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Engineering Plastics
Smart Molecule heat performance technology
Engineering Plastics : 06 November, 2016
Solvay has launched at K2016 the resin Technyl REDx, a new heat performance polyamide 6.6 (PA66) integrating a unique smart molecule self-reinforcement technology. This innovative material is aimed at demanding thermal management systems, especially in the automotive industry.
 
Composites for next generation combustion engines?
Engineering Plastics : 27 July, 2015
By the year 2020 the first cylinder housings manufactured from polymer composite materials will be introduced into passenger car and motorcycle engines, replacing the aluminium components currently in use, predicts SBHPP High Performance Plastics, a business unit of Sumitomo Bakelite.
 
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
Engineering Plastics : 20 April, 2015
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents, cleaners, emulsions, waxes and disinfectants, both for its own brand and for private labels.
 
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
Engineering Plastics : 19 April, 2015
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
 
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Engineering Plastics : 19 April, 2015
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
 
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Engineering Plastics : 28 November, 2014
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation in the Netherlands that DSM announced in May 2012. The centre employs over 400 knowledge workers and combines important technological skills and expertise unique in the Netherlands for use in applications the world over.
 
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Engineering Plastics : 28 November, 2014
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processability while maintaining its high heat and light stability.
 
Advanced part testing helps innovative oil filter development
Engineering Plastics : 08 November, 2014
Solvay Engineering Plastics has been collaborating with Mahle in the development of oil filter modules using Technyl polyamide resins. The current glycol flow test benches at the company’s Technyl Innovation Centre in Lyon, France, are capable of testing as many as six parts at a time in temperatures of up to 135C and with oil under static pressure. Now, a new glycol bench will offer the possibility to perform, in parallel, high flow glycol and oil circulation tests at even higher pressures and temperatures.
 
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
Engineering Plastics : 12 September, 2014
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a quick self-mating part that does not compromise the final application, it’s probably worth looking into.
 
PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) acquisition targets high performance markets
Engineering Plastics : 08 September, 2014
Solvay has signed an agreement to buy the Ryton PPS (polyphenylene sulphide) business from US-based petrochemical company Chevron Phillips for $220 million, expanding its offering of high-performance polymers and entering a solid growth market. Completion of the transaction is due in the fourth quarter of 2014 and subject to customary closing conditions.
 
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
Engineering Plastics : 16 June, 2014
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
 
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
Engineering Plastics : 21 May, 2014
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
 
High performance polyimides for high performance DDR4 memory connectors
Engineering Plastics : 22 April, 2014
Top electronics companies are choosing DSM's high performance polyamides for the latest generation of synchronous dynamic random-access memory (SDRAM) connectors. These so-called DDR4 connectors demand more from thermoplastics in terms of thermal and mechanical performance. DSM is showing DDR4 connectors in its Stanyl polyamide 46 and Stanyl ForTii polyamide 4T at Chinaplas, which takes place in Shanghai on 23-26 April.
 
Clear, lightweight polycarbonate sheet for aircraft interiors
Engineering Plastics : 15 April, 2014
Launched at the Aircraft Interiors International Expo (Hamburg, Germany, 8-10 April 2014), Lexan XHR2000 sheet and Lexan Light F6L300 sheet will meet airlines’ desire for differentiated cabin interior designs while also helping to take out significant weight.
 
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Engineering Plastics : 27 March, 2014
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
 
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Engineering Plastics : 27 March, 2014
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combining flame retardancy with a high level of chemical resistance, essential for this application. EcoPaXX polyamide 410 is 70% derived from renewable resources.
 
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Engineering Plastics : 27 January, 2014
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances - to be turned into steam used by neighbour Cargill.
 
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
Engineering Plastics : 10 January, 2014
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and PEI resin systems to create the highest performing thermoplastic products available.
 
Concept car to premiere at Geneva International Motor Show
Engineering Plastics : 02 December, 2013
The Biofore concept car, a joint production by UPM and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, is to premiere at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show, 6-16 March, 2014. The unique concept car is designed to be a futuristic, street-legal vehicle which demonstrates the use of renewable biomaterials in the automotive industry.
 
Mouldable 3D reusable packaging offers greater protection from ESD
Engineering Plastics : 24 November, 2013
Arpro ESDP is a mouldable complex three-dimensional, reusable packaging (dunnage) which is free from electrostatic and impact damage.
 
Rebrand for German cast nylon 6 (polyamide) range
Engineering Plastics : 17 October, 2013
Licharz is now offers its cast polyamide under the new name Linnotam. The innovative metal-replacement materials have especially long service lives and are easy to machine. Linnotam is available in various grades, described in this short article..
 
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Engineering Plastics : 04 October, 2013
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
 
X-ray tablet connection clamps switch from metal to PEEK
Engineering Plastics : 26 September, 2013
Victrex' PEEK (polyetheretherketone) thermoplastic polymer is wear resistant, and being a dielectric material, functions as an excellent insulator in electrical connectors and cable applications for medical components and instrumentation. High-precision, injection-moulded Ametek X-Ray tablet medical clamps not only reduce total costs, but are also lighter and more durable.
 
More sustainable, lightweight thermoplastic composites for automotive use
Engineering Plastics : 16 September, 2013
DSM is launching advanced thermoplastic composites for lighter and more sustainable automotive applications. The custom-made structural and semi-structural materials incorporate various types of continuous fibre reinforcements embedded in advanced polyamides.
 
High performance copolyester sparkles for disposable packaging
Engineering Plastics : 16 September, 2013
Akestra is a remarkable plastic with a sparkling glass-like appearance that is sure to enhance both disposable and reusable packaging. Perstorp has formed a strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to develop and distribute this exciting co-polyester throughout Europe. In the long term, both companies will jointly establish a production platform in Europe for the raw material used in these co-polyesters.
 
Unfilled thermoset with inherent fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) performance for aero composite interiors
Engineering Plastics : 08 September, 2013
Huntsman Advanced Materials has launched a high-performance and inherently flame resistant thermoset for RTM and infusion processing which offers greater strength in interior aerospace designs.
 
High performance polyamide beats LCP and PPA for DDR4 memory connector housings
Engineering Plastics : 29 August, 2013
The Taiwanese memory connector manufacturer Lotes has selected DSM's Stanyl ForTii H11 polyamide 4T for housings for a new range of DDR4 connectors. T/H type and also SMT, Single-latch, VLP, ULP and Press-fit types will meet OEM design needs in servers, desktops, complex base station and voice gateways. The housings are suitable for wave and infrared reflow soldering, and are available in various colours.
 
Styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymers with higher heat performance
Engineering Plastics : 27 August, 2013
At K2013, Polyscope, producer of styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymers and compounds (Xiran), will display some of its most recent developments and new applications.
 
Molybdenum-filled nylon compounds lend lubricity and toughness to moulded products
Engineering Plastics : 16 August, 2013
Clariant has announced injection moulding grades of molybdenum-disulfide-filled nylon 66 compounds that are ideal for applications requiring toughness, high compressive strength and lubricity.
 
Design tip: building better bosses
Engineering Plastics : 12 August, 2013
A boss is a feature raised above a surface. In plastic parts, bosses are typically used to assist in assembly, as a receptacle for a screw or threaded insert or as the locator for a mating pin on another part.
 
Eco-designed urethane surfboards feature polycarbonate skin
Engineering Plastics : 03 August, 2013
An Araldite adhesive from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used by French surfboard maker Newtis Innovation in the manufacture of the ′JAB’; the first hand-finished polyurethane surfboard to feature a polycarbonate skin. The JAB surfboard has received two first prizes in the Technological and Ecological categories of the EuroSIMA Industry and Innosport Awards, confirming its leading-edge status.
 
Cellulose fibre-reinforced polypropylene compounds for eco-friendly durables
Engineering Plastics : 30 July, 2013
RTP has unveiled the latest addition to its Eco Solutions product portfolio with a new line of custom cellulose fibre reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. These compounds, which utilise Weyerhaeuser's Thrive renewable cellulose fibre extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests, will facilitate the design and production of environmentally friendly products by providing favorable performance and economics to a wide range of durable applications.
 
Styrene-based terpolymers increase high heat performance
Engineering Plastics : 12 June, 2013
Polyscope, the producer of styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymers, has added a third dimension to its portfolio by manufacturing terpolymers consisting of styrene, maleic anhydride and N-phenylmaleimide. These new products are commercialised and branded as Xiran IZ grades. Compared to similar materials on the market, the grades are claimed to deliver higher heat performance and by having very low volatile residual levels. This is especially relevant for styrenics like ABS. Furthermore, the processablity of the final product is very likely to improve and the price and performance is attractive.
 
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Engineering Plastics : 18 May, 2013
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and be able to be imprinted with a graduated number scale.
 
New concept car uses ethylene propylene copolymer lightweight material
Engineering Plastics : 06 May, 2013
An innovative eco concept car from Toyota and Studio Massaud is using the ethylene propylene copolymer Arpro, a specialist lightweight material from JSP.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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