Published: December 11th, 2013
On December 10, SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers) held a symposium on "Counterfeit Parts Avoidance." Fake parts tend to get a lot of press, but only after these parts have caused damage or a tragedy. Automotive parts are a huge target for counterfeiters. These parts, mostly sold on the aftermarket, are so good that even car dealers have been fooled by the authentic looking packaging and inventory/product numbers.
Published: December 10th, 2013
New microPEM inserts from PennEngineering are targeting compact plastic electronic assemblies. These fasteners with threads as small as M1 are said to install easily and permanently in a wide range of plastic materials from ABS to polycarbonate. They promote secure and reliable attachment for devices ranging from hand-held consumer electronics to medical equipment, among others. A single mating screw completes the joining process.
Published: December 6th, 2013
For Gerard de Reuver, CEO at DSM Dyneema, meeting the challenges of today's business climate - creating advantages, delivering solutions, complying with legislation and meeting consumer demand - is all about innovation.
Published: December 4th, 2013
Sabic Innovative Plastics hopes two major investments will help drive sustainability at its Mt. Vernon, IN site.
Published: November 27th, 2013
Crisis or no, electronics is an area that continues to thrive. Worldwide, growth rates for the electronics industry in 2012 were 9%, higher than during the years 2011 or 2010 and there are no signs that 2013 will be any different. While the mobile revolution has bestowed boons and benefits on communication accessibility and device interoperability around the world, the concomitant growth in electronics waste from smartphones, tablets, computers and so on - some 50 million tons annually - is presenting serious problems for the environment.
Published: November 22nd, 2013
Apec, the copolycarbonate from Bayer MaterialScience that is mainly used in medical and lighting applications such as headlamp bezels, headlamp lenses and light housings, will now also be applied in flash lenses in smartphones. Properties such as lightweight, excellent light transparency, impact resistance and high temperature resistance make Apec a material solution that makes flash lenses more durable, says Bayer.
Published: November 21st, 2013
Plastic extrusion tooling manufacturer, B&H Tool Co., located in San Diego, CA, announced that it has brought in a new investor and recapitalized the company under a limited liability corporation. Effective October 21, the new business partner, John Ulcej, will be B&H's director of technology, engineering and manufacturing. Ulcej was an owner of Extrusion Dies Industries (EDI) and held leadership positions in the company that included president, EVP of technology and engineering manager.
Published: November 13th, 2013
U.S. Manufacturing Technology orders for the month of September totaled $397.57 million, according to The Association for Manufacturing Technology, in the latest USMTO survey of participating companies. That figure was up 5.8% from August but down 31.1% when compared with the total of $577.17 million for September 2012, and down 11.3% year-to-date ($3,507.71 million) compared with the same period 2012.
Published: November 12th, 2013
Over the past few years, demand for thermally conductive thermoplastics that can safely be used in the housings of electronic devices and assemblies has risen sharply. The reason? Increasingly powerful systems and devices that just keep getting smaller and therefore generate more heat during operation that needs to be dissipated.
In response, Lanxess is developing a new PA product family, called Durethan TC (thermally conductive) specifically designed to meet these thermal management challenges.
Published: November 12th, 2013
Engel's new all-electric, tiebar-less injection press, the Engel e-motion 30 TL came in second in the large-scale enterprise category of the prestigious Upper Austrian State Prize for Innovation.