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Polyimide tubing responds to growing catheter specialization

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2012

Putnam Plastics (Dayville, CT) is introducing clear polyimide tubing for medical applications that require visual monitoring, UV transparency or imaging transmission.  Unlike traditional dark, amber polyimide which has limited options for pigmenting, clear polyimide also allows for a wide range custom colored tubing options.

High-capacity IV bag-making machine has small footprint

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2012

Kiefel (Hampton, NH) has developed a high-capacity machine called the IV Express to produce IV (intravenous) bags with integrated filling.

Truck roof fairing goes thermoplastic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2012

SABIC's Innovative Plastics (Pittsfield, MA) business has announced that its collaboration with CK Technologies (Montpelier, OH), a provider of engineered plastic systems, and Volvo Trucks North America has produced the trucking industry's first injection-molded roof fairing, soon to be featured on all 2013 Volvo heavy-duty trucks.

VW opts for MuCell to lighten dashboard weight

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2012

By creating the instrument panel structure for the new VW Golf 7 using microcellular foam, Volkswagen engineers have succeeded in reducing its weight by 500g, or more than 1 lb, versus the prior model of the Golf.

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Instrument panel structure is lighter, and molded in faster cycle time, using Trexel's MuCell process.

Wearing plastic – clothing company produces t-shirts out of recycled PET bottles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 26th, 2012

A clothing company wants to see plastic bottles out of landfills and on to the runway.

ReThink Fabrics is a branded manufacturer of t-shirts and apparel produced with recycled PET bottles. The company's signature line of t-shirts is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester RPET fabric.

The Seattle, WA-based company was started in 2008 by a group of apparel industry veterans with more than 30 years experience in the outdoor market.

‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ eye-catching packaging sparks confusion

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 26th, 2012

The packaging community was buzzing about "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Not because people just couldn't wait to watch the American take on the best-selling book, but because the polycarbonate disc's decoration, or lack thereof, caused quite a bit of turmoil.

Ergonomic crutch emerges from a designer's pain

By Doug Smock
Published: March 26th, 2012

Jeff Weber, who helped design the award-winning Aeron chair at Herman Miller, broke his ankle six years ago and was relegated to traditional crutches for about 13 weeks.

That was 13 weeks too many.

DOE to back development of thermoplastic composites

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement that will provide financial support for the development of predictive engineering tools for injection molded long carbon fiber thermoplastic composites.

The funding will also support development of integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) development of advanced steel for lightweight vehicles and advanced alloy development for automotive and heavy-duty engines.

Dashboard gets antistatic treatment

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 25th, 2012

Automotive OEMs have found that dust collecting on a dashboard does not encourage sales, and as a result, these manufacturers are now incorporating antistatic additives into the specifications for interior parts. Some have already established anti-dust requirements for these parts and PolyOne Corporation (Avon Lake, OH) has developed OnColor SmartBatch antistatic concentrates to meet these new requirements. Besides their anti-static properties, the new concentrate offerings also fulfill carmakers' requirements for color.

Polyacetal supplier in major Korean expansion

By Stephen Moore
Published: March 25th, 2012

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Inc. (MGC; Tokyo) and Celanese Corp. (Dallas, TX) are undertaking a major expansion of polyacetal (POM) resin production capacity at their affiliate Korea Engineering Plastics Co. (KEP; Seoul). Capability will be boosted by 35,000 tonnes/year to a total of 140,000 tonnes/year by the first quarter of 2014.

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