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  • ASTM Determines International Standards for Open-Hole Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates (Jul 20, 2011)
    ASTM D7615/D7615M, Practice for Open-Hole Fatigue Response of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates, was developed by Subcommittee D30.05 on Structural Test Methods, part of ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials. The purpose of ASTM D7615/D7615M is to provide guidance for development of open-hole fatigue data for material specifications, research and development, material design allowable and quality assurance
  • Genesis & REDpoint Collaborate to Develop PE & PET-based PVC-free Stabilizing Devices for Medical Use (Jul 20, 2011)
    Genesis Plastics Welding, one of the leading contract manufacturers of radio frequency (RF) welded products, has announced a collaboration with REDpoint International, a medical device company, to produce the company's latest product, the StedLine™ IV sleeve, a stabilizing device that eliminates the need for glue or tape to secure an intravenous line to skin.
  • Kautex Launches KLS Co-extruder for Processing HDPE & PP Bottles for Packaging Sector (Jul 20, 2011)
    For many years the KLS series has provided an optimal high output solution for the demanding and competitive Consumer Packaging market. Available with standard quick change systems and 3-layer co extrusion, Kautex can supply a complete turnkey solution to meet the customer's needs, making the KLS series a pioneer for product quality and reduced cost per bottle.
  • MIT Researchers Develop Plastics & Biocompatible Polymers-based Electronic Devices (Jul 18, 2011)
    Researchers at MIT have found a way to grow submicroscopic wires in water with great precision, using a method that makes it possible to produce entire electronic devices through a liquid-based process. The team demonstrated the technique, called hydrothermal synthesis, by producing a functional light-emitting diode (LED) array made of zinc oxide nanowires in a microfluidic channel.
  • Parkinson Supplies Slitter/rewinder to Poly-Pak for Enhancing its Plastic Bags Production (Jul 18, 2011)
    Poly-Pak Industries Inc., has increased production with the recent purchase and installation of a new Dusenbery Model 835 center slitter/rewinder from Parkinson Technologies, Inc. Because folded material is an important part of Poly-Pak's product offerings, the new slitter/rewinder was fitted with a Dusenbery Model 895 re-folding unit. This provided the company with integrated, in-line folding capabilities.
  • Quickparts® Launches Heat-stable Accura® PEAK™ Stereolithography Resin for Rapid Prototyping (Jul 18, 2011)
    3D Systems has announced that Quickparts® is now offering the Accura® PEAK™ stereolithography material for rapid prototyping. Accura® PEAK™ SLA™ material is an advanced stereolithography resin designed for optimal performance, accuracy and stability during prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures and humidity. It produces rigid and stable parts that can withstand adverse environments.
  • RoG Utilizes Solvay's Zeniva® PEEK for Making FDA-approved High-quality Medical Implants (Jul 18, 2011)
    RoG Sports Medicine Inc., has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its new RoG Suture Anchor made of Zeniva® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resin from Solvay Advanced Polymers. Zeniva PEEK part of Solvay's line of Solviva® Biomaterials has a modulus very close to that of bone plus excellent toughness and fatigue resistance.
  • Cereplast & Polimernet Sign Agreement for Distributing Bioplastics to Package Manufacturers in Turkey (Jul 15, 2011)
    Cereplast, Inc., one of the leading manufacturers of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable plastics, entered into a distribution agreement with Polimernet Plastik Ltd. ("Polimernet Plastik") to supply Cereplast bioplastic resins to the Turkish market. Under the terms of the agreement, Polimernet Plastik will supply Cereplast Compostables® resin to product and package manufacturers in Turkey.
  • NatureWorks to Commercialize Ingeo M700 Lactide Biopolymer for Industrial Applications by 2013 (Jul 14, 2011)
    NatureWorks LLC has announced that as part of a major capital investment at its Blair, Nebraska, Ingeo™ lactide and biopolymer manufacturing facility, the company will be the world's first to offer in commercial quantities a high-purity, polymer-grade lactide rich in the stereoisomer meso-lactide. Identified as Ingeo M700 lactide, the new material can be used as an intermediate for copolymers.
  • Victrex lntroduces Corrosion-resistant PEEK-based Pipes for Harsh & Demanding Environments (Jul 14, 2011)
    In response to growing market demand for superior performing pipes in harsh and demanding environments, Victrex Polymer Solutions, one of the leaders in high performance polyaryletherketones, has launched its VICTREX Pipes™ product family. Developed to replace the corrosion resistant alloys (CRAs) used to make pipes and piping systems for extraction and transportation in the oil and gas industries.
  • Habasit Launches FDA Approved TPU-based Belts for Food Production & Packaging Applications (Jul 13, 2011)
    Habasit Rossi has extended its high performance range of HabaSYNC timing belts for food production and packaging applications to include a new blue Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) belting solution which is specifically designed for use in wet environments, where humidity, wash down and oily conditions can be found. FDA approved, the HabaSYNC Blue 90 Shore A Polyether TPU timing belt is reinforced with aramide cords to ensure consistent.
  • Tri-Medics Selects Solvay's PPSU to Create Bender Positioning Triangle for Trauma Surgery (Jul 13, 2011)
    Tri-Medics, have unveiled the industry's first fully-adjustable plastic positioning support for orthopaedic trauma surgery. The Bender adjustable positioning triangle, made of Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Advanced Polymers, LLC, a Solvay Specialty Polymers company, offers surgeons a simple and easy-to-use solution that is adjustable, autoclavable, and radiolucent for x-ray use.
  • ACC Reports Polystyrene Foodservice Packaging as Safe to Human Health (Jul 12, 2011)
    The National Toxicology Program has released its Report on Carcinogens, which included the substance styrene. The following statement on the safety of foodservice packaging products made from polystyrene can be attributed to Cal Dooley, CEO of the American Chemistry Council. In addition to its use in making polystyrene, styrene is naturally present in foods such as strawberries, beef, beer, and cinnamon.
  • Casey Container's Biodegradable PET-based Bottles Find Use in Packaging Sector (Jul 12, 2011)
    Casey Container engages in the design and custom manufacture of biodegradable PET, HDPE and other plastic polymer performs bottles and containers. These products are for use in the bottled water, beverage and consumer products industries. The Company offers biodegradable plastics packaging solutions using the science of the EcoPure® additive and technology. Founded in 2010, Casey Container Corp. has their headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • IK Multimedia Introduces iKlip MINI - a Thermoplastic-based Microphone Stand Adapter (Jul 12, 2011)
    After bringing the iKlip for the iPad, IK is proud to announce iKlip MINI: the universal microphone stand adapter for all versions of Apple's iPhone and iPod touch. The iKlip MINI allows easy mounting of the iOS device on a mic stand, pole or tripod making it perfect for use on stage, in the studio, at school or in the office.
  • Johns Manville Builds Manufacturing Facility for Producing EPDM Roofing Products (Jul 12, 2011)
    Johns Manville (JM), a Berkshire Hathaway company and global building products manufacturer, officially broke ground on a new commercial roofing single ply membrane manufacturing facility in Milan, Ohio. The production facility will manufacture Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) roofing products beginning in the second quarter of 2012.
  • MIT Researchers Develop High-performance PET-based Photovoltaic Cells (Jul 12, 2011)
    The resilient solar cells still function even when folded up into a paper airplane. In their paper, the MIT researchers also describe printing a solar cell on a sheet of PET plastic (a thinner version of the material used for soda bottles) and then folding and unfolding it 1,000 times, with no significant loss of performance. By contrast, a commercially produced solar cell on the same material failed after a single folding.
  • NatureWorks to Commercialize Latest Grades of Ingeo™ Biopolymers for Wide Applications by 2013 (Jul 8, 2011)
    NatureWorks LLC has announced, a major capital investment project at its Blair, Neb., manufacturing facility for the production of new grades of high-performance Ingeo™ biopolymers as well as a new generation of lactide intermediates. Samples of the new polymers and lactide intermediates will be available next year with commercial sales commencing by 2013.
  • Sheffield Researchers Select Malvern's Zetasizer to Monitor In Situ Synthesis of Nanocomposites (Jul 8, 2011)
    Prof Steven Armes and his research team in the Department of Chemistry, at The University of Sheffield in the UK, are using a Zetasizer Nano from Malvern Instruments to monitor the rapid and efficient production of nanolatexes. This single instrument can determine both the particle size distribution and also monitor the in situ synthesis of many types of polymer colloids, such as latexes, microgels or colloidal nanocomposite particles.
  • Axion's Recycled Structural Composite Used for Constructions Receives R&D 100 Award 2011 (Jul 7, 2011)
    Axion International, has announced that its Recycled Structural Composite (RSC) technology, specifically its I-beam design, was selected as a winner of the 2011 R&D 100 Award. The I-beam design was used in the construction of several 100% recycled plastic bridges for the US Army at Fort Bragg, NC, designed to allow for the crossing of an M1 Abrams Tank weighing in at approximately 70+ tons.
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