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SPE, SPI agree to cooperate on a growth plan for a wide range of events at SPE ANTEC
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SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the Society of Plastics Engineers have reached an agreement that will add new dimensions to the next three annual SPE ANTEC conferences, attract more corporate exhibitors and sponsors and increase attendance. The agreement combines SPE's expertise as the world's leading organizer of plastics technical conferences with SPI's strength as the producer and international marketer of the Western Hemisphere's premier plastics exposition, the triennial NPE. More



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Injection molding without the drying
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The injection molding industry is struggling to improve quality at a time when costs need to be reduced. While efforts to reduce costs focus largely on reducing energy consumption, most quality issues are raised about the appearance of molded parts. Although other matters such as dimensional integrity and mechanical performance are important, the appearance of a part after ejection from a mold is always the first thing to be checked. More

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Supercritical carbon dioxide as an effective tool for composite preparation
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Tissue engineering therapy deals with the development of biological substitutes using a combination of cells and materials to repair or replace damaged tissues. The production of bioactive and biodegradable scaffolds, which provide a temporary 3-D micro-environment for cells and guide cellular processes, is one of the most critical steps in tissue engineering. More



 SPE CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Sept. 10-12 Thermoplastic Elastomers Topical Conference Register
Sept. 10-13 Foams 2012 Conference Register
Sept. 11-13 Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition Register
Sept. 22-25 SPE Thermoforming 2012 Conference Register
Sept. 30-Oct. 3 Automotive TPO 2012 Conference Register
Oct. 1-2 SPE's CAD RETEC Conference — 50 Years of Coloring Plastics Register
Oct. 9-11 SPE's Blow Molding Conference Register
Oct. 22-24 Vinyltec 2012 Conference Register
Nov. 7 42nd SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala Register
Dec. 6-7 ANTEC Mumbai 2012 Register
April 22-24 ANTEC 2013 Register
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Plastics beat out metals, glass in medical device material battle
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Polymers are increasingly expected to replace other materials like glass and metals in medical devices, despite gradual increases in their prices. A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan states that "the ability to engineer and customize polymers according to varied application needs will create lucrative opportunities." More



Plastic body panels are coming back
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The future looks brighter for plastic exterior vehicle parts as automakers intensify their search for weight-saving ideas. After suffering a blow nearly a decade ago, when General Motors abandoned its pioneering use of polymer body panels on its Saturn lineup, plastics are poised for a comeback, says Venkatakrishnan Umamaheswaran, global automotive marketing director for Sabic Innovative Plastics. More


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Reshapeable plastic remembers original form
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A new shape-memory plastic that makes quick response code labels look like Salvador Dali's famous floppy watch could prove useful in product and brand protection. The German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing has made labels with engraved and colored QR codes out of the new Desmopan DP 2795A SMP, produced by Bayer MaterialScience. More



Step by step toward more efficient chemical synthesis
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Chemical engineering conventionally divides the process from raw materials to finished product into unit operations. EU-funded researchers developed software tools to evaluate integration of two or more units for optimization of chemical synthesis in a broad range of applications. More


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Consultants say resin market may be smoother in 2nd half of 2012
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A tumultuous first half might yield to a smoother second half for North American polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC and nylon markets. At a recent interview in Houston, officials with the IHS Chemical consulting firm shared their outlooks for each of these materials. In PE, market analyst Nick Vafiadis said that regional demand could finish the year with low-single-digit growth. More

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Graphene reactions driven by substrate not reactant
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In chemical reactions, the reactants determine the level of reactivity. Not for graphene, though — the 1-atom-thick sheets of carbon can react vigorously or barely at all to the same chemicals, depending on the substrate they're sitting on. U.S. chemists have explored the electron "puddling" phenomenon behind this strange behavior. More


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China cuts mines vital to tech industry
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China will cut production of rare earths by 20 percent, a move that threatens to inflame trade tensions between Beijing and Washington, D.C. Rare earths are 17 minerals with magnetic and conductive properties that are used in most of today's electronic devices, including flat-screen televisions, smart phones, hybrid cars and weapons. Nearly all of the world's supply of rare earths comes from China. More

Game app Bin It! rewards players with real-world products for virtual plastics recycling
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A newly updated game app for plastics recycling now rewards players with real world products for virtual plastics recycling. Plastics Make it Possible, the creator of the popular Bin It! app, has teamed up with Earth911 and Recyclebank. Now, anyone who recycles virtual plastic bottles on the Bin It! app can win real world rewards from Recyclebank, such as clothing, food, and beauty supplies. More


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Small company makes recyclable plastic cups
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A small company in Arlington, Wash., is changing the way beverage cups are made. What makes the cups produced by MicroGreen Polymers better than the average red plastic party cups that people tend to throw in the trash is that InCycle is made from recycled water bottles through a less costly process that results in a lighter cup its makers say keeps beer colder longer, doesn't crack and can be thrown into the recycling bin. More



Japanese company will scan and print you a statue of your gestating fetus
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What you might not expect when you're expecting: a company that wants to 3-D print a statuette of your unborn child. Japanese engineering outfit Fasotec will gladly take an MRI scan of an expecting mother's fetus and using its BioTexture modeling software to capture 3-D data related to human tissues convert that scan into a CAD file, and then print it up in resin. It's called the "Shape of Angel" service. More
 

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