Materials

Ensinger's extrusion trials with medical-grade Ultem a clear success

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The discoloration and brittleness of materials following sterilization have long been bugaboos of medical device design engineers. A remedy exists. Ensinger North America (Washington, PA), which supplies plastic stock shapes to the medical sector, recently began a series of successful extrusion trials using Ultem HU1004, a medical-grade polyetherimide, from Sabic Innovative Plastics. The material was deemed to have significant advantages over competitive products in third-party tests conducted on behalf of Sabic.

Brazil finds plastics quite attractive

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Not every day you associate plastics with 'pretty' but a new study from Canadean claims that Brazilians favor plastic over any other material for their health and beauty product packaging. 

Slow growth for plastic film recycling in 2012

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The recycling of postconsumer film packaging exceeded one billion pounds in 2012, however, that just amounts to an increase of one percent over 2011. Recovery data in the report, 2012 National Postconsumer Plastic Bag & Film Recycling Report, is based on surveys from 21 U.S. and Canadian processors and 39 exporters. 

Feelin’ groovy? The Street Shark bionic surface reduces drag, enhances car performance

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Mannheim, Germany — Shark skin, which has a special, grooved microstructure that reduces flow resistance, thus allowing sharks to move swiftly and efficiently through the water, has long been admired by engineers. Now, in a collaborative project with four other companies, Frimo, the Germany-based provider of system solutions for the manufacture of plastic components, has produced an artificial shark skin surface texture that works the same way - but on land for cars.

March manufacturing improves slightly

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The March Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 53.7%, an increase of 0.5% from February's reading of 53.2%, indicating expansion in manufacturing.

Fighting fake resin; the cost of conforming

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 2nd, 2014

The recent discovery of use of counterfeit polyamide resin in a key component molded in China for Aston Martin sports cars may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to such practices but it's not the case that all processors in China can't be trusted. There are honest molders out there going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their operations are completely above-board.

TPE medical tubing with single-barb fitting is stronger than adhesive-bonded PVC

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Eldon James Corp., a supplier of medical tubing and fittings, has published the results of tests it conducted to determine the toughness of tubing produced from Medalist thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), manufactured by Teknor Apex Co., and the durability of connections between this tubing and single-barb luer fittings. 

3D printing companies on the move with acquisitions, IPOs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 2nd, 2014

If there's an industry that is moving as fast as 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing), I haven't found it yet. Stratasys Ltd., a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced on April 2 that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two privately-held companies, Solid Concepts Inc. and Harvest Technologies.

Petainer uses PET for new line of jars

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Plastic packaging supplier Petainer has launched a new PET jar, which can be supplied as a fully blown jar or as a PET wide mouth preform. 

Plenary speakers at SPE Antec 2014 to cover nanocomposites, sustainability and 21st century plastics age

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Plenary speeches at at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Antec 2014 will address new technical and business developments that could benefit plastics, according to SPE.

Antec 2014 will take place April 28-30, 2014 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. Plenary sessions will take place on each day of the conference:

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