Heat-resistant fluorosilicone extend design options for automotive applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 30th, 2015

Addressing material requirements for demanding automotive applications that require long-lasting, reliable performance at temperatures exceeding 220°C, Dow Corning has debuted a series of fluorosilicone rubber (FSRs).

Victrex adds new PAEK capacity; enhances processing presence

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2015

Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK) has commissioned the first production stream of its third PAEK manufacturing plant as it focuses on offering even greater security of supply to customers, as well as delivering complete solutions. The capacity increase is part of an expansion program valued at $138 million. The new facility for the manufacture of PAEK went into operation in the north-west of the UK during April.

New extruder options from American Kuhne cut changeover time

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 29th, 2015

American Kuhne has applied Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) concepts to key tasks involved in extrusion job changeovers. The resulting three options are designed to substantially reduce downtime in tubing, profile, wire and cable, and other small-die production lines.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

From an injectable polymer that can save lives on the battlefield to a liquid-impregnated plastic that prevents biofilm formation on medical devices, this slide show features five advances in materials science that have caught our attention since the beginning of the year. We begin with a resorbable material that packs quite a punch while it's around.

Dow’s PacXpert technology nabs silver Edison Award for food packaging

By Karen Laird
Published: April 29th, 2015

For the eighth time since its launch in 2013, PacXpert Packaging Technology from The Dow Chemical Company garnered an industry award for its innovative, sustainable design and cost-savings advantages. This time, it was the Silver 2015 Edison, presented at the 2015 Edison Awards' gala in New York City on April 23.

Stratasys 3D system mixes materials, part sizes without compromising precision

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 28th, 2015

Stratasys Ltd, a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced the Objet 1000 Plus 3D production system and a new high-volume filament package, the Xtend 500 Fortus Plus for Fortus 3D production systems.

Automotive OEMs want your technology—but are they willing to pay for It?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 28th, 2015

Two editorials from IHS SupplierBusiness are laying side-by-side on my desk, and both address the same topic: the demand from automotive OEMs/GM for access to new technology from suppliers. The first one that came out two weeks ago announced that OEMs want to invest in "start-ups as they look for key tech advantages."

Evonik invests €1m into superabsorbant polymer tech center for diaper market

By Karen Laird
Published: April 28th, 2015

Evonik has inaugurated a new application technology center for superabsorbent polymers in Krefeld, Germany. As a supplier of superabsorbent polymers, with manufacturing plants in the US, Germany and Saudi Arabia, the company has invested in a new facility to strengthen the company's position in a competitive market that, according to recent market research, is mainly being driven by the burgeoning demand for diapers for young and old.

Top 10 stories of the month from the Medical Channel

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 28th, 2015

From 3D-printing breakthroughs to provocative questions about the future of medical device design, these articles from the Medical Channel got the most page views in April.

All-in-one-surgery concept wins Startup Competition at 3D Printing Conference and Expo

3D printing versus injection molding: balancing quantity, quality and cost

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 28th, 2015

The emergence of 3D printing as a viable means of mass production has prompted some observers, albeit with vested interests, to ponder over the potential demise of injection molding. With current 3D printing technologies and even factoring in improvements likely to emerge moving forward, however, that possibility appears remote.

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