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SAM, NA - A New Player in the USA for Cast Film & Extrusion Coating Equipment

I just finished a nice meeting with Andy Christie, Managing Director of SAM North America, LLC in Phoenix, New York. 

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TAPPI Extrusion Coating Short Course

A testament to marketing and tradition, the years that TAPPI holds its extrusion coating short course are those years that the extrusion coating short course I teach at UMASS-Lowell are poorly attended. Knowing this, and to stay current and see old friends, I decided to attend the TAPPI course in Memphis last August (2013).

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Blocking in a PP/PE Blown Film Structure

This question comes from Southeast Asia.  A blown film converter recently changed from a  PP /PP (polypropylene) coex blown film structure to a PP/PE (polyethylene) structure and is now experiencing blocking with the latter.  His question is why?  And of course, how to fix it.

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Nordmeccanica SpA a Laminating Powerhouse

A visit to Nordmeccanica in Italy reveals why the company's "standardized" approach to roll to roll lamination is so successful.

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What do Kerite, UMASS-Lowell, Malloy, Womer and Glycon Have in Common?

The answer...  They were all brought together last November (2012) at the grand opening of the new Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center Building on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. 

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Another Review of Die Streaks

We really have to talk about this topic again.  It is amazing how many times I get calls on this seemingly simple, yet universal subject. 

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What's New with Primers, and a visit to old friends

I made a visit to some old friends last week at Mica Corporation in Shelton, Connecticut, USA... Jeff Siegel and Bruce Foster. 

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Looking for reader feedback on Extruder Manufacturers

I need your help.  I am assembling a list of extruder manufacturers and their performance. 

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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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