Dana secures grant for battery cooling development

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 28th, 2011

Dana Holding Corp. (Maumee, OH) has secured a $2 million grant from the Canadian Province of Ontario for the ongoing development and manufacture of lithium-ion battery cooling technologies required for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles.  The grant will further support Dana's efforts to provide solutions that help automakers advance alternative-energy capabilities.

Stand-up pouch earns #2 recycling symbol and approval from Trex

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2011

How many years have stand-up pouches been touted as the next big thing in packaging? They are a nice mix of rigid and flexible package, can be used for sensitive foods and beverages, are very lightweight, kids like them, they pack easily...the list goes on, but the fact is they have remained a niche player in the packaging world. With its new No. 2 Pouch, Ampac hopes it can push these niche products to a more mainstream role.

The role of the molding machine in the manufacturing process? A starring one on center stage

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2011

Once the part and mold have been designed and the material has been selected, it is time to make parts. But even if you've done everything right to this point, too many things can still go wrong. Much of the success or failure that is experienced at this point in injection molding is related to the selection of the molding machine, notes Mike Sepe, The Materials Analyst of Injection Molding Magazine fame and the host of our 6-part Injection Molding Expert webinar series.

DPAD: A perk of U.S. domestic manufacturing, but make sure you qualify

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2011

If you're a domestic manufacturer in the United States, here some good news and some not-so-good news: The good news is that Congress enacted IRS Code Section 199 - The Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD) - in 2004 as part of the American Jobs Creation Act. The current deduction is now 9% of qualified income, a significant tax deduction for companies with manufacturing based in the United States.

Polyimide takes the heat of printed circuit board labeling

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2011

The chemicals and temperatures involved in manufacturing of printed circuit boards are enough to make most plastics cringe. Temperatures above 500°F are not uncommon, so it takes a tough film to qualify for use in the labels on PCBs. A new polyimide film from film adhesive coater and laminator FLEXcon makes the cut.

Mazda closes bumper recycling loop

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

Recycled bumper polypropylene (PP) that may be more than 10 years old is now finding its way into new rear bumpers for the Mazda Biante minivan thanks to recycling technology developed by the automaker over many years.

Frankfurt auto show to showcase electric vehicles, technologies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

The September Frankfurt auto show (IAA) will feature a dedicated hall showcasing new electric-vehicle technology. The German Auto Industry Association (VDA), which organizes the world's largest car show, said the Hall for Electric Mobility will feature manufactuers of electric vehicles such as Daimler, Opel, Renault and Mitsubishi.

Live Chat: Rodon talks energy efficient injection molding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

How many changes to light bulbs does it take to save $5000/month? Just one for injection molding and moldmaking company, The Rodon Group (Hatfield, PA).

Adaptive EOAT helps robots get a grip without changing tooling

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

Motoman and Robotiq have formed a partnership to provide dexterous robotic gripper tooling on robots with the goal of increasing manufacturers' application flexibility and reducing their tooling costs. Robotiq, manufacturer of Adaptive Robotic Grippers, and the Motoman Robotics Division of Yaskawa America Inc.

Nitric oxide embedded in polymers for antimicrobial devices

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 24th, 2011

A technology that uses nitric oxide gas embedded into polymers as an antimicrobial to prevent hospital acquired infections has been granted a U.S. patent. Enox Biopharma Inc. (Vancouver, BC) announced that it received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent Office for its "Antimicrobial Gas-Releasing Ear Drainage Tubes." Enox calls the intellectual property a foundation patent for the company. Additional patent applications are under review in the U.S.

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