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11 Europe’s machine makers are back on track Europe’s machinery makers have recovered from the downturn and are benefi ting from rising global demand for high technology hardware. Euromap executives speak to Chris Smith.


15 Making gains in preform production The focus is shifting from production output to overall effi ciency in the latest energy- optimised preform moulding systems. Chris Smith looks at the newest introductions COVER IMAGE: NETSTAL


from Husky, Netstal and Sipa. 20 Packaging update


26 Moulding masterclass: Understanding injection units There’s more to an injection unit than screw size, says John Goff. Failing to understand the differences between injection unit classifi cations can lead to setting problems.


29 Composites shape the future The latest technology innovations in thermoplastic composite processing could fi nally see these high performance materials break into large series production. Peter Mapleston reports.


38 Progress continues in LFTs


41 More from the big plastics show We round off our coverage of last year’s K2013 show with an in-depth look at some of the new process and technology innovations. Chris Smith reports.


57 Injecting mobility into data Capturing more data and making it accessible from anywhere is the trend in the latest production monitoring technology, writes John Osborne.


61 DFM: Closing the loop DFM considerations do not end at mould qualifi cation. André Eichhorn discusses the importance of ensuring processing specifi cations are held to in production.


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