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PlasticsToday 07/08/2020 23:45
In recent statements issued independently, three leading global manufacturers of injection molding machinery have decided to give this year’s Fakuma exhibition, scheduled from Germany’s Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre from 13 to 17 October 2020. In its statement, KraussMaffei said: "For KraussMaffei, Fakuma is one of the most important platforms for showcasing new products, solutions and services for the plastics industry, as well as for meeting existing and prospect customers.
PlasticsToday 07/08/2020 17:28
The Recycling Partnership has launched the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, an industry collaboration to improve polypropylene (PP) recovery and recycling in the United States and further develop the end market of high-quality recycled PP. The coalition is also taking its first action by opening a request for proposals (RFP) for Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) to apply for financial grants to enable improved sortation of PP and widen acceptance through consumer education programs in communities. As part of the Recycling Partnership’s Pathway to Circularity initiative, the Polypropylene Recycling Coalition is supported by all segments of the material’s value chain, including founding members Keurig Dr Pepper, Braskem, and the Walmart F.
PlasticsToday 07/08/2020 11:54
If there’s money in an activity, there’s opportunity for fraud. That’s become true of the recycling industry. California’s Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act incentivizes recycling through a California Redemption Value (CRV) fee paid by consumers at the time of purchase and refunded upon return of empty plastic bottles and aluminum cans to state-certified recycling centers. California agents have arrested nine suspects in a move to dismantle an organized recycling fraud ring that stretched from Phoenix to Los Angeles. According to a press release from California’s Office of Public Affairs, the multi-state network of buyers, sellers, baggers, loaders, and drivers are believed to be responsible for smuggling semi-truck load.
PlasticsToday 07/08/2020 10:10
Mold-Rite Plastics, a supplier of plastic closures and jars, announced a groundbreaking ceremony today, July 8, at its Twinsburg, OH, manufacturing facility. The company is responding to extraordinary growth in manufacturing closures that are used daily by millions of consumers around the world, said the company in its announcement. The company has remained operational 24/7 throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our mission remains to be the most responsible and flexible supplier in the packaging industry. Our factories have responded incredibly well to increased levels of demand, resulting in production being up 32%,” stated Brian Bauerbach, President and CEO of Mold-Rite Plastics. Mold-Rite Plastics manufactures injection-molded plastic closu.
PlasticsToday 07/07/2020 19:29
With injection molding as its fastest growing market segment, Eck Plastic Arts increased its injection molding capacity with a Haitian 1,012-ton Mars II S injection molding machine. The MA 9000 II S/6800 was delivered to the company’s Binghamton, NY, location in June. Eck Plastic Arts’ President Brett Pennefeather chose the Haitian machine because of its easy-to-use tie-bar puller. Image courtesy Eck Plastic Arts. Eck Plastic Arts is a producer of plastic components for OEMs via processes that include vacuum forming, injection molding, and fabrication of sheet plastic. The company caters to industrial equipment manufacturers serving markets that include medical technology and defense equipment. The new MA 9000 II S is four times larger than.
PlasticsToday 07/07/2020 16:06
The spot resin markets ended June with a flurry and began July with a bang, writes the PlasticsExchange in its Market Update. Despite the shortened week, participants still came to transact and closed a significant number of deals, as prices for polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) ticked higher. Producers implemented their $0.04/lb price increase on to June PE contracts, while PP contracts were steady to a half-cent higher based on market/index. Image courtesy Cool Design/ freedigitalphotos.net. The spot PP market woke up: Buyers bought with both hands and prices rose a meaningful $0.015/lb last week, as a cost-push increase appears imminent for July. The export market remained robust, as resin requests continued to come in and were mo.
PlasticsToday 07/07/2020 15:17
When purchasing an injection mold, attention to detail throughout the effort is critical to long-term success and stress-free manufacturing. Some mold design aspects should be considered as early as the start of the product development effort. Others begin when the tool order is placed. The project manager’s main goal in this process is to keep the customer happy without creating problems for manufacturing. Here are six tips to consider when buying an injection mold:. Part design is the most important aspect of long-term molding success. You don’t want to quickly approve a plastic part design only to find out later that it is plagued with features that are not friendly to injection molding. Real design creativity comes from minds that can fi.
PlasticsToday 07/07/2020 10:23
Thermoplastic expandable microspheres (TEMS), launched in the early 1980s, are spherical particles that consist of a polymer shell that encapsulates gas. They are, in a sense, micro “balloons,” and upon heating, a tremendous volume and density change takes place. Expancel microspheres expand when heated and have dual functionality as both lightweight fillers and blowing agents. Image courtesy Nouryon. This feature is a consequence of the tailor-made combination of:. A thermoplastic shell softening at the glass transition temperature, and. a blowing agent with a suitable boiling point (normally a hydrocarbon) simultaneously expanding when heated that, in turn, puts pressure on the shell walls. When inflated, this dramatic increase in volume of.
PlasticsToday 07/06/2020 17:45
When it comes to mattress technology, polyurethane (PU) foam is the new craze. Forget about metal springs and lots of cotton padding that require box spring bases to keep them from sagging to the floor after years of constant use. Today’s PU memory foam mattresses can be purchased online and shipped as a “bed-in-a-box” right to your front door. No springs required. The chemical recycling process breaks down the flexible polyurethane and produces the initially used polyol. Image courtesy BASF. According to a definition from Wikipedia, memory foam consists of PU as well as additional chemicals increasing its viscosity and density — often referred to as “visco-elastic” polyurethane foam. Memory foam was developed in 1966 under contract by NASA.
PlasticsToday 07/06/2020 16:32
In the bio-based plastics space, polylactic acid (PLA) has proven to be one of the most promising polymers because of its versatile applications ranging from disposable cutlery and degradable sutures to rigid packaging and extrusion coatings. Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT), with help from Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF, has developed a strategy to chemically recycle post-consumer PLA waste into a lactate ester (ethyl lactate) with commercial applications in chemical synthesis, magnetic tape coatings, plastic, and more, primarily in the food industry. PLA is a bio-based alternative to fossil-fuel-based plastics, but its production is very raw material and energy intensive, accord.
PlasticsToday 07/06/2020 11:23
Chroma Color Corp. announced its acquisition of Epolin Chemicals LLC, a global supplier of near-infrared (NIR) absorbing dyes and thermoplastic compounds based in Newark, NJ. The acquisition significantly expands Chroma Color’s product offerings in targeted growth markets. Epolin serves customers developing groundbreaking products in sensors, security inks, light filters, touch screens, night-vision products, and eyewear, said Chroma Color’s announcement. Epolin will operate as an independent subsidiary of Chroma Color and continue to maintain and invest in its customer and supplier relationships. “This acquisition of Epolin will contribute significantly to Chroma Color’s leadership in the colorants and additives industry,” stated Chroma Co.
PlasticsToday 07/05/2020 22:17
German materials supplier Lanxess is boosting its sustainable offerings with the debut of three polyamide (PA) 6 grades containing recycled reinforcing fibers manufactured from waste glass. Durethan ECOBKV30H2.0, ECOBKV35H2.0 and ECOBKV60XF are incorporate 30%, 35% and 60% by weight, respectively, of waste glass fibers. Waste glass melts at lower temperatures than the raw materials used in manufacturing glass fibers. It therefore makes it possible to save energy and thus lower CO 2 emissions. Image courtesy of Lanxess. Ecocycle, an independent inspection company, has examined the amount of recycled material in each compound and the long-term use of the glass waste stream using the mass balance method and awarded an ecoloop certificate in ac.
PlasticsToday 07/05/2020 17:06
Last week we discussed the first step in recruiting A-players — establishing a . This week we move on to the next step — identifying the talent pool that most closely matches what you have laid out in the job scorecard. Before I get to the specifics of how to do this, let me talk about the effectiveness of job postings in attracting the top talent. A recent study by LinkedIn showed that 18% of all candidates are actively looking at any given time. That was pre-COVID, so that number will be much higher in some sectors, but in the plastics manufacturing space, it might even be lower. I also think it is safe to say that is not the top 18%, so a job posting will not be very effective in attracting the person you want. Does that mean you shouldn.
PlasticsToday 07/04/2020 11:25
A week-long conversation thread on SPE’s The Chain brought up some interesting comments regarding life-cycle assessments (LCAs). It began with a question from Conor Carlin of Illig LP, who wanted to discuss the following statement: “The value of using a material with a lower environmental impact has yet to be quantified as a reliable numerical value that can be incorporated into material selection, and probably such a metric cannot be created.”Companies often send me life-cycle assessments of their materials, as these assessments are provided to their customers to encourage them to buy a certain material based on the environmental impact and its end-of-life or recycling value. Carlin asked, “Are LCAs the only tools available? Are there oth.
PlasticsToday 07/03/2020 11:08
Ascend Performance Materials announced this week that it has filed its first FDA 510(k) submission for its patent-pending Acteev technology in a medical device — a surgical mask under a new brand called Acteev Biodefend. Ascend reports that independent laboratory testing has found Acteev materials to achieve greater than 99% efficacy at deactivating bacteria, fungi, and viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Image courtesy Ascend Performance Materials. “We’ve partnered with independent labs for comprehensive testing and have reallocated resources to ready ourselves for world-scale production upon receiving regulatory clearance,” said Vikram Gopal, PhD, Ascend’s Chief Technology Officer. Acteev Biodefend technology ha.

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