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Thermoplastic Materials for UV Inkjet and Laser Marking

Noncontact digital processes, such as inkjet printing and laser marking on plastics, are modern technologies that offer numerous advantages compared to analog process, e.g.,...
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Q&A: Screen Printing for Cylindrical Containers

Screen printing is a natural choice when it comes to printing on plastic parts – particularly for cylindrical containers. However, other processes – such...

Evaluating Appearance of Decorated Parts

Decorated plastic parts are everywhere in consumers’ lives. They are an important part of people’s cars, phones, homes and packaging for many of the...
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Prepare for Supply Chain Pressures

by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Decorating No manufacturing operation is immune to supply chain risk. Supply chain problems can occur at any stage of...
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PRINTING United Coming to Dallas

At PRINTING United, which will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, the learning is endless. This...
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Inkjet Decoration of Plastics: A Bright Future

It’s hard not to notice that the world is going digital, and that increasingly applies to manufacturing – including industrial printing and decoration. Leading...
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Personalization and Promo Markets Drive Advances in DTO Printing

Today’s direct-to-object (DTO) cylindrical printing systems serve a handful of modern printing needs. Growing demand from promotional and retail/personalization markets is driving the need...
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Standard Machine’s SMI 6090 Digital UV Industrial Inkjet Printer

by Lara Copeland, contributing writer, Plastics Decorating Standard Machines, Inc. (SMI) – the machine division at Comdec, located in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and the originator of...
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Association News

Letter from the Chair We are all very excited about the upcoming SPE Decorating & Assembly Division Topical Conference (TopCon). We also are excited that...
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Methods of Polymer Weld Quality Evaluation

Evaluation of the quality of polymer welds is essential to the development and production maintenance of a welding process. However, it can be challenging...
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Plastics Decorating is a quarterly magazine with a distribution of 10,000, targeting companies that decorate and assemble plastics. It is distributed to corporate management as well as plant and production managers involved in the plastics decorating process.