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Headlines for the Next 50 Years : Plastics Technology

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As micro-molding gives way to "nano-molding," processors will need creative answers to the problems of handling flyspeck-sized parts. Farms may replace oil wells as the source of new plastics. Biopolymers made from cornstarch or other renewable feedstocks will supple-ment petrochemical-derived polymers in a wide range of applications. What if you could change the color of every part right at the machine? Instant color changes may be part of the coming era of "mass customization." New methods of polymer production will allow custom materials to be "programmed" for individual applications. Say Hello to Nano Molding The new frontier of injection molding is "shrinking," says Carl Schiffer, managing partner at Dr. Boy GmbH in Germany. Miniaturization in electronic and medical parts will help push today's micro-molding toward "nano"-size parts. Machinery will need to evolve to meet the "nano" challenge. Shot sizes must become smaller, and screw diameters are already shrinking from the standard lower limit of 14 mm.


Use of 3D Vision and Artificial Intelligence Predicted to Drive the Global Industrial Robotics Market in the Rubber and Plastic Industries Until 2020, Says Technavio

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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global industrial robotics market in the rubber and plastic industry is expected to record a CAGR of over 18% until 2020. This research report titled'Global Industrial Robotics Market in the Rubber and Plastic Industry 2016-2020', provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated primarily through the sales and services of various industrial robotics such as cartesian, articulated, and others for different applications in the rubber and plastic industry. "China accounted for about 25% of the overall production of plastics, followed by European countries that accounted for 20%. Key findings of this report show that the demand for plastics is anticipated to grow during the forecast period, and positively impact the market.