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Machinery industry endures booms and busts


June 3, 2014 10:53 am ET

Everybody knows that industrial machinery is highly cyclical, full of booms and busts. That certainly was true during Plastics News 25 years. We reported on memorable boom times of the late 1990s, then a slow decade-long decline that collapsed in...

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Robots free up workers from high-risk tasks


June 3, 2014 10:24 am ET

When Plastics News began in 1989, it was still common to see machine operators manually opening the door on the an injection press, physically pulling parts out of a mold and then closing the door for the next cycle.

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