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Changing the texture of plastics on demand
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Imagine a pair of rubber gloves whose surface texture could be altered on demand to provide more grip for climbing. Or maybe gloves with "fingerprints" that can be changed in the blink of an eye. They are just a couple of the many potential applications envisioned by researchers at Duke University for a process they have developed that allows the texture of plastics to be changed at will. More


Toward more durable carbon fiber composites
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Fiber-reinforced polymer matrix composites are exposed to damaging environmental factors such as moisture, UV radiation, and thermal cycling in numerous applications. Surprisingly, hygrothermal exposure causes higher levels of degradation to fluorinated epoxy-based microcomposites, despite lower moisture absorption, than their nonfluorinated epoxy counterparts. More

Characterization of metallocene polyethylenes for sealing layer applications
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The development of metallocene and other single-site catalysts enabled a new generation of linear low-density polyethylene resins with very low density and narrow molecular weight distribution. The copolymers produced using such metallocene single-site catalysts usually show lower density and melting point in comparison to conventional LLDPEs. Molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, chain branching, and melting behavior of metallocene polyethylenes play a crucial role in the sealability and hot tack properties of their films. More

Extrusion Auction Wednesday At NPE

Late Model Extrusion & Downstream Equipment will be Auctioned Online During NPE 2012 via Bidspotter - (16) Davis Standard Extruders and Downstream Equipment such as... MORE
Chemical Foaming Agents for Molding & Extrusion

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Startup converts plastic to oil, and finds a niche
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Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A startup company in Niagara Falls, N.Y., says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time. It all starts with a machine known as the Plastic-Eating Monster. Thousands of pounds of shredded milk jugs, water bottles and grocery bags tumble into a large tank, where they're melted together and vaporized. More

Plastic skull gives patients a head start
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Specialist physicians are developing a next generation treatment for head trauma — a special skull prosthesis made of plastic. The process aims to help people who suffer life-threatening injuries inflicted during car accidents. Using laser sintering, customized cranial implants can be produced to cover only the affected areas of the skull. More

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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

Polymer power drives tiny reactions
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In the quest to wring energy from every source imaginable, scientists are putting the squeeze on a common plastic ingredient. Applying force to polymers in water generates enough energy to drive chemical reactions. The technique won't replace large-scale energy operations, but it offers a way to harness the wisps of unused energy generated by everyday endeavors, like walking or compacting plastic bags at a recycling center. More

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Apple wants to improve bonding of plastic and metal in building new iPhones
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Rather than use unreliable adhesives, Apple is exploring new ways to permanently bond plastic and metal parts to build better portable devices like the iPhone. The concept was revealed in a new patent application entitled "Ultrasonic Bonding of Discrete Plastic Parts to Metal." It describes melting a portion of a plastic component onto a rough metallic surface, allowing the two to permanently fuse. More

Molded plastic components advance hearing devices
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Cochlear implants using molded polyethylene and elastomers such as silicone are now well proven as a successful treatment for severe to profound hearing loss. They first debuted more than 30 years ago, and designs have increasingly leveraged micro molding capabilities. In a new development, Envoy Medical Corp. in St. Paul, Minn., has developed what it describes as the industry's first totally implantable hearing system for moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. More

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QUICK-FLO™ (QF) hot runner systems are designed for processing of commodity grade resins in hi-cavitation molding. QF systems offer repeatable part quality, superior cosmetics and include hot half plates. Molding applications include Caps/Closures, Medical Disposables, Packaging and Pharmaceutical. Visit for more information. That’s INCOE® performance…Right From The Start.
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Shell picks Pittsburgh area for petrochemical refinery
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The so-called ethane cracking, or "cracker," plant would convert ethane from bountiful Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into more profitable chemicals such as ethylene, which are then used to produce everything from plastics to tires to antifreeze. Shell Oil Co. has chosen a site near Pittsburgh for a major, multibillion-dollar petrochemical refinery that could provide a huge economic boost to the region. More

Understanding nonvolatile memory phenomena in graphene-polymer devices
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Researchers at the Seoul National University and Gwangju Institute of science and technology in Korea, have fabricated organic memory devices that feature multilayer graphene film sandwiched between insulating polyimide layers. The array-type structures showed write-once-read-many-type memory characteristics, with the embedded multilayer graphene film acting as charge trapping layer. More

Introducing the Datacolor 45G

The Datacolor 45G Portable 45/0 Spectrophotometer. Take the guesswork out of Appearance Quality Control with the industry’s best repeatability and inter-instrument agreement.

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Low-power upconversion in dye-doped polymer nanoparticles
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The design of new materials capable of transducing various energy types into useful signals is one of the most exciting tasks for materials chemists. Systems that modulate light either by down- (Stokes shift) or up-conversion (anti-Stokes shift) without any additional energy are very useful tools. In particular, light-upconverting materials bear numerous promises in fields as varied as solar harvesting and bioimaging. More

Plastics converters under raw materials cost pressure
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Plastics converting companies have come under renewed pressure through increasing raw materials prices, says EuPC, the industry's Brussels-based body. EuPC's member national associations are reporting increases of up to 20 percent since December and there is concern about the increasing incidence of firms who are reporting difficulties. More

Nanotechnology Braille display makes Web accessible to the blind
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If you are a blind computer user you have to rely on electronic Braille displays which typically allow you to see only one line at a time, no matter what you were doing. In order to develop a more functional and affordable tool that would allow the blind to interface with their computers, scientists are working to develop sheet-type, refreshable Braille displays. A group of researchers in Japan has previously reported such full-page Braille displays by integrating organic thin-film transistors and soft polymer actuators. More

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More companies putting focus on sustainability
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The sustainability movement is approaching a tipping point, with 7 of 10 companies now placing it on their permanent management agenda, according to a new report. More than 4,000 managers from 113 countries were surveyed for Boston Consulting Group’s and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Management Review's "2011 Sustainability & Innovation Global Executive Study and Research Project." The survey focused on the nearly 3,000 executives from the commercial sector. More

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Novel plastics and textiles from waste with the use of microbes
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New biotechnological and chemical methods will facilitate efficient production of chemicals, materials and fuels from renewable natural resources. The Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in White Biotechnology-Green Chemistry Research focuses on the research and development of microbial cells, or cell factories, for producing new useful compounds from sugars in plant biomass. These compounds can be used for manufacturing bioplastics or in medical applications. More

Toray Plastics develops new heat-sealable BOPP film
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Toray Plastics Inc. has developed a new Torayfan F63W heat-sealable BOPP film with improved bonding for ink adhesion, the company stated. Franco Chicarella, product manager for the Torayfan polypropylene film division, said the company developed the new film at the request of its customers who wanted an OPP print web that was compatible with a wider range of the water and solvent-based inks that are commonly used for package printing. 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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