Design

In-mold decorating of durable products provides environmentally alternative to painting and chrome plating

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 24th, 2014

The regulatory burden on manufacturing has skyrocketed over the past few years. According to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the cost of federal regulations in 2012 was $2.028 trillion (in 2014 dollars). Of that amount, $330 billion was for environmental compliance. The average manufacturing firm in the U.S. pays $19,564 per employee per year in regulatory compliance costs (including OSHA, taxes and environmental). For small manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees, that burden rises to $34,671 per employee per year, said the NAM report.

Highlights from the JEC Asia composites show in Singapore (slideshow)

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 18th, 2014

Singapore welcomed the JEC Asia show to its shores on Nov. 17. The seventh iteration of the event hosted a multitude of new applications in the composites sector, with carbon fiber, once again, having a standout presence.

Here are some of the highlights PlasticsToday found walking across the show floor.

Highlights from the JEC Asia composites show in Singapore: TUM Create

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 18th, 2014

The body of the Electric Multipurpose Scooter from TUM Create is open tool infusion-molded using a combination of 600 g/m2 bi-axial non-crimp fabric (NCF) made from carbon fiber and Epolam 2015 epoxy resin plus Epolam 2014 hardener from Axson Technologies. Curb weight including battery is 200 kg, and the scooter boasts an 80-km range and top speed of 45 km/hour.

Tetra Pak wins two awards for environmental innovation

By Karen Laird
Published: November 18th, 2014

At the World Beverage Innovation Awards ceremony held last week in Nuremberg, Germany, Tetra Pak (Lund, Sweden) collected not one, but two awards. The Tetra Top with Separable Top took the award for Best Carton and Tetra Pak's bio-based caps were first in the Best Closure category. These awards, which have been organized every year since 2003 by FoodBev Media for the global beverage industry, are presented annually in 26 categories.

Medtech trends: Why 2015 will be the year of wearable health technology

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 14th, 2014

I'm at that age where I have to keep an eye on my blood pressure. My doctor wants me to check it twice a day. Predictably, I often forget to do it. A wearable blood pressure sensor developed by researchers in Korea would solve this problem, and then some, by providing continuous monitoring.

It takes a village – even to hatch a 3D printed EGG

By Karen Laird
Published: November 13th, 2014

Two years ago, Dutch designer Michiel van der Kley bought his first 3D printer, in order to find out what it could do. After years of designing furniture for companies such as Gispen, Artifort and Arco, he decided that he wanted to do something new. 3D printing, he discovered, meant that the process of creation and production could be completely rethought. After all, in today's connected world, geography becomes irrelevant and creation can become a collective, community effort.

Low-cost, inflatable incubator wins Dyson award

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 10th, 2014

An inexpensive, inflatable incubator for use in the developing world has won this year's James Dyson Award. Design engineer James Roberts, a recent graduate of Loughborough University, and his team will receive £30,000 ($47,600) to continue prototyping and testing MOM, as the incubator is called, and ultimately bring it to market as early as 2017. The university will receive £10,000 ($15,800) from the Dyson Foundation, as part of the prize package.

Rinco Ultrasonics is awarded two U.S. patents for ultrasonic sealing for flexible packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 6th, 2014

Rinco Ultrasonics has recently been awarded two U.S. patents for its PPS0145 film sealing technology for ultrasonic film sealing of flexible pouch packaging. The patented technology has resulted in what the company calls the development of a "high-force, high-speed solution," which enables users to increase seal strength, improve aesthetics and broaden the processing window. Rinco made the announcement at Pack Expo (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place in Chicago).

Bending little green army men into a different kind of warrior pose

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 6th, 2014

Yoga Joes are not your father's little green army men. No sir. A contemporary riff on the toy box staple, these plastic figurines will soon be available to the general public thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign.

In-mold labeling and digital watermarking with engineering resins

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 29th, 2014

A new strategic alliance between SussexIM, a full-service supplier of premier injection molded consumer products, and InkWorks Printers LLC, an innovator in advanced imaging technology including digital imaging and conventional printing techniques, is bringing in-mold labeling (IML) and digital watermarking to a new level.

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