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Is Solar Energy Viable for Manufacturing Plants?
By Alan Kelsky
Less than 1 percent of energy used in the United States comes from solar power. But, on a commercial level, a number of businesses are using solar power as part of their operations, including Wal-Mart, Costco, Apple and Ikea. According to the Solar Energies Industry Association, the top 25 corporate solar users in America have installed more than 569 MW of capacity at 1,100 different facilities across the country — enough power for 115,000 American homes.
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A Walk Around the Color Sphere
SPE Plastics Research Online
Color plays a critical role in plastics: Brand recognition in packaging, color matching in automotive interiors, and so forth. A common consequence of plastics processing is a certain amount of thermal degradation, which tends to shift the color of the end article toward brownish or yellowish tones. White pigments such as rutile titanium dioxide (TiO2) are commonly used to whiten and color plastics. However, it is not broadly known that scattering is the primary mechanism by which TiO2 imparts whiteness and opacity by scattering.
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Oct. 4-6 CAD RETEC 2015 Information
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Oct. 13-15 Vinyltec 2015 "Enabling Technologies for the Future in the PVC Industry" Registration
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Oct. 28-30 GPS2015: The Global Plastics Summit Information
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High Style for Automotive Interiors
Plastics Engineering
Automotive interiors are fertile areas of plastics innovation. Recent developments in materials address critical interior needs in such areas as performance, manufacturing efficiency, electronics integration, lightweighting, sustainability, and, of course, consumer styling preferences. Consumers increasingly want vehicles with stylish interiors. This stems from high buying expectations, and it’s a global trend, especially among young purchasers who view fashionable interiors and accessories like connectivity as mandatory features, even in economy models.
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A Brief History of the Humble Plastic Chair
CNN
Plastic has afforded a warm, soft, malleable, flexible, comfortable, lightweight democratic landscape heaped with innovation and infinite design possibilities. Without plastic we could never have accomplished the progressive world of healthcare, transportation, infrastructures, architecture, clothing, sports equipment, technology, appliances, packaging, and on and on.
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1 Step Towards Faster Organic Electronics
Nanowerk News
For years we have believed that ordered polymer chains increase the conductivity of plastic. And a new generation of polymers has been developed. It is true that these new polymers are more conductive, but for completely different reasons – according to researchers from Linköping University and Stanford University, in an article in PNAS.
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Are Bioplastics Still Plastics?
Plastics Today
There seems to be an ongoing debate with regard to bioplastics that begins when we put the qualifier bio before the word plastics. Recently, Meredian Holdings Group Inc., which claims to be "a leader in the production of polyhydroxyelkanoates," announced that the company is sponsoring an expedition to raise awareness of plastic pollution on a global scale.
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Custom Polymer Developed for Use in Swim Dive Fin for Amputees
Digital Journal
S&E Specialty Polymers LLC, a leading manufacturer of specialty plastic compounds, has recently partnered with Amp Fins, LLC, a company that has developed a new patent-pending swim dive fin designed specifically for amputees called Amp Fin. The initial mold concept for a swim dive fin would allow an amputee to swim as well or better than someone with their natural limb. The founders of Amp Fins, LLC had 7 years of design changes before they were happy with the performance of their product.
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Spanish Firm Has New Nylon Filaments for 3-D Printing
Plastics News
A new Spanish company is offering nylon filament for 3-D printing. MyMat Solutions says its Ultra Nylon and Soft Nylon are designed to provide reduced warping and curling in printed parts. The filaments have high mechanical strength and high temperature resistance which make them suitable for automotive development and drone manufacturing, according to the company, which is based in Markina-Xemein, Spain.
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Rotomolding a Very Big Future
Plastics News
A 7-year-old company from China says it has made the world’s largest rotational molding machine for a customer in Canada. The gigantic machine — measuring 6.5 meters in diameter, 27 meters in length, 17 meters in width, and 8 meters in height — traveled across the globe and now is used to rotomold storage products. It had a price tag of $281,000.
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Resurrecting the Plastic Engine
Engineering Materials
With so much plastic on modern vehicles, are any metal parts safe? Surely the engine is one area that must remain "heavy?" Well, it seems not, and the "safe list" for those that love the shiny stuff is about to get even smaller as plastics giant Solvay resurrects a project from the 1980s. The Polimotor 2 internal combustion engine sets out to replace 10 metal engine components with plastic, including the water pump, oil pump, water inlet/outlet, throttle body, fuel rail and cam sprockets. With the parts made from seven of its high-performing thermoplastics materials, it aims to reduce the weight of an engine by up to 40 percent.
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Lower Resin Prices Squeeze Recyclers
Plastics News
Low oil prices, lower export demand and contamination are all helping to make life more difficult for an important link in the plastic recycling chain these days. The nation’s waste and recycling companies — the folks who pick up your discards at the curbside — are struggling to make ends meet in an overall recycling market that’s turned south for them in particular.
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Foster Offers Custom Colored Medical Polymers in Prototype Quantities
AZoM
Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, now offers custom colored medical polymers in quantities as low as 25 pounds (11 kgs) within a two week lead time to support market demand for rapid prototype development. These include formulations using pigments compliant with FDA requirements for use in applications that contact the human body for up to 30 days.
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