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Vac from the sea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2010

Vacuuming litter is one of Electrolux AB’s primary jobs, so it’s only fitting that the company should pick up plastic litter from the sea and recycle it into new vacuum cleaners.

Medical compounds offered in custom bone growth formulations

By MPW Staff
Published: July 6th, 2010

The custom compounds business unit of PolyMedex Discovery Group, which brings plastics processing, compounding and distribution under one roof, has expanded its range of services for implantable polymers to include a range of cleanroom blending of bone growth additives in polymers.

Moldmaker grows by speaking its customers’ language

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 2nd, 2010

R&D/Leverage UK (Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire) continues down the path of building itself into a full-service solutions provider, which has resulted in the company reporting 17% growth in sales for the first six months of 2010. Several factors have played into this growth rate, including the popularity of the Product Solutions Lab (PSL), delivery times up to twice as fast as the competition, the recent addition of the Genesis Hot Runner System, all combined with effective communications with non-English-speaking customers throughout Europe.

Survey shows hiring optimism among plastics companies

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

The number of plastics companies likely to add employees in a new survey showed a marked improvement over last year. The Spring 2010 survey by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and Gros Executive Recruiters found that 47.6% of companies polled said they were likely to add employees this year, compared to 18.3% in last year's survey.

More barrier, faster, using less material through new vacuum process

By MPW Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

Fraunhofer Institute researchers have developed a method to coat plastic foils with a very thin barrier layer that keeps out humidity and oxygen, using a vacuum-based, roll-to-roll coating process that can coat several thousand square meters of foil in a single hour.

Silicone developments help extruders succeed in medical, food industries

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 2nd, 2010

One of the world's leading suppliers of silicone rubber has spent considerable R&D time developing materials designed to help make life easier for extruders, including a grade for co-extrusion onto thermoplastics with no need for pretreatment. The new materials will be officially introduced during the K 2010 tradeshow, which begins Oct. 27 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Film extrusion: Air rings offer greater flexibility

By Matt Defosse
Published: July 2nd, 2010

New air rings from Future Design Inc. (Mississauga, ON) enable processors of blown film to work within budget and upgrade their air rings as needed. For example, a user can begin with a standard air ring and up-fit the same air ring at any time to a manual profiling air ring. At any time after that, the same air ring can be up-fitted to a fully automated profiling air ring.

Plastic pushes metal aside in reusable medical device

By MPW Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

Medical device manufacturer GMD Inc. has introduced the first reusable trocar that has a thermoplastic handle. The plastic specified, a 20% glass-filled grade of polysulfone, met all necessary specifications and reduced cost by 75% over the previous all-metal version.

POM grades combine in coffee center

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 2nd, 2010

The EQ.7 fully automated coffee center from Siemens Electrogeräte GmbH relies on Hostaform polyacetal copolymer (POM) from Ticona Engineering Polymers (Kelsterbach, Germany) for several key mechanical components.

Cleanroom conveyor minimizes particle count

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 2nd, 2010

FDA-approved plastic link style belting is a key component of a modular conveyor that comes ready for dust-free and cleanroom environments. The DynaCon modular conveyor has been independently tested and meets Federal Standard 209D Class 1 (ISO Class 3) ratings for airborne particulate matter in cleanrooms and clean zones.

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