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As the container market adds styles, sizes and end-use requirements to products, manufacturers of extrusion blow molding machines are upgrading their systems with a range of technologies to meet evolving process needs and improve cost-performance benefits. Key features of recent offerings in shuttle, rotary and reciprocating screw equipment include a growing trend toward all-electric machines in North America; efforts to reduce machine size; greater use of networked controls to improve molding precision, throughput, and quality; and increased reliance on proprietary design and engineering to fine-tune system performance, speed product changeover, and, in some cases, improve container design.

This article appears in the June 2011 issue of SPE's Plastics Engineering magazine.

Waste plastic to become artificial reefs
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Artificial reefs made from recycled plastic could be the answer to sustaining marine life along Dubai's coastline, following the success of prototypes implemented in tide-damaged areas in Fujairah. These reefs are to be placed in the ocean, in lieu of the actual coral reefs in the Arabian Gulf that have disappeared during the past decade of construction, land reclamation and natural weather fluctuations. The reefs, a first in the world, according to its creators, are placed in accordance to the Environment, Health and Safety guidelines in a marine protected area. More


Structure and mechanical properties of polymer blends incorporating waste PET
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The blending of immiscible (nonmixing) polymers such as polycarbonate and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene—used widely in the automobile industry — is an economically attractive route to developing a mixture that retains the desirable properties of both components. In general, the polymers are selected based on advantageous properties such as toughness, chemical resistance, and heat stability. However, the so-called mixing rule, which calculates the properties of blends based on a linear average, generally does not hold for immiscible polymers because the components form a two-phase structure, such as, part crystal and part amorphous. More

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Cottonseed protein makes superabsorbent composite
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Superabsorbent polymers are made of hydrophilic networks of cross-linked polymer strands. Their structure gives them the capacity to absorb and hold large amounts of water, saline solution, or other physiological fluids. Due to their excellent characteristics, SAPs are widely used in disposable diapers, incontinence and feminine hygiene products, hospital products, soil for agriculture and horticulture, food packaging and biomedical applications. More

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Study examines recycling access for plastics
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According to the study Plastics Recycling Collection: National Reach Study by Moore Recycling Associates Inc., Sonoma, Calif., 94 percent of Americans have access to facilities that can recycle plastic bottles and 40 percent of the population has access to recycling programs for other plastic containers, such as yogurt cups, dairy tubs and lids. Moore Recycling Associates conducted the study for the American Chemistry Council, Washington, D.C. More

Recycled plastic bottles to become casino uniforms
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U.S. uniform company Cintas Corp is betting on green for its new line of shirts for casino workers. The company has introduced shirts for the gaming industry that are partly made from recycled plastic bottles. Cintas uses technology that converts plastics into a fiber that can then be woven into fabric. About five plastic bottles are needed to create one shirt, most of which is still manufactured from traditional polyester. More

BPF calls for a 'fair crack of the whip' for plastics
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Incoming British Plastics Federation president Philip Watkins said he wasn't looking for handouts for the sector, rather he hoped the coalition government gave it a "fair crack of the whip." Discussing the outlook for the sector Watkins, who was elected president of the BPF last month, said the industry's critical mass was being challenged, and this needed addressing. More

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BPA is indispensible for making plastics
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Polymer producers are in a pickle. Bisphenol A is a versatile and valuable chemical building block that makers of high-performance plastics don't want to give up. But BPA is under intense scientific scrutiny for being an endocrine disrupter, and consumers are pressuring companies to find alternatives. "In terms of viable alternatives, there have certainly been attempts to displace BPA-based plastics such as polycarbonate and epoxy resins, but until recently, none were successful," says polymeric materials chemist Daniel F. Schmidt of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. More

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How Toyota buys molds
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Being a supplier to Toyota is a coveted position, and the Japanese car company is dedicated to helping ensure that its U.S. mold suppliers for the company's U.S. manufacturing operations provide the best molds at a globally competitive price. Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. has a better way to deal with tool and mold suppliers. More

Plating on plastic using gas
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Plating on plastic isn't new in the finishing world, but a Fridley, Minn., company says it is about to improve on the process by using reactive gases to activate the surface and get adhesion strength four times better than conventional methods. More

Unique Value From Innovative Resins

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Composite materials bridge the divide
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Progress in composites materials and manufacturing means resin-based components are increasingly challenging traditional building materials in bridges. French R&D center Innobat in Montpellier and Italian pultrusion processor Topglass won the bio-based materials category in the JEC 2011 composites innovation awards in March. This was for development, as part of a Biobat project, of a Biopox 65 pultruded hollow window frame and solid flat profiles made out of 65 percent continuous flax fiber reinforced bio-based epoxide resin. The pultruded profiles have an overall 75 percent bio-based content. More

Making complex fluids look simple
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An international research team has successfully developed a widely applicable method for discovering the physical foundations of complex fluids for the first time. Researchers at the University of Vienna and University of Rome have developed a microscopic theory that describes the interactions between the various components of a complex polymer mixture. More

Plastic compounds target lead in radiation shielding
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Lead's time in medical devices is quickly running out and opportunistic plastics suppliers are jumping into the void being left by out-of-favor toxic metal to offer polymer compounds that offer equivalent radiation shielding. "There's a move afoot to try and remove [lead] from the manufacturing environment because it's hazardous to employees and difficult to dispose of," PolyOne's Larry Johnson said. "There are costs and concerns associated with it, so all and all it's kind of a bad actor, and people are trying to remove it." More

Turning plants into plastics: Challenges and opportunities in bioplastics for consumer goods companies
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In 1934, Henry Ford, the "industrial genius of modern times," declared to Modern Mechanix magazine that in the future we will be able to grow annually "most of the substances needed in manufacturing…When that day comes...[c]hemistry will reunite agriculture and industry." While it is too soon to suggest that Mr. Ford's prophecy has been fulfilled, a combination of changing consumer demands, concerns of climate change, and a desire to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels are pushing us ever closer to the day he envisioned. More

Used Equipment Provides Great Opportunities

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3 tips on packaging selection for parenteral pharmaceutical manufacturers
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Enhanced regulations and regulatory guidance on current Good Manufacturing Practices and the trend toward biopharmaceuticals have significantly impacted drug product manufacturing. Early stage guidance from experts with experience in packaging applications and manufacturing practices can help drug manufacturers identify potential hazards associated with packaging materials while a product is still in development. More


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