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ReCommunity Files Federal Lawsuit Against City of Ann Arbor

ReCommunity Files Federal Lawsuit Against City of Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Resource Recovery Systems, LLC and FCR, LLC ("ReCommunity") filed a complaint in federal court yesterday against the City of Ann Arbor for damages arising from the City's wrongful termination of its recycling contract with ReCommunity. The filing includes claims that the City breached its contract, broke promises relied upon by ReCommunity and unjustly enriched themselves at ReCommunity's expense through wrongful actions to escape a contract they believed was no longer financially advantageous. Additionally, the City's actions put dozens of employees out of work, created additional burdens for city taxpayers, and ended a vital, popular service for its residents.
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APR Announces Second Annual Plastics Recycling Showcase

APR Announces Second Annual Plastics Recycling Showcase

The APR Plastics Recycling Showcase, a program designed to highlight and promote innovations that have a positive effect on plastics collection and recycling, is accepting nominations. Developed by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Washington, the second annual program focuses on recently commercialized innovations developed by APR member companies. The APR has added a category focused on community engagement to the 2017 Showcase. The nomination deadline is Oct. 31, 2016.
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Wind Turbine Show to Focus on Blade Manufacture

Wind Turbine Show to Focus on Blade Manufacture

The 7th annual Wind Turbine Blade Manufacture 2016 conference, which takes place from 12 to 14 December 2016, in Düsseldorf, Germany, will focus on blade manufacturing and in particular blade erosion. A whole session of AMI’s Wind Turbine Blade conference will be devoted to tacking blade erosion with companies such as Siemens Wind Power, DNV GL, Aerox Advanced Polymers, 3M and Fraunhofer IFAM provide the audience with their insights.
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Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics Celebrates Grand Opening of New Manufacturing Facility With South Dakota Congressional Delegation

Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics Celebrates Grand Opening of New Manufacturing Facility With South Dakota Congressional Delegation

WATERTOWN, S.D., July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- At the invitation of Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics (GLRP) CEO Robb Peterson and Vibram USA CEO Mike Gionfriddo, Senator John Thune (R-SD), Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) will join the employees of GLRP and Vibram USA in Watertown to celebrate the grand opening of GLRP's new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. GLRP partnered with Vibram USA in 2014 and has quickly grown to require a new, larger, more functional facility. This important milestone is being marked by the participation of the full South Dakota Congressional delegation in the ribbon cutting at the new plant. Vibram USA designs, develops and manufactures soling for high performance consumer and military-specific footwear and is the largest supplier of high-quality footwear soling to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Glacial Lakes Rubber & Plastics plant features multi-line capability with the ability to manufacture a broad spectrum of Vibram products, ranging from soling for high-performance athletic shoes to combat boots for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces. In addition, GLRP also produces products for the automotive, industrial, and agriculture markets with a variety of molding technologies.
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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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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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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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