As the plastics industry evolves, staying on the cutting edge becomes increasingly critical.
On an ongoing basis, plastics manufacturers must keep up with new materials, molding techniques and process controls. In addition, faster design and development cycles make offsite prototyping facilities ever more valuable.
One resource that meets both needs is the Plastics Manufacturing Center (PMC) at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport (www.pct.edu/pmc). It focuses on research, development and education related to injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, rotational molding and thermoforming. The center offers access to industrial-scale process equipment and extensive material testing laboratories, training programs, consulting services and skilled student interns and graduates.
Another resource is the Polymers Center of Excellence in Charlotte, N.C. (www.polymers-center.org), which partners with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Industrial Extension Service. Like PMC, it provides training for engineers, technicians and operators in plastics selection and polymer properties, injection molding and extrusion. It also provides assistance in plastic part design and troubleshooting, plastic material property testing, small-quantity compounding and injection molding trials.
In the Midwest, PolymerOhio, Inc. (http://polymerohio.org), funded by the Ohio Department of Development, focuses on enhancing the global competitiveness of the polymer industry, including the plastics, rubber, bioproducts and advanced materials segments. A new grant to PolymerOhio and the Ohio Supercomputer Center will support a project to assist small- and mid-sized polymer companies in using advanced modeling and simulation of manufacturing processes and functions.
Finally, Plastics Trends (www.plasticstrends.net) provides a scan of recent technical papers, news and other articles on plastics research and development. The research is summarized and references provided so you can follow up on a line of research by contacting its authors. Recent articles covered bio-renewable thermoplastic elastomers, weight reduction in thermoplastics processing and work being done to improve the processing and properties of polylactic acid.
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