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Registration open for SPI's Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

From managing a multigenerational workforce to learning how 3D printing may offer a 'giant step' for short run injection molds, the lineup for the Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015 (March 23-27; Orlando, FL) is looking strong.  

The Business of Plastics Conference, also produced by SPI, will be held during the first three days of the exposition. NPE2015 attendees can now register for the conference as part of the process of registering for the show.

The Business of Plastics Conference will consist of 37 presentations. Session topics will include:

Bayer Board of Management announces plans to jettison plastics business

By Karen Laird
Published: September 18th, 2014

Bayer's gradual move to position itself as a world-leading company in the field of human, animal and plant health has now culminated in the inevitable decision to unload its plastics business. The announcement came Thursday and was made by Bayer A.G.'s Board of Management. 

Eastman copolyester selected for newborn hearing screener

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 18th, 2014

A medical device used to screen the hearing of newborns has undergone a material makeover. Components of the Echo-Screen, which has been on the market for 10 years, originally were fabricated from a PC/ABS alloy. Presumably because of the BPA controversy, which some studies have linked to human health concerns, Natus Medical (San Carlos, CA) established new material requirements for its infant-care products, starting with the Echo-Screen. The company chose Tritan copolyester MXF121 from Eastman Chemical Co.

Full CFRT bodies get boost

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

In 2011, Teijin (Osaka, Japan) built a four-seater concept car with a carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) body structure. The body was formed in one minute and weighs only 47 kg, merely a fifth of a comparable steel structure, achievements that represent a new world of mass production applications for carbon fiber composites..

Injection molding provider Müller helps create new IML packaging

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Müller, the Swiss specialists for injection molding and IML automation, worked with Uniplast, a provider of PP packaging for dairy products, on the product development of the 'SKET cup.' Müller cooperated closely with the engineering department of the Knauer Group in Dettingen, the German region of Swabia. In the Engineering Center of the Knauer Group, the SKET was implemented on a Müller Multiflex Pilot Cell. The SKET application will be demonstrated at Fakuma 2014, where Müller will be at the Arburg stand (booth 3101, pavilion A3).

Aubright has room to grow with new manufacturing and warehouse facility

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 17th, 2014

Plastic fabricator Aubright, in St. Cloud, MN, doubled its manufacturing and warehousing space with the acquisition of a new 80,000-sq-ft facility next door to its existing facility.

The company supplies custom plastic fabricated components, products, and display fixtures for customers in retail and visual merchandising, manufacturing, and power sports markets.

Crowdsourced appliance design becoming a reality in GE Appliances venture FirstBuild

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 17th, 2014

FirstBuild was formed by a partnership of GE Appliances and Local Motors with the aim of creating a new product development/manufacturing model for the appliance industry. The venture is seeking to engage a community of industrial designers, scientists, engineers, appliance producers, and early adopters to address engineering challenges and innovations. FirstBuild will manufacture the designs in its Microfactory for rapid product introduction and iteration.

Foster Delivery Science expands to satisfy demand for drug-delivery polymers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Foster Delivery Science (Putnam, CT), a company that provides hot melt extrusion (HME) services for pharmaceutical and medical device applications, has broken ground on a new facility to support increased demand for drug-delivery and implant polymer blends. The facility is expected to be completed by May 1, 2015, and will be registered with FDA to allow for the processing of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

Friedrichshafen, Germany, which shares idyllic Lake Constance with Austria and Switzerland, would seem an unlikely location for an international plastics processing event. Of course, like any town of consequence in Germany, Friedrichshafen has a fairground (or messe, in local parlance), but one might expect to find shows for model railroad enthusiasts or, given the maritime location, pleasure boats rather than Fakuma, which attracts international giants of molding, extrusion, and other plastics processing technologies; materials; auxiliary equipment; and associated processing services.

S&E Specialty Polymers raises $20,000 for a charity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 17th, 2014

Here's a 'good news' story for you. S&E Specialty Polymers, a producer of specialty plastic compounds, recently sponsored its second annual charity golf tournament on July 21, 2014 at the Sterling National Country Club in Sterling, MA in support of Life is good Playmakers, the nonprofit action arm of The Life is good Company. The annual tournament, called 'Play Fore Playmakers,' was a success and all profits from registrations, donations and sponsorships have been donated directly to the Playmakers organization.

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