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Shale Gas Creating Renaissance in US Plastics Manufacturing
Oil & Gas 360
The shale gas revolution is bringing plastic manufacturing back to the United States and making U.S. refiners more competitive globally, reports the American Chemistry Council. Due largely to plentiful and affordable natural gas and natural gas liquids from shale formations, U.S. jobs related to plastics manufacturing are expected to grow by 462,000 over the next decade – more than 20 percent – reaching more than 2.7 million.
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Electromagnetic shielding with conductive polymer composite materials
SPE Plastics Research Online
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) of digital electronics can cause operational interruption of other devices in the vicinity. Enclosures for digital electronics must therefore include some shielding. Conductive fillers within the enclosure structure enable considerable attenuation. Geometric filler characteristics and filler conductivity dictate the required loadings.
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June 2-4 PEPP 2015: 23rd Annual Polyethylene-Polypropylene Chain Global Technology & Business Forum Information
June 9-11 17th Annual Extrusion Seminar & Hands-on Workshop Registration
June 16-17 Plastics Design & Moulding 2015 Information
June 23-25 6th Annual National Hands-On Thermoforming Workshop Registration
June 29 - July 1 Application-Based Plastics Selection (How properties, performance, and cost determine the optimal plastic for any application) Registration
July 28-29 Novel Trends in Rheology VI Information
Aug. 31-Sept. 3 SPE Thermoforming Conference® 2015 Information
Sept. 8-10 GPPS 15: Gulf Plastics & Polymers Show 2015 Information
Sept. 8-11 Foams 2015 and Tutorial Registration
Sept. 9-11 SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition Information


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    Highlighting barrier packaging application developments
    By Don Rosato
    Increasing demands for fresh packaged food, consumer convenience and manufacturers' concern for longer shelf life are driving the market for global advanced barrier-packaging technology for the food and beverage market. The growing demand for convenience foods and "ready meals" created by busier lifestyles and increased disposable income are reflected in the high growth of food packaging. Let's take a look at some recent applications in this field, starting with oxygen-scavenger nanocomposite barrier layer application development.
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    Plastics Grow as Materials of Choice for Medical Devices
    DesignNews
    Medical devices are getting smaller, lighter, and more complex in design to fight disease, contact human tissue, or deliver medication. Concerns about the increasing number of infections acquired in U.S. hospitals are driving the design of more single-use instruments, while more medical devices are being designed for use in the home. The combination is spurring a growth in the use of plastics, and the development of new grades to handle these various needs.
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    Plastics Testing: Tackling New Challenges
    Plastics Engineering
    Whether meeting standards, testing durability, or performing quality control checks, testing remains an important part of plastics manufacturing. New instruments and technology are helping to provide more accurate and reliable results while also cutting down on the time necessary for testing. Richard Goshgarian, manager of Instron’s global plastics market, says there are three common challenges in plastics testing: Compliance, repeatability of results, and improving efficiency/reducing cost.
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    Dell Leads Industry in Reusing Computer Plastic
    Waste360
    If parts of your new Dell computer look strikingly familiar, it’s because you might well have seen — and touched them — before. Why? The Round Rock, Texas-based enterprise is leading the industry in efforts to recycle computer plastic. From last July through March, the company has incorporated 2.89 million pounds of that plastic e-waste into its OptiPlex 3030 All-in-One, OptiPlex 3020 and 13 other desktops and monitors.
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    How Fermentation Can Turn Plants Into Plastic
    CNBC
    Fermentation: A process that has been used by humans for thousands of years to produce everything from beer to surströmming, a herring dish that has the dubious reputation as the world's most pungent food. But now, one French company is hoping to use fermentation to transform renewable sources such as biomass into plastic. "We've worked on a bacteria, Escherichia coli, and this bacteria allows us to create enzymes that normally don't exist," Frédéric Pâques, CTO of Global Bioenergies, told CNBC's Sustainable Energy.
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    The Case For Metal Replacement In Medical Devices
    Plastics Today
    Lightweighting, cost reduction and user safety are among the reasons that plastics increasingly are becoming the material of choice for medical devices, reports Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly, at sister brand DesignNews. She has just published a well-documented article on the continuing trend toward metal replacement and, interestingly, the development of metal/plastic hybrids in the medical technology space.
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    Refil Debuts 3-D Printer Filament Made from Recycled Plastics
    Recycling Today
    A new company called Refil is making a plastic filament for 3-D printers from recycled plastic products, including automotive dashboards. The product is called Refilament. Refil was founded by the Rotterdam-based design agency Better Future Factory, which itself was founded by five alumni from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
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    Lean and 'Green' Compounding
    Plastics Engineering
    Compounding Engineering Solutions is a specialty and toll compounder based in New Jersey that, although a small company, is operating at the cutting-edge of technology in compounding recycled resins. CES president Arash Kiani has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and became an expert in twin-screw extrusion while working for Coperion in both Germany and the USA before founding CES in 1999.
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    PET Bottle Resin Prices Rise
    Plastics News
    Stronger demand and higher feedstock costs combined to push North American PET bottle resin prices up an average of 3 cents per pound in April. Some buyers saw only 2 cents in upward price movement, while others saw 4. The 3-cent average is being shown on this week’s Plastics News resin pricing chart. The increase is the second consecutive monthly hike to hit the regional PET bottle resin field, following a 1-cent-per-pound increase in March.
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    Printing Nerve Tissue in 3-D Using Polymers and Graphene
    medGadget
    Researchers at Michigan Technological University are working on building replacement nerves using 3-D bioprinting techniques. Even though still in the early stages, the team has already developed polymer materials that can serve as a scaffold for growing tissues and is working on integrating graphene as the electrical conductor.
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    Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association Claims MSU Study on Biodegradable Plastics Is Misleading
    Food Processing & Packaging
    The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association has claimed that tests used in a study by Michigan State University, in the U.S., were largely irrelevant for oxo-biodegradable plastic. Speaking on behalf of OPA and Symphony Environmental Technologies, Max de Trense, FRSACarteret Communications said the films used by MSU tests for "oxo" have been evaluated by a team from a major European university, Blaise Pascal, in France, where the films were certified to be biodegradable.
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    3-D Printing Helps Cure Childhood Disorder
    Industryweek
    In a new medical breakthrough for 3-D printing, doctors have saved the lives of three children with a fatal airway disease by creating personalized implants that their bodies can absorb. Three babies who were on the brink of death from tracheobronchomalacia, an incurable disorder that causes the windpipe to collapse, were given airway splints that allowed them to recover and breathe freely, according to research published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
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    Researchers Fabricate Electrically Conductive Nanocomposite Laminate with Less Graphene Loading
    AZoM
    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method for commercial-scale fabrication of graphene. This could lead to significant advances in flexible electronics, and could possibly change the manner in which graphene is viewed and utilized.
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    Multi-Materials Auto Adhesive Cures Faster and Cooler
    DesignNews
    Dow Corning has been working with several automotive customers to develop a fast-curing silicone adhesive that bonds strongly to the multiple materials engineers want to design into cars of the future. Now that adhesive, EA-7100, has been specified and qualified at multiple key customers and is already in production.
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    DSM Presents Advances in Materials for Flexible Food Packaging
    Plastics Today
    Food packaging is a segment of the plastics industry that is evolving quickly to provide better solutions for the world's rapidly changing food packaging needs, as well as meeting the demand for food safety and reduced food and packaging waste. DSM Engineering Plastics (Geleen, Netherlands) is playing a major role in these developments with its Akulon polyamide 6 and Arnitel thermoplastic copolyester for flexible food packaging.
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