First of all, don’t get the wrong idea; this is not another “Are you ready for the rebound?” column. We’ve all read a million of those by now — and yet, somehow, the rebound never really arrives.

September 1, 2010 Feature

Panel paranoia

by Jim Anderton, Technical Editor

In a famous scene from the 1954 movie “The Caine Muntiny”, Humphrey Bogart’s character Captain Queeg describes four ways to do anything: “The right way, the wrong way, the Navy’s way and my way”, and …

September 1, 2010 Feature

Sheet protection from extreme weather, human threats

by Canadian Plastics

Police, security officers and other emergency response groups have a tough enough time out on the streets — you’d like to think they could at least feel safe in their own offices. Now they can. The n…

September 1, 2010 Feature

Polyurethane foam makes undersea pipe welding possible

by Canadian Plastics

Since April of this year, the crew on the first pipe-laying ship has been working hard on the Baltic Sea, laying the gas lines of the Nord Stream Pipeline Project, which will run between Vyborg, Russi…

September 1, 2010 Feature

Roofing concepts using polycarbonate sheets

by Canadian Plastics

Solid and multiwall polycarbonate sheets made from Bayer MaterialScience’s (BMS) Makrolon material are proving a popular choice in construction projects that require innovative roofing.

September 1, 2010 Feature

Hot Runners (September 01, 2010)

by Canadian Plastics

Valve pin speed control gives controlNew from Incoe Corporation, the SoftGate hot runner valve pin speed control uses controlled opening of the valve gate nozzles to offer superior reliability for surface quality in sequential injection…