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10 We deal with incredible pressures but know how to vent.

9 Injecting, shots and knockouts are legal in all 50 states.

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Over the past few years, I have heard through the grapevine that those shops who have taken the Leadtime Leader title say they’ve entered an elite club … “like The Oscars or better yet The Masters,” one past winner told me.

How cool to think of this annual Award in that regard. And it certainly felt that way yesterday as our 2018 and newly-crowned 2019 Leadtime Leader Winners shared the spotlight for a few short but emotional minutes.

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Amerimold Expo 2019 is here! There are two days of information-packed programming, not to mention a wide array of exhibitors that are anxious to meet with attendees. I had a sneak preview of a few of the exhibitors – namely those who are sponsors of Amerimold, and here’s what they are featuring this year (be sure to check out images from the show floor, above):

Progressive Components, in booth 1205, is spotlighting its new System Cooling High Temp Manifolds. As part of the company’s System Cooling Platform, manifolds monitor each circuit within a mold via embedded, individual sensors which measure based on the Vortex Flow principle, alerting the user of any deviations which might then reduce cycle times and affect product consistency or increase scrap. New high-temp manifolds now support temperatures up to 250° F / 120° C. Available in 4, 8, and 12 zone units, each can be connected to as many as eight manifolds for a total of 96 zones. 

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In February, Gardner provided a slowing-growth outlook for the packaging and container industry based on actual financial results from the third quarter of 2018 along with Wall Street’s consensus projections. At that time, capital expenditures had grown strongly over the trailing twelve months while earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were growing at nearly 15% and projected to grow even more quickly through the fourth quarter of 2019. The 2019 outlook for the industry at that time looked very promising.

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