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SPE Thermoforming Quarterly®

First Quarter 2021

Advances in Digital Thermoforming

For many years now, thermoforming companies have searched for technology which can inject life into an aging, analog industry comprised of long runs, extended lead times and limited vertical market expansion. It is a culture searching for ways to reach new customers with new applications in order to stay relevant in a fast-changing market. The recent pandemic has only accelerated this need…

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First Quarter 2021

Managing Intrinsic Viscosity in PET Extrusion

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or polyester), is one of the most commercially recognized, versatile, clear, strong, lightweight, and recycled plastic materials in North America and worldwide. This material was first synthesized in the US in the mid-1940s by Dupont in search of a new synthetic fiber. Later, in the early 1970s, a technology was developed to blow and stretch mold PET into bottles and that’s when single serve water bottles came into creation…

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