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PlasticsToday 02/24/2020 23:15
At first glance it looks like a normal mirror, but it isn't. It is a 3D-printed part, a technology that Cupra, the performance spin-off brand of Spain’s SEAT, has begun to implement in the development of the new Leon Competición in collaboration with HP. Greater agility, efficiency and flexibility are the benefits of a system that is set to revolutionize car development according to Cupra. The door mirror, as well as air intakes and cooling intakes, have been fabricated using 3D printing. Image courtesy of SEAT. “For the new Cupra Leon Competición we modelled the steering wheel center control module, bonnet air vents, door mirrors and brake and water cooling inlets,” says Xavi Serra, the Head of technical development at Cupra Racing. These
PlasticsToday 02/24/2020 20:25
I’ll bet you never expected to read this in one of my blog posts, but here goes: Greenpeace makes some valid points in its latest comprehensive survey of the nation’s 367 material recovery facilities (MRFs). Greenpeace USA released the results of the survey last week, and it pretty much tells us what we in the plastics industry have known for a couple of decades: The number scheme for seven different types of plastics continues to be a thorn in our collective side. As it was explained to me a few months back by an industry colleague, the numbers on the various plastics used for packaging and single-use items such as cups, drinkware, take-out food containers, and utensils, are there to identify the type of material the item is made from. The.
PlasticsToday 02/24/2020 11:54
To mark National Engineers Week, which runs this year from Feb. 20 to 26, we have compiled a list of the top U.S. colleges offering undergraduate plastics engineering programs. The list is based on the U.S. Department of Education's and is supplemented by additional information from various sources. As the plastics industry is painfully aware, there is a shortage of skilled talent coming into the workforce just as baby boomers are retiring. In a recent from the American Mold Builders Association, workforce development was named the biggest challenge by 93% of respondents. It’s a refrain we hear from all corners of the plastics processing industry and, indeed, the larger manufacturing sector. Many companies have taken matters into their own
PlasticsToday 02/24/2020 11:05
Thinking “outside the carton” is how Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs has proven itself an exceptional packaging innovator in introducing the industry’s first reusable egg carton. How exceptional? While it’s now counted among select major consumer packaged goods companies like Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Unilever that have developed reusable packaging, Pete and Gerry’s offers a distinct difference: those brands operate within the relatively friendly limited, closed-loop confines of TerraCycle’s revolutionary Loop system (, published January 2019). The egg brand goes big and goes it alone in launching a test into retail, relying solely on its own know-how and select partners that include Hanover Co-op Food Stores in New Hampshire and
PlasticsToday 02/21/2020 11:53
When I wrote about Closed Loop Partners’ announcement of a in San Francisco and Oakland, CA, I had a few questions about the actual sustainability of a reusable-cup scheme. I was pleasantly surprised when I received a response in my inbox from Georgia Sherwin, Communications Associate for Closed Loop Partners. Muuse’s reusable cups being tested in the pilot program in San Francisco are made out of “double-walled, vacuum-sealed stainless steel,” said Sherwin. “The lids are “’05 PP with a silicone sealer.” An app allows Muuse to “carefully track inventory management on the back-end to ensure no points of return are overflowing, and cafes always have enough stock.”CupClub’s reusable cups, which are being tested in Palo Alto and Stanford, CA,
PlasticsToday 02/21/2020 09:42
The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) drafted a set of guidelines for medical device manufacturers and designers that establishes best practices for designing recyclable medical products and packaging. We have produced an infographic listing the HPRC's 10 desirable design practices for healthcare plastics. A more thorough explanation of these practices, including a downloadable PDF, is available on the . For the complete infographic, click or on the image below. And to learn more about the activities of the HPRC, read “.”
PlasticsToday 02/20/2020 18:08
As NextGen Consortium begins to roll out its sustainability initiatives to address single-use food packaging waste, Closed Loop Partners announced the launch of reusable cup pilot programs in local cafes in San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA. NextGen Consortium is managed by Closed Loop Partners, with Starbucks and McDonald’s, founding partners, both participating in the pilot program. Two of the 12 NextGen Cup Challenge winners, CupClub and Muuse, will pilot their respective “smart” reusable cup systems in open environments across clusters of local cafés on a rolling basis over the coming weeks. These pilot programs allow companies the opportunity to further test, learn, and innovate according to the unique material, technical, and operationa.
PlasticsToday 02/20/2020 10:51
U.S healthcare facilities generate approximately 14,000 tons of waste per day, and it’s estimated that as much as one-quarter of that waste is composed of plastic packaging and products. And here’s the kicker: 85% of that hospital waste has not come in contact with a patient and is, in that respect, non-hazardous. Those statistics were compiled by the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC), an organization dedicated to improving the recyclability of plastic products and packaging within the healthcare space. Nick Packet, a packaging engineer at DuPont, which is a member of the HPRC, participated in a panel discussion on sustainability at last week’s event in Anaheim, CA. At that time, he provided an update on HPRC’s activities. Accomp.
PlasticsToday 02/20/2020 00:33
Kraiburg TPE has developed technology that enables the production of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) with very low density without the use of foaming. The new Thermolast grades incorporate glass bubbles supplied by 3M and are available with densities of between 0.7 and 0.9 g/cm³. Target applications for the new material include automotive and power tools. Kraiburg TPE’s innovative new technology for thermoplastic elastomers with very low material density allows the production of lightweight thin-walled moldings by injection molding and extrusion that provide excellent surface quality and are able to withstand mechanical loads. (Image: © 2020 KRAIBURG TPE). To further reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles and to improve the fuel economy and range.
PlasticsToday 02/19/2020 23:15
The aerospace industry is constantly searching for stiff, strong, lightweight materials that can handle rapid temperature changes, broad chemical exposure, and provide long service life with excellent fatigue resistance. Thanks to the successful launch of composites-intensive aircraft like Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in 2011 and the A350 XWB from Airbus in 2015, the use of composite materials has grown significantly on commercial aircraft owing to their ability to reduce mass, lower fuel consumption and maintenance, and improve corrosion and fatigue resistance. To better support customers in the U.S. aviation/aerospace segment, Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) has developed two new grades of epoxy resin with enhanced viscosity for easier proc.
PlasticsToday 02/19/2020 15:04
Several materials suppliers active in the medical space showcased innovations at last week’s co-located and PLASTEC West trade show and conference in Anaheim, CA. Here are some that stood out, from polymers that combine flame resistance with broad-based chemical resistance properties to low-friction polycarbonates designed to optimize the performance of drug-delivery devices. Eastman Chemical has expanded its Tritan MXF copolyester portfolio with materials that achieve a UL 94 V-2 flame resistance rating. Four new products—Tritan MFX 321, 421, standard flow, and high flow—were launched at MD&M West. Specifically designed for electronic medical device housings and hardware, the flame-resistant materials also withstand exposure to an array of.
PlasticsToday 02/19/2020 10:33
ProAmpac will build a Collaboration & Innovation Center (CIC) at its manufacturing facility near Rochester, NY, that will play an important role in accelerating the company's product development, application testing and analytical capabilities, it reported in a February 18 news release. ProAmpac CEO Greg Tucker said, "We’ve worked closely with the State of New York’s Empire State Development (ESD) group on a capital grant of up to $1.35 million and we greatly appreciate the additional development assistance from Monroe County, Rochester Gas & Electric, and Greater Rochester Enterprise.
PlasticsToday 02/19/2020 10:25
Originally scheduled for April 21 to 24, 2020, Chinaplas now will be held on Aug. 3 to 6 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. The event was as a result of the coronavirus. In announcing the new show dates, Ada Leung, General Manager at show organizer Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., said, “Many market activities like consumption, manufacturing and investment etc. are put on hold during the epidemic. And now, some companies have already resumed work and manufacturing in an orderly manner. We believe that once the outbreak is controlled, all suppressed market demand will be released. The postponement of Chinaplas to August in Shanghai will help the upstream and downstream industries to seize business opportunities dur.
PlasticsToday 02/18/2020 18:51
A prototype polymer-based patch has been developed that could be used to repair heart tissue following a heart attack, for example. Bioengineers at Trinity College in Dublin said that the patch can withstand the mechanical demands of a beating heart while mimicking its electrical signaling properties. A describing the research was published in Advanced Functional Materials on Feb. 12, 2020. The prototype patch was manufactured via novel melt electrowriting technology. Image courtesy Trinity College. Cardiac patches lined with heart cells can be applied surgically to restore heart tissue in patients who have had damaged tissue removed after a heart attack and to repair congenital heart defects in infants and children. Ultimately, though, the.
PlasticsToday 02/18/2020 17:12
Kellogg’s lead packaging engineer Shannon Moore shares an insider’s view of the development including key considerations, what was learned, advice and more. 1. It’s a breakthrough accomplishment. Kellogg’s Bear Naked Inc. granola division’s develops the first fully recyclable stand-up barrier pouch made for food packaging that’s available nationwide. 2. The pouch rollout involves all Bear Naked core product lines of granola cereal and bites. Done across some 13 product lines, “all of the granola has already converted over and we are currently in the process of rolling it out on our bites,” Moore discloses. 3. The pouch structure was turned from inconvenient and unconventionally recyclable to conveniently recyclable. The previous pouch struc.
PlasticsToday 02/18/2020 15:48
Reports of increased recycling rates, particularly of PET bottles, are showing success in closing the loop. The latest report from sustainability consultancy Eunomia, in collaboration with the European Federation of Bottled Water (EFBW), Petcore Europe, and Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), projects a strong trend toward the use of recycled PET (rPET) thanks to increased demand. The combination of significant improvements in recycling processes and increased quality of materials could result in rPET accounting for as much as 55% of total PET demand by 2030. This is particularly evident for food-grade rPET used in bottle-to-bottle processes, where incentives such as the producers’ voluntary pledges and rPET content targets set in the EU Singl.
PlasticsToday 02/18/2020 14:56
This weekend, I watched the Netflix film American Factory, which won an Oscar for best feature-length documentary and inspired a that I published yesterday in PlasticsToday . Produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground, the film profiles an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor. The plant was abandoned by General Motors after its government bail-out and was subsequently bought by Chinese industrialist Cao Dewang, or “Chairman Cao,” as he is aptly called. The film gives a close-up look at how the cultures attempt, mostly unsuccessfully, to adjust to one another. Tensions rise when the factory has trouble meeting production and quality goals, leading to a fight over the right to unionize. The u.

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