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As 2013 comes to a close, SPE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the SPE Industry Update a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 1
By Dr. Moris Amon
From July 10: On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act. Although this law did not attract much public attention among the hot political issues of the day, it will have a profound effect on America's technological future — and, probably, on most of the readers of this newsletter. This series of articles will outline the changes brought by this law, for the benefit of nonlawyers.
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Influence of rare-earth thermal stabilizers on polyvinyl chloride
SPE Plastics Research Online
From Jan. 30: PVC is one of the five most-commonly used thermoplastics. It has superior mechanical and physical properties, high chemical and abrasion resistance, and is widely used in durable applications. However, low thermal stability is its main limitation. Consequently, suitable amounts of stabilizers must be added to restrict the degradation of PVC during thermal processing.
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Automotive lightweighting trend here to stay
By Don Rosato
From Feb. 27: Automotive lightweighting goals are driven by several current factors, namely: Changes in government fuel economy and emissions regulations — Reducing structural weight is one of the most important ways of reducing fuel consumption. A 10 percent reduction in vehicle mass yields approximately a 6-8 percent increase in fuel economy.
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The role of carbon nanotubes in polymers: Now and the future
By Dr. Brian P. Grady
From Feb. 20: According to a recent marketing project by TechNavio, the annualized growth rate of carbon nanotube production from now until 2015 is projected to be 10.6 percent. What benefits do carbon nanotubes bring to polymers, and – equally important – what can carbon nanotubes not do?
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Medical device plastic material innovations to watch
By Don Rosato
The medical device universe encompasses a particularly imposing spectrum of constant technological innovation, including hundreds of different technologies and thousands of types of products.

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European plastics 'set to change'
Recycling International
The odds for plastics recycling in Europe are slowly but surely improving, with an average of 26 percent of plastic waste recycled across the continent. "Also, we know there is already a plan to implement a landfill ban in Poland.

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Macro Plastics unveils hybrid plastic-wood bin
The Grower
Macro Plastics used the Northwest Horticultural Expo to introduce the Hybrid 44 bin that combines the best attributes of wood and plastic. "This is the biggest change in bins in 20 years," said Bruce Hale, international sales manager.

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New barrier plastic packaging materials advancing rapidly
By Don Rosato
From July 3: It is important for food packaging to provide good protection against factors crucial to product quality to ensure product shelf life. Depending on product sensitivity, it is vital to provide food packaging protection with proper barrier components. For example, some products are susceptible to moisture, oxygen or both, or to other gases. Barrier films often consist of multilayers or coated films designed to be impervious to gas and moisture migration, as single-layer films are in general quite permeable to most gases.
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Materials for the future: Thermal isolation and aerogels
By Adolfo Benedito
From Aug. 21: Energy crisis, oil prices, clean energies, contaminating energies, nuclear, wind energy — we are immersed in an intense debate on energy and its utilization. We must not delude ourselves. Historically, it has been a recurring theme, but it is constantly being renewed with a greater persistency and virulence. Our social and industrial developments demand enormous amounts of energy. Optimizing resources and energy costs is one of the fundamental objectives in this unending escalation.
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What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 3
By Moris Amon
From Aug. 7: The procedural changes to the patent application process brought by the AIA are additions to previous laws and regulations. For the sake of clarity, the relevant procedures will be outlined in their cumulative present form, without dwelling on their historical progression. Note that everything in this article is about utility patent applications — which are probably most readers' only concern.
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Biocompatible plastics and their importance in the medical device industry
By Archita Datta Majumdar
From March 3: Plastics have paved their way into every aspect of human life due to their unique properties of malleability, easily changeable shapes and forms and low cost of production. Significant developments in plastics technology have coincided with the advent of innovative medical devices — pacemakers, stents and hip-replacement devices — which have enabled medical solutions for all kinds of ailments and impairments. Despite their ease of use, plastics can bring the risk of health and environmental hazards that can undermine all medical efforts unless treated minutely at first. Hence the need for biocompatibility which can reduce these risks and enable us to fully derive the benefits.
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What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 2
By Moris Amon
The parts of the AIA authorizing the subject proceedings went into effect on Sept. 16, 2012. However, many of the new rules apply only to patent applications filed under the first-to-file regime — i.e., after March 16, 2013. The availability of these proceedings brings the U.S. patent system in closer harmony to the systems of some important foreign jurisdictions, such as the European Patent Office, where opposition proceedings are well established.
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Materials for the future: Thermal isolation and PCM
By Adolfo Benedito
From Sept. 4: Energy crisis, oil prices, clean energies, contaminating energies, nuclear, wind energy — we are immersed in an intense debate on energy and its utilization. We must not delude ourselves. Historically, it has been a recurring theme, but it is constantly being renewed with a greater persistency and virulence. Our social and industrial developments demand enormous amounts of energy. Optimizing resources and energy costs is one of the fundamental objectives in this unending escalation.
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Automotive lightweighting with alternative materials
By Don Rosato
From March 13: Consumer preferences have limited the downsizing options available to automakers, and safety and performance standards have resulted in a very limited ability to reduce weight further with conventional materials. Every potential vehicle lightweighting component is under investigation. Material substitution replacing heavier iron and steel with weight-saving advanced composites and other plastics, aluminum, magnesium and advanced high-strength steel is essential for boosting vehicle fuel economy.
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The renaissance of bioplastics: A not-so-natural process
By Igor Catic
From March 13: In 2011, the world production of bioplastics was less than 0.5 percent of total plastics production. But when you read news articles, you get a somewhat strange impression that the most important materials now and in the future are eco-friendly bioplastics. Bioplastics are not a new invention. The celluloid eco-baby doll is about 150 years old. In fact, the first bioplastic — based on casein — is more than 500 years old. What is the difference between synthetic plastics and bioplastics? Just the input into the process.
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