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Published: 8/24/2016

Are You Ready for K 2016?
We’ve got you covered with five feature stories and an entire new-products section devoted to the October show in Dusseldorf.

Published: 8/24/2016

MATERIALS: The Importance of Oxidative Stability in Polyolefins
Because oxidation is a process that causes materials to deteriorate over time, its effects or potential for those effects are not always apparent when new products are tested.

Published: 7/29/2016

Pondering the Future of Recycling
The business will persevere, but it might look a bit different than it does now.

Published: 7/29/2016

MATERIALS: Understanding Strain-Rate Sensitivity In Polymers
Material behavior is fundamentally determined by the equivalence of time and temperature. But that principle tends to be lost on processors and designers. Here’s some guidance.

Published: 5/26/2016

MATERIALS: Thermoplastic Urethanes: Why Annealing Makes a Big Difference
Under the right conditions, annealing can drive TPU performance to a greater level than can be achieved at room temperature.

Published: 4/25/2016

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data
It’s time for material suppliers to take a fresh approach to providing data. Thankfully, things are starting to move in that direction. Part 12 of 12.

Published: 3/24/2016

MATERIALS:The Problems with Single-Point Data
This real-world scenario explains why molders and their customers need to ‘think in terms of graphs’ and gather as much data as possible before selecting a material for an application. Part 11.

Published: 2/22/2016

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data: Part 10
You can predict creep performance of a material over time at a particular temperature by examining how its modulus changes over a range of temperatures.

Published: 1/20/2016

MATERIALS: The Problems with Single-Point Data: Part 9
Time—and not just temperature—governs the behavior of materials under load. Both must be considered when evaluating a polymer for an application.

Published: 12/21/2015

RECYCLING: The Importance of Quality-Assurance Testing for Recycled Materials
Consider investing in these tools to ensure your material makes the grade.