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‘Partially Peelable’ IML: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

At the recent K 2019 show, Verstraete in mould labels of Belgium showed off a number of innovative approaches to IML. One is a concept that the company has offered for several years now, but has not received any takers. Apparently, brand owners were not ready. But when you consider what this approach can offer, it’s hard not to be intrigued.


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Take a look at the recently unveiled color collection for 2021 and beyond based on forecasts of global trends from PolyOne. Constituting the company’s eighth annual trend forecast, Color Inspiration 2021+ delivers four carefully considered palettes that reflect evolving global shifts and human fascinations.

As with previous forecasts, the new forecast was created together with global megatrends and color research experts to bring fresh, relevant and intriguing color collections for a world that shifts at what often seems the speed of light, according to the company.

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Call for Papers: Extrusion 2020

It’s that time again.

Plastics Technology is bringing the world of extrusion to Rosemont, Ill. October 13-15 at The Extrusion 2020 Conference. During this two-and-a-half-day event, business owners, plant managers, process engineers and manufacturing personnel will be brought up to speed on technology developments impacting all types of extrusion operations.

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Why It's Crucial to Manage Melt-Temperature in a Twin-Screw Compounding Extruder

The corotating, intermeshing twin-screw extruder (TSE) is the compounding industry’s most prevalent device for continuous mixing of polymers with additives and fillers (Fig. 1) . Exotic formulations that utilize atypical active ingredients are also processed on this type of machine. Materials exposed to high shear and temperatures will degrade. Almost every product benefits by strategically managing how shear (and energy) is imparted to the materials being processed and is measured by the resulting melt temperature.

Various factors must be considered to manage and control the melt temperature. In this article, emphasis will be given to OD/ID ratio, the melting zone in the screws, and front-end design.

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Auto Interiors Leader Brings Extrusion In-House

A firm that for more than 35 years has helped owners of classic cars restore their vehicles’ interiors to as-new condition has made its first venture into extrusion processing. About a year and a half ago, Legendary Auto Interiors Ltd., Newark, N.Y., worked with Nordson Corporation’s EDI team on the installation of its first sheet extrusion line. The sheet line supports an undisclosed number of thermoforming machines at the firm, and plans are already on the drawing board to add more extrusion capacity.

Since its founding in 1983 by owner Martin Beckenbach, Legendary Auto Interiors ( has produced hundreds of thousands of soft-trim components designed for retrofitting hundreds of vintage models, including many American “muscle cars” from the 1960s through the 1990s. Ranging from door panels and sun visors to upholstery and carpets, many of these components are cut, sewn, and thermoformed in-house at Legendary’s headquarters.

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