The plastic side of mind-controlled prosthetics

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 19th, 2014

Double amputee Les Baugh of Colorado made history this past summer, when he became the first man to wear and simultaneously control prosthetic limbs simply through thought.

Breyer launches new extrusion system for laminate tube producers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 19th, 2014

The market of seamless cosmetic tubes today offers all kinds of designs of tubes for the cosmetics industry, and as a result, it expects high flexibility from the production and the operators. Main reason: the tube design changes often in order to stand apart from the crowd. In other words, "packaging sells."

Strategic alliance Solegear and TEQ to boost use of bioplastics packaging

By Karen Laird
Published: December 19th, 2014

Solegear Bioplastics and US-based Thermoform Engineered Quality (TEQ), an industry leader in the retail and medical packaging space, have signed a strategic agreement to accelerate the growth and expansion of Solegear's bioplastics into the packaging mainstream.

Apprenticeship programs coming on strong

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 19th, 2014

Last week the U.S. Department of Labor announced that $100 million in grants are available to expand registered apprenticeship programs in high-skilled, high-growth industries like healthcare, biotechnology, information technology and advanced manufacturing. Registered Apprenticeships have long been known as one of the best training models for skilled trades ("earn while you learn"), yet the model remains underutilized in the United States.

JEC Asia show: Composites in transportation-more than just lightweighting

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 18th, 2014

Composites are key components of lightweighting in the transportation field but they also bring multiple other benefits to the equation according to Mark Woodruff, Regional Director, APAC & India, at Gurit (Asia Pacific) Limited. Woodruff was speaking at a conference in Singapore held in conjunction with the JEC Asia show last November.

Micro extrusion explained

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 18th, 2014

As design engineers continue to seek ways to shrink medical devices while increasing functionality, micro extrusion is seen as a key enabling technology. But, as Bill Kramer, President of extrusion equipment supplier American Kuhne (Ashaway, RI), explains in an article published by PlasticsToday sister brand Qmed, it's not a simple process and requires expertise. For starters, simply scaling down a larger machine to extrude miniature tubing is not a workable solution.

New focus on fibers at Swiss masterbatch specialist Sukano

By Karen Laird
Published: December 18th, 2014

As the fiber business at Sukano, a masterbatch producer headquartered in Schindellegi, Switzerland, continues to expand, the company's portfolio of functional products that enhance the performance, comfort and look of textiles has broadened considerably. Underlining the importance of this development, Sukano has now taken the strategic decision to create a dedicated Sukano Fibers Team composed of the three highly experienced fiber experts Maria Toscan, Ramon Rovira and Robertor Parenzan.

Piper Plastics' metal-replacement technology named finalist in 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 18th, 2014

Piper Plastics, a supplier of plastic and metal components to a range of industries based in Chandler, AZ, has been named a finalist in the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards in the Materials & Assembly: Engineering Materials category. The company is recognized for its Kyron Max technology, which combines proprietary high-pressure molding with an engineered plastic that offers mechanical properties that match and, in some cases exceed, metals.

OEMs and suppliers need new technologies to survive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: December 18th, 2014

New technology is a competitive edge for any manufacturing company. OEMs and suppliers alike need new technology to keep them in the race for better productivity, higher quality products, and reining in prices. No industry knows that better than the automotive industry.

Composite transverse leaf spring is lightweight, compact

By Stephen Moore
Published: December 17th, 2014

A composite leaf spring concept jointly developed by Benteler-SGL (Ried im Innkreis, Austria) and Henkel (Dūsseldorf, Germany) and composite component manufacturer Benteler-SGL (Ried im Innkreis, Austria).

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