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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

Follow-up Post on a Workable 4-shift Schedule

There has been a lot of feedback on the blog posting made in September 2012, so I thought I would follow-up with a few more details. 

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Plastics are Alive and Well in Southeast Asia

I had the opportunity to do some extrusion training recently in Southeast Asia, and all I can say is that plastics are alive and well there.

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AIMCAL Web Coating & Handling & 2013 Charleston

After two days rest on return from the K-Show in Dusseldorf, I just attended and returned from the 2013 AIMCAL Web Handling & Coating conference in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina.  I have to say, I heard some great papers there and met some fascinating people. 

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K-Show 2013 & Upcoming Extrusion Coating Seminars

Just got back from the K-Show.  It is always excellent to be in Germany, and to see so much new technology in one place is a bonus.  Wait... reverse that order. 

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A Fateful Meeting in Düsseldorf

Like many others, I am off to Germany this week to attend the K-Show in Düsseldorf.  I have about 3 weeks of work to do in just a few days.  And on my return, I turn around to attend the AIMCAL conference in Charleston, South Carolina.

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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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