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In mid-June, we received information from resin distributor PolySource, Independence, Mo., regarding potential nylon 66 shortages and escalating prices. Some historical background on the nylon 66 supply chain was included, with an emphasis on adiponitrile (ADN), which is used in the production of primary nylon 66 component hexamethylene diamine.

PolySource addressed nylon 66 resin alternatives—including nylon 6, aliphatic polyketone (POK), PPA and PBT, as well as an overall outlook regarding ADN capacity expansions that may not meet market demand until 2021, at earliest.

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Finland’s TactoTek (U.S. office in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) has announced that one of its injection molded structural electronics (IMSE) designs has passed an automotive OEM’s test requirements for interior use in its vehicles.

The company worked directly with the OEM who funded the project to adapt its traditional electronics parts to IMSE design rules. Tests were conducted by automotive test laboratories under contract to the OEM, which has opted to remain anonymous.

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The number one advantage of vacuum conveying powders is dust control, especially in the plastics industry, where combustible dust is a serious safety issue. Vacuum conveying is a “closed process” in which powders are protected from ambient air in the plant. As a result, it is the preferred technology for safely transporting combustible powders.

Some materials present a risk for combustible dust explosion or harmful environmental impact, so the system needs to ensure that the material is contained and processed in a way to remove manual handling and eliminate fugitive dust. Before selecting a vacuum conveying system for powders, here’s what to consider…READ MORE.

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Previous NPE shows have featured robots playing basketball and miniature golf. An imaginative display this year at NPE2018 was a robot from Star Automation, Menomonee, Wis., using a new three-axis servo head to do Japanese calligraphy. The robot carefully loaded the brush with ink, painted the figure, and then rinsed the brush. It was all done with programming; no vision cameras necessary.

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Facilan is said to be the world’s first fifth-generation 3D filament recently launched by ElogioAM—a new joint venture of Sweden’s Perstorp AB and The Netherlands’ 3D4Makers, which is currently pending approval from authorities.

To be based in Haarlem, Netherlands, ElogioAM aims to enable true deployment of additive manufacturing capability for medical, fashion, orthotics, advanced prototyping, modeling, industry and consumer markets, say the partners. ElogioAM already claims to have a unique product range in the Facilan family of 3D printing filaments, created from the ground up, always with safety in mind, and designed to outperform other filaments as follows:

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