This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Click here to advertise in this news brief.




  Text version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe   Archive   Media Kit |  SPE Plastics Industry Resource :   

Home   Membership   Technical Resources   Events   Technical Groups   Online Store Feb. 12, 2014


Thermal Analysis Webinar Library

METTLER TOLEDO offers live and on-demand webinars covering a variety of Thermal Analysis applications.


 




Solar energy electronic and plastic material advances
By Don Rosato
A variety of films and plastic coatings have been developed to allow more flexible and mobile power systems to be built. Most solar cells are commonly designed to operate outdoors for 25-plus years, and these barrier layers protect against oxygen and water and are highly resistant to damaging ultraviolet light. Key components for both crystalline silicon and thin-film modules include glass, pastes/screens, junction boxes and cables, encapsulants, frames, backsheets, frontsheets, adhesives, ribbons and thin-film feedstock. Now, plastics are finding other photovoltaic applications beyond sheets and films.
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE  






SPE HIGHLIGHTS


Sulfonation of polyethylene improves functionality for fabricating technical textiles
SPE Plastics Research Online
Incorporating conductive nanofibers into a polymer composite, so that it carries electrical signals and possesses hydrophilic properties similar to nylon and polyester, is a promising and potentially economically viable approach to new textiles. The matrix material will still constitute more than 90 percent of such a composite system.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


SPONSORED CONTENT



CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date Event More Information
Feb. 23-26 2014 SPE International Polyolefins Conference Register
Feb. 23-26 Plastics News Executive Forum 2014 Information
Feb. 24-26 SPE Thermoset Conference 2014 Register
March 3-4 All Ireland New Technology Forum: "From Translation, to Convergence, to the Bottom Line" Information
March 11-13 Extrusion 2014 "Continuous Compounding" Register
March 12-14 GPEC ® 2014 Register
March 25-26 Successful Plastic Part Design — The Fundamentals Revealed! Register
April 1-2 Plastics Financial Summit 2014 Information
April 3-4 9th European Thermoforming Conference Information
April 28-30 ANTEC® 2014 Register
May 6 AutoEPCON 2014 Information
May 6-8 Plastics in Medical Devices 2014 Information
May 31 Plastics & Polymers Innovation Awards Information
June 1-4 Rotational Molding Conference 2014 Information



PLASTICS INDUSTRY NEWS


European plastics demand set to rise on booming manufacturing
Platts
European demand for plastics is expected to rise over the next few months after key industry data showed the car, manufacturing and construction industries grew in January at the fastest pace for multiple years.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  New Syntactic Foam Training Series
CMT Materials has developed a new series of narrated presentations to help thermoformers and toolmakers better understand the properties of syntactic foam plug assists. With 10-12 slides each, these short learning modules are perfect for part designers, tool designers and set-up technicians. Click here for your free download today.
 



Advanced materials from Bayer play important role in bringing lifesaving medical innovations to market
Plastics Engineering
Today, more than ever, people seem to always be on the move — reluctant to slow down, even when medical treatment is needed. Medical device original equipment manufacturers recognize this by developing products that will help patients get back on their feet more quickly, and by contributing to a better overall quality of life. When seeking materials that can meet their rigorous specifications, OEMs turn to Bayer MaterialScience LLC.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


FEATURED ARTICLE
TRENDING ARTICLE
MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
Solar energy electronic and plastic material advances
By Don Rosato
A variety of films and plastic coatings have been developed to allow more flexible and mobile power systems to be built. Most solar cells are commonly designed to operate outdoors for 25-plus years, and these barrier layers protect against oxygen and water and are highly resistant to damaging ultraviolet light.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more
UCLA researchers improve process for manufacturing highly efficient solar cells
Plastics Engineering
Working on the cutting edge of a newly emerging area of solar-cell research, UCLA engineers have invented a new process for manufacturing highly efficient photovoltaic materials that shows promise for low-cost industrial production.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more
Prices jump for polypropylene and suspension PVC
Plastics News
North American prices for PVC and polypropylene resin have started off 2014 with a bang, with prices of both materials climbing since Jan. 1.

Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
read more



Graphene conducts electricity ten times better than expected
Nature
Physicists have produced nanoribbons of graphene — the single-atom-thick carbon — that conduct electrons better than theory predicted even for the most idealized form of the material. The finding could help graphene realize its promise in high-end electronics, where researchers have long hoped it could outperform traditional materials such as silicon.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE



How are your vendors doing? Tell us in the SPE Plastics Industry Resource.



Luxury carmaker Aston Martin cites fake Chinese plastics in recall
NPR
Aston Martin, James Bond's conveyance of choice, has expanded its recall of vehicles built since 2007 because of problems with fake plastics from China. In a letter last month to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Aston Martin said it had received reports that throttle pedal arms broke during installation, and it discovered that "initial tests on the failed pedal arm have shown that the Tier Three Supplier used counterfeit material."
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


  FEATURED COMPANIES
FREE Design Assistance - No Obligation
Save time and money! From the simplest to the most complex toolings, our EOAT engineers can design a tooling to suit your specific application. MORE
Precision Solutions through Optimized Tubing

A global leader in precision polymer extrusions and material science, Zeus excels at optimized tubing solutions including flaring, flanging, draw downs, drilling, etching and more.



Urban bees using plastic to build hives
Science Blog
Once the snow melts, Canada's bee population will be back in business — pollinating, making honey and keeping busy doing bee things. For at least two urban bee species, that means making nests out of plastic waste. A new study by a University of Guelph graduate and a U of G scientist reveals that some bees use bits of plastic bags and plastic building materials to construct their nests. The research was published recently in the journal Ecosphere.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE





Subway restaurants to remove azodicarbonamide from bread
The Los Angeles Times
The Subway sandwich restaurant chain said Thursday that it would remove an ingredient used in the production of foamed plastics such as yoga mats and rubber-soled shoes from its bread. The use of the ingredient — azodicarbonamide — was the subject of a petition by Vani Hari, an activist food blogger who has gone after other restaurants and food companies for their use of controversial ingredients.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


  PRODUCT SHOWCASES


Clean Plast® is a ready-to-use purging compound in pellet form that will minimize your purging problems! Clean Plast® has been put through vigorous tests and has been reformulated time and time again, to continuously improve and perfect product performance. We believe we have the best cleaning solution for the plastics industry and that this product is more effective than any other product out in the market. Clean Plast® will help to eliminate future problems with streaking, black specs and hard to clean resin. Contact us today for a FREE PURGE TRIAL at your plant and see the difference a Clean Plast® Purge makes.
DryCleaner Furnaces

PCPC's DryCleaner furnaces are designed to safely and economically remove small amounts (1 to 2% by weight) of varnish, insulation, epoxy, paint, oil, grease, plastics, etc. primarily from electric motor stators, transformers, end bells, engine blocks and other metal parts.
iQ Series Servo Ultrasonic Press System

Dukane's patented iQ Advanced Servo Welder is the next step in the evolution of ultrasonic welding technology. Combining the efficiency and reliability of a 100% digitally controlled Multi-Core iQ Series power supply with the precision of an advanced servo press, the Dukane Advanced iQ Servo Welder delivers unprecedented repeatability, accuracy and reliability to your ultrasonic bonding process. MORE



Adding value in changing plastics markets
AZoM
In this interview AZoM speaks to Florian Liebert, plastics and composites industry manager for Zwick USA, about ways the plastics markets are changing and how Zwick is adding value to customers seeking competitive advantage.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE



Global automotive plastics market expected to grow at 13.4 percent CAGR during 2013-2018
AZoM
The growth in the automotive plastics market is largely driven by their potential for a reduction in automobile and fuel consumption by reducing the weight of the vehicle. The factors restraining the market are high material cost and huge investment in material research activities by companies. The opportunities are cited in new materials such as reinforced composites and PMMA.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


  FEATURED COMPANIES
Hanser Publications

Premier Plastics Technology Books

Visit us online at
hanserpublications.com.
Sealing for higher shaft speeds/run-out.
MECO’s EP Type-3, for dryers, extruder-compounders, and reactors where solvents and other chemicals are present. Where extensive thermal shaft growth and/or pressure-vacuum cycles are present.



New York ban sought on plastic microbeads in beauty items
The New York Times
Lawmakers in Albany could make New York the first state to outlaw the tiny plastic beads used in personal care products like facial scrubs and toothpastes. Legislation introduced by Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney of Suffolk County on behalf of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman would prohibit the sale of cosmetic and beauty products that contain the beads, which are added to aid exfoliation and abrasion.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE





Recyclers still exploring solutions for shrink-sleeve label problems
Plastics News
There is no silver bullet when searching for a solution to the problems that shrink-sleeve labels cause for plastic recyclers. Shrink labels have been a boon for marketers, allowing manufacturers to increase the appeal of their products through these full-bottle, graphics-friendly labels.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE





Composites control corrosion costs and reduce handling problems
Reinforced Plastics
Steel, cast iron and concrete have traditionally been used in the construction industry for manhole and trench covers. However, a need to control corrosion and reduce weight for safer handling is driving their replacement by composites.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


California startup converts methane-based emissions into plastic
Orange County Register
Newlight Technologies says it has found a way to convert methane-based emissions from dairy farms and landfills into plastic to make everyday items like mobile-phone cases and chairs. That process has been pulled off before but has failed to gain wide adoption because of its high cost, researchers say. Newlight co-founders Mark Herrema and Kenton Kimmel claim they can do the conversion in a cost-effective way using a proprietary process developed by their team.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    US natural gas exports revisited: A real debate emerges (By Lucy Wallwork)
Report: US plastics continues to grow (Canadian Plastics)
Key to the future is plastics, but maybe not the kind you imagine (E&E Publishing)
Poly(butylene succinate)/ halloysite nanotube nanocomposites (SPE Plastics Research Online)
What's behind rising PVC and PP prices (Plastics News)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.


Wisconsin recycling council proposes ways to reduce plastics in landfills
Sawyer County Record
The Wisconsin Council on Recycling says there are ways to keep more plastic out of Wisconsin landfills and incinerators. A Department of Natural Resources report in 2012 said even with major gains in recycling of plastic over the last 20 years, $64 million worth of used containers, wraps, and bags went to Wisconsin landfills in 2009. The council, which advises Gov. Scott Walker and state lawmakers, brought in a cross-section of groups to look at ways to reduce that figure,
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE





Brazilian plastics converters slam protectionism
BN Americas
Abiplast, the Brazilian association of plastics companies, has said that the Brazilian government's protectionist measures have canceled out any benefits from tax cuts it awarded the sector in 2012. The association singled out the government's decision to increase the import duty on polyethylene, which is widely used by producers of packaging, from 14 percent to 20 percent for most of 2013. Abiplast said this led on average to a 3 percent increase in raw material costs for the industry, wiping out the effects of the government's decision to reduce payroll taxes in the plastics sector, which Abiplast said cut the cost of labor by 0.5 percent.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


  FEATURED COMPANIES
Genarex - The Future of Bioadditives
Bylox – A plant-based Bioadditives that enables cost reduction and improved performance.

  • Creates an inexpensive resin replacement
  • Very flexible with various resins
  • Produces good consistent master batch; consistent quality in molding and extrusion
  • Can offset plasticizers in adhesive formulations
  • MORE
    Advertise here!

    To find out how to feature your company in the SPE eNewsletter and other advertising opportunities, contact Geoffrey Forneret at 469.420.2629.
    MORE
     
     

    SPE Industry Update
    Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
    Download media kit

    Andrew Plock, Content Editor, 469.420.2609   
    Contribute news

    Disclaimer: The SPE Industry Update is a digest of the most important news selected for the Society of Plastics Engineers from thousands of sources by the editors of MultiBriefs. Neither MultiBriefs nor the Society of Plastics Engineers is responsible for opinions or statements of facts expressed in the articles referenced in SPE Industry Update. Advertising appearing in SPE Industry Update is not to be taken as an endorsement, expressed or implied, of the respective company's processes, products or services represented in the ad.

    This edition of the SPE Industry Update was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
    Recent issues
    Feb. 5, 2014
    Jan. 29, 2014
    Jan 28, 2014 blast
    Jan. 24, 2014



    7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063