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November 2017

Best Practices for Painting Plastics

Inkcups Reveals Laser Plate Etching Machine

Labelexpo Europe Records All-Time Attendance High

2017 SGIA Expo Attracts More Than 19,000

Smithers Pira Reveals Research Findings

Sun Chemical, GGI and NRC Introduce Screen-Printable Molecular Inks


October 2017

Surface Pretreatments and Custom Inks Advance Inkjet Printing of Plastics and Films

Pad Printing on Textured Surfaces

Rethinking Equipment Maintenance

Inkcups Debuts PN Ink Series for Pad Printing

Sakurai Unveils New Equipment

Mimaki USA Launches Mobile App

SPE Issues Call for Papers and Presentations

Emerson Opens Office in Southern California


September 2017

Thirsty for More: Trends in Plastic Drinkware Decorating

Q&A: Screen Printed IML vs. Direct Digital Printing

Choosing the Correct Pad Printing Ink

Proell Introduces Matt Lacquer System

Mimaki Unveils Wide Format Flatbed UV Printer

AMADA MIYACHI AMERICA offers LMWS Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System

SGIA Announces Product of the Year Winners

EPS Launches Responsive Website

DuPont and TactoTek Collaborate

Broome Steps Down at SPE


August 2017

Five Aesthetic Design Trends Defined

A Learning Approach to Equipment Setup

North American Plastics Industry Stands Together

Innovative Digital Systems Reveals UV-LED Inkjet Printer

Inkcups Now Rebrands to Inkcups

Plasmatreat to Participate in TechDay Conference

IML/IMD Seminar Set for October

INX International Ink Updates Kansas Facility

Encres DUBUIT Presents New Identity

A.W.T. Unveils Spatulas


July 2017

Direct To Shape Printing – Is Label Replacement Inevitable?

Ask the Expert: The Influence of Base Materials on Ultrasonic Plastics Welding

IMDA Announces 2017 Award Winners

Systematic Automation Develops Bottle Treater

Kurz Process Creates High-Gloss Metallic Finishes

KBA-Kammann Offers Fully Automatic Multicolor Printing Machine

SPE Names Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


June 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Attend TopCon

Guide Enhances Safety for Nonscientist Users of UV-Curable 3D Printing

UV-Curable Single-Pass Inkjet Printing of Plastic Parts

Simco-Ion Releases Advanced Pinner Easy

3M Introduces Composite Assembly Adhesives

Amada Miyachi America Adds to Laser Series

SPE Develops New Governance Structure Following Successful ANTEC


May 2017

The Future of Plastics Education

Dual-Purpose ‘Laser Additives’

SPE Names New CEO

Mimaki Reveals New UV-LED Tabletop Printer Model

Systematic Automation Develops Printer for Cylindrical Products

Dukane Introduces New Spin Welder

Hawkins Joins UEI Group

ICE USA and InPrint USA Shows Draw Thousands


April 2017

Report: Growth Expected for Inkjet Print Technology

Q&A: Developments in Plastics Decoration

IMDA to Host "ABC's of IML: A Basic Course"

Apex Machine Reveals New Digital Printing Systems

Herrmann Ultrasonics Adds Two Safety Features

Engineered Printing Solutions Announces Cylindrical Object Printer

OMSO North America Expands Headquarters

IIJ Names New President


March 2017

Innovations in Plastics Products Security: Anticounterfeiting Technologies

Enhancing Environmental Compliance

TopCon Registration Open

Inkcups Now Introduces UV Inkjet Printer

Branson Ultrasonics Appoints New President

The Sabreen Group Celebrates Anniversary

SPE Adds Forums to ANTEC 2017 Schedule


February 2017

Kaverman: The Vicious Cycle of Under-Investment

TopCon & IMDA Symposium Hitting Chicago Area

Adding a Cleanroom for Decorating and Assembly

Amada Miyachi America Reveals Weld Head

A.W.T. Expands Accu-Cure Series

Simco-Ion Releases Updated IQ Power Control Station

Plasmatreat Hosts Open House and Conference

Extol Sells ErgoStation Product Line


January 2017

Most-Read Stories of 2016

IMDA Announces 2017 Awards Competition

SPE Seeks New CEO

Tributek Develops Replacement Converters

Extol, Inc. Sells ErgoStation Product Line

Plasmatreat Makes Multiple Updates

ANTEC Paper Submission Deadline Looms


December 2016

Q&A: Electromagnetic Welding of Plastics

2017 TopCon and IMDA Symposium Set For Chicago Area

PLASTICS & SPE Announce New Membership Program

Amada Miyachi America Announces Addition to Laser Series

Bielomatik Introduces New Welding Technology

Dubuit Introduces New Range of UV Screen Inks

LORD Launches New IMB Adhesive Solutions

PolyOne and Merck KGaA Launch 3D Technology


November 2016

Soft-Touch Paint Gaining Market Share

Regulatory Impact on the Plastics Industry

SPI Project Aims to Increase Auto Recycling

Mimaki Launches New Series UV-LED Tabletop Printers

Proell KG Develops Printing Lacquer

Enercon Unveils Blown Ion Plasma Surface Treater

EPS's Gross Transitioning into Retirement

Verstraete IML Plans First US Production Site


October 2016

Laser Marking of QR and Data Matrix Codes

K2016 to Highlight New Developments, Future Trends

One Week Left to Register For IML/IMD Seminar

Americhem Inc. and LPKF Collaborate on Laser Plastic Welding Technology

EIT Develops New Line of UV Measurement Devices

Mimaki USA Releases Ink for Thermoforming Market

Leonhard Kurz acquires Burg Design

Herrmann Ultrasonics Opens New Tech-Center


September 2016

Five Factors Influencing a Successful Ultrasonic Weld

Minimizing Contamination in a Production Environment

Breaking Down Sustainable Packaging

Dr. Graphx Acquires Langer Printing

Desco Reveals New Closure Printer

KBA-Kammann Releases K20 Product Line

IMD/IML Fall Seminar Registration Open

3DT Celebrates 25 Years


August 2016

Benefits of UV-Curable Screen Ink Systems

OSHA's New Scrutiny on Plastics Companies

SGIA to Showcase Decorating Suppliers

EPS Targets Medical Device Industry

SeforTek Launches Welding Machine

Kurz Unveils UV Ink Transfer Unit

Roland DGA Redesigns Website

Sun Chemical Opens New Coatings Lab


July 2016

Five Ways to Prevent UV Curing from Damaging Print Heads

Fiber Laser Marking for Security

Tax Savings for Innovation

Xaar plc Acquires Engineered Printing Solutions

Branson Enables High-Speed Welding of Large-Format Parts

Ampacet Releases New Technology for Flexible Film

ASTM Approves Plastics Revision Standard

SPE Announces ANTEC 2016 a Success

Henkel Launches Adhesives Recycling Program


June 2016

Quality Control Technologies

IMDA Names Award Winners

K 2016: Destination for Success

Roland Introduces Addition to UV-LED Flatbed Printer

Decoral Introduces Color Changing Powders

Systematic Automation Announces Model HLT Printer

SGIA Strengthens Sustainability Efforts

InPrint USA to Co-Locate with ICE USA


May 2016

Treating the Surface: Options for All Surface Types

Top 5 Reasons to Attend TopCon/IMDA Symposium

Uglum to Receive SPE Honored Service Award

3DT Updates MultiDyne Corona Heads

Systematic Automation Develops Automated UV System

Mimaki USA Introduces Entry-Level Dye Sublimation Printer

Infinity Foils Expands into California

Roland DGA Opens New Imagination Center


April 2016

Training is Important. Do it Right.

IMDA Names Keynote for Awards Banquet

Sessions Added to RadTech 2016

Branson Unveils New Vibration Welder

Tributek.biz Offers Liquid Cooled Booster Assembly

Technology Delivers Unique Surface Effects

SPE to Honor New Fellows of the Society

IAPD Releases 12th Edition of Introduction to Plastics Training Manual


March 2016

Ultrasonic Welding – Your Canary?

Robertson to Provide TopCon Keynote

RadTech 2016 Conference Program Announced

Hypertherm Now Accepting 2016 Educational Grant Applications

SPI Unveils Bottle Zone for NPE2018

Dukane Develops New Welding System

470+ Exhibitors to Offer Solutions at PaintExpo

IMDA Schedules Annual Seminar


February 2016

Automotive Trend toward Customization Adds Complexity

Water Transfer Printing

3DT Revamps PlasmaDyne Surface Treating System

ITW Pillar Technologies Introduces new Technology

TopCon and IMDA Symposium Set For Nashville Area

Processing Decorative and Functional Waterborne Coatings

Registration Open for Roland’s imagiNATION 2016

IMDA Award Entries Due April 30


January 2016

Top 5 Stories of 2015

Medical Device Tax Suspended

Save the Date: ANTEC, TopCon Events

ITW Pillar Technologies Develops Surface Treatment System

Inkcups Introduces Rotary Inkjet Printer

Branson Ultrasonics Announces New Power Supply Generation

Medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging Benefits With Drug Master Files

IMDA Announces 2016 Awards Competition

SPE Aims to Attract Youth to Plastics Industry


December 2015

Laser Texturing Adds Another Level of In-Mold Decoration Possibilities

Market Trends for IMD and IML

Updated Guide to OSHA Training Requirements

2015 SGIA Expo Breaks East Coast Record

Roland Releases Attachment for VersaUV LEF-20

Mimaki Develops Multipurpose UV-LED Flatbed Printer


November 2015

Best Process Practices for Polyamide Adhesion Bonding

Full Implementation of Hazard Communication Standard Expected in ’16

Inkcups Opens New Warehouse in Mexico

Innovative Marking Systems Offers New Book on Pad Printing

SGIA Honors Wilson-Hurd

SPI Unveils New, Modernized NPE Logo and Tagline

Kaverman: New Ink for Silicone


October 2015

Understanding the Power of Color

Technology Innovation in Plastics Decorating

2015 IMDA Symposium Begins Oct. 28

Inkcups Now to Unveil Two Digital Printers at SGIA

Innovative Marking Systems Offers New Ink

National Graphics Wins Patent Appeal

Mystic Adds Shrink Sleeve Application Equipment

Mimaki USA Provides Financing Services


September 2015

Improving the Adhesion of UV-Curable Coatings to Plastics

Industrial Inkjet Printing onto Wearables

Meeting Demand in the Ad Specialties Market

Extol Develops New Welder for Small Parts and Spaces

Padprinters.com Launches All-New Website

Inkcups Now Reformats Labels, Safety Data Sheets


August 2015

Polymer Cliché Exposure and Development Hints

Five Ways to Keep Your Customers Happy

IMDA Symposium to Feature "Smack-Downs"

EPS Introduces Variable Data Printing Solution

Mimaki Mini-Expos Showcase Solutions

Direct Container Print 2015 Scheduled


July 2015

5 Reasons to Fire a Customer

Pad Printing in a Cleanroom Environment

Plasmatreat Technology Enables Metal-To-Rubber Bonds

SPI Partners with SPE to Produce Recycling Conference

EPS Expands to Accommodate Rapid Growth

Extol Celebrates 30 Years


June 2015

Beauty is in the Eye of the Consumer

FDA-Approved Additives Boost Inline Plastics Laser Marking

UV Technology for In-Mold Labeling

EPS Unveils Pre-Treatment Conveyor Flamer

Nazdar Recognized for Sustainability Practices

Mystic Adds Shrink Sleeve Equipment


May 2015

New vs. Used – Points to Ponder

Advantages of Digital Heat Transfers

IMDA Taking Entries for Annual Awards

Deco Tech Designs Precision Screen Printing System

Laser Photonics Introduces LaserTower

EPS Develops 14-Color Catheter Printer

Verstraete Introduces Matt IML and UltraGloss IML


April 2015

Combatting Static Electricity During Pad Printing

IMDA Survey Offers Insight into IMD/IML Trends

SPI Data Reveals Record Participation at NPE2015

Mimaki ES3 Inks Now Available

Sonics Introduces Multi-Converter Sequencer

Plasmatreat Announces New Plasma Clean Module


March 2015

Balancing Automation with the "Right" Assembly Technology

Preparing for Machine Installation

CI Medical Cuts Into the Health Care Industry

EPS Introduces Clean Air 300

IMDA Seeks Entries for Awards Competition

APEX Acquires DESCO

America Makes Announces Project Call


February 2015

Advantages of a Servo-Driven Ultrasonic Welder

NPE Preview, Printable Map Available

Plasmatreat Technology Used to Enhance Racing Skis

Ford Recognizes Extol Contribution

EPS Develops FlexiCure LED Curable Ink

Sonics to Introduce e-Press Touch


January 2015

Gas-Phase Surface Pretreatments for Plastics Adhesion

Pad Printing Tip: Adjust Settings for Substrate Height

NPE Preview, Printable Map Available

Plasmatreat to Debut Surface Treatment Device

Engineered Printing Solutions Teams with DNA Technologies

New RadTech Initiative Focuses on 3D Printing

Dukane Introduces Ultrasonic Welder


December 2014

Tips for In-Mold Label Storage and Packaging

Tax Foundation Ranks Best States for Business

TYKMA Offers Laser System Rentals, Leases

PLASTEC West to Feature Learning Labs

IMLCON and IMDCON Set for February

IMDA to Host 'ABC's of IML: A Basic Course'


November 2014

Expanding the Market for In-Mold Decorating

Basic Test Methods for In-Mold Labels

Physical Vapor Deposition and UV-Curable Coatings

Inkcups Now Introduces Durable, Flexible UV Ink

RadTech to Launch UV+EB Technology Magazine

Engineered Printing Solutions Develops Industrial Flatbed Printer

SemiTorr Expands Portfolio in Partnership with Rinco

Bordeaux Launches New Inks


October 2014

Role of Fixtures in Ultrasonic Plastic Welding

IMDA Survey to Study Market Trends

Business of Plastics to Feature Discussion on Decorating

OSHA Seeks Input on Chemical Exposure, PELs

Conference to Feature NASCAR Legend

Miyachi America Develops Enhanced Laser Marker Software

Mimaki USA to Introduce CJV300 Series


September 2014

7 Ways to Reduce Workplace Accidents

SGIA Show Preview

Cool Things Decorated with Pad Printing

Plastics Benchmarking Conference Nearly Sold Out

Systematic Automation Develops Versatile Screen Printer

Newman Introduces Ultraviolet Curing Solution


August 2014

Diamond Screen Process Sees More Growth in its Future

Why Invest in Digital Decoration?

Q&A: Ultrasonic Welding with Automation and Robotics

IMDA Announces 2014 Award Winners

AWA to Publish IML Technical Manual

SGIA, FlexTech to Host Symposium


July 2014

Q&A: Hot Stamping 3D Parts

Building Blocks for a Thriving Work Culture

IMDA Offers Technical Guidelines to Public

Mimaki Develops Flatbed Printer with Small Footprint

Steinwachs Joins CDigital Markets

Tech Mark Partners with Curvink


June 2014

Seasonal Tips for Pad Printing Inks

Topical Conference Drives into Ypsilanti

Inkcups Now Introduces CrystaLAZE

Roland to Host One-Day Inkjet Conference

IMDA Symposium Scheduled for October

Branson Develops Systems for Low-Power Applications


May 2014

Hydrographic Excellence at CVG FinishTEK

Advantages of Infrared Welding in Thermoplastics Manufacturing

Q&A: IML-I vs. IML-T

IMDA Issues Call for Entries

PPMOVT Changes Name to Engineered Printing Solutions

IDS Opens Branch Office in Texas


April 2014

How Coloring Plastics Affects Secondary Processes

Q&A: Printing Inks for Industrial Applications

SPE Decorating & Assembly Programming at ANTEC

IMDA to Host 'ABC's of IML: A Basic Course'

Dillon Named President of Branson Ultrasonics

PPMOVT Develops Automated Robot Printer

RadTech Offers Session on Chrome Alternative


March 2014

Decorative, Functional Waterborne Coatings for Plastics

The Elements of Green Pad Printing

Painting Trends in Plastics Processing

TopCon Registration Now Open

IMDA Launches New Website

Enercon eBook Covers Plasma Treatment

Nordson VersaPUR Melters Simplify Use of Reactive Polyurethane Adhesives


February 2014

Erler Industries Powers Forward with Automotive Decorating

Breakthrough Additives Enhance Plastics Laser Marking

Optimizing the Parameters for Microwave UV Curing

SPE Decorating & Assembly Programming at ANTEC

Analysts Optimistic for Chemicals, Plastics Markets

New Book Chronicles Screen Printing History


January 2014

Adhesive Bonding of Polyamide (Nylon)

Topical Conference Registration Now Open

Surface Treatment Challenges

PLASTEC West to Feature Learning Labs

Kammann Introduces Inkjet Flexibility

Simco-Ion Upgrades Pinner Charging Bar Series


December 2013

Innovating Inkjet Technologies for Plastic Products

Tax Foundation Ranks Best States for Business

IMDA Honors Annual Competition Winners

Artistry of Plastics Breaks Design Barriers

Systematic Automation Develops Precision Screen Printer

5th Annual PaintExpo Set for April

Trinetics Offers Tabletop Ultrasonic Welder


November 2013

Durable Graphics Add to Product Security, Branding

Bill Targets Patent Trolls

OSHA Releases New Resources on Hazardous Chemicals

Enercon eBook Covers Corona Treatment

PPMOVT Upgrades EAZY INKPRINT Series


October 2013

Decorative Waterborne Coatings for Plastics

The Press Release: How and When to Promote Company News

3D Printing to be Featured at NPE2015

Comdec Pad Printer Designed with Modular Functionality

Roland Expands VersaUV Line

TYKMA Offers Laser System Rentals, Leases


September 2013

Gas-Phase Surface Pretreatments for Plastics Adhesion

Analysis: Expect Growth in Plastics Industry

SPE Issues Call for Technical Papers for ANTEC 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Attend PACK EXPO

New Dymax Coating Increases Film Life

RUCO Develops Affordable UV Screen Printing Ink


August 2013

Adhesion Bonding of Polyphenylene Sulfide

Seminar to Focus on Industrial UV Technology

Surface TechDays Set for Early October

Registration Open for Global Plastics Summit

Inkcups Now Opens New California Facility

Clariant Accelerates Move to Waterborne Coatings


July 2013

Why Use Attachments for Ultrasonic Horns?

Obama Administration Delays ACA Employer Mandate

Play or Pay? Look to Payroll System for Guidance

Yupo Corporation Makes Leadership Changes

Trinetics Group Introduces Infrared Plastic Bench Welder

Marabu Introduces New Ink


June 2013

Fluorooxidation Surface Pretreatment

Premium Metallic Graphics and Wraps Add Sparkle, Value to Products

Deadline Nears for IMDA Awards Competition

PPMOVT’s Ink-Saver Ring Increases Ink Usage

NAZDAR Develops UV/UV-LED Container Screen Ink

Motorola, Flextronics to Assemble New Smartphones in Texas

Kammann Introduces Robotic Pick and Place Unit


May 2013

The Fundamentals of Flame Treatment

Q&A: Heat Transfer vs. Hot Stamping

Herrmann Ultrasonic Machine Punches, Seals in Single Step

Spartanics Diecutter Customizable for Rotary Applications

Retrofit Chopper Assembly Available for Cameo Screen Printers

Kammann Introduces Robotic Pick and Place Unit


April 2013

How Coloring Plastics Effects Secondary Processes

Solutions to Pad Printing Adhesion Problems

IMDA to Host Symposium

Simco-Ion Introduces Next Generation Charging Technology

Verstraete Offers Double-Sided In-Mold Labels


March 2013

Polystyrene, EPS Markets Expect Growth

Plastic Assembly Trends: Utilizing Infrared Energy

Enercon Develops Two New Induction Sealers

CMT Integrates Marking into Automation Systems


February 2013

Five Keys to Successful Pad Print Project Management

UV Printing Technologies Can Add Variety to Decorated Plastics

Webinar: Adhesion Improvements with Bio-Content Polymers

IMDA Seeks Entries for Awards Competition

United Silicone Expands into Lawn and Garden Marketplace

CMT Names Midwest, New England Manufacturers' Reps


January 2013

Q&A: Cliché Choices

Markets to Watch: Pharmaceutical Packaging and Plastic Containers

Registration Open for ANTEC 2013

IMDA Presents "ABC's of IML: A Basic Course"

Inkcups Now Relocates Corporate Offices

ITW Graphics Offers Multi-Colored, Textured Heat Transfer Labels

Mimaki Introduces Two Wide Format Printers


December 2012

Eco-Friendly Waterborne Coatings

Ask the Expert: Inkjet Printing

CMT Strengthens US Sales Coverage

Plasmatreat Opens New Sales, Technical Center


November 2012

Industry Tradeshows Meet with Success

Formulating Plastics for Direct Laser Marking


October 2012

Q&A: Process Solutions for Adhesion Bonding of Nylon

New CMT Process Creates High-quality, Cost-effective 2D Codes

Miyachi Creates Laser for Plastics, Reflective Metals

Systematic Automation Develops Automatic Screen Printing Machine


September 2012

Q&A: Laser Marking QR and Data Matrix Codes

SGIA Show Offers Imaging Indulgence


August 2012

Q&A: Data Matrix Bar Code Mark Quality Verification and Standard

IMLCON, IMDCON Set for Oct. 4-5 in Chicago

IMDA Announces 2012 Award Winners


July 2012

Q&A: Laser Marking


June 2012

Selecting the Proper Assembly Process

Three Steps to Simplify Cylindrical Printing


April 2012

Q&A: Optimizing Inkjet Printing Quality