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SPE is Me: A chat with SPE President Scott Owens

SPE is Me In the second of our series about dedicated association volunteers, we talk with SPE President Scott Owens and learn more about him and how he has worked to make a difference. Read More


Designing Plastic Parts: Are You Considering Creep?

Considering Creep In the latest in his series "Question Everything...If Injection Molding Means a Lot to Your Business," consultant John Beaumont explains how overlooking the impact of creep when designing plastic parts can play havoc with the end result. Read More


Why Do We Innovate?

Plastics Make it Possible In its monthly column, the ACC explores some of the amazing uses of plastics that are having significant - and sometimes life-saving - impacts across a diverse range of industries. Read More


Sizing Up the U.S. Plastics Industry

PLASTICS Insider The trade association now known as PLASTICS serves up its latest report that clearly documents the size, scope and impact of the industry overall. Read More

Also from the latest issue of Plastics Engineering...

PE In this Issue Building & Construction: How Plastics are Reshaping - and Energizing - Tomorrow's Homes

Structural foam molding excels in automotive

Circular Design Guide aims to bend conventional thinking

Product Focus

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Vydyne® PA66: leading trends in automotive lightweighting, packaging films, electrical/electronic applications and more

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PE Blog

'SSSP' Technology Is Finally Commercial

PE Blog Solid State Shear Pulverization, which chills a co-rotating twin-screw extruder below the softening temperature of plastic rather than allowing it to melt, is finally commercial after more than 20 years of R&D. Zzyzx Polymers LLC, Allentown, PA, started up in January 2015 reportedly using the first commercial SSSP technology, according to a paper originally submitted to the Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC 2016 conference, but not actually given. The ANTEC paper on "Commercialization of Solid-State Shear Pulverization: a Novel Polymer Processing Technology," by Philip Brunner (co-founder of Zzyzx), Mark Tapsak, and Mike Janse, says the process has been successfully scaled up to pilot plant size for the first time. Read More

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Read the latest issues of SPE journals

Polymer Engineering and Science Biobased composites from crosslinked soybean oil and thermoplastic polyurethane

Effect of molding conditions on crystallization kinetics and mechanical properties of poly(lactic acid)

Read more in Polymer Engineering & Science, Volume 57, Issue 3

Polymer Composites Cassava: Its polymer, fiber, composite, and application

Carbon nanotube film/epoxy composites with high strength and toughness

Read more in Polymer Composites, Volume 38, Issue 2


VNL A comparative study on dispersion of carbon nanotubes in (styrene-butadiene rubber)-based nanocomposites

A multidisciplinary approach to understanding of structure–property correlations in polyamide-layered silicate nanocomposites: Expectations and challenges

Read more in Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology, Volume 23, Issue 1

In the Next Issue

Coming in April: "Advances in Packaging: User Convenience and Sustainability among Key Factors"

April 2017 Markets: Package design (film, rigid containers, foams); materials (polyolefins, PET, PS, barrier resins, foaming agents); extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, and thermoforming technology; IML & decorating; additives (food contact, clarity, etc.); recycling & sustainability.

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