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PlasticsToday 09/17/2019 10:35
Woodstock, IL, a small town 50 miles northwest of Chicago, may be best known as the filming location for the 1993 Bill Murray comedy classic, Groundhog Day. While there’s something to be said about the comfort of same-old, same-old as in the movie where every day repeats itself, that’s not part of nearby Woodstock-based Dordan Manufacturing’s plans for growth. After years of consideration with ex. perience in retail, electronics, automotive, and healthcare packaging, the custom thermoformer committed to adding medical cleanroom packaging capability to its portfolio in 2019. It’s a bold, but natural step for the nearly 60-year-old, family-owned company, which is ISO 9001:2015 certified for the design, manufacture and distribution of custom th.
PlasticsToday 09/16/2019 14:21
Bans on plastic are the latest trend. Politicians, environmental groups, and many in the general public are championing bans on plastic, particularly single use plastics, as a viable solution to stem the growth and reverse the trend of plastic waste. Here are a few examples:. · The states of California and Hawaii have banned single use plastic bags and dozens of U.S. municipalities in other states have followed suit;. · Many organizations, including well-known coffee and hotel chains are phasing out the use of plastic straws;. · European Parliament voted to ban all single use plastics by 2021, subject to approval by its member countries; and. · The New Democratic Party in Ontario, Canada is poised to introduce a private member’s bill calling fo.
PlasticsToday 09/16/2019 14:12
The event that I am going to describe is completely true. Obviously, I will not provide names of any of the parties involved. I should also mention that approval was given by the client to tell this story. I am looking for input and thoughts from the readers of PlasticsToday on the situation described below. I will write a follow-up article summarizing the feedback I receive. I am curious—and I think others will be, as well—to learn how people in the industry would have handled the following situation. As consultants to companies in many industries with various levels of plastic background and knowledge, we are commonly asked to provide names of companies that we believe are well-suited for molding a specific product or material. To begin,
PlasticsToday 09/16/2019 13:59
Schreiner MediPharm (Blauvelt, NY) announced today that it has developed a tamper-evident security concept for luer-lock syringes. Cap-Lock combines a cap adapter and label that firmly seal pre-filled syringes for reliable first opening indication, thus, ensuring the integrity of the primary container. The plastic cap adapter is placed precisely on top of the syringe’s primary closure to equalize any difference in diameter between the syringe body and closure. Then, a label with integrated perforation for tamper evidence is wrapped around the syringe body and the bottom of the cap adapter. When the syringe cap is opened, the label is partially destroyed, clearly and irreversibly indicating that the cap has been breached. Using Cap-Lock in e.
PlasticsToday 09/16/2019 11:35
More than 200,000 people will visit K 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, in October, but many more will stay home running extrusion lines, formulating and buying materials, and selling and using the products. The K is by far the biggest plastics show in the world—three times the size and attendance of our NPE—and, therefore, a showcase for anyone with anything new. So, you can’t afford to miss it, right? Well, not quite. People say they go to see what’s new, but trade journals (notably PlasticsToday , of course) will be there to report on that, helped by the promoters of what’s new, who get better and better at making sure we see them. During show time—Oct. 16 to 23—set aside some time to get the news from The Big Show. Actually, what’s new is no.
PlasticsToday 09/16/2019 03:55
Royal HaskoningDHV, CEAD and DSM have designed the first lightweight 3D printed FRP pedestrian bridge prototype using a composite material. It consists of a glass filled thermoplastic PET (Arnite) and is combined with continuous glass fibers which are added in the 3D printing process. This unique combination offers high strength with extreme versatility and sustainability. 3D-printed composite bridge incorporates sensors that can predict and optimize maintenance, ensure safety and extend its life span. Together, the three companies are leading a revolution in bridge construction and design. To build a 3D printed bridge Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering and project management consultancy, wanted and partnered with 3D printing
PlasticsToday 09/15/2019 12:51
Solana Beach, CA, has banned the distribution of single-use plastic bottles at city events, according to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune , and many of the citizens of that oceanside city are in favor. “The ocean is drowning in plastics, and necropsies on whales have revealed up to eight tons of garbage and plastic in their guts,” wrote Ruth Hargrove, a San Diego attorney, in a letter supporting the prohibition. “Nothing will really change until we stop the production of plastic.”That’s a pretty harsh statement, but it tells the plastics industry, which is considerable in California, where the community stands: Stop the production of plastics! That should be a wake-up call to the 78,500 workers in California’s plastics manufacturi.
PlasticsToday 09/14/2019 11:43
The newest addition to Davis-Standard’s DS-Blend feedscrew line features a patent-pending design that improves the performance of single-screw extruders by providing distributive and dissipative melt mixing. A two-stage approach achieves outputs similar to single-stage barrier screws, but with a lower melt temperature and reduced energy requirements, said Davis-Standard (Pawcatuck, CT).
PlasticsToday 09/13/2019 17:30
Home and personal-care brands will have increased access to world-leading packaging innovation at a new center to be opened by global packaging company Amcor in New Albany, OH. Amcor, which has its U.S. headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI, said that it will deliver award-winning design expertise, rapid prototyping, product sampling and testing capabilities to help consumer goods companies stay ahead of the competition. Rapidly turning around prototypes and testing samples plays a crucial role in accelerating bottle design and selection, according to Amcor. In the personal-care market, rapidly turning around prototypes and testing samples plays a crucial role in accelerating bottle design and selection, according to Sean Kharche, Vice President of.
PlasticsToday 09/13/2019 16:46
Recycling of plastics—in particular, difficult to recycle film packaging—is becoming more in demand as companies seek greater sustainability. At K 2019, Baerlocher (Munich) will feature its popular Baeropol T blends for recycling, among other products, at stand A 21 in hall 5. Additionally, Baerlocher has teamed up with Erema Engineering Recycling (Ansfelden, Austria), a manufacturer of recycling machinery suited for processing printed, contaminated and wet plastic waste, and recycling technology company APK (Merseburg, Germany) to conduct live demonstrations in the Erema “Circonomic Centre,” located in the outdoor area (FG 09.1). At its stand, Baerlocher will showcase the company’s 100%-active Baeropol T blend products, formulated to help
PlasticsToday 09/13/2019 16:20
A leading global medical technology company that uses virgin resins as well as regrind was experiencing downtime during the injection molding process because of metal particles contaminating the polymers. The particles clogged tooling cavities, which then would have to be cleaned, halting production. In addition to affecting output, the contaminants also would cause defects in the plastic molded parts. The company, which was not named in the press release, turned to Sesotec (Schönberg, Germany), which develops systems for detecting contaminants and sorting materials. Together, they determined that a metal separation system would be the most effective way to remove metallic particles, protecting the injection molding machines and ensuring th.
PlasticsToday 09/13/2019 09:46
With more plastic bag bans set to take effect in 2020, there is concern among the member companies of the American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA; Arlington, VA) that outright bans will result in unintended consequences. PlasticsToday interviewed Matt Seaholm, Executive Director of the APBA, about the organization’s efforts to stop these bans and provide scientific information to lawmakers. “One of the things that stand out when I read [Clare Goldsberry's] blogs in PlasticsToday is the emphasis on the unintended consequences created by banning plastics,” said Seaholm. “I try to talk about this when I meet with people about the benefits of plastic bags, because these have been target number one for environmental groups that want to get rid o.
PlasticsToday 09/12/2019 18:07
On Sept. 20, if you’re a member of the media and are in New York City, you can go to the Core Club in Manhattan to see a pre-screening of a new 11-minute documentary, The Hudson Project , followed by a panel discussion, from 5:30 to 8 pm. The documentary was created by Lizzie Carr, founder of Plastic Patrol, and it follows the “highs and lows” of her 170-mile paddle-boarding expedition along the Hudson River to draw attention to plastic pollution in America. Carr is on a mission to “eradicate single-use plastic from the natural environment,” said the media advisory. Following the film screening, a panel discussion will take place featuring Carr and Anantshree Chaturvedi, Vice-Chairman and CEO of FlexFilms International, the film manufacturi.
PlasticsToday 09/12/2019 11:08
Apple device users to be part of large-scale medical studies. In medical research, the importance of sample size can’t be overstated. That’s why Apple’s announcement this week that it is teaming up with leading academic and research bodies to conduct medical studies using Apple customers as subjects is a pretty big deal. As Apple notes in its announcement, the studies will reach more participants than has ever been possible by collecting data via the devices that Apple customers have already made a part of their everyday lives. The Research app will be available as a free download in the App Store later this year. Apple described the studies and revealed its partners in a press release:. A women’s health study, in partnership with Harvard T.H.
PlasticsToday 09/11/2019 22:23
Clariant is working to improve its additives, making them fit for re-use while avoiding material performance degradation. A showcase of this is the recycling and upcycling of flame-retardant polyamide (PA) post-industrial waste. Research institute Fraunhofer LBF confirms that PA6 and PA 66 engineering plastics containing Clariant’s halogen-free flame retardant Exolit OP maintain their UL 94 V-0 rating also when recycled back into production streams multiple times. This is advantageous both for the environment and manufacturers who are keen to increase their use of production waste and post-use recyclate in electrical, electronic and automotive applications. Halogen-free flame retardant allows re- and up-cycling of PA6, 66. Even under the as.
PlasticsToday 09/11/2019 16:21
We’re coming up on two years since China implemented its National Sword policy, and it appears that curbside recycling in the United States has hit a wall. The recycling industry is paying the price. Locally, many of the smaller municipalities around the city of Phoenix are having a tough time with curbside recycling programs. For most communities, the programs are costing more than they are getting back from the sale of recycled materials. The city of Surprise, AZ, sent notice to its 130,000 residents that “due to soaring operational recycling costs and plunging commodity prices for many recyclables, the city will begin diverting recycled material to the landfill.”While the citizens of Surprise were, well, surprised to learn of this chang.
PlasticsToday 09/10/2019 21:52
The manufacture of vehicle parts made of composite materials instead of steel is a lightweight and sustainable solution that reduces fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions. This also applies to commercial vehicles such as trucks, which are used heavily on a daily basis. Carbon Truck & Trailer GmbH (CarbonTT) designs truck chassis from carbon fiber-reinforced composites and has the know-how and various intellectual property rights to manufacture and assemble them. The chassis part made from composite can be produced continuously from a Baydur PUL polyurethane matrix system from Covestro using pultrusion technology. This increases productivity in comparison to conventional manufacture. The lightweight components also enable commercial vehicle ma.
PlasticsToday 09/10/2019 18:31
Congress is back in session and that means new legislation will abound. One piece of legislation that is likely to appear will address plastic waste, according to Keller and Heckman LLP, a regulatory law firm based in Washington, DC, that has often worked with the plastics industry. According to a press release sent out by Keller and Heckman, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) plan to introduce legislation aimed at reducing plastic waste. The legislation will include phase-out requirements for certain single-use products, extended producer responsibility (EPR) initiatives, and deposit or charge requirements at point-of-purchase. The EPR initiatives will include requiring producers to design, manage and fi.

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