Electrical/electronics

Michael J. Fox Foundation, Intel partner on wearable tech for Parkinson's patients

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 15th, 2014

The Michael J. Fox Foundation announced this week that it would provide patients with Parkinson's disease with Intel Basis smart watches and a specially developed app that can track people's movements and how they manage the condition.

All-Rite Industries triples size within five years

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2014

Providing diverse manufacturing capabilities -- with services from mold design through finished sub-assemblies -- has enabled All-Rite Industries to triple its size in under five years.

Preaching what it practices: the benefits of micromolding machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 13th, 2014

Formative Tech, the Southeast Asian distributors for the Spanish-built Babyplast double plunger-type micro-injection molding machine is one company that practices what it preaches. Its sister company LNE is a Shanghai, China-based processor that operates nine Babyplast presses plus three "autonomous injection units," or UAIs in Babyplast parlance, that can be clipped onto larger machines to enable multi-shot molding.

BASF doubles China engineering plastics compounding capacity; largest site in Asia Pacific

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2014

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has undertaken three capacity expansion projects for performance materials at its Pudong site in Shanghai, China for polyamide (PA), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and thermoplastics polyurethane elastomers (TPUs). The company has also undertaken an expansion of its microcellular polyurethane components capacity.

China biggest robot market in 2013

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 15th, 2014

In 2013, about 179,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide, representing an all-time high and 12 percent growth over 2012. And China, faced with skyrocketing labor costs, overtook Japan to become the world's largest market, with almost 37,000 industrial robots were sold.

Sabic inks metallocene PE JV with Korea's SK Global

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 1st, 2014

Sabic and Korean petrochemical company SK Global Chemical (Seoul) have signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement that will see the partners invest a total of $595 million in metallocene-catalyzed polyethylene production assets employing SK's Nexlene process technology.

Preformed Line Products adds Engel machine to Arkansas facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 30th, 2014

Engel North America recently installed a two-platen Engel duo 7050/720 injection molding machine equipped with an Engel viper 60 robot in the Preformed Line Products (PLP) plant located in Rogers, AR.

Active vehicle safety systems present opportunities for conductive compounds

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 26th, 2014

Proper operation of automotive radar and sensing systems is paramount to maintain vehicle safety and reliability. These systems are at the core of crash avoidance technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems that could potentially reduce accidents by up to 27%.

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 21st, 2014

We have many polymer companies in North America-some of the biggest companies in the world. Yet it was scientists - and a 'happy accident' - from IBM Research who successfully discovered a new class of polymer materials that offer the potential to transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace and microelectronics.

3M subsidiary Dyneon walks the sustainability walk

By Karen Laird
Published: May 7th, 2014

Dyneon, a 3M company and a worldwide leader in the production of fluoropolymers, is not just talking the talk. The company has developed an innovative "Up-Cycling" technology, which is designed to close the fluoropolymer loop in an effort to arrive at a more sustainable end-of-life solution for perfluorinated polymers.

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