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Purple is the new green: “Energy Bag" program to convert plastics-to-energy

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 26th, 2014

Energy recovery is positioned as a complement to current efforts to divert waste from landfills. However, bringing the technology to the mainstream in the U.S. has been somewhat slow moving. But a new initiative hopes a purple bag might be the catalyst for change. 

How innovation is making its way into store-brand packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: June 26th, 2014

Every year, there seems to be more and more innovation take place for in-store packaging. As such, Robert Hogan, director of global business development and Asia for Zip-Pak, recently presented at the Store Brands Decisions (SBD) Conference and talked about some key packaging innovation trends in store brands. Naturally, he used research and insights from Zip-Pak as examples, but there are still some important takeaways to keep in mind. 

1. Pay attention to Japan

Clariant: Sustainable long-term value creation is based on innovation and growth

By Karen Laird
Published: June 26th, 2014

Frankfurt, Germany — 'Discover Innovation' was the theme of Clariant's Media Day event held on June 25-26 at the company's brand spanking new Innovation Center in Frankfurt. The new CIC features a light, open workplace design to foster contact and communication while providing state-of-the-art chemical research laboratory facilities for the approximately 500 employees who work here.

All-plastic liftgate 30% lighter than steel counterpart

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 25th, 2014

Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON) has taken the wraps off what it says is the first all-thermoplastic liftgate for a North American produced vehicle. Magna's Exteriors unit is producing the fully recyclable liftgate for the 2014 Nissan Rogue crossover.

From beer to bone regeneration

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 25th, 2014

So, Homer Simpson was on to something when he opined that beer was the cause—and solution—to all of life's problems. Researchers in Madrid have developed materials made from beer-brewing residue that can be used as scaffolds for bone regeneration. It turns out that bagasse, a waste byproduct of the brewing process, is chockfull of phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and silica, which are the main chemical components found in bone.

Polyurethane technology to cut refrigerator energy use named a Best of the Best LIFE project

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 25th, 2014

The ENERG-ICE project was led by the Dow Polyurethanes R&D team in Italy in partnership with Cannon Group companies, Afros and Crios, as well as Federchimica, and co-funded by the European Community.

Velocity Equipment launches all-electric quick-change reciprocating blow mold machine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 25th, 2014

Packaging machinery supplier Velocity Equipment Solutions has announced the completion of two new technologies for the extrusion blowmolding of HDPE containers. The creation of the new technologies completes a three-year R&D effort carried out in close cooperation with Velocity's client Nampak Plastics Europe Limited, a producer of dairy bottles in the United Kingdom. 

Medical materials database integrates extensive neurological device data

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 25th, 2014

Medical device designers developing neurological products now can avail themselves of a comprehensive database that compiles materials used in these devices, combining engineering material properties and biomedical response data with neurological applications.

Infiltrator Systems installs world’s largest low-pressure injection molding machine

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 25th, 2014

The world's largest low-pressure injection molding machine, designed and constructed by Infiltrator Systems at the company's Winchester, KY, manufacturing facility, took five months to engineer and nine months to build. However, today the machine is producing the Infiltrator IM 1530 Septic Tank product line being molded in a mold designed and built by Franchino Mold and Engineering of Lansing, MI. The mold installed in the press weighs 420,000 lbs. and molds a 15-foot long, 245-lb. polypropylene tank half, which the company claims is the world's largest molded part.

Optomec offers ability to add laser deposition capability to any CNC machine tool

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 25th, 2014

Optomec, a privately-held supplier of additive manufacturing systems including its patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D printers for metal components, unveiled its latest innovation: the LENS Print Engine solution. The LENS Print Engine, a modularized version of the LENS 3D Printing system for metals, can be integrated with standard metal cutting machine tools to easily deploy additive manufacturing as a part of existing production infrastructures.

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