Smart temperature management and control are important in applications ranging from hot runner injection molding in the plastics industry to form, fill and seal systems for packaging, to rubber molding and to food production.
An infrared premelter emits a flash of heat (infrared energy) to the top of food products to gently fuse ingredients together. This process reduces product waste during packaging and distribution processes. It also enhances product appearance and presentation.
Researchers at Stanford and IBM Research developed chemical approaches that could efficiently generate biodegradable plastics suited for manufacturing products, including forks, medical devices and fabrics.