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Letter from the Editor: Jul/Aug-20  

Back to Normal
That’s what everyone is wondering, when will things get back to normal? By now most of us have had several aspects of our lives change due to COVID-19 with no end in sight. We sincerely hope that all of you and your families are well and doing what you can to help fight this unprecedented epidemic. Please stay safe. As essential businesses you all are helping to keep the country running. And until we get back to normal, we want to thank you for doing your part whether large or small.

If you are considering buying a new router or panel saw or looking for cutting tools that will provide a clean edge off your machine reducing secondary processing, then you’ll love our Machinery & Tooling Spotlight. With the cancelation of the International Woodworking Fair this year we decided to bring some off the products you would have seen in Atlanta to you. The technology that is available to you today will decrease production costs and improve profits.

Next, in our Polyolefin Spotlight we look at polyethylene and polypropylene, two of the largest volume thermoplastics used today. The materials are available in a wide range of grades, formulations and shapes. They are tough, chemical resistant and offer good electrical properties with a low coefficient of friction and moisture absorption. They are also relatively lightweight and easy to fabricate.

This issue also includes our 23rd Annual Buyer’s Guide, a collective resource of our advertisers’ products and services this past year. It is a one-stop shop for nearly every product your company will need. You can also search the online version of the 2020 Buyer’s Guide at When you find what you’re looking for, don’t forget to tell them you got their name from PD&F Magazine.

Finally, we ran out of room for Safety Solutions but we put Jack’s article on the web. In it, Jack asks, “Have You Conducted Your Periodic Lockout & Tagout Audit?” A periodic inspection of each energy control procedure must be performed at least annually to ensure that the energy control procedures continue to be implemented properly and that employees are familiar with their responsibilities under those procedures. And don’t forget that as a reader of PD&F Magazine Jack is available for all your safety needs. You can email him at

We hope things get back to normal soon. Until then you can find additional resources by searching our website’s extensive article archive. You can also contact our advertisers and manage your subscription through our on-line eReader Service.

Please stay safe and enjoy the issue,

David Whelan

September/October 2020

  • High Performance Plastics
  • Thermoforming

Ad/Edit Close: 08/21/20
Material Close: 08/28/20

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