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Injection-blow molding combination delivers
Plastics Today
Injection and blow molding combine in the production of a resonator molded from polyamide materials. The internal section injection molded in the first step is then overmolded to form the external section via blow molding. The resonator is used in 2012 model Ford Fusion and Escape models using the OEM's 2.0-L Ecoboost engine.
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Clay platelets alter the thermal properties of nylon
SPE Plastics Research Online
By the incorporation of montmorillonite platelets, nylon nanocomposites exhibit higher melting points and modulus after melt-state annealing compared with virgin nylon. Clay can enhance the physical properties — such as stiffness, thermal stability, crystallization rate and barrier properties — of the polymers. One such natural clay, montmorillonite, has a platelet structure with average dimensions of 1 nanometer in thickness and 50-100 nanometers in diameter.
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Toward mass production of illuminating plastic moldings
SPE Plastics Research Online
A novel spray deposition technique makes it possible to produce an electroluminescent structure covered with injection-molded plastic to form a curved illuminating surface. Lighting sources are often retrospectively added to plastic moldings, but they add both weight and assembly time to a product. If we could manufacture the main body of a plastic part to light up, we could do without bulky lighting fixtures.
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Research shows mechanism behind wear and tear, atom by atom
University of Pennsylvania via Futurity
Scientists now have a clearer picture of how materials wear out at the nanoscale, which could help them design better parts for very tiny machines. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science have experimentally demonstrated one of the mechanisms behind wear at the smallest scale: the transfer of material, atom by atom, from one surface to another.

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Think plastic bag bans are only about bags? Think again
Plastics Today
More cities around the world are starting to put into practice some sort of plastic bag ban or tax. Some view the polyethylene bags as an environmental eyesore that finds its way onto beaches, walkways, the side of highways, trees, etc. On the other side, manufacturers of banned plastic bags fight back and talk about how bans will jeopardize manufacturing jobs, eliminate consumer choice and more.

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It's time to reevaluate co-injection technology
MoldMaking Technology
VideoBrief Historically, co-injection workcells have been highly specialized, dedicated systems with a high capital cost. Now there are new solutions coming on the market, which allow moldmakers and molders to create co-injection systems at a radically different cost because they are now able to use their existing machines and standard molds for the solution.

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New nanotech promises nothing will ever get wet. So how should it be used?
Ars Technica
VideoBriefTake a look at Ultra Ever Dry, a "revolutionary super hydrophobic coating that repels water and refined oils using nanotechnology." The demonstration video is nearing 500,000 views in a little more than two weeks, and it already received attention from The Daily Mail, i09 and NPR.
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  • Could a manufacturing boom in the US create a million jobs?
    VideoBrief American manufacturing got some much-needed buzz when Apple CEO Tim Cook announced in December that a line of Macs will be made in the USA in 2013. Wal-Mart made news the next month when it pledged to purchase an additional $50 billion of products made in the United States over the next five years. So, all this insourcing is a good thing, right? Well, not so fast.
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    Recycling of plastic lags because recovery is hard and new production is cheap
    The Washington Post
    From an environmental perspective, the only thing that feels good about plastic is the recycling icon found on so many items. Those three arrows, feeding each other in an endless triangle, assure us that as long as we toss our water bottle or food container into a blue bin, the system is self-sustaining. Taken literally, the symbol is quite misleading. Or, as Timothy Gutowski, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, said: "If plastic recycling is a loop, it's a pretty leaky loop."
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    New Syntactic Foam Machining Tools

    Reduced machining time and improved plug surface finish/performance may be obtained simply by using cutting tools designed to machine syntactic foam. CMT Materials, Inc. guidelines list and describe these tools, plus provide specific feed/speed rates for optimized machining in any machining center.
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    Performance Fiber

    Zeus performance fibers are commonly used in the aerospace, automotive, and textile industries. They can be used to create a braided sleeve or over-braid that is both expandable and flexible. The woven braiding can then be placed over existing wire assemblies to guard against chaffing and provide additional chemical wear resistance. The material is also used as a component in filters (semiconductor filters included) and conveyer belts. MORE

    Nylons will soon be made from shrimps
    Scientists are investigating how shell waste from crustaceans could be turned into polymer precursors as a substitute to petroleum-derived solutions. An EU funded research project called ChiBio aims to convert crustacean shell waste into basic building blocks, or monomers, that would serve as precursors for plastics. Current industry standards rely on petroleum-based sources to produce these materials.
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    Black packaging recycling made possible
    European Plastics News
    A consortium of companies has developed a process for recycling black plastic packaging, which previously would have been sent to a landfill or for incineration. In the past, it wasn't possible to separate black plastics from a mixed plastics waste stream. The new black colorants can be detected by NIR spectroscopy — picking out black plastic packaging waste and allowing for sorting by polymer type.
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    PROCAP unveils 'one-size-fits-all' cap for soft drinks market
    Packaging Europe
    The light "one-size-fits-all" closure, ideal for the 28-1881 neck finish, features a high CO2 retention that makes it suitable for a wide range of drinks with CO2 volumes of up to 8.5 grams per liter. And that means fillers can save time and costs by being able to order a single cap for a range of different products, while the standard dimensions of the cap mean they don’t have to retool the filling line.
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    Engineered Thermoplastic Composites

    Complēt® is a "complete" product portfolio of thermoplastic composite materials, where the customers' requirements define the pellet composition. For thermoplastic polymers and continuous reinforcing fibers, Complēt offers the total LFT portfolio.
    MECO® Seals, produce more profit.

    MECO shaft seals are used worldwide in material processing applications. MECO can reduce wasted energy, materials, and environmental impact. Available fully split. Hands-on support available. MORE

    New report sheds light on global bioplastics market
    The A to Z of Materials
    The global bioplastics market is expected to reach $7.7 billion by 2016 at a compounded annual growth rate of 24.3 percent, globally. Volume-based studies reveal that Europe is expected to overcome the Asia-Pacific region in terms of growth rate. Polyesters and polyolefins are expected to drive the growth. Among the end-users, electronic and electrical industries are expected to have a better support over the packaging industry.
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    How women can help spark the troubled manufacturing industry
    The Huffington Post
    Only 30 percent of the 14 million Americans employed in manufacturing are women, and we certainly don't only need their skills. We want their leadership. Charisma, character and courage are must-haves to lead the way in this new era of the knowledge worker. We need women who are ready, willing and able to change the approach and do their part to ignite an industry that is perceived in a very negative light.
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    Nypro: Sale to Jabil will allow growth
    Plastics News
    New ownership will greatly boost Nypro's size to compete in consolidating global markets. The ESOP structure has hampered Nypro's ability to get financing for long-term growth, Ted Lapres, Nypro president and CEO, said. "We do have a very unique company culture and a very proud, long tradition of employee ownership, and our chairman is a legend in the plastics industry," Lapres told financial analysts.
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