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PPS compounding: dedicated facility slated for China

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 16th, 2014

Japanese resin supplier DIC Corp. (Tokyo) plans to complete a compounding facility specifically for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin in the Chinese city of Zhangjiagang in 2015.

Friday Funnies: What's wrong with this picture?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 15th, 2014

Have you spotted the anachronism in this promotional picture for Downton Abbey? Look closely on the mantelpiece, to the right of Laura Carmichael. Yes, that is a plastic bottle. Unfortunately for someone working on that show, plastic bottles were not in wide use in the UK until the 1960s, reports BBC News, 36 years after the popular series takes place.

The image was posted on Instagram but has since been removed to avoid further embarrassment.

Aah, the ubiquity of plastics, transcending time and space.

New rotary union satisfies broad range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2014

The new DWA Series rotary union from Duff Norton (Charlotte, NC) offers a reliable and economical way to meet a broad range of process heating and cooling requirements. Designed for applications where water, oils, or noncorrosive fluids reach a maximum temperature of 200°F (93°C), it is suited for applications involving the processing of plastics and rubber as well as flexible packaging and printing operations.

Material handling systems designed for precise performance, minimal maintenance

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 15th, 2014

Resin dosing, blending, and material handling systems engineered for accurate performance and minimal maintenance by Sysmetric (Afula Illit, Israel) are available in the United States and Canada through CMD Corp. (Appleton, WI).

Commonly sourced parts and reliable systems ensure easy maintenance, requiring little to no service. Standard industrial PLCs are used.

The benefits of Sysmetric dosing systems include optional line, yield, output, and layer controls.

Storopack acquires Cleanpak; announces majority owner in two other firms

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 15th, 2014

Storopack (Cincinnati, OH), a manufacturer and marketer of protective packaging solutions, has acquired the industrial packaging business of CleanPak Products in Tampa, FL. The acquisition encompasses loose fill manufacturing and distribution, as well as several other redistribution products, including bubble wrap, bubble-lined mailers, and rolled foam.

According to Storopack, the move strengthens its market position in Florida and in the United States as the most complete supplier of equipment-based and non-equipment-based protective packaging solutions.

LiquiForm introduces one-step bottle forming and filling

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 15th, 2014

New technology in blow molding bottles doesn't come along every day, which is why when something revolutionary is brought to the forefront, industry takes notice. LiquiForm (Ann Arbor, MI) has introduced what it calls a breakthrough blow molding and filling manufacturing technology that promises to bring significant energy and cost savings, as well as other benefits, to liquid packaging producers worldwide.

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.

#MfgDay14: Opening doors to our industry's future

By Gary Weldon
Published: August 14th, 2014

Sometimes the best way to open the door of opportunity is to just grab a hold of the handle and pull.

3D printer combines scanning capability

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 14th, 2014

It's not unusual for a 2D printer to combine the functions of a scanner. This option will soon be available in the 3D realm through development of the Blacksmith Genesis from Singapore-based start-up Blacksmith Group

Sponge-like polymer could repair bone defects

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 14th, 2014

A sponge-like polymer, polycaprolactone (PCL) shows promise as a medical material that can be used to fill gaps in human bone and serve as a scaffold to promote new bone growth. Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates), or the removal of tumors can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. The gaps can dramatically alter a person's appearance when they occur in the head, face, or jaw. The polymer has the potential to improve upon the two most commonly used procedures to repair these bone gaps.

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