Bioplastics supplier NatureWorks talks on PLA recycling, its new plant, and pricing

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 30th, 2011

As has been widely reported, Danone has switched from polystyrene to polylactic acid, a plastic based on plant starch, for its Activia yogurt cups in Germany. The change was made for packs of 4x115g and 8x115g yogurt.

Momentive business & technology center for Bangalore

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2011

Bangalore will be the site of a Global Research and Development Centre for two Momentive Performance Materials Holdings (Columbus, OH) subsidiaries: Momentive Performance Materials and Momentive Specialty Chemicals. The former is a leading silicones supplier.

Davis-Standard secures hose and tube extruder orders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2011

Hose and tube customers are boosting business at Davis-Standard (D-S; Pawcatuck, CT). The company just announced that specialty micro tubing extruder MDC Plastics (Sderot, Israel) has added Davis-Standard winding technology, a Euro Blue extruder with DS e-TPC control, and an HPE coextruder, while hose manufacturer All-American Hose (Union City, PA) has added a 3 1/2-inch (90mm) Super Blue extruder with DS-eTPC.

DME speeds up hot runner delivery, broadens social media outreach

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2011

A focus on improving production and delivery practices in cooperation with its component sourcing partners has cut lead times for DME on its hot runner systems, with components now available with same-day shipping; manifolds and components in 3-4 weeks; unitized systems in 4-5 weeks; and full hot-half systems in 5-6 weeks.

Colorant line now compatible with leading medical-grade resins

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2011

PolyOne's USP Class VI-certified OnColor HC Plus colorants have been formulated for compatibility with specialty medical grades from Dow Chemical and Eastman Chemical.

By Design: To Do No Harm

By Glenn Beall
Published: June 29th, 2011

The frantic rush to be the first to market with the lowest cost is harming customers.

I had the good fortune to be employed by Abbott Laboratories from 1958 to 1968. I was hired to design and development plastic drug delivery systems and hospital equipment. The work was interesting and I had good mentors. After a while I adopted the company's philosophy and genuinely believed that I was helping to stamp out disease, stop suffering, and prolong life. It was an excellent job for a novice engineer.

CT scanning unit helps Freudenberg look inside components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2011

Automotive sealants supplier Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has invested in a new computed tomography (CT) scanning unit to help it gain insight into the inner life of the components it makes. Computed tomography, which was developed on the basis of X-ray technology, provides X-ray images from a variety of angles, allowing for the creation of computer-assisted 3-D images. These images provide an exact look at the "guts" of a component.

New APEM system optimizes medical molds and molding

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 29th, 2011

Building high-volume molds for medical devices and components requires a business offering collaborative, interactive development, with the experience to understand how to reduce material costs, cycle time and labor. That's what Sarasota Precision Engineering's Medical Division in Sarasota, FL says it has created through its Advanced Precision Engineered Molds (APEM) System for its customers in the medical industry.

PP half pipes and raffia make for world's lightest pallet

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 28th, 2011

Plastics have taken on wood in the pallet arena for many years now, with injection-molded and thermoformed variants perhaps most visible. Pallets incorporating expanded polystyrene have also made some inroads. Now it's the turn of an interesting combination of polypropylene raffia and formed sheet to take up the challenge.

Sterilization requirements help drive Ultem adoption

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 28th, 2011

Sabic Innovative Plastics says independent third-party testing of its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) material shows it can stand up to gas plasma sterilization, an increasingly popular method of disinfecting medical devices and components known commercially as Sterrad. Patented in 1987 and introduced in the U.S.

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