MHG’s bioplastic earns marine biodegradable certification from Vinçotte

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

In March of this year, the Belgian test, inspection and certification agency Vinçotte International introduced its newest certification scheme for marine biodegradability. Now, the biopolymer company MHG has become the first company to obtain OK biodegradable MARINE Certification from Vinçotte International, verifying this company's claim regarding the biodegradability of its PHA materials in the marine environment. This verification, said MGH, "distinguishes MHG's truly marine biodegradable product from unverified claims by competitors with similar products."

New blister packer for pharmaceutical traceability at dispensing unit level

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

At the upcoming ACHEMA 2015, the trade show for the process industries taking place this year from 15-19 June in Frankfurt/Main, the Germany-based manufacturer of packaging and processing solutions Romaco Group will show end-to-end solutions for granulation and coating, tableting and primary and secondary packaging. Among the novelties on show: a new blister line with an integrated anti-counterfeiting system, enabling the primary packaging to be unequivocally identified, which Romaco is unveiling at the show.

SGL Group adds new fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite material to organic sheet range

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

SGL Group, a producer of carbon-based products with headquarters in Wiesbaden (Germany) has announced that it is adding organic sheets made from carbon and glass fibers to its portfolio.

Dip molding and coating: A versatile, flexible plastics process you may never have heard of

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

Dip molding and coating is a plastics process that, while used commonly on many types of products that include everything from medical devices to hand tools to gasoline pump handles, remains largely unknown to many plastics engineers and product designers. Yet, dip molding and coating using a variety of liquid polymers offers many advantages and, in certain applications, can even be an excellent alternative to the injection molding and extrusion processes.

Heat-resistant fluorosilicone extends 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.

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