Granula shows off new test specimen for color masterbatches at Fakuma 2014

By Karen Laird
Published: August 28th, 2014

When it comes to color, getting it right can be a challenge. Adding color will always affect the polymer being processed, although the way in which it does so will vary from plastic to plastic, and even from color to color. Converters are faced with choices such as using higher doses of weaker masterbatches, which facilitates an even dispersion throughout, or small quantities of a stronger masterbatch, which can offer cost advantages. Wall thickness, color, transparency, and application are all factors that affect the choice of a masterbatch. 

How2Recycle Label now offering funding for companies to use its label

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) is now offering funding for use of the How2Recycle Label, an on-package recycling label aimed at providing clear and consistent recycling instructions to consumers. The funding is supported by StopWaste and the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). [Click here for PlasticsToday's coverage of the How2Recycle Label]. 

Lignin may emerge as versatile feedstock for carbon fiber, engineering plastics

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 27th, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding two projects to develop alternative routes to carbon fiber as detailed in reports here and here.

Agr International to display quality control products for containers at Pack Expo 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

Agr International will feature its products for quality management and process control for the packaging industry at Pack Expo in Chicago. Products that will be featured include:

Process Pilot automated blowmolder management system, a unique product that interfaces with the blowmolder to provide precise material thickness distribution management and defect detection for PET bottles while offering hands-off blowmolder control. With the trend towards ever lighter bottles, the Process Pilot works to be the 'ultimate' lightweighting tool. 

How much is in the cup?

By Allan Griff
Published: August 27th, 2014

One of my favorite proverbs goes:

The optimist says the cup is half full, the pessimist says half empty, but the engineer asks, "How much is in the cup?"

I just read about a recent confirmation that "liquid styrene" may be a carcinogen. Not surprised, but not worried either.  What worries me more is that people will add "poly-" to this material and see this news as reinforcement of their fear and loathing of polystyrene, especially foam polystyrene food/beverage packaging.

Roundup of packaging acquisitions

By Heather Caliendo
Published: August 27th, 2014

It's been an active time period for acquisitions in the packaging industry. Here's a couple key developments:

Global plastic packaging company Coveris has made another move on the acquisition front. The company has acquired UK flexible packaging provider Learoyd Packaging. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

RTM machines offer research institute utmost flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

The Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology (ILK) in Dresden, Germany recently commissioned two high-pressure resin transfer molding (HD-RTM) dosing units from Frimo (Lotte, Germany) that feature enhanced flexibility to carry out a variety of processing tasks. Respectively, the two new units allow epoxides and polyurethane resins to be processed in combination with endless-filament reinforcement into high-performance fiber composite components.

Emerging medical LSR molding technology enables single-step process, improved product functionality

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 26th, 2014

Molded capillary tubing used in a range of medical and diagnostic applications, including drug delivery, is typically fabricated from thermoplastics. The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, both located in Aachen, Germany, are exploring a process that would optimize the micromolding of tubing with integrated functional features using liquid silicone rubber (LSR). The technology could offer a better alternative to thermoplastics, say researchers.

Sealed Air uses Cardia compostable films for new PakNatural biodegradable cushion bags

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Sealed Air will use Cardia compostable films for its new PakNatural biodegradable cushion bags. The PakNatural biodegradable cushion bag is a moldable cushioning bag made from renewable materials that is certified biodegradable and compostable. 

KOPLAS 2015 to showcase plastic technology innovations in South Korea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

"Plastics, Join the World" is the theme of KOPLAS 2015, which will be held from March 10 to 14 at the KINTEX Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea. Organized by Korea E & Ex Inc. and Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative, the event is designed to showcase innovations and technologies shaping the plastics industry in South Korea and beyond.

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