Plastics Technology

DEC 2018

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VOLUME 6 4 • NUMBER 12 Feature Coverage Nylon 66: Pricing & Supply Issues Spur Processors To Consider Alternatives While the nylon 66 tightness may not prove long-lasting, resin suppli- ers, compounders, and distributors have mobilized to offer processors an array of 'replacement' materials. (Cover photo: PolyOne) By Lilli Manolis Sherman Senior Editor 34 Digital Manufacturing: Two Medical Molders Embrace Industry 4.0 'Digitalization' and 'connectivity' are loaded terms—shorthand for a whole new way of doing business. It can't be accomplished in one go. But two Midwest molders in the sensitive medical field are already feeling the benefits of their initial steps in that direction. By Matthew H. Naitove Executive Editor On-Site 6 FROM THE EDITOR 8 STARTING UP CLOSE-UP ON TECHNOLOGY 14 Fakuma 18 Extrusion 22 Robots KNOW HOW 26 Materials 28 Injection Molding 30 Extrusion 32 Tooling KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY 43 Extrusion 44 Injection Molding 44 Blow Molding 45 Process Cooling 45 Additives 45 Materials 46 Compounding YOUR BUSINESS 47 Resin-Pricing Analysis 49 Gardner Business Index: Plastics Processing 50 Market Watch 51 Marketplace 56 Processor's Edge 38 1 Plastics Technology

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