PT ZONE: Materials

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MOST RECENT CONTENT: Materials

Resin Prices May Have Bottomed Out

With continued declines in feedstock and energy costs through much of the first quarter, commodity and engineering resin prices fell too.

Recycling Conference Focuses on Changing Recycle Streams

E-plastics study shines light on a growing segment of recycling—its makeup, collection rates, and end-uses.

New ‘Dry’ Process Puts Circuitry on Plastics

Laser ablation and plasma etching team up to apply thicker conductive layers without a ‘wet’ plating process.

High-Flow, Low-Density TPEs For Automotive Debut

Aiming at a variety of automotive applications such as cup holders, air-guide systems, window seals is Kraiburg TPE, Duluth, Ga., which launched at NPE2015 new custom high-flow TPEs.

"Revolutionary" Device Makes Purging Safer, Simpler

What is said to be a “revolutionary” device designed to capture molten plastic purges and create a safer environment for personnel and equipment in plastic processing operations is being introduced at NPE2015 by the Dyna-Purge div. of Shuman Plastics.               Lava-Shield is the result of a two-year development project and hundreds of rigorous field trials.

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OVERVIEW:
Materials

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A generic term for plastics, thermoplastics or polymers, materials are the stuff of which molded and extruded parts are made. Broad subcategories include commodity materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and PVC; and engineering materials such as nylon, acetal and ABS for applications requiring higher performance in the areas of heat resistance, chemical resistance, impact, fire retardancy or mechanical strength. This Zone includes links to many material subsets, including those mentioned above as well as thermoplastics elastomers, biopolymers and nanocomposites.


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