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Cryogenic solutions to plastic part deflashing and deburring

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 9th, 2014

Cryogenic solutions for deflashing and deburring plastic parts is becoming an increasingly popular method for removing flash, burrs, and gate vestiges in molded or machined components. Typical removal methods of these residual burrs or flash, including hand-cleaning each part individually with an X-Acto knife, are time consuming and costly.

Engel gets its Fill for composite manufacture

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2014

Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) and Fill (Gurten, Austria) have put a seal on their partnership in the area of composite manufacturing. The two companies will be working together to produce tailored turnkey solutions for the industrial-scale manufacturing of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) components.

Walmart ups commitment to buy more ‘Made in USA’ with first-ever open call for suppliers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2014

If you want 'Made in the USA,' you have to ask for it. And if you're the giant retailer Walmart, when you ask, people respond. On July 8, Walmart held its first-ever open call event for Made in the USA products, opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its Bentonville, AR, headquarters to pitch their products to Walmart's senior leaders and merchants.

Assembly station accommodates large, complex molds

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2014

To accommodate plastic injection molds that are becoming larger and more complex, Hansen Metal Fabrication (Farmington, NY) reports that it has developed an innovative line of mold assembly stations for moldmakers and plastics processors.

Plastic Molding Technology Inc. named 2014 Manufacturer of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2014

Don't ever say a medium-sized injection molding company can't compete with the biggest manufacturers in North America! They can, and they win! Plastic Molding Technology Inc. (PMT; El Paso, TX) was recently named Manufacturer of the Year at the 10th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit on June 6, 2014, in Palm Beach, FL.

Scientists propose new systematization for polymers and nonpolymers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2014

What are polymers? A better question is, What are biopolymers or bioplastics? Are these so-called bioplastics produced from plants grown upon the earth through industrial processes more bio-based than plastics produced from natural substances found beneath the earth's surface? Are all polymer materials and substances just polymers? Or do we need new definitions of polymers and a way to systematize the various polymer materials and substances?

Styron releases sustainability report (infographic)

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2014

Styron, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex, and rubber headquartered in Berwyn, PA, has published its 2013 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Report, documenting the company's ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.

Compared with 2012, Styron reduced electricity consumption and chemical emissions by 2%, volatile organic chemical emissions by 5%, and water usage by 4% in 2013, according to the company.

Noncontact video extensometer enables tensile testing of plastics to ISO 527 standard

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2014

The Video Gauge noncontact extensometer from Imetrum (Bristol, UK) reportedly is the only device of its kind to achieve the exacting requirements of ISO 527-1: 2012 ASTM D638 equivalent. The system, which has undergone rigorous, independent testing, is capable of determining tensile modulus by measuring a change of gauge length to 1% accuracy of the relevant value. In tests, Imetrum was able to achieve between 0.2 and 0.3 µm for all gauge lengths using the same camera and lens combination. This exceeds by a factor of three the accuracy required by ISO 527 for a 50-mm gauge length.

Polymer sensor reveals human feelings by measuring goose bumps

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 7th, 2014

As if advertisers and social media sites didn't know enough about us already, the better to target their messages, South Korean researchers have developed a polymer sensor that measures goose bumps on human skin in an attempt to determine an emotional state. The research could lead to ever more personalized advertising, music services, maybe even a personal message from Mark Zuckerberg to soldier on, depending on how you're feeling.

First contact-free vital-signs monitor in a chair approved by FDA

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 7th, 2014

The first contact-free sensing system in a chair that monitors vital signs has been approved by FDA. The Chair Sensor from EarlySense (Waltham, MA), which continuously monitors a patient's heart rate, respiratory function, and movement, received high marks from clinicians and users at the Coffee Regional Medical Center (Douglas, GA), where it was evaluated prior to receiving market clearance.

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