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Letter from the Editor: Jan/Feb-18  

New Opportunities

The new year is underway and new opportunities are everywhere. Plastics are thriving due in part to a stronger economy and manufacturing base. New materials and advances in machinery are opening doors to more applications across a variety of industries. The increased demand for fabricated plastic components makes this a great time to be in plastics.

We kick-off with what’s new in CNC Routers & Tooling. From 3- and 5-axis machines that will increase your productivity and profitability at all price points and production needs, to the tooling that helps you achieve the best finish off your new, or existing, CNC router, we have it all. Plastic fabricators have more options to choose from than ever before. CNC machines are easier to operate and are highly customizable to meet your unique production needs.

Next we take a look at Composites. From thermosets to carbon fibers and beyond, these materials are both young and old offering properties that cannot be matched by conventional thermoplastics. Composites are well suited for applications in aerospace, oil & gas, semiconductor & electronics as well as medical, aerospace, analytic instrumentation and energy.

We had so much good stuff we ran out of room for “Safety Solutions” this month. But don’t worry; Jack will be back next issue. You can also visit the updated archive of ”Safety Solutions” articles on our website. And don’t forget that if your company needs assistance with a safety related matter, Jack would be happy to help. As a reader of PD&F Magazine he is available for an initial consultation. He can be reached via email at Whether it is to discuss your safety program or a wide range of topics, Jack has over 40 years of experience in industrial safety.

This year we look forward to bringing you the news and new products that will provide new opportunities for your company. To find additional resources to increase your opportunities this year, search our website. You can also contact our advertisers or manage your subscription via eReader Service.

Enjoy the issue,

David Whelan

March/April 2018

  • Saws & Tooling
  • See-Through Plastics

Ad/Edit Close: 02/16/18
Material Close: 02/23/18

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