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Bright future for plastics in electronic devices
By Don Rosato
The road ahead for plastics has the potential to significantly impact future electronic device applications. In commercial applications, polymer development is pushing plastic properties in response to ongoing demand for smaller electronic devices that call for smaller, thinner electrical components in hotter environments at higher electrical frequencies. We're seeing high flow grades that permit more intricate, miniaturized parts in electronic applications. Part cost reduction and faster production cycle times is increasingly the new norm. Let's take a look at some emerging plastics in electronic device applications.
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Rotomolding on a roll
Plastics Engineering
A recent research program generated estimates for the recent size and growth of the whole North American plastics processing business. The entire business was divided into two groups — namely, those processors producing non-structural parts and finished products (e.g., bottles, coatings, film) and those processors producing structural parts and finished products.
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On-line tool aims to increase recycling through common language
Plastics News
A new online tool is out to get everybody speaking the same language when it comes to plastics recycling. The new effort includes a common set of terms for recycling coordinators to use when educating residents.
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New polymer makes solar cells more efficient
Futurity
Solar cells made from polymers have the potential to be cheap and lightweight, but scientists are struggling to make them generate electricity efficiently. Now a team of researchers led by Yu has identified a new polymer that allows electrical charges to move more easily through the cell, boosting electricity production.
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Bright future for plastics in electronic devices
By Don Rosato
In commercial applications, polymer development is pushing plastic properties in response to ongoing demand for smaller electronic devices that call for smaller, thinner electrical components in hotter environments at higher electrical frequencies.

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E/E plastic material and process advances to watch
By Don Rosato
Convergence among computer, consumer electronics and telecom industries continue to blur the lines between information, entertainment and communication. Electrical and electronic applications polymer development is pushing plastic resin properties.

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How 3-D printing improves surgical outcomes
By Renee Eaton
Recently, an acquaintance underwent what was expected to be a routine ablation procedure — nearly 10 hours later, the surgery finally finished. Despite CT scans, X-rays and EKGs, the surgeons encountered "structural issues" that complicated the operation.

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Zero energy homes — with help from plastics
Plastics Engineering
Imagine a home that produces its own electricity. At times it may use some energy from the power grid, and at times it may give some back. But in the end, the give-and-take balances out. We actually do not have to imagine, because these homes already exist, and plastics play a fundamental role.
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Shrink-wrapping spacesuits: Spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin
Science Daily
For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. He or she would then plug in to a spacecraft's power supply, triggering the coils to contract and essentially shrink-wrap the garment around her body.
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A working car has been 3-D-printed out of carbon fiber plastic
The Washington Post
This is a car that is made almost entirely out of plastic. The Strati took 44 hours to make, and it's completely drivable. It's lighter and, if you believe its creators, also stronger than its metal counterparts. And it just might be the future of automotive technology everywhere.
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Dunkin' Donuts looking at PP to replace foam cups
Plastics News
Dunkin' Donuts is testing a new polypropylene coffee cup that the company believes could help boost recycling. And the new cup, manufactured by Berry Plastics Group Inc., has the backing of the fast-food company's top leadership.
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Injection molding provider Müller helps create new IML packaging
Plastics Today
The company claims that the recently developed SKET cup sets a "new" high standard regarding the manufacture of PP packaging using injection molding. Up to 50 percent of PP material can reportedly be saved versus a conventional cup. These savings are achieved due to the thin wall thickness of the cup, only 0.22 mm thick.
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Treotham Automation develops food safe polymers
Ferret.com.au
Even the most advanced production lines are susceptible to machine malfunctions or damage. Detectability of materials is therefore vital to ensure that foreign particles can be recognized quickly and reliably in the processed food. igus’ new polymer Energy Chain made from a detectable polymer allows detection of even the tiniest fragments of the blue material by all standard metal detection systems, enabling automatic removal of the contaminant.
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Heineken swapping wood for plastic pallets
European Plastics News
Dutch brewer Heineken is to replace all its wooden pallets in Mexico with a high impact-resistant plastic pallet, co-designed and produced by Mexican company Plásticos Técnicos Mexicanos SA de CV, which has plants in Monterrey, northern Mexico, and Querétaro, in the center of the country.
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PolyOne announces partnership with WaterStep
European Plastics News
U.S.-based PolyOne, a polymer materials company, has announced its partnership with WaterStep, a non-profit water purification agency, to help it assist a greater number of disaster victims around the world. PolyOne states that its collaboration with WaterStep has improved product design and performance for WaterStep's M-100 water purification system.
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Freeing a world of fixers
Royal Society of Chemistry
Uncured sugru feels a bit like play-dough, and can be shaped and molded to fit all sorts of applications. It sticks to all manner of surfaces, apart from Teflon, and once cured it becomes a flexible silicone rubber that’s stable from –50°C to 180°C. The basic component of sugru is a silicone polymer, which is chemically modified to work with silane crosslinkers, Dowden explains. The silanes transform the chain terminals, which enables them to crosslink and cure the material once exposed to moisture from the air, as well as bond to substrates once cured.
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Symphony Environmental defends biodegradable plastics in recycling stream
Plastics News
Symphony Environmental Technologies plc, one of the world's largest oxo-biodegradable technology companies, has responded to a leading Mexican recycler's comments about the efficiency of oxo-biodegradable technology. Symphony Environmental Technologies plc, one of the world's largest oxo-biodegradable technology companies, has responded to a leading Mexican recycler's comments about the efficiency of oxo-biodegradable technology.
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