NPE Channel Articles

More show than tell: Static displays for exhibitors are out – partnerships are in

March 9, 2012

I can remember years ago, nearly two decades now since I’ve been covering NPE trade shows, when moldmaking companies would exhibit at NPE: it was pretty boring. They’d set up their booth – usually a 10’x10’ – hang some pictures of molds on the back wall, and...

Design competition opens up online voting

March 9, 2012

Burial vaults, bowls, Navy chairs, caps, bottles, syringes, an ice cube tray and more…the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) has opened up public voting of its second International Plastics Design Competition (IPDC), and anyone with an interest in plastics design can now go online to...

El-Exis SP to make North American debut at NPE2012

March 8, 2012

Sumitomo Demag will make the North American debut of its El-Exis SP hybrid series of injection molding machines at NPE2012 (booth #2103). The company will demonstrate two model sizes of its El-Exis SP. "Greeting visitors to the West Hall will be a full in-mold labeling cell that features...

Mold Craft tool to help showcase Sodick Plustech’s new micro molding machine at NPE2012

March 7, 2012

Mold Craft Inc. (booth 1295) will showcase a 4-cavity mold for very small parts at NPE2012. The “funnel tip” component for a medical customer of Mold Craft’s will run in the new Sodick Plustech LP20EH2 Micro Molding series with a 12-mm diameter plunger. Sodick’s booth is #...

In-Mold Labeling a featured technology at NPE

February 29, 2012

As in-mold labeling (IML) gets more attention and demand grows for the technology, one of the keys to success is the label. Printing company Verstraete, a global producer of labels for the IML technology, is partnering with more than 20 companies including moldmakers, IML automation and injection...

Hot side gating saves resin and cuts cycle times

February 27, 2012

One of the highlights at NPE2012 will be brand new hot runner side gating systems for deep-draw medical parts such such as pipettes and syringe barrels. Husky Injection Molding Systems (booth 3763) will be showing the Ultra SideGate hot runner that was introduced at the Fakuma International Trade...

Dryer-less twin-screw sheet extrusion system will be on display

February 27, 2012

Processing Technologies International (PTi), a global manufacturer of sheet extrusion machinery, will feature its “dryer-less” twin-screw sheet extrusion production system at booth (#6885). The company will also showcase its latest sheet handling systems including a new three-position...

Wilmington Machinery to introduce a large container rotary blow molding system

February 27, 2012

Wilmington Machinery, a blowmolding and injection molding machine manufacturer, will introduce a large container rotary blowmolding system at NPE2012 (booth #2955). Also in the spotlight, will be its SB (Small Bottle) systems and its expanded Lumina plastic pallet molding lines. Wilmington...

Milacron will feature Roboshot, M-Pak extruder for medical processing

February 27, 2012

Milacron (Batavia, OH) will be exhibiting two machines at NPE 2012 (Orlando, FL; April 1-5) producing medical products.  A pioneer in developing electric molding machines, Milacron will feature a Roboshot all-electric injection molding machine running a 2-cavity plunger tip liquid silicone...

NPE2012 to experience increases in exhibitors and attendance

February 24, 2012

The NPE2012 international plastics exposition is on course to surpass the exhibitor and attendance numbers of expositions in the past, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial trade show. About 1830 companies have purchased 903,000 sq ft (83,890 sq m...

Super Sunday on tap for NPE attendees

February 23, 2012

What better way to start a super show week than with a Super Sunday. That’s precisely what the Society of the Plastics Industry has organized for Sunday, April 1, scheduling a full 12-hour day of networking opportunities, social events, and presentations by top business leaders in advance...

NPE’s Technology Central: Center of the high-tech plastics universe

February 23, 2012

Attendee surveys regularly find that the number one reason people attend trade shows is to see the latest technology. Those individuals will not be disappointed with NPE2012 and its TechnologyCentral@NPE2012 area in the North/South hall of the Orange County Convention Center. Technology Central...

NPE2012 features educational program for the full spectrum of the industry

February 23, 2012

Whether you are a senior-level manager looking for business solutions in regulatory compliance, marketing or sustainable practices or an engineer that needs access to the latest technical advances, NPE2012 offers educational opportunities that will give you a competitive advantage. The online...

New cube technology provides assembly processes

February 23, 2012

Many moldmakers are filling the injection molding machines on the floor of the NPE with molds offering unique technology. If you want to see something novel in cube technology, head over to the KraussMaffei booth #1503 and be amazed by Zahoransky Formenbau GmbH’s new Total Integrated...

Haidlmair features foldable container molds

February 23, 2012

Austrian moldmaker Haidlmair GmbH will showcase its technology for container manufacturing that includes fruit and vegetable crates, in both rigid and foldable designs, and large sized containers, pallet boxes, and plastic pallets. The company’s specialties can be see in the West Hall,...