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Plastics
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
Engineering Plastics : 03 April, 2013
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
 
JEC Composites Exhibition: Loiretech Specifies low viscosity resin for Airbus composite front panels
Thermosetting Resins : 26 March, 2013
Araldite 8615 resin has been used by French tooling specialist Loiretech in the manufacturing process of the prototype phase for the lower front panels on the new A350 Airbus.
 
Radiopaque catheters use polyether-block-amide thermoplastic elastomer (PEBA)
Compounding : 15 March, 2013
When PlŠsticos y Materias Primas (PyMPSA), a Mexican manufacturer of medical devices and components, wanted to develop a new catheter for epidural anesthesia, it specified a biocompatible nylon material that was radiopaque so it could be readily observed during x-ray imaging to ensure proper placement. The first efforts were disappointingm but custom compounder RTP developed a custom material for the application.
 
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
: 15 March, 2013
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different catalyst which overcomes the sensitivity to oxygen or water.
 
Licensed manufacture of nylon-bondable TPV compounds now underway
Compounding : 20 February, 2013
RTP has licensed manufacturing rights from ExxonMobil Chemical for their patented Santoprene TP(thermoplastic vulcanizate) nylon-bondable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) product line. RTP has begun producing the products using the same Santoprene TPV technology to provide a seamless supply transition and will also develop new markets and applications.
 
Portfolio of low molecular weight styrene maleic anhydride copolymers extended
Engineering Plastics : 13 February, 2013
Polyscope, producer of styrene maleic anhydride co-polymers, has launched two new product grades with a lower molecular weight, to extend its existing portfolio of Xiran styrene maleic anhydride co-polymers.
 
Silicone-based flexible polymer for optical waveguides
Elastomers : 13 February, 2013
At the Photonics West conference, Dow Corning and IBM scientists have unveiled a new type of silicone-based polymer to transmit light instead of electrical signals within supercomputers and data centres. It offers better physical properties, including robustness and flexibility, making it ideal for applications in Big Data and for the development of future computers capable of performing a billion billion computations per second.
 
High temperature polyamide useful in lead-free soldering environments
Engineering Plastics : 08 February, 2013
Soldering without lead results in a higher melt temperature of the solder pastes, which in turn increases the processing temperature for soldering electronic assemblies. Stanyl ForTii can perform in up to 260C for lead-free reflow soldering of surface mount processes. The big issue of course is warpage and finding a material able to cope with the increased heat and maintain its overall stiffness and durability.
 
RIM of heat-resistant polyurethane-based streamlines spa cabinet assembly
Engineering Plastics : 01 February, 2013
When Dynasty Spas needed an attractive, cost-effective and durable material that also streamlined assembly of its spa cabinets, it turned to long-fibre-injection (LFI) polyurethane RIM.
 
Long-lasting PMPS fragrance added to polymer-based materials
Additives & Chemicals : 01 February, 2013
Exilica has developed and patented a technology which allows long-lasting fragrances to be manufactured into a variety of plastics and other polymer-based materials. The company recently collaborated with Birmingham-based Barkley Plastics and fragrance firm Seven Scent to create a scented floor tile, and has launched a trial run of the product in toilets on Coventry University’s campus.
 
Post-industrial recycled PPO plastic fenders for Renault
Engineering Plastics : 18 January, 2013
Renault has successfully adopted a new post-industrial recycled (PIR) grade of Noryl GTX resin as part of its compliance with the European Union’s end-of-life vehicle (ELV) requirements. The new Sabic material is to be for the fenders of its 2013 Clio IV and for the upcoming Zoe electric vehicle.
 
Asia Pacific plastics technical centre features independent ballistics testing
Engineering Plastics : 11 January, 2013
DSM Dyneema, the inventor and manufacturer of Dyneema ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre, has officially opened its new Asia Pacific Technical Centre in Singapore.
 
Houston soccer stadium using polycarbonate sheet
Engineering Plastics : 03 January, 2013
When Houston's new BBVA Compass Stadium opened this year, Houston Dynamo fans were welcomed with a brilliant display of the soccer team's distinctive orange brand featured on enclosed entrances with a vibrant shade of Lexan Thermoclick sheet from Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business.
 
Conductive compound meets impact safety challenge for mining pump
Engineering Plastics : 13 December, 2012
When the makers of SmartPlug, a revolutionary shore power system for the marine industry, wanted to expand their product line to include a 50 amp version of their popular 30 amp SmartPlug power system, they needed to find a new thermoplastic material solution that would provide the necessary flame retardancy and impact resistance required for a larger, heavier 50A design. They worked with custom compounder RTP, who engineered a material that met the electrical connectors requirements and regulatory approvals.
 
Tough compound enhances safety and durability of self-contained breathing apparatus
Engineering Plastics : 13 December, 2012
Rescue and HAZMAT workers, fire-fighters and miners depend upon self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) when working in extremely hazardous environments. So when SCBA manufacturer Biomarine needed to improve the impact strength and ability to dissipate static electricity for the external housing of its BioPak 240R Revolution rebreather, it turned to Sabic Innovative Plastics business.
 
Carbon-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic polyester air extractor bonded in one piece
Engineering Plastics : 21 November, 2012
The Camaro ZL1 air extractor is engineered from carbon-fibre composites to achieve the highest stiffness and strength achievable with the lowest mass.
 
White paper cites enormous potential for manufacturers to recycle more plastics
Polymer Recycling : 18 November, 2012
The recycling firm VinyLoop has released a White Paper aimed at raising awareness among manufacturers, retailers, policymakers and the public that recycling can dramatically shrink PVC’s environmental footprint and boost sustainability.
 
Plant-based plastics acclaimed at Eco-Design competition
Polymer Recycling : 15 November, 2012
The Roquette Group was distinguished with an "Eco-Design’ award for its Gaialene plant-based plastic range at the Annual Sustainable Development and Enterprise Days (JADDE) held in Lille, France in October.
 
Mitsubishi Motors selects PPA/PPE conductive blend for two-cavity injection moulded fenders on 2013 OUtlander Sport model
Engineering Plastics : 15 November, 2012
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has chosen Sabic’s Noryl GTX 989 resin for the front fenders of its 2013 Outlander Sport crossover. The vehicle’s fenders are the first to be produced using two-cavity injection moulding with Noryl GTX resin, allowing MMC to cut cycle times in half and reduce tooling costs.
 
Elastomer powder modified thermoplastics (EPMT) - rubber residues processed into high quality plastics
Polymer Recycling : 12 November, 2012
Rubber residues from vehicle tyres have always been able to be "downcycled" to floor coverings and safety crashpads. Now, for the first time, they can be processed into high-quality plastics. A new kind of environmentally-friendly material mix called EPMT makes this possible.
 
Higher output and cleaner production environment for polyurethane soft foam producers
Thermoplastic Elastomers : 05 November, 2012
Finding ways to save money and the environment is important for polyurethane manufacturers. Using Walki Peel Foam or Walki Cover Foam protection materials helps producers of PUR foam blocks to cut down on costly chemical consumption, while at the same time reduce waste in manufacturing.
 
Battery pack and rear quarter window cited as top automotive plastic innovations
Engineering Plastics : 31 October, 2012
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business today commended Ford Motor Company and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn Group for innovative use of the supplier’s thermoplastic materials in two separate applications, which were recently named finalists in the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) 42nd-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition.
 
Sandcastles and plastic parts
Moulds : 31 October, 2012
Ever wonder why the little plastic buckets kids use at the beach have tapered sides? Hint: it isn't for hauling water. It's for that other popular beach pastime of the pre-pre-teen set: making sand castles. What does that have to do with plastic moulding?
 
Conductive compound meets stringent safety requirements for mining pump carousel
Engineering Plastics : 29 October, 2012
When All-Flo, a manufacturer of air-operated diaphragm (AOD) pumps, was challenged to construct an entire pump with conductive, but non-metallic materials, it worked in partnership with custom compounder RTP Company who recommended a material that enabled the successful production of a specialised version of the company's 25mm polypropylene AOD pump.
 
Polyether-based low-melt polyurethane targets textile coating by calendaring
Thermoplastic Elastomers : 19 October, 2012
Huntsman has developed a polyether-based polyurethane with low melt properties that is easy to process and is suitable for coating textiles by calendaring - a technique used to give fabric a smooth, glossy, hard-wearing finish.
 
Röchling Automotive combines blow moulding and injection moulding for high temperature turbo applications
Engineering Plastics : 19 October, 2012
Technyl polyamide from Rhodia Engineering Plastics, a member of the Solvay group, has been chosen by Röchling Automotive for the manufacturing of turbocharger air ducts which have to resist temperatures of up to 210C.
 
Plasma coating system for automotive glazing parts is 30 times faster
Plastic Materials Development : 16 October, 2012
Sabic Innovative Plastics and Ulvac, whch specialises in mass-production vacuum technologies has announced the Ulglaze system for high-volume production of plasma-coated polycarbonate (PC) components, primarily for automotive glazing applications.
 
Thermally conductive compounds set to replace metal in vehicle heating and cooling systems
Engineering Plastics : 10 October, 2012
RTP Company has introduced new thermally conductive compounds targeted at replacing metal components in automotive heating and cooling systems. The new products have been specially formulated to increase the thermal management design options available to automotive industry engineers as they strive to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel efficiency.
 
Sunlight-resistant silicone cables withstand exposure to high levels of UV
Silicone Elastomers : 06 October, 2012
Cicoil's sunlight-resistant cables are designed to withstand extensive exposure to high levels of radiation and ozone with no adverse effects. The crystal-clear flat silicone encapsulated cable offers uninterrupted performance, flexibility and reliability, even after over 10 years in direct sunlight.
 
Polycarbonate resins meet fire safety regulations for railway interiors
Transparent Plastic Sheets : 20 September, 2012
Anticipating the implementation of the pan-European norm for fire safety in rail interiors, Sabic has expanded its portfolio of high-performance materials by adding two new polycarbonate sheet products.
 
Polymers for key lighting trends on display
Engineering Plastics : 12 September, 2012
At the Strategies in Light exhibition in Munich, Germany, to be held September 18-20, SABIC's Innovative Plastics business will demonstrate how its broad portfolio of materials can help customers address key lighting trends ranging from new aesthetic requirements for light emitting diode (LED) retrofits to ever-increasing demands for better sustainability.
 
Bearings Made of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Victrex PEEK Polymer improve wear and friction performance
Engineering Plastics : 20 April, 2011
CirComp GmbH, a German-based manufacturer of fibre composite components, has developed a new generation of carbon fibre reinforced Victrex PEEK polymer-based composite friction bearings, DW 710, which are optimized for resistance against shock and wear promoting longer service life and increased reliability.
 
Amorphous thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resin for higher continuous use temperature
Additives & Chemicals : 20 April, 2011
Sabic Innovative Plastics has announced the newest addition to its Extem UH family of amorphous thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resins. It delivers high performance at prolonged extreme temperatures.
 
Trexel and Arburg Execute OEM Reseller Agreement
Additives & Chemicals : 20 April, 2011
Trexel and Arburg have executed an OEM reseller agreement, under which Arburg
 
Plastic has combined characteristics of being magnetically detectable and X-ray visible plastic
X-ray visible polymers : 19 April, 2011
Exploiting the ever increasing popularity of X-Ray Inspection Machines within the Food & Pharmaceutical Industries, Detectamet has launched Detectamet Super XD Plastic.
 
PET film gives longer blade life and consistent breakaway performance in packaging applications
Plastic Films : 18 April, 2011
Octal's DPET sheet offers yogurt packagers an option combining printability, consistent breakaway performance, and cracking resistance and ready recyclability.
 
Ultra-stiff polycarbonate sheet launched at Dutch design and technology expo
Engineering Plastics : 13 April, 2011
At the Stadia Design & Technology Expo Sabic Innovative Plastics has announced of its latest polycarbonate (PC) sheet technology for stadium roofing.
 
European industry meets 10-year sustainable development targets for 'unrecyclable' PVC
Polymer Recycling : 12 April, 2011
The European PVC industry has announced the final progress report of its 10 year sustainable development voluntary commitment.
 
Electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains with thermoplastic battery packs and shielding in high voltage areas
Engineering Plastics : 09 April, 2011
At the VDI conference, Sabic Innovative Plastics today announced its collaboration with IAV GmbH, manufacturer of advanced vehicle and powertrain systems, to develop advanced thermoplastic designs that can replace metal in electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid powertrain components.
 
Innovative polymer applications for the aircraft sector
Engineering Plastics : 06 April, 2011
At the Aircraft Interiors Expo, Sabic Innovative Plastics is spotlighting high-performance thermoplastic resin, sheet, foam and composite solutions that are helping aviation customers meet the critical challenges of weight-out, regulatory compliance, and sustainability
 
Vinyl ester resin suitable for contact with food and drinking water
Engineering Plastics : 06 April, 2011
DSM has introduced its latest composite resin
 
High performance carbon polymer pipes for deep water transfer of subsea oil and gas
Engineering Plastics : 06 April, 2011
Victrex Polymer Solutions and Magma Global have signed a collaboration and exclusive material supply agreement that will enable the two companies jointly to address the increasingly harsh and aggressive environments that deeper subsea oil and gas extraction is demanding, where existing technologies are starting to break down. The two British companies estimate a potential market of $13.9 billion per year.
 
Thin, smart, plastic films used to selectively control materials properties
Plastic Films : 04 April, 2011
Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilising thin,
 
Trexel to sell remaining interest in MuCell Extrusion LLC to Zotefoams PLC
Microcellular Foamed Plastics : 01 April, 2011
Zotefoams plc has exercised its option to purchase 100% of MuCell Extrusion LLC, a business initially spun off from Trexel in 2008.
 
Drain clearage specialist cures damaged pipes with slow-hardening polyester resin
Thermosetting Resins : 01 April, 2011
The British drain clearage specialist Dyno-Rod is using a new resin that allows it to plan its sewer repairs better.
 
PEEK used in pre-preg tape, designed for automated high speed production
High-Performance Polymers : 31 March, 2011
Suprem SA, a Swiss-based prepreg manufacturer, has reported a more than 50% annual growth in its business, which was generated from prepregs made withwith Victrex PEEK polymer.
 
Fascinating light effects, retro colours and stunning in-surface decoration
Fluorocarbons : 25 March, 2011
SABIC Innovative Plastics
 
ROGERS CORPORATION USES VICTREX APTIV FILM TO CREATE FLEXIBLE, ADHESIVE-LESS LAMINATES
Additives & Chemicals : 23 March, 2011
Delamination caused by deteriorating adhesives that traditionally bond the layers of laminate structures can lead to premature product failure. Adhesives often deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures, moisture or chemicals. To solve this problem, Rogers Corporation, a manufacturer of high-end specialty materials, developed a proprietary technology to heat laminate high temperature performance Victrex APTIV film directly to metal foils or other materials in both roll to roll and flat panel laminate structures without the need for adhesives.
 
Cardia Bioplastics appoints Plastribution as distributor for the UK
Engineering Plastics : 21 March, 2011
Plastribution, the UK plastics distribution company, has been appointed by Australian packaging technology company Cardia Bioplastics Limited to provide its comprehensive range of bioplastic resins to the UK packaging and plastic products industries.
 
MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) being used in oil pipeline cleaning tools
Engineering Plastics : 16 March, 2011
Roplast, the German designer and manufacturer of oil pipeline cleaning tools, is using MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) from Huntsman Polyurethanes to help keep some of the world
 
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