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Winners celebrated the next JEC Innovations Awards during JEC Americas 2016

JEC Innovation Awards JEC Group has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2016 JEC Americas Innovation Awards program. The ceremony will take place during the 5th anuual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. "The American market has traditionally been pioneer in the composites industry both in terms of manufacturing and innovation. The US is a strategic geography for the global composites market as it represents around a third of its value" said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO of JEC Group. For this year’s award’s program, winners in categories such Design, Testing, Biocomposites, Aeronautics, Transportation, Automotive, E-Mobility, Process and Sports & Leisure will be celebrated. Read More

TA Instruments introduces ACS-2 Air Chiller System

TA Instruments ACS2 TA Instruments announced the introduction of the ACS-2 Air Chiller System. Following on the tremendous popularity of the ACS-3, the ACS-2 is a mechanical refrigeration system that provides subambient temperature control for mechanical and rheological testing. Paired with a Q800 DMA, Discovery Hybrid Rheometer, ARES-G2 Rheometer, or RSA-G2 Solids Analyzer, the ACS-2 provides reliable temperature control as low as -55°C without the use of liquid nitrogen. Read More

Solvay Ultra Polymers promote reliable performance for new cutting-edge optical fibers and cables from Optacore

Solvay Optacore Solvay Specialty Polymers, a global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics, announced that Optacore, a supplier of advanced cabling, chose Solvay’s KetaSpire® KT-851 NT polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and AvaSpire® AV-630 NT polyaryletherketone (PAEK) to coat two new OptaGuide HTTM optical fiber systems for high-speed data networking and demanding sensor applications in construction, oil and gas, and other extreme end-use environments. Both of Solvay’s ultra-high performance, aromatic polyketones enabled Optacore to fabricate very thin coating layers without compromising the performance or reliability of its new fibers, thereby helping to lower manufacturing costs. Read More

Lindner shredder boosts efficiency in the production of high-grade recycled materials

Lindner shredder Belgian plastics recycler Tivaco is converting clean post-industrial scrap into high-grade pellets for demanding applications. On its latest, fully automated line the company uses cutting-edge Austrian/German technology to provide recyclates of highest possible quality at throughputs of up to 3,800 lbs/h. Cornerstones of this line are a Micromat Plus 2000 shredder from Lindner reSource and a downstream INTAREMA® 1714 TVEplus® recycling/extrusion line from EREMA. Read More

PE Blog

New process makes PLA block copolymers

PE February Blog A new two-stage catalytic process from NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, MN, the world’s largest producer of polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer, takes an unusual mixed lactic acid feed stream, invented at Nagoya University in Japan, and makes it into semi-crystalline PLA block copolymers. The new copolymers, which are still in R&D, could potentially offer substantially higher melt temperatures than PLA homopolymer. Read More

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Product Focus

New Laser Welding System to weld Clear-to-Clear plastic without laser absorbing additives

Dukane Laser Weld Dukane Corporation, introduced a new Laser Welding System that allows clear-to-clear plastic welding without the need of any laser absorbing additives. This system incorporates a recently developed 2-micron laser with a greatly increased absorption by clear polymers and enables a highly controlled melting through the thickness of optically clear parts. New beam delivery system integrates both a programmable multi-axes servo gantry and a scan head, supported by proprietary LaserLinQ software, which harmonizes the action of both components moving the beam. This assures highly precise and controllable beam delivery when welding mid-size and large components. Read More

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Coming in April: Medical Plastics: Providing "Health Insurance"

April 2016 Markets: Medical parts (design & validation), resins (medical), healthcare packaging, sterilization, 3-D printing/additive manufacturing, primary machinery & tooling (molding, extrusion), auxiliaries (robots, testing services & equipment, monitoring, inspection), legal services

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