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Flambeau's new cases and boxes molded from biodegradable plastics

By Matt Defosse
Published: October 4th, 2010

Flambeau Industrial & Packaging Group , a division of blowmolder Flambeau Inc. (Baraboo, WI), has expanded its Tradesman line of briefcases and Tuff Tainer range of boxes with biodegradable versions of both. These new versions are fully biodegradable and recyclable, with biodegradation anaerobic (compost/landfill) and aerobic (for example, in an industrial compost facility). No toxic residue is produced during or remains after biodegradation, according to the processor.

Smart packaging uses self-reading indicators to say if product is fresh, sterile, or more

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 4th, 2010

By applying a layer of etchant onto a metallized/opaque plastic film printed with one message on the top and another at the bottom, a new line of self-reading indicators facilitate packages that monitor shelf life, sterilization, and toxic agents. Nano-Indis from JP Labs can for instance, read "FRESH" when perishables are fresh and "NOT FRESH" only when their shelf-life expires; likewise they display "STERILIZED" only when medical supplies are sterilized.

Fluoropolymer-based film capacitors help advance electronics, medical devices

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 4th, 2010

Strategic Polymer Sciences Inc. (SPS) has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) to advance the development of its high-performance energy-storage DC bus-film capacitors, using SPS' proprietary high-temperature electroactive polymer (EAP) compositions. Considered a key component in the power management electronics of hybrid and plug-in electric drive vehicles, the current commercial polypropylene (PP) film DC capacitors cannot reliably operate above 105ºC, according to SPS.

World's largest ethylene-from-ethanol plant in Brazil

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 1st, 2010

On line as of September 3, 2010, Braskem's new ethylene-from-ethanol plant in the Triunfo Complex of southern Brazil boasts 200,000 ton/year capacity of green polyethylene, and according to the company, is made possible by technology investments of US$278 million and a well-developed Brazilian sugarcane ethanol industry.

Special company finds 'green' machines to mold 'green' products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 1st, 2010

When LC Industries—a company with a very special mission—wanted to mold an eco-friendly product line, it wanted eco-friendly production, too. So it acquired its first all-electric injection molding system. LC Industries' mission is to provide meaningful employment for people who are blind.

Active packaging film kills bacteria, extends shelf life for meats and cheeses

By MPW Staff
Published: October 1st, 2010

Fraunhofer Institute researchers have developed an antimicrobial active-packaging film that destroys microorganisms on the product surface to increase shelf life of products like fresh meat, fish, cheese, and cold cuts. Carolin Hauser, a food chemist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising, developed and tested a new, lacquer-based antimicrobial active film that incorporates a controlled release mechanism.

Dow’s Sustain for wire and cable is PVC and halogen free, satisfies industry standards

By MPW Staff
Published: October 1st, 2010

Based on lightweight olefin-based elastomers, a new line of resins comes with four grades targeting non-polyvinyl chloride- (PVC) based and halogen-free wire jacketing and insulation. Dow Chemical's Wire & Cable business unit claims its Sustain line is also the first to meet key sector requirements, UL 62, JCS4509, and HD21.14, on a commercial scale. Sample quantities of the four grades are available for producers of wires, cables, and cord sets for use in personal electronics and appliances.

HR nozzle for side-gated polyolefin applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 1st, 2010

The new Multi Shot Z10440/... from Hasco Hasenclever (Lüdenscheid, Germany) has been designed specifically for side gating and is ideal for articles such as sleeves and cannula tubes. The nozzle has been conceived specifically for application with polyolefins.

Berry to invest $8.8 million in Iowa blowmolding site

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Berry Plastics Corp. (Evansville, IN) will invest $8.8 million in its Peosta, IA blowmolding operation, adding equipment, creating 12 new jobs, and expanding the building, with completion slated for the second quarter of 2011. The facility produces injection blowmolded, extrusion blowmolded, and stretch blowmolded bottles for the healthcare, food, and personal care markets.

Silicone molder and extruder expands into thermoplastic

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 30th, 2010

Silicone molding is a growth area these days, in terms of both applications and thermoplastics molders moving into it. However, Sil-Pro LLC (Delano, MN) is going the other way—a silicone molder expanding into thermoplastics molding.

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