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The Tour de France meets Plastics Valley

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 14th, 2014

Only one cyclist will wear the coveted yellow jersey at the end of the 11th stage of the Tour de France in Oyonnax on July 16, 2014, but the crowd cheering on the peleton will be awash in yellow cups, thanks to a so-called plastics processing village that will be set up at the finish line.

Preaching what it practices: the benefits of micromolding machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 13th, 2014

Formative Tech, the Southeast Asian distributors for the Spanish-built Babyplast double plunger-type micro-injection molding machine is one company that practices what it preaches. Its sister company LNE is a Shanghai, China-based processor that operates nine Babyplast presses plus three "autonomous injection units," or UAIs in Babyplast parlance, that can be clipped onto larger machines to enable multi-shot molding.

Survey says: Plastics professionals embracing news delivered digitally

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 11th, 2014

The news landscape continues to evolve and as a result, more and more readers across all types of industries are consuming news digitally.

And it's no different for plastics professionals.

PlasticsToday recently completed its annual reader survey, receiving responses to a variety of questions from more than 1,000 plastics professionals. One of the key figures is good news for trees - 74% of the audience prefers reading industry news digitally versus print.

Medical manufacturers association applauds "patent troll" bill

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 11th, 2014

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA; Washington, D.C.) has submitted a letter in support of the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2014, which was approved on July 10, 2014, by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. Chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), the subcommittee approved the draft by a bipartisan vote of 13 to 6.

Standardized recycling labels seek to eliminate confusion at the bins

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 11th, 2014

Have you ever walked up to a trash bin and a recycling bin and felt confused on what goes where? Even if you work with plastics in some shape or another on a day-to-day basis, the answer is probably yes. But don't feel sheepish; you're not the only one.

The confusion at recycling bins inspired Michelle "Mitch" Hedlund to think of an innovative idea that could change the recycling game for good. While working in the sustainability field, she would meet with various companies and each one had the same issue: recycling was not working.

Sanner debuts IML packaging portfolio for pharmaceutical products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 11th, 2014

Although in-mold labeling (IML) remains a niche technology in the eyes of some industry observers, Sanner GmbH (Bensheim, Germany) is a believer. The BrillianceTube platform introduced by the supplier of plastic packaging for pharmaceutical and medical products incorporates IML technology into packaging for fizzy tablets.

President Obama tells companies to pay suppliers faster

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 11th, 2014

A new initiative was launched on Friday, July 11 by the Obama Administration to ensure that small businesses get paid more quickly, and several dozen large companies have signed on. The new program called SupplierPay is a "private sector" counterpart of the government's QuickPay program launched in 2011 that pays small business contractors before larger ones. Under QuickPay, the federal government is required to pay small contractors quickly - within two weeks.

Breaking news on catheter hubs

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 11th, 2014

Dendritic discharge patterns in a polymer may look stunning, as the image here attests, but if you're making a catheter hub, as opposed to a random act of art, it can lead to catastrophic device failure. Cambridge Polymer Group (CPG), a contract materials research lab headquartered in Boston, MA, recently shared a case study of a customer whose catheter hubs were cracking during the manufacturing process. The group determined that the sterilization technology used by the manufacturer was causing the problem and found a solution.

Impending VOC emission restrictions drive amines-free car seat foam development

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 10th, 2014

New restrictions set to be introduced in Asia restricting permissable levels of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in vehicle interiors are behind the development of an amines emission-free polyurethane (PU) foam formulation for automotive interior applications by Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI). More details in this development have now emerged from a Tier I that will be the first to employ the foam in its products.

Omega adds capacity and territory manager to drive continued growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 10th, 2014

Custom profile extrusion processor Omega Plastics LLC (www.omegaplastics.com) is on a growth curve. The company has been manufacturing made-to-order solutions with thermoplastic profile extrusion and a proprietary random loop vinyl mesh sheet used for mats, product protection and other applications since 1978.

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