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Plastic Industry Blogs

Sterling and the Impact on Polymer Pricing

The weak pound is causing misery for those holidaying abroad but is also creating frustrations for the UK polymer industry, as the weakness of Sterling is causing upward pressure on UK polymer prices.

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What Does a Moulder Understand by the Term ‘Diesel Burning?’

In the early days, plastics moulders tended to apply descriptive terms to moulding faults, but these terms do not accurately indicate the root cause.

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The Effect of Pressure and Temperature on Part Quality and Dimensions

Injection moulding is a complex system of machinery, fluid dynamics, and thermal conductivity. Let’s break the mould down into two simple parts, the heat exchanger and the pressure vessel, and review how they can impact […]

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Making the Most of Impact Testing

Falling weight impact tests can yield much more relevant information than single-point impact testing; however, they come with their own challenges. 

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Do Izod and Charpy Make the Appropriate Impact?

Cracking of plastics components under impact was a major blow to the plastics industry in the early days. Today it is still a challenge for designers to select thermoplastics that will stand up to impact […]

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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Injection Moulding?

Injection moulding is one of the most commonly used methods of producing identical plastic products in high volumes. However, as with every process, it is important to understand the specific design restrictions that must be […]

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What Methods Can I Use to Produce Plastic Prototype and Production Parts?

From 3D Printing to CNC Machining, Vacuum Casting to Injection Moulding, the process options for plastic parts are limitless. Transitioning from prototyping to production can be a challenge, and it may be worth considering the […]

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Low-Cost Identification of Plastics

Low-cost identification of plastics is certainly desirable, but identifying an unknown plastic material can be an expensive exercise if you submit it for full chemical analysis.

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How Does the Dedusting of Granulate Work? | Mo’s Corner

Mo explains the dedusting units and implosion purging of filters…

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Thermoplastics and UV: Friend or Foe?

Radiation in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum is a bit of a mixed blessing for polymers.

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