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As 2012 comes to a close, SPE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the SPE Industry Update a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 2.

Polymer coating kills superbugs
Discovery News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From May 16: A simple coating could contain the biological bullet that kills the toughest germs. The polymer coating is already being used on contact lenses by two manufacturers. When used, the coating kills 99 percent of the bacteria and fungi it comes in contact with. It could also be used for medical devices such as catheters, reducing the need for harsh disinfectants and antibiotics. More

Natural gas breakthrough seen transforming plastics industry
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From May 2: Honeywell International Inc. has discovered a one-step process to convert household natural gas into a plastics raw material. The implications are far-reaching. The technology in time could ease a glut of natural gas from U.S. shale drilling; lower the cost of products ranging from soda bottles to paint; and give Honeywell a steady profit stream from licensing the technique in the $150 billion plastics raw-material industry. The process would allow companies to make ethylene from methane, commonly known as natural gas. More

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Watch plastic break, bleed and heal itself    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief From June 20: Self-healing materials bring with them the promise of scratched touch screens that fix themselves, broken circuits that start working again and even buildings that are able to fill any cracks that appear in their structure unaided. What you may not have realized is in order for these healing processes to happen, those materials end up reacting a lot like our skin and blood does after an injury. More


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Steel-strength plastics — and green, too
American Friends of Tel Aviv University via e! Science News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From June 13: As landfills overflow with discarded plastics, scientists have been working to produce a biodegradable alternative that will reduce pollution. Now, a Tel Aviv University researcher is giving the quest for environmentally friendly plastics an entirely new dimension — by making them tougher than ever before. Professor Moshe Kol of TAU's School of Chemistry is developing a super-strength polypropylene that has the potential to replace steel and other materials used in everyday products. More

Think plastic bag bans are only about bags? Think again
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 26: More cities around the world are starting to put into practice some sort of plastic bag ban or tax. 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. Throughout all this talk about plastic bags, the focus has been on that one segment of the plastics industry. Save the Plastic Bag Coalition attorney Stephen Joseph warned it would be a mistake for the plastics industry to think this is only about bags. More

Cheap plastic could be used to detect nukes
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VideoBrief From Jan. 18: Detection of nuclear material just got a little easier. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has announced a new material for sniffing out nuclear bombs, and it amounts to a cheap piece of plastic. It could be the future of nuclear detectors. It can tell the difference between neutron radiation and gamma radiation. That's important to people in charge of protecting ports of entry and borders. Neutrons indicate plutonium or uranium, material that can be used to make a bomb. More

NFM Welding Engineers
NFM designs and builds single and twin screw extruders, components and entire systems for the plastics and rubber industries throughout the world. Visit NFM on the web at or contact one of NFM’s extrusion engineers 330-837-3868 to discuss your needs.
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Shini USA, Division of Budzar Industries
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Plastics put solar on the verge, again
The Daily Climate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From March 28: Scientists in university and private labs worldwide have raced to make sheets of plastic solar cells practical for 30 years. A recent succession of efficiency gains has researchers, investors and companies convinced the effort is finally close to success. "This will be 'energy to go,'" said Steffanie Rohr, head of marketing for Heliatek, a German company that has plans to begin commercial production of 1-foot by 4-foot plastic solar strips this year. More

New breed of plastic bleeds, heals itself
Engadget via CNET    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From April 4: Researchers at the University of Southern Mississippi have developed a new kind of self-repairing plastic that could lead to impenetrable cellphones, laptops and cars — or the next Terminator. Team lead professor Marek W. Urban recently presented the results of the research at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, revealing a type of plastic that mimics human skin. Though self-healing plastic isn't a new concept, Urban says the benefit of his team's plastic is its warning system and ability to repair itself over and over again. More


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Innovation for the Plastics Industry

From supplying ready to use components to providing complete design and build services, EMI is one of the plastic molding industry’s end-of-arm tooling leaders.

Engineers create a rainbow-colored polymer
University at Buffalo via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 29: Engineers have developed a one-step, low-cost method to fabricate a polymer with extraordinary properties: When viewed from a single perspective, the polymer is rainbow-colored, reflecting many different wavelengths of light. Used as a filter for light, this material could form the basis of handheld multispectral imaging devices that identify the "true color" of objects examined. More

The next big thing: Additive manufacturing
Plastics Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From June 6: Additive manufacturing, now the official term, just might contain the "next big thing" where manufacturing is concerned. Though only 24 years old, the AM industry has grown by leaps and bounds in spite of some fits and starts along the way. According to Tim Caffrey, an associate of Terry Wohlers at Wohlers Associates Inc., a full 24 percent of all additive manufactured parts are now in the category of "direct part production." More

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.
Precision in Plastic from AXYZ

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Plastic-eating fungus found in Ecuador rainforest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 8: Researchers from Yale University traveled to Yasuni National Park in Ecuador's rainforest to look for fungi capable of eating polyurethane plastics, and they say they found more than one. Pestalotiopsis microspora is the fungus they showed to have the most ability to survive while consuming and degrading polyurethane in aerobic and anaerobic environments. Covered landfills can be oxygen-free or low oxygen environments, so one potential use of the fungus is to apply it to polyurethane in those environments for bioremediation. More

Biodegradable packaging material 'perishes' within 6 months
Food Production Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Feb. 15: Israeli researchers are developing a biodegradable packaging material that automatically "perishes" within 180 days — providing a "green" solution for the food and drink industry. According to Israel-based developer TIPA, the material, which is a mix of biodegradable polymers, will degrade in compost within six months — leaving an organic residue. More


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