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DSM to showcase packaging solutions at Pack Expo 2014 aimed to help reduce food waste

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Royal DSM, the global life sciences and material sciences company, will showcase its portfolio for flexible food packaging at Pack Expo International 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago). Part of the portfolio includes DSM's polyamide 6 (Akulon) and thermoplastic copolyester for thin film (Arnitel) for flexible food packaging. DSM says that the products help customers to provide better solutions to the world's rapidly changing food packaging needs, meeting the demand for food safety and reduced food and packaging waste.

Chemophobia on Yahoo

By Allan Griff
Published: August 22nd, 2014

The article "Why Ramen Noodles Could Cut Your life Short" appeared prominently on the Yahoo site on August 14 and it is the most blatant and scientifically-wrong chemophobic rant that I've seen in a long time, and I see many. Styrofoam contains BPA? Noodles are high in saturated fat?: https://www.yahoo.com/health/why-ramen-noodles-could-cut-your-life-short-94747327572.html

Misfit Medical Lead Matthew Diamond on the transformative power of digital health

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Despite the remarkable technological advances in medicine of the last few decades, the practice of healthcare continues to lag behind many other industries, says Matthew Diamond, MD, PhD, Medical Lead at wearable technology company Misfit (San Francisco, CA). Recording and storing reliable patient data, which can be easily done through the use of digital health and wearable devices, is a missed opportunity, he adds.

Non-profit molding company profits the disabled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Everyone wants their children to grow up to be productive members of society; to have a good job and contribute their talents in whatever ways they can. Parents of developmentally disabled children are no different. But in 1965, there were not many options for young people. That's when a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities founded Coarc, a not-for-profit organization and a much better alternative to being placed in an institution.

Is Walmart’s push for more Made In the USA altruism or is it about the money?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

We've heard a lot this summer about Walmart's push to find more manufacturers in the USA who can supply the giant retailer with products consumers are craving. The company is looking to invest $50 billion of these 'Made in the USA' goods on Walmart's shelves. And it seems that U.S. manufacturers are flocking to supplier events to get in on Walmart's newfound love for products made in the USA.

Polyurethane foam enables medtech manufacturers to meet broad range of requirements

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Plastic materials used in medical applications must meet rigorous performance specifications, but increasingly they also must satisfy ergonomic and aesthetic requirements. And then there are cost considerations. Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) has published a press release describing how its polyurethane integral skin foam materials meet functionality, design, strength, and fire protection requirements in a specific medical application.

Innovative automation tool delivers adhesive-free seat assembly

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Punching and edgefolding are cleverly combined into a single finishing step for a back-injected seat-back cover in a process developed by Frimo, located in Sontra, Germany, for plastics processor Karl Hess GmbH und Co. KG (Hess; Burbach-Wahlbach, Germany).

Driven by demand for PLA, the future for lactic acid looks great

By Karen Laird
Published: August 21st, 2014

Global market research and consulting company MarketsandMarkets has published a new report with the snappy title "Lactic Acid Market by Application (Biodegradable Polymer, Food & Beverage, Personal Care & Pharmaceutical) & Polylactic Acid Market by Application (Packaging, Agriculture, Automobile, Electronics, Textile) & Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2019." The report defines the lactic acid and polylactic acid markets and segments with analyses and projections of the size of each market, based on their sub-segments, in terms of value and volume and identifies

Custom and proprietary molder of K’NEX Construction Toys attends Walmart’s 2014 U.S. manufacturing summit

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 21st, 2014

Walmart is continuing its search for 'Made in the USA' products, and on August 14, the giant retailer held a U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Denver, CO. Walmart executives, industry experts, suppliers, and component manufacturers gathered for two days to discuss Walmart's commitment to spending an additional $50 billion on investing in American-made products.

Sepro America to install robots and conduct training sessions at Batavia, IL

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 21st, 2014

Sepro America is taking its robots and automation expertise closer to customers, with the installation of equipment and scheduling of a three-day training class in suburban Chicago. The site is expected to be the first of several facilities positioned in other regions of North America.

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