Handbook of Plastic Processes

Handbook of Plastic Processes

Author: Charles A. Harper
ISBN 978-0-471-66255-6 

pages 763, hardcover
An outstanding and thorough presentation of the complete field of plastics processing

Handbook of Plastic Processes is the only comprehensive reference covering not just one, but all major processes used to produce plastic products-helping designers and manufacturers in selecting the best process for a given product while enabling users to better understand the performance characteristics of each process.

The authors, all experts in their fields, explain in clear, concise, and practical terms the advantages, uses, and limitations of each process, as well as the most modern and up-to-date technologies available in their application.

Coverage includes chapters on:
  • Injection molding
  • Compression and transfer molding
  • Sheet extrusion
  • Blow molding
  • Calendering
  • Foam processing
  • Reinforced plastics processing
  • Liquid resin processing
  • Rotational molding
  • Thermoforming
  • Reaction injection molding
  • Compounding, mixing, and blending
  • Machining and mechanical fabrication
  • Assembly, finishing, and decorating

Each chapter details a particular process, its variations, the equipment used, the range of materials utilized in the process, and its advantages and limitations.

Because of its increasing impact on the industry, the editor has also added a chapter on nanotechnology in plastics processing.


1. Injection Molding (Peter F. Grelle)

2. Assisted Injection Molding (Steve Ham)

3. Sheet Extrusion (Dana R. Hanson)

4. Thermoforming (Scott Macdonald)

5. Blow Molding (Norman C. Lee)

6. Rotational Molding (Paul Nugent)

7. Compression and Transfer Molding (John L. Hull)

8. Composite Processes (Dale A. Grove)

9. Liquid Resin Processes (John L. Hull and Steven J. Adamson)

10. Assembly (Edward M. Petrie).

11. Decorating and Finishing (Edward M. Petrie and John L. Hull).

12. Polymer Nanocomposite Processing (Nandika Anne D'Souza, Jo Ann Ratto, Ajit Ranade, Will Strauss and Laxmi Sahu).


CHARLES A. HARPER is President of Technology Seminars, Inc., an organization that has provided educational seminars to the industry for over twenty years. An engineering graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, where he has also served as an adjunct professor, Mr. Harper has held leadership roles in many professional societies and organizations and is a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering. He is the author or editor of numerous books in the plastics and materials fields.