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Innovative medical plastic devices define the road ahead
By Don Rosato
Metal-to-plastic device conversion offers many advantages. The most prominent advantage is cost where expensive metals such as titanium parts can be replaced by lower-cost plastic materials. Hospitals gain by using disposable devices that eliminate the need to manage resterilization and help cut down the spread of infection. Doctors benefit through the use of lighter devices that are easier to control and reduce fatigue. Patients benefit through the elimination of metal ion and metal particulate issues. These future plastic medical device innovations are expected to center around six major technological areas.
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Biobased and biodegradable polylactide composites with waste cotton fibers
SPE Plastics Research Online
Petroleum-based plastics are used broadly as they offer a wide range of useful properties. However, the growing awareness of environmental issues is causing increased interest in materials that can be obtained from renewable resources. Polylactide, a biobased polymer, is the main candidate able to replace the petroleum-based plastics in many applications. Moreover, being biodegradable and compostable, PLA can reduce the amount of plastic waste.
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2014 global plastics business roundtable
Plastics Engineering
To get an idea of where the industry now stands in facing still-uncertain economic influences, Plastics Engineering sought input from five industry experts to address recent(and future) issues affecting machinery and resin purchasing trends.
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  Thermoforming Crush Test & Plug Design
How do you ensure that your thermoformed container is going to mechanically withstand the rigors of the end-use application? Why is crush resistance important for thermoforming? Are your parts failing due to thin spots or weak corners? Read how CMT Materials explains the relationship between material distribution and crush resistance.
 



Will 3-D printing cause traditional manufacturing to collapse?
Harvard Business Review
How accurately can we anticipate the future given today's emerging technologies? Take 3-D printing. Our current model of producing goods is built around large-scale, globally linked manufacturing facilities with massive, complex lines of supply and delivery. What happens when 3-D printers overtake current models in terms of speed and cost effectiveness, allowing goods to be custom made for little cost by localized manufacturing hubs? Will we still need today's manufacturing model?
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Innovative medical plastic devices define the road ahead
By Don Rosato
Metal-to-plastic device conversion offers many advantages. The most prominent advantage is cost where expensive metals such as titanium parts can be replaced by lower-cost plastic materials. Hospitals gain by using disposable devices that eliminate the need to manage resterilization and help cut down the spread of infection

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Tupperware still innovating with plastics
Plastics News
When many consumers think of plastic, Tupperware comes to mind. Thanks to the company's direct sales strategy, the famously kitschy Tupperware parties that were popular in the 1950s and still go on today, perhaps no plastic brand occupies a bigger place in American pop culture.

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Major milestone for plastics in the shale gas era
Plastics News
Nova Chemicals Corp. recently became the first plastics company to use ethane from the Marcellus Shale Basin to convert to ethylene. Nova senior vice president Chris Bezaire gave the story exclusively to Plastics News correspondent Mike Lauzon.

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French proposal to ban oxo-biodegradable plastics
Packaging Europe
A group of members of the French National Assembly have proposed a law to ban oxo-biodegradable plastics - not on the basis that they pose risks to health and the environment, but on the basis that they just might. The oxo-biodegradable plastics association criticizes as a lobbying attempt to take oxo-biodegradable plastics off the French market and leave the field clear for bio-based plastics which are not competitive with oxo-bio and have very limited usefulness, and fear that lobbyists are trying to do the same in Italy and Spain.
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1st automatic sorting of plastic film by polymer
Plastics Engineering
Postconsumer mixed plastic film is at the bottom of the MRF (material recovery facility) waste chain. Both in Europe and the U.S. mixed plastic film, known as "2D 1-7" (two dimensional film, known as polymers 1 through 7) is a contaminant that lowers the value of recycled paper. So MRFs typically remove plastic film from paper stream, either by hand or automatically.
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Plastic replaces metal in car engine
Design News
Ford has replaced brazed metal manifold components in two new V6 engines with DuPont's Zytel HTN PPA resin, saving 1 lb. in weight and $1 in cost per engine. Because of the advances achieved with this redesign — a collaboration among DuPont, Ford, and Illinois Tool Works — the Society of Plastics Engineers named the team finalists for the Most Innovative Use of Plastics Award, Process/Assembly/Enabling Technology category, of the SPE's 2013 Automotive Innovation Awards.
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Soaking up crude oil spills with polymer mesh magnetic nanoparticles
Canadian Plastics
Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a non-toxic sequestering agent-iron oxide nanoparticles coated in a polymer mesh that can hold up to 10 times their weight in crude oil — a material that can safely soak up leftover oil, from both the Deepwater Horizon spill and elsewhere, that isn't captured using conventional mechanical means.
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ACC establishes new plastics-to-oil alliance
Plastics Today
The American Chemistry Council has formed a new group within its plastics division that will reportedly work to enhance public policy in support of technologies that convert non-recycled plastics into petroleum-based products.
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Plastic balls protect California reservoirs
Plastics News
XavierC LLC really has to be on the ball these days. The 18-month-old Glendora, Calif.-based manufacturer is getting ready to fill its biggest order yet for 6.4 million four-inch polyethylene balls for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Called shade balls, 80 million of the hollow black orbs are needed to cover the reservoirs in Los Angeles to stop sunlight from triggering a potentially dangerous chemical reaction between bromite, which occurs naturally in groundwater, and the chlorine used to disinfect drinking water.
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Preposterous new plastics
Fast Company
Procter & Gamble's newly patented manufacturing process makes plastic packaging up to 75 percent thinner — potentially saving P&G up to $1 billion per year and keeping countless tons of waste out of landfills. The move follows similar thinning down by Poland Spring and Nivea. But other plastics makers are taking an even more radical turn.
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Production ramps up for 1st phosphorous polymer
Plastics Today
A new plastic developed by a Massachusetts company is exiting the developmental stage this year and going prime time as a full-scale production plant comes on line in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Medical plastic process developments take center stage (By Don Rosato)
Plastic-foam ban approved by New York council (Crain's New York Business)
Toughening epoxy thermosetting polymer (SPE Plastics Research Online)

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Plastics assist designers with Chrysler 200 interior
Plastics News
Chrysler Group LLC's 2015 200 sedan is intended to be a flagship for the company, showing what is capable in engineering and manufacturing. That also holds true for its interior, said Klaus Busse, head of interior design for Chrysler, noting that it is an area where the company is using new developments in production alongside new ideas in design.
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3-D structure prediction for biomimetic functional plastics
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New work builds on research to make bio-inspired plastics that could sense and degrade chemical and biological agents, ultimately saving the lives of warfighters, first responders and civilians. Scientists have now developed the capability to accurately predict the three-dimensional structure of peptoids (peptide resembling constructs), which is a critical capability for devising these robust functional materials. Eventually, these materials will be used in sensing, decontamination and protection measures.
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