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




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

Home   Membership   Technical Resources   Events   Technical Groups   Online Store Jul. 10, 2013



Increase productivity!


Grow your bottom line!

Polymer Portal offers simulation tools at pay-per-use prices! MORE

 

What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 1
By Moris Amon
On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act. Although this law did not attract much public attention among the hot political issues of the day, it will have a profound effect on America's technological future — and, probably, on most of the readers of this newsletter. This series of articles will outline the changes brought by this law, for the benefit of nonlawyers.
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE  

Industry Pulse: Will the new patent laws make it easier to protect inventions?
ANSWER NOW





SPE HIGHLIGHTS


How to fabricate porous artificial bone by injection molding
SPE Plastics Research Online
Bone defects caused by trauma or tumors are very common. Traditional treatments for bone defects include grafts, but these have considerable problems, such as the suitability of the affected site, the availability of donated bone, and the risks of infection or rejection by the immune system. To get around this, tissue engineering applies methods from materials engineering and life sciences to create artificial constructs for in situ regeneration of the patient's own tissue.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Sponsored Content

  • Tessy changes the way they do business since using SIGMASOFT!
  • SIGMASOFT offers more than flow analysis!
  • Process oriented injection molding simulation!
  • Pole Position!
  • Webinars show what SIGMASOFT has to offer!


  • CALENDAR OF EVENTS

    Date Event More Information
    Sept. 9 Medical Plastics Minitec
    Register
    Sept. 9-12 SPE Thermoforming 2013 Conference Information
    Sept. 9-12 Foam Materials & Technology Conference and Tutorial Information
    Sept. 11-13 SPE ACCE Register
    Sept. 16-18 Plastics Caps & Closures 2013 Register
    Oct. 6-9 SPE Auto TPO Register
    Oct. 8-10 SPE FlexPackCon 2013 Register
    Oct. 21 SPE Vinyltec® 2013 Conference Register
    Nov. 6 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala Information
    Nov. 12-14 Plastics In Building Innovation Information



    PLASTICS INDUSTRY NEWS


    HDPE, PP resin prices inch up in month of June
    Plastics News
    Supply issues led North American prices for polypropylene and high density polyethylene resin to climb in June. PP prices moved up an average of 3 cents per pound, as three companies now have reported production challenges. HDPE prices got nudged up an average of 2 cents per pound as a result of supply issues on both the resin and feedstock sides, and stronger demand.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    SHOWCASE
      Stoner Mold Cleaners & Release Agents

    Stoner is the leading manufacturer of mold release agents, mold cleaners, and rust preventives for all materials and processes. Choose from hundreds of formulations and get a free sample here. Get technical support and order factory direct at 1-800-227-5538, moldmoreparts.com, or email lwhittemore@stonersolutions.com
     



    K show-related items from BASF, Bayer MaterialScience featured
    Plastics News
    VideoBriefK show-related items from BASF SE and Bayer MaterialScience are featured in this Material Insights video. Also featured is news of Pinnacle Polymers' declaration of force majeure on PP production, as well as news that Italian compounder So.F.Ter Group would spend almost $12 million to build its first U.S. plant.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE





    FEATURED ARTICLE
    TRENDING ARTICLE
    MOST POPULAR ARTICLE
    This bendable printing filament lets you make clear, flexible straps and bands
    TechCrunch
    Kai Parthy is a German engineer who creates odd printing filaments for 3-D printers. His previous projects, LayWoo-d3 and Laybrick, are two non-warping plastics that offer wood and brick-like consistencies when extruded.

    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    read more
    What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 1
    By Moris Amon
    On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act. This law will have a profound effect on America's technological future — and, probably, on most of the readers of this newsletter.

    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    read more
    Can manufacturing push past uncertainty?
    IndustryWeek
    The path to prosperity has been littered with economic obstacles in 2013, but economists expect growth to pick up soon and U.S. manufacturers to benefit from a changing energy picture.

    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    read more


    Plastic can mirrors benefits of canned food packaging
    Food Production Daily
    RPC Containers Corby has launched a plastic container designed to offer benefits traditionally associated with can packaging.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE





    3-D printing: The future of the car industry?
    Auto Express
    Printers with multiple heads allow for greater flexibility. They can use different materials in each nozzle to, for example, build up a tail-light assembly in one piece, weave stronger brittle materials with weaker elastic elements for greater flexibility in bumpers, or use a water-soluble spacer material to pad out voids within an intricate structure.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


      FEATURED COMPANIES
    Non-Stock Screw Tips Shipped Fast!

    EMI maintains a large, in-stock inventory of valves. But when you need a valve that isn’t in-stock—and need it fast—we offer Rush Service. MORE
    Life-saving Precision

    Protomatic specializes in precision CNC machining services as well as prototype and short run production. We service medical and aerospace applications utilizing 2 through 8 multi-axis lathes and mills. Other services include CAD/CAM, laser marking, polishing, tumbling, and welding processes. MORE



    Laser welding of white polymer components
    Industrial Laser Solutions for Manufacturing
    Laser welding of polymers is now a well-established method for joining plastic parts. The process is a precise and contactless technology that releases no particles, such as those experienced in ultrasonic welding or solvents in the gluing process, and traces of these processes on the surface of the components are avoided.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE





    3-D-printed foot brings back duck's waddle
    CBS News
    VideoBriefWith a little bit of silicon and a 3-D printer, Buttercup the duck is now waddling around Feathered Angels Sanctuary. When Buttercup hatched on Nov. 12, 2012 his left foot was turned backwards. Employees at the Arlington, Tenn., waterfowl sanctuary had the innovative idea to create a prosthetic foot for the duck.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE





    BASF establishes development platform for composites
    Plastics Today
    Starting in October, BASF will offer its customers a product and service package under the name Ultracom that encompasses thermoplastic laminates and tapes combined with compounds for overmolding as well as a comprehensive engineering support component. The goal is to provide an integrated development platform that starts at the concept phase, continues through design, simulation, processing and part testing, and ends in efficient volume production at the customer.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


      PRODUCT SHOWCASES
    Better Plug Assist for Thermoforming

    4 reasons why plugs made with HYTAC® help improve your business.

    1. Improve Material     Distribution
    2. Reduce Starting Gauge
    3. Improve Part Clarity
    4. Improve Cycle Times

    Click here for more information.
    Virtual Process and Mold Development


    SIGMASOFT® allows molders to develop processes and molds in the computer versus running expensive and time consuming trial and error runs in the real world.
    Market insight for the polymers industry

    ICIS provides extensive coverage and analysis of the polymers markets to give you the insight you need to strategically position your business and boost profitability.

  • Market price reports (including PP, PE, PET, PVC)
  • Price forecast reports
  • World Plastics Annual Study
  • Supply and Demand Data Service



  • Plastic electronics made easy
    Nanowerk
    Scientists have discovered a way to better exploit a process that could revolutionize the way that electronic products are made. The scientists from Imperial College London say improving the industrial process, which is called crystallization, could revolutionize the way we produce electronic products, leading to advances across a whole range of fields; including reducing the cost and improving the design of plastic solar cells.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE





    Automotive industry to boost Mexico's engineering plastics market
    Business News Americas
    The engineering plastics market in Mexico is forecast to grow to $1.67 billion in 2017 from $1.24 billioin in 2012, according to recent research.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


      FEATURED COMPANIES
    Organic Peroxides

    With a passion for free radical chemistry.
    AkzoNobel is the world's number one in organic peroxides. We are home to the best known brands in the world. MORE
    STEER: Simply The Best Value Period.

    Think there's nothing new in twin screw extruder technology?

    Think Again.

    •Widest choice of metallurgy
    •Innovative Continua® spline shaft technology
    •Patented Fractional lobe kneading and mixing elements.
    MORE



    Chinese lantern ignites plastic items at recycling factory
    Plastics & Rubber Weekly
    The West Midlands Fire Service has release CCTV footage that reveals how the Jayplas recycling plant became engulfed in flames. The video clearly shows a small Chinese lantern dropping from the sky, which the emergency services have identified as the cause of the massive blaze that caused an estimated $7.7 million worth of damage and destroyed some 100,000 tons of plastic recyclate.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


    PRODUCT SHOWCASE
     
    Omya North America

    Omya is a global producer of calcium carbonate mineral additives for the plastics industry as well as a distributor of specialty chemicals and additives such as pigments, flame retardants, process aids, plasticizers, slip agents, glass fiber and catalysts. Omya is able to offer complete raw material solutions as well as technical service to the thermoplastics, thermosets and rubber industries. Contact us at omya.ram.sales@omya.com
     



    Solar-powered plane comprised of plastic materials flies final leg of US coast-to-coast crossing
    European Plastics News
    Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane made with plastic and composite components, made the trek to New York from Dulles airport in Virginia for the fifth and final leg of its Across America flights. The journey across the country began May 3 in San Francisco, as part of a drive to promote energy efficiency and clean technologies.
    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.

        A vane extruder for polymer processing (SPE)
    Shale revolution in doubt — So what? (By Stefanie Heerwig)
    New glass technology for thermoplastics (EcoComposites)
    Probe into deadly explosion at US plant (Chemistry World)
    New report analyzes global market for thermoplastic elastomers (Azom.com)

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


    QuakeWrap awarded grant for joint-less pipe manufacturing concept
    Reinforced Plastics
    QuakeWrap Inc has been awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovative Research Grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop the InfinitPipe™, which is said to allow onsite manufacturing of pipes without any joint. The system was developed by Dr. Mo Ehsani, president of QuakeWrap, a supplier of fibre reinforced polymer products for repair and strengthening of structures.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE





    UK aims to double plastic recycling by 2017
    Waste Management World
    The U.K. must boost the collection of waste plastics and improve its producer responsibly system of Packaging Recovery Notes and Packaging Export Recovery Notes in order to double its plastic recycling rate by 2017, according to speakers at the recent 16th International Conference on Recycling of Plastics.
    Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    READ MORE


      FEATURED COMPANIES
    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.
    Attend LANXESS Automotive Day Detroit

    Join industry professionals for insights into the future of the automotive industry during this free one-day conference focusing on sustainable mobility. Register today! MORE
     
     

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

    Sam Morton, Content Editor, 469.420.2638   
    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
    July 3, 2013
    June 26, 2013
    June 25, 2013
    June 19, 2013



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