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SPE and PTI offer top training for plastics professionals
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A new spring Society of Plastics Engineers FastTrack training program has just been announced. The topics have been designed to enhance injection molding, extrusion molding, blow molding and thermoforming knowledge levels regardless of plastics industry tenure. Produced by industry thought-leader Plastic Technologies, Inc., the program will be held May 7-10 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport. More


Compression-and-shear deformation of amorphous polycarbonate
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The past century has witnessed a tremendous increase in the use of polymers as engineering materials. Although these materials are used widely in virtually all engineering fields, the nonlinear dynamic behavior of polymers over time is not well understood. High-strain-rate compression and shear experiments in amorphous polycarbonate reveal strong sensitivity of yield stress to strain rate as well as coupling of dynamic shear behavior to dilatation. More

Toward better treatment for clogged arteries
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Polylactide is one of the most widely used degradable and bioresorbable materials. The clinical applications of PLA include sutures, drug delivery systems, surgical implants, and cardiovascular stents. Bioresorbable composites prepared for mechanical performance are promising candidates as cardiovascular stent material. More


Arlington Plastics Machinery will be BUYING and SELLING used plastics equipment at NPE 2012. Most booths will only be selling, Arlington will be… MORE
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Bioengineers develop self-healing hydrogel material
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VideoBrief A self-healing hydrogel material has been developed by bioengineers from the University of California, San Diego. The material forms a strong bond, which can resist repeated stretching. The hydrogel is made of polymer molecule chains that create a flexible, jelly-like material. Until now, it has not been possible for researchers to develop hydrogels that can quickly fix themselves when a cut is introduced. More

Metamaterials may advance with new femtosecond laser technique
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Researchers in applied physics have cleared an important hurdle in the development of advanced materials, called metamaterials, that bend light in unusual ways. Working at a scale applicable to infrared light, the Harvard team has used extremely short and powerful laser pulses to create three-dimensional patterns of tiny silver dots within a material. Those suspended metal dots are essential for building futuristic devices like invisibility cloaks. More

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Polymer thermometer picks out cell's hotspots
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Mapping the temperature differences in different portions of living cells is now possible thanks to a fluorescent polymer thermometer developed by Japanese scientists. It shows that some organelles within cells are warmer than others, and could help understand how cells regulate their temperature and how this correlates with disease. More

Nano-catalyst key to solving 30-year-old bioplastic riddle
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The development of a new nano-catalyst could be the biggest breakthrough in more than three decades in the quest to commercialize a process to create plastics from organic biomass that can be used in food packaging, said a leading researcher in the project. More

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Faster machining of seals in high grade polymers
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The latest series of standalone machine systems for the manufacture of precision machined seals from SKF, is providing even faster service in the delivery of customized seals in exceptionally high grade polymers. These materials are helping to cut costs for OEMs and end users alike across many different applications by providing outstanding resistance to heat, chemicals and a range of other challenges. More

Researchers 'print' polymers that bend into 3-D shapes
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Inspired by nature's ability to shape a petal, and building on simple techniques used in photolithography and printing, researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have developed a new tool for manufacturing 3-D shapes easily and cheaply, to aid advances in biomedicine, robotics and tunable micro-optics. More

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Scientists develop ordered planar polymer 'carpet'
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Swiss scientists have produced regularly ordered planar polymers for the first time. On the nanometer scale, the materials look like a sort of "molecular carpet." The team had first to create monomer molecules constrained to join together purely two-dimensionally instead of linearly or even three-dimensionally. Two-dimensional polymers must have three or more covalent bonds between the regularly repeating monomer units. More

Taking a closer look at molecular electronics
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Molecules and polymers have unique electronic and optical properties suitable for use in electronic devices. These properties, however, are complex and not well understood. Charge transport, for example, is affected by molecule shape, which can change during device operation and is difficult to measure. Now, a new technique is available to characterize the electronic states of molecules, thanks to research by Hiroyuki Kato from the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute and his colleagues in Japan. More

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The future of plastics and aerospace
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Ken Smith, worldwide market manager of electronics and aerospace markets at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, discusses the role of plastics in the aerospace market. Smith says advances in materials science "have opened doors to applications once considered unsuitable for polymers, including many in the aerospace sector such as components in auxiliary power units, de-icing systems, cabin air-conditioning systems, actuators, jet engines and landing gear systems." More

Shale may spur plastics factories, Chevron Phillips Chemical says
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Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. said its industry may spend $30 billion to build U.S. factories that convert natural gas into plastics because shale gas has made American production the cheapest outside the Middle East. Output from shale formations will yield enough natural-gas liquids such as ethane to support about five new plants that produce ethylene and related plastics, said Mark Lashier, an executive vice president at Chevron Phillips. More

Researchers tap chemical energy from squeezed polymers
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A research study at Northwestern University has demonstrated that free radicals released from squeezed polymers produce substantial energy, which is capable of powering chemical reactions in water. According to the team, this untapped energy can be exploited when polymers are under strain in normal conditions such as in car tires, shoe soles or even during squeezing plastic bags. More

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Stamp tool directs stem cell fate
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A new tool utilizes a technique called polymer pen lithography to direct stem cell differentiation. Out of millions of possibilities, researchers used the tool to rapidly identify the chemical and physical structures that can cue stem cells to become osteocytes, cells found in mature bone. Scientists in the fields of chemistry, materials engineering, and nanotechnology could also use the tool to assess which chemical and physical structures would work best for a desired process or function. More

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Maine bridge boasts recycled plastics
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The town of York, Maine, reconnected with its roots by having a bridge built in a historic area using state-of-the-art plastic materials. The town purchased Struxure-brand composite beams, pilings and boards — all made out of 100 percent recycled plastic — from New Jersey-based Axion International Inc. for a small bridge over Rogers Brook, which runs adjacent to the 13-mile-long York River. More

Utah biomerics plant expansion, job additions
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The Biomerics plant in Salt Lake City recently completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion. Biomerics is a leading supplier of polymer solutions to the medical device and healthcare industries. The expansion includes an ISO Class 8 cleanroom for injection molding and device assembly, a medical device packaging cell, and a fulfillment warehouse More

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Gravimetric Blender Innovation at NPE
Process Control will be showcasing advancements in their line of gravimetric continuous and batch blenders during NPE in April [Booth #2051]. The showcase will include the redesigned Guardian® Series 2 line of batch blenders, a new brushless drive package for continuous, and color touchscreens which will be standard on all blenders.
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