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Cube Mold Technology Well Represented at K 2016

Cube Mold Technology Well Represented at K 2016

Foboha, Europe’s premier company for the development, engineering and production of high quality injection molds for the plastics industry, has garnered international recognition for its proprietary and patented multi-component mold systems - systems that are currently marketed to more than 30 countries around the world. The company has developed advanced cube mold technology that not only enables an enormous reduction in cycle time, it streamlines the manufacture of mass-produced parts, and that of parts with additional integrated assembly steps (In-Mold-Assembly). Highly complex parts can be manufactured on a single machine.
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Star Plastics Opening Second Plant in China

Star Plastics Opening Second Plant in China

Star Plastics Inc. has expanded its custom compounding capacity in China by opening a second production plant. Star opened a 67,300-square foot facility in Shandong in early July to meet growing demand in China and other global markets. “We’re expanding,” said Star global project manager Michael Watson in a phone interview. “This is a high-tech compounding operation.”
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Here’s Why Fiat Chrysler Is Spending Almost $1.5 Billion to Redesign a Michigan Plant

Here’s Why Fiat Chrysler Is Spending Almost $1.5 Billion to Redesign a Michigan Plant

Fiat Chrysler said on Tuesday it would invest $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights plant in Michigan to retool it to build next-generation Ram pickup trucks. The automaker confirmed that production of the Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan would end in December in order to ready the plant to build the light duty Ram 1500 pickup. Plans for the company’s Warren Truck Assembly plant in Michigan, which currently builds the Ram 1500, will be announced later, FCA said.
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Study from Trucost Finds Plastics Reduce Environmental Costs by Nearly 4 Times Compared to Alternatives

Study from Trucost Finds Plastics Reduce Environmental Costs by Nearly 4 Times Compared to Alternatives

A new study by Trucost finds the environmental cost of using plastics in consumer goods and packaging is nearly four times less than it would be if plastics were replaced with alternative materials. The study is based on natural capital accounting methods, which measure and value environmental impacts—such as consumption of natural water and emissions to air, land and water—which are not typically factored into traditional financial accounting. Previous reports, such as “Valuing Plastics” (2014) by Trucost and “The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics” (2016) by the World Economic Forum, only examined the environmental costs of using plastics.
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Facebook’s Internet Broadcasting Drone Takes Flight

Facebook’s Internet Broadcasting Drone Takes Flight

Facebook has announced that its Aquila carbon fibre drone, which has been created to beam internet from the sky to the ground has recently completed it’s first full-scale test flight. The aim of the solar-powered drone is to fly for up to three months at a time, circling over remote destinations to provide internet connectivity using laser-based network and radio signals with a range of up to 60 miles.
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Single-Motor Bots Crawl, Swim and Climb With a Wiggle and a Wave

Single-Motor Bots Crawl, Swim and Climb With a Wiggle and a Wave

Over the years, we've seen a number of robots inspired by the animals kingdom – from jumpers and crawlers to swimmers and fliers. Inspired by the movement of snakes, an Israeli research team has now developed a bot that's said to be the first in the world to produce pure wave motion using a single motor. The Single Actuator Wave-like Robot (SAW) has been created by Dr. David Zarrouk, of the university's Mechanical Engineering Department, and a team of students at the Bioinspired and Medical Robotics lab.
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Daily NewsMedical
Stronger, Longer-Lasting PLA Could Expand Implantable Medical Applications

Stronger, Longer-Lasting PLA Could Expand Implantable Medical Applications

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a biodegradable polymer that is used to fabricate medical devices that dissolve in the body once they have performed their function. Resorbable polymers are popular in such applications as dissolvable and drug-eluting stents and implantable fixation devices. In all of these applications, the rate of resorption is a key property. Researchers at Brown University (Providence, RI) have discovered that the degradation rate of PLA can be decreased by treating it at various temperatures and pressures. By tuning the material’s rate of resorption, the researchers envisage broadening the scope of potential medical applications. PLA is a semi-crystalline material with a molecular structure that is partly ordered into crystals while the rest is disordered, or amorphous, like glass. Work by previous researchers had shown that treating PLA with heat could increase the material’s crystalline makeup, which could help to increase its strength. Researchers led by Brown University doctoral candidate Christopher Baker wanted to see if adding pressure to the treatment process would further influence the material’s structure, explains a press release published on the university website.
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LEGO Version of Large Hadron Collider Picks Up Speed

LEGO Version of Large Hadron Collider Picks Up Speed

Ever wanted to build a particle accelerator in your basement? Well if one University of Liverpool PhD student gets his way, you may soon be able to do that – with LEGO. Of course, it's not a working model, but Nathan Readioff's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) proposal to LEGO is now a real contender for production as an official LEGO kit, complete with miniature cutaway versions of all the LHC's major components. The real LHC is based at CERN in Switzerland, and is the biggest and most powerful particle accelerator ever built. Capable of accelerating protons to near light speeds and then obliterating them in collisions with other similarly accelerated protons hurtling around in the opposite direction, this enormous and impressive machine is an awe-inspiring piece of technology.
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SPI Lauds Minco Group its First Zero Net Waste Recognized Company

SPI Lauds Minco Group its First Zero Net Waste Recognized Company

SPI: The Plastics Trade Association, Washington, D.C., has named the thermoplastics solutions company The Minco Group, Dayton, Ohio, its first Zero Net Waste recognized company. The Zero Net Waste program, launched by SPI earlier this year, works with its member to focus on the importance of the plastics industry to focus on sustainability; and the SPI Zero Net Waste program was created to recognize companies that have taken steps to eliminate waste in plastics manufacturing throughout the lifecycle.
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ABS 3D Printing Project to Develop new Generation of Polymers for Additive Manufacturing

ABS 3D Printing Project to Develop new Generation of Polymers for Additive Manufacturing

An R&D project initiated by Spain-based specialty acrylic-butadiene-styrene (ABS) producer Elix Polymers aims to develop advanced resin grades specifically for 3D printing using the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process. FFF is more commonly known as fused deposition modelling (FDM). ELIX’s aim is to create materials that will produce parts with better mechanical properties such as resistance to impact, low warpage, dimensional precision and high resolution.
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A Spherical Stairwell Built from FRP Composite Materials

A Spherical Stairwell Built from FRP Composite Materials

The ultra-modern A. Alfred Taubman Complex will soon offer a source of daily inspiration for engineering and architecture students of Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, USA. The centerpiece of the new, three-story structure will be a uniquely designed spherical stairwell built from FRP composite materials. Composites Consulting Group (CCG), an independent Diab Group company, provided infusion expertise to bring this ambitious project to life.
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All DesignDaily NewsThermoforming
Efficient Material Handling and Production of LFT Compounds

Efficient Material Handling and Production of LFT Compounds

ProTec Polymer Processing supplies systems for the entire process chain from conveying and drying to metering and mixing of long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) compounds for injection moulding and extrusion. At K2016 the company will launch a new batch metering unit (Somos Batchmix XL) for throughputs of up to 1,920 kg/h, a stationary dry air dryer ( Somos RDT-200) and will present its flexible LFT technology
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Daily NewsRecycling
NWRA, SWANA Update Recycling Advisory

NWRA, SWANA Update Recycling Advisory

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), Washington, D.C., and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA ), Silver Spring, Maryland, have added two addenda to their Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables, which was originally issued in April 2015. The two associations began work on the two addenda following last year’s Wastecon program, which was held in Orlando. Because members of both organizations are involved in collecting, processing and marketing residential recyclables, increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of those efforts has direct benefit to companies and municipalities. However, achieving the goals is challenging due to variations in both the types of materials and the prices paid for the materials once processed. Cooperatively addressing both changes in the residential recycling stream and price fluctuations for recyclables are key aspects of successful recycling programs and contracts.
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Basf Reports Considerable Decline in 2016 Sales

Basf Reports Considerable Decline in 2016 Sales

Basf (Ludwigshafen, Germany) reported Wednesday a drop in profit in the second quarter due to lower oil and gas prices. The German chemical company’s net profit was €1.09 billion ($1.19 billion) in the three months ending June 30, down 14% from €1.27 billion a year earlier and missing analysts’ €1.17 billion consensus estimate. Sales decreased by 24% in the second quarter to €14.5 billion compared with the same period of 2015.
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ISRI Releases Plastic Auto Bumpers Specification

ISRI Releases Plastic Auto Bumpers Specification

The board of directors of the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) www.isri.org has approved the addition of an auto bumper plastics specification to the plastics specifications listed in the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular. As per its policy manual, ISRI says “any party may submit to ISRI a written appeal of the ISRI board’s approval of this new specification up to 30 days after publication of this notice.” The notice was issued on July 26, 2016.
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PolyOne Acquires Gordon Composites and Polystrand

PolyOne Acquires Gordon Composites and Polystrand

CLEVELAND, July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PolyOne Corporation (POL), a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, today announced the acquisition of two specialty businesses from Gordon Holdings. The acquired businesses design and produce innovative, lightweight, high-performance solutions, utilizing advanced composite technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities. Bolstering PolyOne's existing portfolio of thermoset composite solutions is the acquisition of Gordon Composites, which develops high strength profiles and laminates for use in vertical and crossbow archery, sports and recreation equipment, prosthetics, and office furniture systems. The second acquired business, Polystrand, operates on the leading edge of continuous reinforced thermoplastic composite technology, a next generation material science that delivers the high strength and lightweight characteristics of composites, further enhanced with the design flexibility to form more complex shapes. Current application usage includes materials for the aerospace, transportation, outdoor and security and protection markets. Both acquired businesses will join PolyOne's existing portfolio of complementary solutions in a new comprehensive platform to be called PolyOne Advanced Composites.
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SABIC and ExxonMobil Evaluating Petrochemical Joint Venture on U.S. Gulf Coast

SABIC and ExxonMobil Evaluating Petrochemical Joint Venture on U.S. Gulf Coast

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SABIC and an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) (NYSE:XOM) are considering the potential development of a jointly owned petrochemical complex on the U.S. Gulf Coast. If developed, the project would be located in Texas or Louisiana near natural gas feedstock and include a world-scale steam cracker and derivative units.
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