Materials

Engine cover highlights excellent surface appearance of reinforced polyamide grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Glass and mineral reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 grades are making inroads into automotive engine covers, where there excellent surface appearance and outstanding processing are reportedly sought after. The Akulon Ultraflow grades are supplied by DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

The long arm of REACH: How the EU regulation affects the plastics industry

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2014

The EU REACH regulation, an acronym that stands for the registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemical substances, is understandably perceived by companies to be a chemicals regulation. In fact, it has a much broader scope, says Scott Sagamang, Business Development Manager for REACH Services at TUV Rheinland of North America. "This law applies to plastics as well as articles imported into the European Union," he says. Articles is the term used in the regulation, and is euro-speak for an array of finished products including toys, furniture, and sporting goods.

IoPP to hold packaging seminars during EastPack

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) will develop and host packaging education seminars June 10, 2014 during HBA Global Expo, EastPack and Pharmapack North America at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY.

KraussMaffei Berstorff demonstrates sheet extrusion from rice husk-based Resysta

By Karen Laird
Published: March 31st, 2014

At a live demonstration at its TechCenter in Munich, KraussMaffei Berstorff successfully produced sheets of Resysta, a fiber reinforced composite material consisting of 60% rice husk, 22% common salt and 18% mineral oil on a twin-screw extruder in the 32D series. Over 60 international visitors attended the event. "Our customers showed an unexpectedly high level of interest in this innovative product," said Andreas Kessler, general sales manager at KraussMaffei Berstorff in Munich.

3D-printed drone sighted over Sheffield (video)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2014

The drones are coming, and 3D printing is making them cheap and maybe even disposable. 

Engineers at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom have developed a prototype 1.5-m-wide unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made of thermoplastic by means of fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology. The UAV has already completed a test flight as a glider, as shown in the video below. The engineers said the polymer craft could form the basis of cheap and potentially disposable UAVs that could be built and deployed in remote situations within as little as 24 hours.

Bayer sells off IP for carbon nanotubes and graphenes

By Karen Laird
Published: March 31st, 2014

After last year's announcement that Bayer MaterialScience intended to focus its development activities on topics more closely linked to its core business, and that the company was therefore bringing its work on carbon nanotubes to a close, it was never a question of if, but more of when the company would divest itself of fundamental intellectual property in this field.

Spray-on biodegradable polymer could replace sutures

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 31st, 2014

Placing biodegradable polymer mats on incisions could replace the use of stitches and sutures, but finding an appropriate delivery system has stymied researchers. The mats are typically made by electrospinning, which produces an electrical current that damages living cells. The solution, it turns out, was sitting on a hardware store shelf. Scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park, used a commonplace airbrush to spray the polymer nanofibers and successfully seal incisions on the lung, intestine, and liver of a pig.

Composites could revolutionize shipping containers

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 30th, 2014

The humble shipping container has been around in its current form pretty much since its American inventor Malcolm McLean came up with the idea in 1956. At a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science held in Chicago last month, Stephan Lechner, of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, detailed how carbon fiber composites might revolutionize this tool of global trade.

Global ethylene demand is estimated to grow 3.3% annually

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 28th, 2014

Ethylene production from export-oriented steam crackers associated with advantaged gas-based feedstocks is set to alter the global ethylene markets, according to in-depth analysis from energy research firm Wood Mackenzie's new chemical markets service.

AMI Conference to explore the end of life of plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 28th, 2014

While there is no doubt that plastics play a vital role in preserving foodstuffs, there must be a recovery in place for the polymers after use in some form. The current options include recycling, plastics to fuel, burning for energy and chemical degradation back to the primary monomers to recreate virgin plastics. The latter is still being developed, mainly in Japan, and needs to get to an economically viable scale.

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