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Tom Bezigian holds a B.S. in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. He has been affiliated with the converting industry for more than 30 years...more

A 4-Shift, Around-the-Clock Schedule that EVERYONE Will Love

Throughout my career, I have worked in industrial processes that operated on a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, 365 days per year schedule. 

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All About Screws

I had the opportunity to meet with the folks at Glycon Corp. (The old Great Lakes Feedscrews) in Tecumseh, Michigan. 

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Specialty Extrusion at Bixby International

Quite often, the press follows those that produce large volumes of commodity products, and quite understandably so.  However, I had the opportunity last week to meet with the folks at Bixby International in Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA, and I am very happy to see that specialty extrusion exists in such a big fashion. 

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Interesting Encounter

So, I'm in Kuala Lumpur, taking in the sites, and I'm watching the fountain Light show at the Petronas Towers with about a thousand other people. 

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Competition

So much for the idea that film products made in the Far East are of lower quality than that in the USA.  And though labor costs are lower, so much for the thought that Asian factories are inefficient. 

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Reducing Sealing Failure

I had a nice talk with Dr. Barry Morris on a recent visit to DuPont's Chestnut Run facility in Wilmington, Delaware. 

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NPE Follow Up

Now that everyone is rested and caught-up from a fantastic NPE show in Orlando, let's review what's new and exciting.

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The 2012 NPE Show

I know it's old news, but I am excited that the NPE show has moved both its date and time to April in Orlando.

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Why do I have these bubbles in my finished product?

As complicated as the extrusion process is, with all its nuances of equipment variations, materials, finished product requirements, ancillary equipment, etc., I have observed over the years that there are a core set of issues that affect every processor.  I will touch on the subject of degradation as manifested by bubbles or voids in the finished product.

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Screw & Die Design Models

I met with a couple of old friends this week, Dr. Natti Rao, who was visiting New York from Germany, and John Beaumont, a classmate from UMASS-Lowell.  It's always great to catch up with old friends, and even better when I can do that and talk about screw and die design modeling.  Wait... did I just say that?

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