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Plastic air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2014

A recently-introduced hybrid sports car features the world's first high-heat plastic air intake manifold (AIM) with integrated charge air cooler (CAC). The engineering plastic used in this application is a high temperature-resistant polyamide (PA) 46 from the Stanyl Diablo range of DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

IAPD announces 2014 scholarship recipients

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

With the new school year fast approaching, the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) announced that 12 recipients have been awarded a 2014 IAPD Scholarship through the IAPD Charitable Foundation. Annual IAPD scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need.

IAPD member company employees, children of member company employees and students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program for polymer sciences, are eligible to apply for the IAPD scholarship.

Supplier outlook continues its optimistic attitude

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

While supplier outlook continued to rebound in July, the optimism resided with very large suppliers (over $1 billion in revenue) or the small suppliers (under $50 million in revenue). That was the conclusion of the July Automotive Supplier Barometer from the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

PVC pipes as shark repellant

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 21st, 2014

I follow a number of plastics-related news feeds, all of which contain a steady stream of articles and blog posts about plastic pollution in marine environments. So, when I came across a story about a marine scientist who wants to put plastic in the ocean, it immediately caught my attention.

ABCO Tool & Die's 'visionary' business strategy provides a clear path to growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

When ABCO Tool & Die Inc. started in business nearly 40 years ago, the company was your typical mold builder. However, it then received an opportunity from one of the major manufacturing companies in the state of Massachusetts: Polaroid.

Spending on medtech innovation benefits overall U.S. economy, study shows

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 21st, 2014

Developing advanced medical technology and shepherding it through the regulatory process is expensive, but industry associations and lobbyists have long argued that the benefits far outweigh the costs. In fact, many contend that healthcare advances have a significant positive impact on the broader economic front. Now, the Milliken Institute has published a lengthy report that attempts to back up those claims with hard numbers. It also lays out three possible economic scenarios for the next 25 years, depending on whether R&D incentives are reduced, remain the same, or are increased.

Arburg’s Freeformer captures “Red Dot Award 2014” design prize

By Karen Laird
Published: July 21st, 2014

Earlier this month, the design world gathered in Essen, Germany for the presentation of the prestigious Red Dot Award. The 40-strong Red Dot expert jury evaluated a total of 4,815 submissions from 53 countries. And this year, among the winning products was Arburg's Freeformer, which, according to the jury statement, "impresses with a gentle design that is distinguished by radiused edges and flush surfaces," through which it which "definitely stands out from the 3D printers in the market."

Contract medical manufacturer Phase 2 joins Tijuana's growing medical cluster

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2014

The medical cluster in Tijuana, Mexico, continues to expand. Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing, headquartered in Rochester, NH, has announced the opening of a 30,000-sq-ft facility dedicated to contract manufacturing for medical device OEMs in the sprawling city across the border from San Diego, CA.

The medical manufacturing and packaging plant includes a 3000-sq-ft- ISO Class 8 cleanroom, which will be used to assemble and package single-use medical devices.

Polycarbonate rear window 35% lighter than glass version

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 20th, 2014

With the automotive industry focused on hitting future fuel economy and emission targets, the Ford Motor Company has revealed a drivable multi-material lightweight vehicle (MMLV) with polycarbonate (PC) glazing from Sabic's Innovative Plastics business. This solution reportedly realizes a 35% weight reduction compared to the same window on a 2013 model year Ford Fusion production vehicle.

Where the wild wearable things are

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 18th, 2014

I've been to many conferences in my day and, let's be honest, I don't often come away saying, "Wow!" Well, there were more than a few wow moments at Wearable Tech LA: Where Entertainment and Health Meet Wearables, which was held in Pasadena, CA, on July 17, 2014. From the most incredible implantable device I've ever seen to a hip hop band jamming with fans across the world sending them their heartbeats via smartphone, this was one rocking event.

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