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Oil analysis integrated with other condition-monitoring strategies
By Angie Meinsma
It is often said that oil is the "lifeblood" of machines and equipment. Taking oil samples from rotating equipment for condition monitoring is like taking blood samples from a human. Analysts look for abnormalities within the fluid. The goal is to find faults, treat the condition, and extend the life expectancy. When used properly, fluid analysis becomes a valuable diagnostic tool that can reduce maintenance costs, increase productivity and boost company profits.
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Anisotropic mechanical behavior of polymeric foams
SPE Plastics Research Online
The use of foams — porous materials with a cellular structure — in structural applications (such as sandwich panels for construction) requires an understanding of their mechanical behavior on both a microscopic and a macroscopic scale. However, foams can exhibit anisotropic properties, i.e., that differ depending on the direction of measurement, which complicate the assessment of their mechanical response.
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    Has co-injection molding come of age?
    Plastics Today
    Co-injection can improve environmental sustainability and reduce costs by making it possible to include recycled or reground resin; technical grades of resin with material properties to improve part characteristics such as sound deadening or cold weather impact strength; or more economical material in the core with another material molded over the core material for aesthetics.
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    Longtime plastics veteran touts continuous pressure forming process
    Plastics News
    At age 95, Jim Kemerer, a World War II veteran who led U.S. Steel into injection and blow molding in the 1960s, is still active in plastics technology as he promotes his Kemcast process for continuously pressure forming profiles into highly-detailed crown molding, siding, imitation cedar-shake roofing and other products.
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    Shape-changing phone curls upon a phone call
    Science Codex
    Researchers at Queen's University's Human Media Lab have developed a new smartphone that can morph its shape to give users a silent yet visual cue of an incoming phone call, text message or email.

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    How 'Made in the USA' is making a comeback
    The U.S. economy continues to struggle, and the weak March jobs report — just 88,000 positions were added — briefly spooked the market. But step back and you'll see a bright spot, perhaps the best economic news the U.S. has witnessed since the rise of Silicon Valley: Made in the USA is making a comeback.

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    High-tech medical plastics will help Boston Marathon victims
    Plastics Today
    At least 40 victims of the Patriots Day Boston Marathon bombing still in serious or critical condition. Surgeons say they are using plastics technology developed to save and improve lives of soldiers wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan in the past 10 years.

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    Self-assembling furniture that could make Ikea obsolete
    Fast Co.Design
    Based on research into the ideal form of a self-deploying space antenna, designer Carl De Smet has been translating the latticework of pop-up metal into "shape memory polymers" — cheaper plastics that can be smushed for easy shipment, then popped back into their "remembered" forms later.
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    9 materials that will change the future of manufacturing
    Scientific American
    The future of manufacturing depends on a number of technological breakthroughs in robotics, sensors and high-performance computing, to name a few. But nothing will impact how things are made, and what they are capable of, more than the materials manufacturers use to make those things. New materials change both the manufacturing process and the end result.
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    EMI maintains a large, in-stock inventory of valves. But when you need a valve that isn’t in-stock—and need it fast—we offer Rush Service. MORE
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    The 1st plastic 3-D printed gun will be available to download in '2 weeks'
    Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, says he is just two weeks away from 3-D printing an entire handgun out of ABS plastic. Once Wilson has printed the gun and ensured that it works, the weapon's 3-D model files will be uploaded to the internet and open sourced — so that you and I can print an almost-undetectable firearm.
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    Creating better jobs for manufacturing's comeback
    Manufacturing Business Technology
    Scan through the business section of the news, and you're likely to see stories about the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, about how companies are moving jobs back to the United States because of the rising cost of manufacturing in China. For a true resurgence in American manufacturing, then, there must be innovation.
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    Additive manufacturing brings new life to old tools
    The popular understanding of 3-D printing — and the one that always seems to get the most fanfare — is focused on using plastics for modeling and rapid prototyping. But, additive manufacturing techniques with more direct industrial applications, using metals powders and alloys to produce component parts, have been growing increasingly sophisticated in labs and factories during the past decade.
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    3-D printing 'could herald new industrial revolution'
    As potentially game-changing as the steam engine or telegraph were in their day, 3-D printing could herald a new industrial revolution, experts say. For the uninitiated, the prospect of printers turning out any object you want at the click of a button may seem like the stuff of science fiction. But 3-D printing is already here, is developing fast, and looks set to leap from the labs and niche industries onto the wider market.
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    Manufacturing boost: 'Made in the USA' is back
    VideoBrief The economy may still be struggling when it comes to creating new jobs, but step back and you'll see a little bright spot. "What we're seeing is an increase in jobs in the manufacturing sector," Gary Fedder, director of the Institute of Complex Engineered Systems, said. "It's a modest increase over the last three years."
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    Simple trick turns commercial polymer into world's toughest fiber
    MIT Technology Review
    Nicola Pugno at the University of Trento in Italy reveals a remarkably simple trick that dramatically increases the toughness of almost any kind of fiber. Indeed, Pugno says he has used the technique to create the world's toughest fiber. The new idea is deceptively simple — it involves no more than tying a slip knot in the fiber, creating a loop of extra fiber that can pass through the knot as it comes under tension.
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    LyondellBasell looks to add 1.2 billion pounds of new PE capacity
    Plastics News
    VideoBriefStill more potential new polyethylene capacity for North America is featured in this Material Insights video. Also, we report on PlastiComp LLC's addition of a new compounding line, as well as news that Toray Industries Inc. is developing a PBT resin with some bio-based content.
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