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Green building trends will drive plastics construction use
By Don Rosato
The construction and operation of buildings has a significant impact on the environment. In Europe and the U.S., buildings account for 40 percent of total energy consumption. Buildings also use a tremendous amount of natural resources to construct and operate. Constructing and operating green buildings that consume resources more efficiently, while minimizing pollution that can harm renewable natural resources is crucial to a sustainable future.
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Transforming the resource base: New bioplastics
SPE Plastics Research Online
Plastics is the third largest industry in the United States with an annual value of goods shipped exceeding $374 billion. It employs 1.1 million workers in 18,500 facilities distributed across the country. Large quantities of petroleum (roughly 10 percent of the total) are used to produce plastics, but global development is making oil more expensive.
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    Surprise — 3-D printing won't be closing any factories down
    ReadWrite
    3-D printing is capturing the attention of a lot of people these days, with promises to disrupt the manufacturing process. Devices that can produce finished objects from malleable substrates conjure up utopian visions of Star Trek-like replicators. The promise: We will eventually build anything we want at the touch of a button. But like many promises of technology that will usher in a golden age, the reality is far less shiny. 3-D printing will change the way goods are manufactured, but the old ways will still essentially remain in play, albeit with some changes.
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    Finalists named for SPE Automotive Innovation Awards
    Plastics News
    The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division is adding a new category to its Automotive Innovation Awards competition for 2013, honoring achievements in electrical systems. The new award will honor parts that make up the electrical infrastructure of electric or hybrid vehicles. Previously, electrical structures were placed under the powertrain division. The battery pack in General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt was a previous winner in that category.
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    Foam injection eliminates need for defect-hiding textured surfaces
    K Channel
    A new process for molding airbag covers promises a 30 percent reduction in the amount of material used, less distortion in finished parts, and easier designing for engineers.

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    Warding off infection
    Plastics Engineering
    Being admitted to a hospital is stressful and traumatic enough as it is without the fear that you might contract a life-threatening infection once there.

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    Green building trends will drive plastics construction use
    By Don Rosato
    The construction and operation of buildings has a significant impact on the environment. In Europe and the U.S., buildings account for 40 percent of total energy consumption.

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    Giant PVC tube could revolutionize global fishing industry
    Plastics Today
    Traditional mesh trawl nets certainly do their job when it comes to extracting marine resources from the seas but they have several major drawbacks: they damage the catch; and they can harm and even kill undersize fish as well as larger unwanted marine animals such as sharks and rays that are thrown back. Then there's the tendency for trawlers to discard excess target catch rather than face fines upon returning to shore. Now, humble PVC resin may deliver a major advance to what is a 150-year-old technology and solve all of these problems in one fell swoop.
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    Analysts: Plastic is the 'new currency' in the cellphone market
    ZD Net
    Apple might not have been the first company to use plastics in the construction of the new iPhone 5c, but analysts for IHS say the move will help drive more revenue towards the plastics industry. Plastic resin for cellphones is already a multibillion-dollar business. In 2012 it alone generated $3.3 billion in revenue, a figure that IHS expects to grow to $3.5 billion in 2013, and a whopping $4.5 billion by 2017. This represents a growth of $1.0 billion in just four years for one segment of the cellphone supply chain.
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    Polymers increase food safety
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    Designers and operators of food production lines must adhere to strict food hygiene regulations from the FDA to ensure consumers can buy food safely. This includes avoiding any kind of contamination such as from foreign particles or lubricants during production or transport process.
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    Midsized manufacturers optimistic about finishing year on a strong note
    Mold Making Technology
    Some of the findings from the 12th semi-annual Group Outlook Survey from Prime Advantage, which was conducted in August, include: 47 percent of respondents expect to make new hires by the end of 2013, while less than 3 percent think that they will face layoffs.
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    K 2013: Kaufmann exhibits mould for series production of lightweight fibre composite parts
    Plastics Engineering
    An innovative mould for the series production of lightweight fibre composite parts has been developed by Georg Kaufmann AG, Busslingen/Switzerland, within the scope of a joint project that goes by the name of Lightweight Integrated Process Application.
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    Plastic building block discovered in Titan's atmosphere
    AZoM
    NASA's Cassini probe has detected propylene, a chemical used to make everyday plastic, in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan. This is the first time this chemical has been identified on any planet or moon other than Earth.
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    Something in the air: Ionization as a solution to static
    Plastics Today
    Static can cause problems in medical device manufacturing processes, but active air ionization is an effective and practical fix. In 600 B.C., the philosopher and mathematician Thales of Miletus reported that after rubbing a piece of amber on the fur of a cat, the amber attracted and held feathers. This was the first account of static electricity (literally, electricity at rest).
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    Linde cooling molds with liquid CO2
    Plastics News
    inde LLC is promoting carbon dioxide — the stuff that makes the bubbles in your soda — to cool down injection molds. Linde is targeting the plastics industry, where pressure to cut cycle times has spawned several rapid-cooling technologies that use water or oil to heat and cool the mold.
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