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Plastics processing optimization is on high priority in the minds of most of engineers and designers in the Plastics Industry. In the last few decades, plastics have become the most dominant engineering material for most products. Parts once thought of as impossible to create using plastic, are now being designed with polymers at a higher rate than ever before. Plastic parts are lighter and afford more design flexibility.

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Jul 27, 2016 | Article

New Approach to Fabricate Low Cost Plastic PV Panels

By Doug Ruby

There has been a significant growth in the global photovoltaic (PV) industry in recent years. Key players in this industry across the globe are constantly making efforts to make the PV panels...

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Feb 3, 2016 | Article

High Speed Manufacturing of Automotive Composite Parts

By Mark DeMeuse

Using composites materials is a great way to reduce the weight of a car. Yet, the condition to introduce such materials in higher volume commercial model vehicles is the ability to go fast. The...

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Mar 5, 2014 | Article

Self-​healing Glass Fiber-​reinforced Plastics

A glass fiber-reinforced polymer composite includes a polymer matrix, a plurality of glass fibers embedded within the polymer matrix, a first hollow glass fiber containing a resin embedded within...

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Jul 8, 2013 | Article

UPM ForMi® Interview at JEC 2013: Director Stefan Fors Talks about Thermoplastic-based Biocomposites

During the JEC Show in Paris, which took place on March 12 – 14, 2013, SpecialChem not only met with thermoset resin suppliers and processors, we also identified many companies supplying or...

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Jun 10, 2013 | Article

Two-shot Molding with TPE Enables Innovative Design, Novel Features

By Donald McNally

Although it's been a half-century of the standard way of writing words on paper, there are still people who like to use fountain pens. Some modern manufacturers now market the fountain pen as a...

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Jun 30, 2016 | Article

Automotive Light-weighting and What it Means for Plastics

By Alan Dubin

It has been estimated that for every 100 kg weight saved in a car, the CO2 emissions are reduced by 8.5-10 g/km. Under currently pending EU norms, the fleet average to be achieved by all new cars...

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Apr 29, 2014 | Article

Effect of Design on EPS Cup Strength

Billions of disposable coffee cups are used annually around the world. Most of the cups are molded using expandable polystyrene (EPS). EPS is a very complex material with many structural variables...

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Sep 16, 2013 | Article

Developments in Advanced Polymer Processing Technologies

By Mark DeMeuse

The development of new polymeric materials for aerospace, automobile and high technology industries requires the establishment of advanced polymer processing technologies in order to be able to...

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Jun 26, 2013 | Article

Boost Performance-to-Cost Ratios

By Michel Biron

Compared to traditional metals, steel and aluminum, plastic resins are expensive and their high costs must be compensated for by a smart exploitation of their unique properties and the broad...

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Jun 1, 2013 | Article

Fuel Barrier Materials

In this article, a description and analysis of survey results will be presented for the April Click 'N Vote "Within the next 5 years, which of the following barrier materials will grow the most in...

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