#KNOWHOW

Gearing Up for the Old Normal

With 2020 in a rear-view mirror, likely adorned with a face mask, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve learned and what’s in store.
#editorial

Engineering Resins

PBT-Based Compounds for Automotive Radar Sensors

SABIC expands radar absorbing LNP Stat-Kon portfolio of specialty compounds.

Injection Molding

Nordson Selling Screw, Barrel Business

Private equity firm Altair expects to close on acquisition during the first quarter of next year.
#screws

Medical

Graham Names Alpert Medical Extrusion Manager

Veteran tubing guru Alpert to be part of machine builder's technical and customer support, including product development and system testing.

Recycling

U.S. PET Bottle Recycling Rate Declines in 2019

The NAPCOR 2019 Recycling Report also reports a 7% increase in the amount of recycled PET (rPET) going back into food and non-food bottles.
#sustainability

Recycled Materials

Audia Elastomers Develops Thermoplastic Elastomers based on Marine Waste Plastics

The company is working closely with customers to commercially adopt its new marine waste-based TPEs for select end-use applications.
#tpe #sustainability

Medical

Custom Molder Enhances Disinfection Equipment With Novel Nozzle Design

Responding to the coronavirus pandemic, Protolabs' innovative nozzle protector successfully augments Foam-iT's flagship fog-mist disinfectant units.
#processorsedge

Automotive

Antiviral Additive Reportedly Kills Coronavirus on Plastics in Auto Interiors

In response to COVID-19, automotive Tier 1 molder and compounder CpK has developed an antiviral additive for auto interiors and other applications. 
#closeupontechnology

Materials

Super High-Flow TPEs for Sustainable Large-Scale Moldings

Hexpol TPE’s new Dryflex HiF TPS-SEBS family boast very high melt flow and scratch resistance.  
#tpe

Recycled Materials

Novel Single-Extruder Line For Direct Long-Fiber Thermoplastics

Dieffenbacher builds single-extruder line for LFT-D to compound recycled materials as powder, chips or pellets.

Engineering Resins

Covestro Launches 2021 Trendy Colors for its PC Resins

Covestro developed the new PC colors in cooperation with leading provider of color standards RAL.
#color

Materials

TPE Compound Used for Sustainable ‘Cotton’ Swabs

Kraiburg TPE’s medical -grade Thermolast M TPE used for injection molded tips of LastObject’s reusable ‘cotton swabs.
#tpe

Additives

Expanded Novel NOR Stabilizer Technology for Agricultural Films from BASF

BASF’s new plant to deliver wider range of NOR UV and thermal stabilizers to benefit growing global agricultural industry.

Testing

Laboratory Management Software for Permeation Analyzers

Ametek Mocon’s new PermWare software is designed for laboratory managers overseeing Mocon permeation analyzers.  

Engineering Resins

Antifog PC Film for Visors, Lenses and Goggles

SABIC’s Lexan HP92AF film shown to have excellent performance in high-humidity frontline work environments.  

Engineering Resins

Proprietary TPE Compound for Premium Electronic Components

PolymaxTPE’s new bondable TPE boasts excellent adhesion to PC, ABS and their blends and alloys.

Engineering Resins

Acetal Color Masterbatches for Automotive and More Based on Low-Emission Carriers

Tosaf’s new functional and combination masterbatches for POM are based on low-emission carriers.

Materials

Tracing the History of Polymeric Materials--Part 2

The invention of Celluloid got the ball rolling for future innovations in materials and processing.

Materials

Real-Time NIR Testing Can Slash QC Costs Up to 90%

Using the right near-infrared (NIR) measurement devices for the job is key—whether for moisture, composition analysis, or full-spectrum testing.  
#closeupontechnology

Recycling

General-Purpose Screws on the Comeback?

They are being specified more often for recycling applications to increase flexibility. But there is still no such thing as a GP screw and recyclers need to consider other processing approaches.
#sustainability #bestpractices