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Chinaplas: Arburg highlights performance applications in packaging, electronics and medical

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Arburg has brought an array of machine solutions to Chinaplas in Shanghai, including injection molding presses configured for the fast growing packaging, medical technology and electronics sectors in China.

In the electronics field, a polyamide-based thermoplastic injectable hotmelt adhesive from Henkel is being employed as an encapsulant for an LED circuit board and two connector cables, rendering the overmolded LED carrier waterproof. The vertical Allrounder 275 V used has a clamping force of 250 kN and size 100 injection unit.

Chinaplas: Davis-Standard brings dsX s-tretch line for cast film to the Asian market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Shanghai, China — At Chinaplas 2014, Davis-Standard (Hall W5; Booth M41) will introduce its dsX s-tretch line for cast film to the Asian market.

In addition to a reportedly high speed and thin film, the machine has a unique winder on the line, according to Jim Murphy, VP of global sales and marketing for Davis-Standard. The winder has capability of being coreless, which reduces both material and disposable cost.

Chinaplas: Engel anticipates China to eventually become its biggest market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 21st, 2014

Shanghai, China — Fresh off the heels of Engel's recent announcement that it has founded a 100%-owned subsidiary in China, the company brought out its top management to talk more about this news at Chinaplas Media Day.  

"We wanted to show you how important this news was and we have brought our top management to show you this new company, Wintec," said Peter Neumann, CEO of Engel.

When a $50 3D-printed hand is better than a $42,000 prosthetic device

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 21st, 2014

Jose Delgado, 53, was born without most of his left arm. He has a prosthetic hand that uses muscle signals from the forearm to open and close the fingers. Cost: $42,000, half of which was out of pocket. He recently got in touch with Jeremy Simon, who maintains the 3D Universe blog, to see about 3D printing a prosthetic hand. The so-called Cyborg Beast device cost approximately $50 in ABS material, and Delgado prefers it!

Plastic x-ray detector achieves medical-grade imaging performance

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 21st, 2014

Digital x-ray systems offer a number of advantages over conventional analog systems—images are processed faster and can be shared easily, and less radiation is required to produce them—but they also share one disadvantage: digital x-rays still use large glass substrates. Two years ago, researchers at the Holst Centre (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and imec (Leuven, Belgium) demonstrated that the use of plastic substrates in x-ray systems was technically feasible and would result in lighter, more robust, and less expensive devices.

Chinaplas: Chinese, global automakers opt for lightweighting solutions

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 21st, 2014

The quest for enhanced fuel efficiency and safety in automobiles is creating a multitude of opportunities for plastics. Promising applications in the power train segment alone, for example include front covers, oil pans, integrated AIM-EGR (air intake manifold-exhaust gas recirculation) systems, turbochargers, exhaust and muffler systems, and exhaust gas cooling systems.

Chinaplas: A push for biodegradable plastic bags in China

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China — Upon arrival in China, it's hard not to ignore the pollution in the air and trash creating an eyesore on the ground. China is playing a big price for its swelling pollution. For instance, in Shanghai, the cost of pollution is estimated at $420 million.

Chinaplas: Taiwanese styrenic elastomer supplier on expansion drive

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 20th, 2014

Shanghai, China—Already among the world's top three styrenic block copolymer suppliers, Taiwan's TSRC Corp. (Taipei) is further augmenting its supply position. Speaking at a pre-Chinaplas press event, Chris Mudd, President and General Manager of group company Dexco Polymers (Houston, TX) outlined the company's expansion plans for the coming years.

In-Mold Decorating Association kicks off 2014 competition

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) announced the kick off of its 2014 Awards Competition, and will begin accepting entries on May 1, 2014. This represents the eighth annual competition sponsored by IMDA, and recognizes the industry's best in-mold labeled packaging and in-mold durable products. The 2013 winner of the gold award for Best Part Design is pictured.

Calling it "recyclable packaging" doesn't mean that it will be recycled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 18th, 2014

Recently Colgate-Palmolive announced that it will commit to 100% recyclable packaging by 2020 for three of four product categories. This commitment came after one of the company's shareholders became engaged with As You Sow, a nonprofit organization that "promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies."

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