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Letter from the Editor: Sep/Oct-20  


One Person, One Vote
It has been a challenging year to say the least; a global pandemic, a divided political landscape, a national reckoning on racial inequality, there has never been a more important year to vote. Whether you are in the middle, on the right or on the left, it is our differences that make this country great. We should not sit on the sidelines and let others decide the direction of our country. Each of us has a voice and we must express it on November 3.

Regardless of the outcome of the election, we are the United States of America and united we must be. The freedom we have has been fought for on many fronts, don’t take it for granted. Please cast your vote any way you feel safe doing. Our country and our future are depending on you.

Our industry is not only essential, it is vital to many industries in ways most people do not realize. Fabricated and formed plastic parts and assemblies continue to find inventive ways to replace other materials, due in part to the machinery, tooling and materials you will find in this issue.

We kick off with what’s new in High Performance Plastics (HPPs). When you have demanding applications, these materials provide engineers and fabricators an increasing number of options from which to choose. HPPs have characteristics that make them ideal for challenging environments, and when high strength or high service temperatures are required. Turn to page 8 to see what’s new to meet your customer’s high-performance requirements.

Next find out what's hot in the cut sheet thermoforming market. Companies are always looking for an edge – a way to lower costs, increase productivity and add value for their clients. Our Thermoforming Spotlight features machinery for forming and trimming, and cutting tools that will make your company more efficient, more competitive and more profitable.

Finally, in Safety Solutions, Jack Podojil has some things for you to consider “Before You Purchase New Machinery.” Buying new equipment can be a challenging procedure given all the different factors that should be taken into consideration. As you research different manufacturers you should look at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards for the type of machinery that you are considering purchasing.

Looking ahead, our 2021 editorial calendar can be found on page 23, see what is in-store for next year. Our goal is to provide you with the news, new products and information you need to stay current and competitive. We would also love to hear from you. Let us know if there are topics you would like us to cover in the year ahead. Jack also welcomes your input regarding Safety Solutions topics and is available for private consultation with PD&F Magazine subscribers to address your specific safety needs.

To find additional resources to help your company thrive this year and beyond, search our extensive on-line article archive and our 2020 Buyer’s Guide. You can also manage your subscription and contact our advertisers.

Please stay safe and enjoy the issue,

David Whelan
Editor/Publisher

November/December 2020

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Ad/Edit Close: 10/16/20
Material Close: 10/23/20

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