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Rapra Technology is Europe
Concise expert review examines Adhesion to Fluoropolymers
23 July, 2007
Fluorinated polymers have a number of very useful properties such as excellent chemical resistance. However, they are usually difficult to bond without a pretreatment. The most effective methods to pretreat fully fluorinated polymers were developed in the 1950s.
Expert review discusses the science and technology of fluoroplastics
22 July, 2007
Fluoropolymers were discovered accidentally by Plunkett in 1938. He was working on freon and accidentally polymerised tetrafluoroethylene. The result was polytetrafluoroethylene, more commonly known as Teflon.
New edition of European Plastics & Rubber Directory
21 July, 2007
The European Plastics and Rubber Directory, now in its 17th year, is a unique directory that will keep your company in touch with the European plastics and rubber industry.
New fuel cells polymer bulletin
20 July, 2007
Fuel cells are growing rapidly in popularity and the abundance and diversity of research means it can be difficult to stay in touch with new developments.
Polymers to challenge silicon in providing electrical functionality
19 July, 2007
Polymers have always been essential components of many electronic devices and products and their sales are continuing to grow at well over 4% p.a. From their use in the fabrication of semiconductor chips and printed circuit boards, to their application in cables, connectors and equipment housings, polymeric materials play a vital role that cannot be achieved with any other materials.
New Guide advises best practice for low energy plastics processing
18 July, 2007
There are many reasons for wanting to improve your energy efficiency, however, the most compelling reason for the plastics processing industry is that wasting energy costs money.
Rapra Technology's Reflects International Response to REACH
17 July, 2007
Rapra Technology, a subsidiary of the US-based independent testing, consulting and contract research organisation, The Smithers Group, held its fifth RubberChem conference bringing together the international rubber chemicals industry to debate the issues at the heart of the industry.
New book explores practical use of additives in polymers
16 July, 2007
This book is designed as a practical text for use in the laboratories of the plastic producer and user industries and by others such as universities and institutions that are concerned with problems associated with additives and adventitious impurities in polymers.
REACH is coming and it
02 January, 2007
REACH is coming and it
Rapra Technology now actively seeking further opportunities to develop and regional support activities into mainland Europe
10 September, 2006
Encouraged by the recent spectacular successes which the company has enjoyed in the European collaborative research arena, Rapra Technology is now actively seeking further opportunities to develop and expand its regional support activities into mainland Europe.
New Rapra handbook
09 September, 2006
The construction industry increasingly requires products that are cost effective and easy to use, to enable fast track application whilst achieving a high physical performance. Incorporating a polymer in a cementitious mix brings key advantages, particularly in terms of workability, abrasion and impact resistance, with the resulting physical and chemical properties dependent upon the nature of the polymer material and the quantity used in relation to the cement phase.
Rapra boosts online services for plastics and rubber
08 September, 2006
Rapra Technology, Europe's leading polymer research and technology organisation, celebrates the New Year with the successful relaunch and redesign of its unique website for the plastics and rubber sectors.
High Performance Fillers
07 September, 2006
Judging by the success of this year
Rapra to improve the industrial plastics extrusion process by the use of supercritical CO2
06 September, 2006
Rapra Technology, Europe's leading polymer research and test house, has secured 1.4 Million Euros of EU funding together with a 14 strong European consortium to improve the industrial plastics extrusion process by the use of supercritical CO2.
Wasting time and money trying to bond plastics?
05 September, 2006
Bonding experts had a frequent complaint that joining is not considered until the product design is complete and materials have been specified. Sometimes clients don't even know which plastics they are working with as components are purchased ready-made. This leads to problems in selecting adhesives or the appropriate welding technology.
Rapra exploits expertise in food contact materials
04 September, 2006
Rapra Technology is renowned for its expertise in testing and analysing plastics for safety in contact with food. Expert analytical staff such as John Sidwell, Keith Scott and Dr Martin Forrest, have over 15 years of experience in this field.
New report from Rapra discusses markets for Biodegradable Plastics
03 September, 2006
Biodegradable polymers have experienced strong growth over the last three years and are set to make further inroads into markets traditionally dominated by conventional thermoplastics in future.
Surge of interest for scanning vibrating needle curemeter
31 March, 2006
Rapra Technology, Europe's leading polymer research and test house, reports a surge of interest for its own-invented Scanning Vibrating Needle Curemeter whose principal use is in monitoring the cure of foam and liquid polymers, right through from the liquid to the solid phase in liquid curing systems for polymers, paints and resins.
Rapra provides biocompostable standards and research
30 March, 2006
Rapra Technology, Europe's leading independent plastics and rubber research organisation, reports a significant growth in demand for its expertise associated with compostable materials.
Rapra tackles manual handling risks
29 March, 2006
A morning seminar on overcoming risks in manual handling in the plastics industry will be held at Rapra Technology, Europe's leading plastics and rubber test house and technical consultancy, on Thursday July 21 at Rapra's Shawbury headquarters, near Shrewsbury.
Rapra breaks the plastics design mould
28 March, 2006
Rapra Technology delivered a successful ground-breaking conference in Berlin last week: The Art of Plastics Design, October 18th-19th, featured industry luminaries such as Sebastian Conran and David Humphries and succeeded in exploring the uncharted territory between the aesthetics of product design and the technology of polymer science.
Biodegradable polymers in medical applications
27 March, 2006
Rapra Technology, Europe's leading polymer research and test house, has secured 1.4 Million Euros of EU funding and assembled a consortium that will develop highly innovative supercritical fluid processing technology in order to make advanced multifunctional biodegradable polymer devices.
Rapra goes with the FreeFlow
26 March, 2006
The project is entitled FreeFlow and the aims of the work are to increase output extrusion rates, reduce processing temperatures and reduce energy consumption in the plastics extrusion process. The research project is being part financed by the European Commission under the sixth framework programme as a Collective Research supporting the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises and industrial associations in European research (Contract number: COLL-CT-2005-516225).
Polymers in automotive fuel containment
25 March, 2006
The first two papers outlined the difficult environment for fuel systems, with Ralf Gr
Developments in European chemical legislation
24 March, 2006
Chemical control measures in the EU are soon to be dramatically revised, and this new Rapra Review Report, entitled EU Regulation of Chemicals: REACH, sets the scene by describing the key facts of the existing measures and the objectives of the future chemicals policy: REACH.
Rapra helps set the Plast 06 agenda
23 March, 2006
Rapra Technology, Europe's leading polymer research and test centre, has places available at the expert polymer seminars taking place at the Plast06 exhibition in Milan Italy, from February 14, 2006. The Plast 06 organisers approached the Rapra Technology conference department last year and asked Rapra to put in place the seminar activity that will enhance the value and attraction of Italy's premier plastics exhibition.
Polymer Library just got cheaper
22 March, 2006
Every researcher needs a fast and accurate source of information and the field of polymer science is growing at a tremendous pace. Company libraries have been shutting down as costs become paramount, but now hours are wasted every day trying to find key facts on the Internet.
Environmental law and the sustainable use of plastics
21 March, 2006
Over recent years a plethora of environmental legislation has been imposed on manufacturing industry. EuP, IPP, RoHS, and WEEE, are to name but some of those that directly impact on the manufacturing sectors that produce or use plastics materials in their products, resulting in companies being forced to rethink their materials sourcing, design and manufacturing practices.
New RECIPE for energy-saving in plastics launched by Faraday Plastics and Rapra Technology
08 April, 2005
A radical new programme for saving energy and associated cost in plastics processing is now underway in Europe.
Surge of interest for its own-invented Scanning Vibrating Needle Curemeter
28 March, 2005
Inventor Bryan Willoughby notes that 'the instrument's use is always evolving. Materials-based niches as diverse as cast elastomers, PU foam systems, thermosets, unsaturated polyesters, silicone and liquid rubber, epoxies, polysulphides, PVC plastisols...all of these chemicaly reactive polymer sectors,' says Willoughby, 'are now using the SVNC in different ways; producing all sorts of high abrasion products such as golf balls, automotive, aeropspace and defence industry components and all manner of adhesives and sealants.'
Rapra reviews SCF polymer processing research
28 February, 2005
Polymer Processing with Supercritical Fluids, a new Rapra Review Report, provides a comprehensive overview of the current research into the use of supercritical fluids (SCFs) in the polymer industry.
External gas assisted moulding saves 15% energy
04 October, 2004
A programme of energy consumption trials has concluded that significant savings of up to 15% in energy consumption are possible using external gas assisted moulding instead of standard moulding.
Monitoring of polymer cure from liquid to solid
14 September, 2004
Rapra Technology reports a surge of interest for its Scanning Vibrating Needle Curemeter, whose principal use is in monitoring the cure of foam and liquid polymers - from liquid to solid phases in liquid curing systems for polymers, paints and resins.
 
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