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Energy efficiency opportunities in the manufacturing sector
By Alan Kelsky
One third of the energy consumed in the United States is by the manufacturing sector. Ninety percent of the manufacturing sector are small- and medium-sized businesses, or SMM, that use about half of the energy consumed in manufacturing. Electrical demand, also known as on-site energy consumption is a rich target for SMM businesses as they tend to pay more per kWh than their larger competitors. With savings easy to come by, why have small- and medium-sized manufacturers been slow to jump on the savings bandwagon?
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Toughening epoxy with liquid and preformed powdered rubber
SPE Plastics Research
Epoxy resins are used in a wide variety of applications in the field of structural composites, electronics, adhesives and coatings. However, epoxy resins are highly cross-linked, which makes them inherently brittle with poor resistance to crack initiation and growth and therefore prone to fracture.
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Exploring the mixing performance of triple-screw extruders
SPE Plastics Research
The superior mixing performance of the triangle-arrayed triple-screw extruder (TTSE), first designed by Jiang Nan in 2000, provides advantages in blending and nano-modifying highly filled systems. The TTSE has three meshing zones and a characteristic central region with a periodic structure that has a distinctive flow. The maximum area is 37-fold larger than the minimum area and, as a consequence, the melt flowing through the region experiences an extension flow field, which outperforms shear flow in polymer blending.
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American Precision Prototyping gets plastic bottle carriers to the 2014 FIFA World Cup on spec and on time
Plastics Today
Contractors building Brazil's much-needed infrastructure to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup famously played fast and loose with deadlines. The folks at American Precision Prototyping did not have that luxury when they were tasked with meeting a 30-day deadline for designing, molding, decorating and shipping more than 150 impact-resistant polyurethane carriers for Powerade drink bottles to the games.
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From barrels to biology: Scientists develop cost-competitive bioderived polymers for a post-petroleum future
Phys.org
The advantages of sustainable, biodegradable, carbon-neutral and bioderived renewable polymers – that is, synthetic polymers based on biomolecules produced by living organisms – are reflected in the extent of the research recently conducted into their development. However, such bioderived (or biobased) polymers currently account for a very small percentage of the plastics and elastomers market now dominated by oil-based polymers.
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Energy efficiency opportunities in the manufacturing sector
By Alan Kelsky
One third of the energy consumed in the United States is by the manufacturing sector. Ninety percent of the manufacturing sector are small- and medium-sized businesses, or SMM, that use about half of the energy consumed in manufacturing. Electrical demand, also known as on-site energy consumption is a rich target for SMM businesses as they tend to pay more per kWh than their larger competitors. With savings easy to come by, why have small- and medium-sized manufacturers been slow to jump on the savings bandwagon?

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3-D printing is revolutionizing construction and design fields
By Renee Eaton
Additive manufacturing — or 3-D printing as it often called — is a process in which a solid object is made when a CAD model directs the printer to apply hundreds to thousands of successive layers in the required shape. This method is in direct contrast to traditional (subtractive) manufacturing, which begins with a block or billet of material that is then cut away until the desired piece is obtained.

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Wind energy processing technologies steadily advancing
By Don Rosato
Wind energy designs increasingly depend on plastics processing and design technologies. Plastic parts and components are extensively used in all major sectors of wind energy generation, and processing developments in blade manufacturing and service are advancing rapidly. The primary drivers in wind turbine development are power generation and cost.

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High-tech plastics are economical and environmentally friendly
Powder/Bulk Solids
One of the greatest advantages of plastic is that it can replace heavier metal, resulting in more lightweight automobiles. DuBay Polymer GmbH is one of the world's largest plants for the production of high-tech plastic. During the refinement process of compounding, a variety of dusts and fumes are created that must be reliably extracted.
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Permanent surface coating prevents fogging
Plastics Today
When it comes to fogged up car windows, the best way to keep a clear view seems to be by wiping the water droplets away constantly or having coatings that prevent the water from sticking to the glass. However, scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore have discovered that doing just the opposite — collecting the water to create a uniform, thin, transparent layer — actually helps produce a better, clearer view.
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Padres' Alex Torres debuts oversized protective cap in MLB game
NBC 7 San Diego
Padres reliever Alex Torres is the first pitcher to wear a protective cap in a major league game. "There really isn't that much difference between this and a regular hat," Torres said. "It may not look great, but I can't feel a difference." The cap is a half-inch thicker up front and an inch thicker on the sides than standard caps, according to ESPN. Its "plastic injection molded polymers combined with a foam substrate" are said to offer protection against a 90 mph hit to the front of the head.
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Plastics industry takes leadership role in building Florida's manufacturing industry
Plastics Today
The plastics industry is leading the way in building a strong manufacturing economy in Florida with Maruka USA and 5 Nines Automation taking the leadership role. The companies recently hosted a panel discussion between legislators and local business leaders that focused on what steps should be taken to stimulate manufacturing growth in the state and educate the next generation of workers needed to support this industry.
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Revolutionary new 3-D printing filaments? Liquid plastics, graphene, and graphite conductive filament, coming soon
3DPrint.com
You can be certain to see lines where each layer of filament has been laid down upon one another. In most cases, this is not the desired look that a designer is going for, and it is the one factor preventing print from appearing exactly like the original computer model. Recently, a man named Stephen Mills, of the United Kingdom, launched an Indiegogo campaign, for 3-D printer filaments, that he believes will solve two of the biggest issues with today's 3-D printing technology.
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PVC recycling on the rise in Europe
Plastics News
PVC recycling in Europe climbed more than 20 percent in 2013 according to new figures from Recovinyl, the PVC industry's recycling organization. A total of 435,083 metric tons of waste PVC was recycled through Recovinyl across the group's 16 member countries. That is up from 354,173 metric tons in 2012.
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New chemical iris for tiny phone cameras
BBC News
A new type of chemical iris designed for smartphone cameras has been created by researchers in Germany. The new micro-iris features transparent chemical rings which turn opaque when a small voltage is applied. The device consists of two glass substrates sandwiched together, each one carrying a thin film of the electrochromic polymer PEDOT (poly 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) on an underlying transparent electrode.
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Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90
The Associated Press
Kwolek, who died on June 19 at 90, was a DuPont Co. chemist who in 1965 invented Kevlar, the lightweight, stronger-than-steel fiber used in bulletproof vests and other body armor around the world. A pioneer as a woman in a heavily male field, Kwolek made the breakthrough while working on specialty fibers at a DuPont laboratory in Wilmington, Delaware.
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'Whatever you can dream of, you can make it'
Plastic News
Plastics News correspondent Frank Antosiewicz talked with George Danis, owner and CEO of Hudson, Massachusetts-based injection molder ResTech Plastic Molding Inc., about how the plastic industry has changed in the past 32 years.
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Breathalyzer test with nanotechnology chip may detect deadliest cancer
Nanowerk News
A new device developed by a team of Israeli, American and British cancer researchers may turn the tide by both accurately detecting lung cancer and identifying its stage of progression. The breathalyzer test, embedded with a "NaNose" nanotech chip to literally "sniff out" cancer tumors, was developed by Professor Nir Peled of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Professor Hossam Haick (inventor) of the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, and Professor Fred Hirsch of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver.
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Breakthrough drug-eluting patch stops scar growth and reduces scar tissues
Medical Xpress
The team of scientists and engineers from NTU's School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, in collaboration with clinicians from Singapore's National Skin Center, have developed a special patch made from polymers fabricated into microneedles, which are loaded with the U.S. food and drug administration (FDA)-approved scar-reducing drug, 5-fluorouracil. Self-administered by patients, the microneedles attach the patch to scar tissue and allow sustained drug-release.
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Does less plastic advertising equal more issues for plastic?
Plastics News
People who've been around the plastics industry in the United States a while remember the "Plastics Make It Possible" television advertising campaign the industry ran from 1992 to 2005. In those 13 years, the American Plastics Council spent more than $250 million on national, prime-time TV ads to talk about the benefits of plastics.
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