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A closer look at nanoparticles
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VideoBriefParticles too small to be seen with the naked eye are among the most difficult elements to incorporate in medical-device materials. In this video from PN's recent Plastics in Medical Devices conference, Joel Elhard, senior research scientist at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, explains where researchers think nanoparticles are heading in the future. More


Predicting composite surface finish based on dimensional changes in resin
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High surface-finish quality, referred to as Class A surface finish, is one of the major requirements in the automotive industry for exterior-body-panel applications. Surface quality control is influenced by many factors, including dimensional changes of the resin, distribution of resin flow, and the surface finish of the mold. Among these, resin dimensional changes contribute most to poor surface finish owing to cure shrinkage and thermal expansion and contraction. To compensate for the high cure shrinkage of unsaturated polyester resins (up to 9 percent), low-profile additives are usually incorporated. More

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Free solvent saving, THF-compatible bottle cap ($50 value) available to GPC users responding to the Tosoh Bioscience GPC User Survey available here.
INCOE® Quick-Flo™ Hot Runner Systems
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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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.


An impermeable wrap for future electronics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A moisture-resistant coating that extends the lifetime and reliability of plastic electronic devices, such as organic solar cells or flexible displays, has garnered the intense interest of developers of next-generation lighting materials. By cranking out large sheets of polymers bearing electronic circuitry using roll-to-roll technology, electronics manufacturers can substantially reduce their capital and processing costs. More

Partners hope to industrialize production of spider silk
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Spider silk is stronger than steel and tougher than both steel and Kevlar. Scientists postulate that, if used as a reinforcing material in plastic automotive parts, the spider silk's energy absorbing properties maybe great enough so that parts might even regain their shape after an accident. More

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Delaware manufacturer touts new resin
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A small Newark, Del., manufacturing plant has begun producing custom industrial-grade plastic products from a new form of raw engineering plastic. Quantum Polymers announced this week it recently started making plastic products from Kynar 450 resin, from Arkema Inc. More

Plastic bottles could clean arsenic-contaminated water
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Chopped up plastic bottles covered in a common chemical may be a simple and inexpensive method for removing arsenic from drinking water. A team of chemists at Monmouth University found that bits of plastic coated with cysteine, a common molecule found in foods, bind to arsenic. More

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Bayer promotes polyurethane's green side
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At the UTECH Asia/ PU China show, Bayer MaterialScience AG showcased the many uses of its polyurethanes with a solar-powered plane — a prototype meant less for its practical implementation and more for the point it proves. "If we can make a plane that flies day and night on solar energy, why can't we do that in our daily life?" asked Azita Owlia, senior vice president, Asia Pacific at BMS. More

US PET prices likely to increase in October on MEG, PX cost push
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US polyethylene terephthalate (PET) prices were set to go up in September and again in October on a continuing increase in costs, sources said. "We might see another 4-cent/lb increase in October," a PET producer said, "but it depends how PX finishes the month." More

Come to the Wittmann Battenfeld Open House
On September 22nd, the latest in innovative injection molding technology will be presented at the Wittmann Battenfeld Open House/Technology Symposium in South Elgin, Illinois. To register call 847-531-0015 ext. 132 or e-mail

Spiders, Grubbs' and polymer-powered nanomotors
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A chemical spider that spins a polymer thread using a simple catalyst could drive a nanomotor, according to researchers at Pennsylvania State University. Ayusman Sen and colleagues say that these nanomotors have potential applications in the deposition of polymers within the channels of microdevices for instance. More

Template-assisted fabrication for polymer solar cells
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Renewable energy sources become more and more important with an ever increasing energy demand. Solar cells based on organic or polymeric semiconductors show great promise to be one of the key technologies in the future. Compared to their inorganic counterparts organic photovoltaic devices provide several advantages, such as low-cost fabrication techniques and the potential for large-area deposition on flexible, light-weight substrates. More

New Chemistry for a Mature Industry

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Plastic and paper bag ban proposed for Los Angeles
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Paper or plastic? For shoppers in Los Angeles, the choice may soon be neither. Hoping to reduce the billions of grocery bags circulating throughout the city, an L.A. councilman recently called for a sweeping ban on single-use paper and plastic bags. More

Rice for waste plastics program starts in Dagupan
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The 'Bigas Para Plastic' program wherein a person is given a certain amount of rice in exchange for plastic wastes was started here recently by the Rotary Club of Central Pangasinan and the Parents-Teachers Association. More
Self-Lubricating Components
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Updated guidelines, including specific tool recommendations and best practice settings for feed, speed, depth of cut, roughing and finishing when turning syntactic foam plug assist materials are now available from CMT Materials, Inc. Following the guidelines provides excellent results and often eliminates the need for any plug polishing. Call 508-226-3901 or visit
Seal Cut - High Quality and Versatility
The new high-speed Seal-Cut sealing system for plastic film offers an original, innovative solution for machine direction sealing. The Seal-Cut is capable of producing high quality, sealed edges in a wide variety of film applications. The stand-alone design allows it to be free standing or easily attached to winders, bag-making machines and rewinders. More info

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