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FIRESIDE CHAT: The Capabilities and Versatility of Open Source 3D Printing Technology
webinar FIRESIDE CHAT: The Capabilities and Versatility of Open Source 3D Printing Technology
The open-source 3D printing movement is revolutionizing what is possible in industrialized additive manufacturing. Join us for our latest Fireside Chat and learn how adding open-source 3D printing capabilities to manufacturing operations can create endless opportunities for versatile and cost-efficient use cases. Panelists Justin Finesilver of the 3-D Printing Store, Peter Ho of Ultimaker, Dan Lentsch of Composite Drivelines LLC, and Haleyanne Freedman of M. Holland will discuss how open-source 3D machines and materials have advanced this emerging industry as it takes its place among the other major processing technologies in the plastics industry.
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Uncovering the Mysteries of Polymer Melt Filtration
webinar Uncovering the Mysteries of Polymer Melt Filtration
Melt filtration of polymers plays a key role in setting quality criteria for virgin resins and various extruded end products. Polymer manufacturers have a lot to think about from process efficiency to product quality.

Are you:
• Struggling with gels or other product quality issues?
• Having to shut down your process line too often?
• Not sure where to start with your filtration specification and design?

Join us for an informative and interactive webinar as we uncover the mysteries behind polymer melt filtration. We’ll discuss why media selection matters, how element choice can impact your process, and how system design can dictate final product quality and process efficiency. We’ll also touch on success stories from customers that have found filtration solutions to improve their process, product, and total cost of ownership. Several polymer filtration experts will join our discussion to help answer your questions
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 How to Implement a Purge Program and Stop Wasting Money
webinar How to Implement a Purge Program and Stop Wasting Money
Many processors know that they should implement a purge program but just don’t know how to get started. This presentation will discuss what data to collect, how to collect it, and how to measure performance when you introduce purging to your process. Our purging expert will explain different tangible ways purging compounds can improve efficiency and will discuss several customer examples of how purge programs helped them reduce costs.
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Achieving Supply Chain Excellence Amid Rising Trucking Industry Workforce Shortages and Rising Costs

An efficient, agile supply chain is vital for plastics businesses to maintain a competitive advantage, especially in a global market. How do companies successfully navigate today’s added challenges of a shrinking truck driver workforce and increased costs to deliver on-time and keep customers happy? Join Mike Coots, Assistant Vice President, Sales & Business Development at Plastic Express; Jordan Hoffman, Vice President at G&D Trucking/Hoffman Transportation LLC; Mike Mobley, Senior Vice President of Operations at Echo Global Logistics; and Pete Nutley, Vice President of Operations at M. Holland Company as they share strategies and tangible best practices to achieve supply chain excellence.
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FACTORY OF THE FUTURE: Industry 4.0 Technology for the Plastics Industry
webinar FACTORY OF THE FUTURE: Industry 4.0 Technology for the Plastics Industry
With the confusion surrounding Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT (IIoT), it can be difficult for plastics manufacturers to understand how to harness the power of this new technology and how to select an Industry 4.0 solution.

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of Industry 4.0 technology and its history, the current state of digital manufacturing, and how data analytics can transform manufacturing operations to improve production, eliminate waste, and gain the competitive edge.
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The Part-to-Print Challenge
webinar The Part-to-Print Challenge
Molding a part to print – is it possible? With all of the variables involved, what does it take to achieve your tolerances? How can you leverage simulation to get there? Attend this webinar and we will manage your expectations regarding simulation and, more importantly, demonstrate the steps necessary to achieve your “part-to-print” objectives.
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3D Applications for Manufacturers of Machinery & Production Line Equipment
webinar 3D Applications for Manufacturers of Machinery & Production Line Equipment
The industry keeps talking about Additive Manufacturing and many OEMs are dedicating resources to Additive in their strategic plans. Your customers and your competition are considering it. Learn about actual use cases that demonstrate how to achieve cost savings, and optimize production line efficiency as well as drive performance improvements in your machinery and production line equipment.
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Fireside Chat: Growth and Opportunity Driving Wire and Cable
Live Stream Fireside Chat: Growth and Opportunity Driving Wire and Cable
Wire and cable was once a niche, specialized market. Now, it is a vital segment within the plastics industry that is expected to experience a rapid 16 percent CAGR over the next six years. Join us for the first Plastics News Fireside Chat of 2018, where Paul Lorigan, Technical Director at T&T Marketing, an M. Holland Company; David Lindsay, Marketing Manager, Energy at Borealis; and Dave Watson, Director of Engineering at Belden/Alpha Wire; discuss the latest trends, advancements, and opportunities in the wire and cable market. They’ll offer their market expertise to define what strategies companies need to remain competitive in this industry.
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Sustainable In-Machine Mold Cleaning Using Dry Ice – Extend Asset Life & Improve Your OEE Score
webinar Sustainable In-Machine Mold Cleaning Using Dry Ice – Extend Asset Life & Improve Your OEE Score
The mold is the heart of the molding process and must be properly maintained to achieve desired life expectancy. With 60% - 70% of all mold maintenance being mold cleaning, we must find ways to improve the efficiency of mold cleaning without compromising the tool. Traditional manual cleaning methods are not only laborious (thus often postponed) extending machine downtime, but also prematurely wear out parting lines and shut-offs. Using dry ice as the cleaning media allows molders to clean molds, at operating temperatures, while still in the press. This presentation explains how the process works as well as industry case studies on the efficacy of cleaning molds with dry ice. The attendee will learn how to improve their OEE score in the areas of Quality, Performance and Availability Loss, as well as improving worker safety and the environment.
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Caps and Closures Market Trends
webinar Caps and Closures Market Trends
Global megatrends like sustainability and health and wellness are driving accelerated innovation in all aspects of the food and beverage industry. This acceleration of timely innovation and robust solutions requires a collaborative multi-functional process of analytical science, sensory science, product and material design and end-use failure analysis using both experimental and simulation tools. This webinar examines those tools and examples of how a collaborative process is possible as they relate to food and beverage closures and can be leveraged throughout the value chain.
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Industry 4.0 and Factory of the Future
webinar Industry 4.0 and Factory of the Future
There has been a lot of talk in the manufacturing world over the last few years about Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). In this webinar you will learn about what Industry 4.0 is and why it matters to you and we will look at some real world examples of the Internet of Things (IoT). There will be a focus on the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) and Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and how these devices and concepts can potentially help improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance quality in your manufacturing plants through the use of a Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).
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Industry 4.0 and Factory of the Future in Spanish
webinar Industry 4.0 and Factory of the Future in Spanish
Durante los últimos años, se ha comentado mucho en el área de manufactura sobre Industria 4.0 e Internet Industrial de Cosas (por sus siglas en inglés, IIoT). En este seminario web, exploraremos lo que es Industria 4.0 y la importancia que tiene para usted. Además, veremos algunos ejemplos reales de la Internet Industrial de Cosas (IIoT). Nos concentraremos en la Internet Industrial de Cosas (IIoT) y en Cyber-Sistemas Físicos (por sus siglas en inglés, CPS) y cómo estos dispositivos y conceptos pueden mejorar potencialmente la eficiencia, reducir los costos y realzar la calidad en sus plantas de fabricación por medio de un Sistema de Ejecución de Manufactura (por sus siglas en inglés MES).   
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