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Industry reacts to US healthcare plan
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Many of the changes enacted in the contentious health care bill — and the companion reconciliation act that amended it, paving the way for President Barack Obama to sign the measure into law March 23 — won't go into effect until 2013 or 2014. But it is clear that the $940 billion reform package will increase costs for business, both directly and indirectly. And medical device manufacturers are slated for an extra hit financially because of the 2.3 percent excise tax scheduled to go into effect in 2013 that is projected to raise $20 billion over 10 years to help pay for some of the cost of the package. More

Attend SPE's ANTEC Conference - Orlando, Florida - May 16-20
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Anyone involved with plastics will benefit from attending ANTEC. The single largest technical conference in the plastics industry worldwide, ANTEC offers forums and sessions for engineers, R&D scientists, technicians, technical sales people, technical support personnel, academicians and managers in the plastics industry. Nearly 100 sessions with 600+ presentations offering cutting-edge developments will be offered at the lowest registration fees since 1999!

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Who said "potato?" Starch-based thermoplastics
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The advantages claimed for plastics made from biodegradable polymers over conventional plastics produced from fossil-based fuels are well known. Production of bioplastics uses less energy than production of petroleum-based plastics and generates considerably smaller amounts of greenhouse gases. In the degradation process, bioplastics remain nontoxic. Petroleum prices are unstable — or rising. Compostable wastes can provide significant savings in terms of waste management and energy consumption on many levels, from the large-scale plastics industry looking to manufacture a more responsible product to the individual consumer buying everyday necessities for the family. More

Stressed by lasers
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In recent years, laser-transmission welding (connecting a laser-absorbing with a laser-transparent part) has become an established joining technology in the plastics-processing industry. Laser beams pass through the transparent components almost unimpeded and are transformed into heat close to the surface of the absorbing joining parts. Because of heat conduction between both elements at a given effective joining pressure, the parts melt locally at the boundary surface and combine in a material-locking form. Because of suitable beam characteristics, laser-transmission welding permits targeted, intensive energy input, allowing production of very fine seam structures characterized by small heat-affected zones. More

Inspection model assists in correcting injection defects
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Injection molding is one of the main manufacturing methods for mass production of polymer composites. However, the complex interactions among large numbers of injection variables and possible defects provide a significant challenge from a quality-control perspective. Impartial and effective quality inspection during injection is required to obtain optimum-quality parts on shorter timescales and at lower cost than the current standard. The main research efforts in this field focus on assessment of how process parameters affect qualitative features, while injected-part inspection and adoption of corrective actions remain areas for future development. More

SIGMASOFT the comprehensive easy-to-use polymer system simulation software

Provided by SIGMA Plastic Services, Inc., for the first time designers and engineers with product responsibilities can optimize parts, molds and process parameters themselves.

IBM, Stanford cite advance in plastic recycling
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When you recycle a plastic bottle, it doesn't necessarily become another plastic bottle. Because of limitations in recycling technology, a common type of plastic used in water bottles and food containers weakens so much when it's recycled that it can't be used again for the same purpose. Some small amount of the plastic might make it into another bottle, but more often than not, it instead becomes synthetic carpet or clothing and can't easily be recycled a second time. So when those products are used up, they end up in landfills. Researchers from IBM Corp. and Stanford University believe they have developed a way to significantly improve the quality of recycled plastic and strip away those limitations. More

The high cost of hiring an 'internet candidate' for your plastics company
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Unlike ever before, today's marketplace for finding and retaining top echelon plastics employees is broad and deep. Concurrently, there has never been such unprecedented ease of access to plastics employee candidates. The most dramatic method for finding and attracting plastics employees is the expansive use of online services, job boards, social and business networking, web crawling tools, the all powerful Google search engine, blogging, tweeting, plastics trade group chat groups, self-contained employee referral programs and plastics-industry-specific groups and networks. More

US companies stepping up biopolymer production
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The future finally may be arriving for biopolymers — products that have been seen as long on potential, but short on results. "We're selling more than 100 million pounds [per year] right now, and we just doubled capacity," NatureWorks President and CEO Marc Verbruggen said March 10, at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference in Orlando. GPEC was hosted and organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers. Verbruggen added that NatureWorks' PLA biopolymers are used in more than 20 commercial applications that are available at 70,000 retail sites. More

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