Archive for May, 2008

Uponor Divest UK-Based Plastics Businesses

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
The contract includes the sale of the share capital of Uponor’s subsidiary company, Uponor Ltd. in the UK and its subsidiary Radius Plastics Ltd. in Northern Ireland. The companies have manufacturing

Oracal’s Latest PVC Films

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
Includes removable 3-mil window and wall film

Plastics OEM integrates a total controls system solution - Reliable Plant Magazine

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Reliable Plant Magazine

Plastics OEM integrates a total controls system solution
Reliable Plant Magazine, OK - 6 hours ago
Although the initial cost of implementing these control systems is higher, it is marginal in comparison to the long-term savings potential. In the plastics

Davis-Standard Lab Line Supports Medical Tubing Developments

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

(Pawcatuck, Conn.)-A sophisticated lab line at Davis-Standard’s Technical Center in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, is engineered to support new applications in medical tubing technology including higher rates for commodity products and catheters with tighter tolerances. The line, installed in September 2007, is equipped for research and development processes ranging from screw design to the extrusion capability of specific polymers, materials such as FPVC, PEEK, PEBAX, fluoropolymers and other medical grade resins.

“There is a lot of growth potential in the medical tubing industry. We wanted to provide a means of demonstrating these capabilities while enabling our customers to run trials,” said Wendell Whipple, Vice President of Davis-Standard’s Pipe, Profile and Tubing Systems. “We held a seminar last September with almost 60 customers and all comments about the line were very positive. We are currently working with two of those customers on similar lines for their medical tubing applications.”

The line features ¾-inch (19mm) and 1-inch (25mm) Davis-Standard HPE extruders, two melt pumps, a high-tech vacuum tank, servo puller/cutter, conveyor/blow-off table and an OD/ID/Wall gauge system, all controlled via the Davis-Standard EPIC III Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System. The EPIC III control system also has FDA 21.11 technology. The extruders are ported with pressure transducers for screw design development on smaller extruders. To date, the line has been used for applications such as single-lumen micro tubes, multi-lumen tubes, micro-catheter trials, new material development and coextrusion die development. Typically the line is running one week per month for development for screw design, process controls and other technology. Currently there are 1-2 customer trials scheduled per month. The line is also being used for development of tooling for new system orders. This includes tuning of die and tooling packages while equipment is being built in order to streamline the wet test approval process.

Customers interested in scheduling lab time can contact the following people: Bill Lee at [email protected] in the Technical Center; Kevin Dipollino at [email protected]; or Wendell Whipple at [email protected]

Big push to Recycle Plastic - Hub 4 (press release)

Monday, May 12th, 2008

via  - Google News on 5/11/08

Big push to Recycle Plastic
Hub 4 (press release), UK - 41 minutes ago
Cold extrusion is playing an ever greater part in recycling of waste plastic, and the Department for Business and Enterprise is sponsoring research into

In the Spotlight with JM Eagle - Modern Plastics On The Web

Thursday, May 8th, 2008
via  - Google News on 5/7/08

Malaysian thermoformer building Thai extrusion factory

Thursday, May 8th, 2008
via Plastics-industry News - Congoo on 5/7/08

- Malaysian thermoformer SCGM Bhd plans to build a factory in Thailand and expand its extrusion capacity in Malaysia, using some of the nearly 12.9 million Malaysian ringgits (28.5 million yuan) it raised

French Highway Secured in GRP pipes

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
via News on 5/5/08

Innovative Film Protects Thin-Film Solar Cells, Other Plastic Electronics

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
via Plastics-industry News - Congoo on 5/6/08

Scientists from Singapores (IMRE) have developed a barrier film that enables a significantly longer lifetime for plastic electronic devices such as low-cost solar cells, flexible displays and organic

ExxonMobil Chemical’s New Separator Films Help Speed the Progress … - Business Wire (press release)

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

via - Google News on 5/6/08

ExxonMobil Chemical’s New Separator Films Help Speed the Progress
Business Wire (press release), CA - 9 hours ago
ExxonMobil Chemical and its Japanese affiliate, Tonen Chemical, have developed two new separator grades with co-extrusion technology to meet more demanding