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Nanotech patent jungle set to become denser in 2013
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As we welcome in 2013, will nanotechnology continue to dominate many of the scientific headlines in the coming year, just as it has done over the past decade? The huge activity across nanotechnology in recent years, reflected in an ever-increasing number of patents, suggests that it will. More

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Optical performance of gas-assist injection molding
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During gas-assist injection molding, the liquid polymer interacts in a complex manner with the gas being used to force it throughout the mold. The stress field generated by this interaction creates certain molecular orientations that become frozen-in as the molded part cools. Consequently, GAIM molded parts typically exhibit optical and mechanical anisotropies that may influence performance. One such result is birefringence, a directional discrepancy in refractive index. More

Green polylactide blends for durable applications
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Environmental concerns have prompted extensive investigation of biodegradable polylactide, which has attractive biomedical and industrial applications. Because PLA is made from renewable resources, it affords valuable carbon and energy savings. Its good biocompatibility, excellent transparency and high tensile strength and modulus of elasticity make it one of the most promising materials for producing high-performance eco-friendly plastics. More

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Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the SPE Industry Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of SPE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.

EU mulls total ban on cadmium in plastics
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The European Commission is considering extending its restriction on cadmium in plastics from the current 16 materials listed in Annex XVII of REACH to all plastic materials. The European Chemicals Agency said it will examine the case for an outright ban and has issued a call for evidence to the plastics industry. More


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Bioplastic copolymer is foamed to treat bladder disease
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A foamed bioplastic is being developed in Germany as a drug carrier for treatment of common diseases of the urinary bladder such as overactive bladder. The bioplastic is made of a copolymer of derivatives of lactic and glycolic acids. Both are often made from sugar beets. More

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  • Cooling technology for cycle efficiency
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    A 3-D simulation study helps quantify the effects of mold cooling design choices on cycle cooling time, which moldmakers can then use to make smarter design cost versus part production cost decisions at the earliest possible tool design stage. More

    How to optimize mold water design, setup and maintenance
    Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When trying to establish process control in plastic injection, watering the tool is a key variable that is often overlooked. Water setup and design are every bit as important as establishing and recording a repeatable process. How a mold is watered is key to a processor's goal of consistency. If during the design and development stage, watering is put on the back burner as an "unimportant" variable, the potential for lost process control is huge. More



    Apple's future is in plastics?
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    Reports have surfaced that Apple may source a plastic casing from a U.S. electronic manufacturing service provider rather than one comprised of aluminum and glass. Apple has used a plastic polycarbonate housing in its iPhones before — the 3G and 3GS models — so such a design would not be unheard of. If Apple were to offer an iPhone model that returns to a plastic housing, that could boost demand for plastic suppliers. More


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    As manufacturing bounces back from recession, unions are left behind
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    U.S. manufacturers have added a half-million new workers since the end of 2009, making the sector one of the few bright spots in an otherwise weak recovery. And yet there were 4 percent fewer union factory workers in 2012 than there were in 2010, according to federal survey data. On balance, all of the job gains in manufacturing have been nonunion. More



    Molders making touch devices with in-mold films
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    PolyIC, a subsidiary of the hot stamping and coating group Leonhard Kurz Stiftung, has developed functional films that open the way for producing touch screen displays and controls using in-mold decoration and in-mold labeling techniques. The companies, based in Germany, have launched PolyTC transparent conductive films made from PET, which are produced roll-to-roll and can be used in established lamination processes as well as in-mold decoration and in-mold labeling. More



    Solvay seeks to patent plastic firearms ammo
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    As a national debate rages in the U.S. over guns, an Atlanta company is seeking to patent plastic firearms ammunition. According to a U.S. patent application, Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC of Alpharetta, Ga., part of Solvay Plastics, has developed ammunition cartridge casings made of polymeric material. More


    Engineered Thermoplastic Composites

    Complēt® is a "complete" product portfolio of thermoplastic composite materials, where the customers' requirements define the pellet composition. For thermoplastic polymers and continuous reinforcing fibers, Complēt offers the total LFT portfolio.
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    MECO® Seals, produce more profit.

    MECO shaft seals are used worldwide in material processing applications. MECO can reduce wasted energy, materials, and environmental impact. Available fully split. Hands-on support available. MORE


    Pulp as biodegradable plastic in disposable food containers
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists and university co-operators have developed a biodegradable plastic that could be used in disposable food containers. The plastic, called a thermoplastic, becomes soft when heated. More



    Polymer sieve divides gases by size
    Cardiff University via Futurity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A new polymer efficiently separates gas mixtures by the size of the molecules, report researchers. Gas separation is crucial for many industrial processes, including obtaining nitrogen or oxygen from air and purifying natural gas or hydrogen. Currently, the most energy efficient method for separating gases involves polymer membranes, however, most polymers either let gases pass through slowly or are not selective towards one gas over another. More


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