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May 5, 2015 | Article

Innovative Electrical and Electronic Breakthrough Technologies

By Don Rosato

The E&E market ranks as the 3rd largest plastics end use market, only exceeded in volume size by packaging and building and construction, yet the E&E sector uniquely crosses over all of the twenty major plastics markets, namely packaging, building and construction, automotive, electrical and electronics, appliance, medical, consumer products, toy, ...

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Jan 16, 2015 | Article

Automotive Light-weighting Technologies at the Forefront

By Don Rosato

Exploring the weight advantages of new engineered thermoplastic and thermoset materials and composites against a backdrop of advanced metal technology is the focus of this article. There is a huge interest in auto market in exploring new materials. There is a huge interest in the auto market in exploring new materials and processes to deliver light...

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Jul 18, 2014 | Article

Energy Generation Devices for Consumer Electronic Appliances

World events, Kyoto Protocol goals and soaring energy costs have ignited renewed interest in solar cell energy, and have unleashed dramatic new technology thrusts. Advances in nanotechnology and inherently conductive polymers (ICPs) are making possible the development by Konarka Technologies Inc. of new photovoltaic (PV) cells that promise to make ...

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May 5, 2014 | Article

High Flow Polycarbonate Copolymers for Medical Applications

High-flow polycarbonate (PC) copolymer derived from bisphenol-A (BPA) and a specific bio-sourced monomer derived from castor bean oil for medical applications available in two melt flow ranges is reported. This copolymer belongs to the class of LexanTM HFD resins known for their improved melt flow and ductility balance compared to standard polycarb...

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May 1, 2014 | Article

Can PVC survive after concerns on phthalates?

The move towards phthalate-free polymers keeps going on in the Medical Industry, as well as in many other sectors. Started more than a decade ago, it is now a matter of fact "phthalate-free" has become a marketing claim itself and not a technical or customer-specific requirement anymore. Denmark was one of the first countries in the world (not to s...

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Jan 30, 2015 | Article

Biopolymers' Overview - Types, Synthesis, Properties, Innovations and Key Players

By Don Rosato

There are two main types of biopolymers: those that come from living organisms; and, those which need to be polymerized but come from renewable resources. Both types are used in the production of bioplastics. Biopolymers that are present in, or created by, living organisms include carbohydrates and proteins.These can be used in the production of pl...

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Sep 17, 2014 | Article

Electronic applications requiring more than Heat Dissipation: How can you fulfill their need?

By Mark DeMeuse

Thermal management has always been a major concern in the design of high frequency, high power electronic devices. For example, historically, in many power amplifier designs, the vast majority of the power that needs to be dissipated is from the high power field effect transistors, or FET's, themselves. In these cases, the high power dissipation ...

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Jul 8, 2014 | Article

Why are TPUs getting back into the 'rat-race' of the Sports & Leisure industry?

By Thibaud Deleger

From the elastomeric materials, side significant changes occurred in these past years, with many more options offered to product designers and engineers. Vulcanized rubbers were the first to be developed, and therefore have a long history in multiple uses. Flexible PVC entered the game, and thanks to their cost competitive pricing and almost infini...

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May 2, 2014 | Article

Development of Low Gloss Polyacetal

Nowadays low gloss Polyacetal (POM) materials are required for automotive interior parts. In this study, new low gloss POM was developed. Original organic particles having effective interaction with POM, was developed as the matting agent. Consequently, excellent low gloss appearance with a good balance of mechanical properties is obtained. In addi...

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May 1, 2014 | Article

Effects of Painting on the Mechanical Properties of Injection-molded Plastics

Paint can have significant effects on the mechanical properties of plastic substrates. The selection of a paint system that is not properly matched to a given plastic substrate can lead to premature failure. While anecdotal accounts are plentiful, quantitative data regarding effects of coating on plastics is scarce. This paper describes the effect ...

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