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Published: 4/1/2008

Multilayer TPO Sheet Replaces PVC-Wrapped ABS
New formable multilayer TPO-based sheet from Premier Material Concepts (PMC), Findlay, Ohio, is claimed to be a cost-effective alternative to vinyl-wrapped ABS for marine interior panels and consoles, office furniture, seating, and exercise equipmen...

Published: 4/1/2008

PC Film Meets IMD Needs in Electronics
A new thermoformable polycarbonate film from SABIC Innovative Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., boasts a 1H pencil hardness rating, easy formability, and high impact resistance for insert-molded graphics in portable electronics.

Published: 3/1/2008

Special-Effect Sheet Targets Displays, Signs
A line of special-effect HIPS sheet has been introduced by Primex Plastics Corp., Richmond, Ind.

Published: 3/1/2008

Safer and More Reliable Quick Mold Changes
A new line of Segen Quick Change cylinder locks is claimed to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of quick mold changeovers.

Published: 2/1/2008

More Efficient Infrared Heaters
New ceramic infrared heaters from Hotset Corp., Battle Creek, Mich., are claimed to be 25% more efficient than competitive models.

Published: 2/1/2008

Automated Lid System Is an Industry First
Brown Machine LLC, Beaverton,, Mich., and automation specialist DJS Systems Inc., Homer, Mich., have teamed up to offer a novel lid production system that incorporates a servo-actuated trim press and a three-tier lid automation and packaging system.

Published: 10/1/2007

PLA Sheet Boasts Strength and Clarity
A new line of bioplastic sheet products from Spartech Corp., Clayton, Mo., is made of polylactic acid (PLA) resin from NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minn.

Published: 8/1/2007

Bike-Racing Helmet Uses Formed Shells and Inserts
A high-performance, ultra-light bicycle racing helmet uses two thermoformed shells made of PC sheet, supplied by Sheffi eld Plastics Inc., Sheffi eld, Mass., along with a complex insert-molding process that incorporates carbon and titanium component...

Published: 8/1/2007

Modifier for PLA Food Packaging
A new family of additives to improve the performance of polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer packaging, has been expanded to include a FDA-compliant grade for food contact.