Plastics Engineering March 2017 e-newsletter sponsored by Shepherd Color Company
March 23, 2017
SPE is Me: A chat with SPE President Scott Owens
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?
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?
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
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...
Vydyne® PA66: leading trends in automotive lightweighting, packaging films, electrical/electronic applications and more
'SSSP' Technology Is Finally Commercial
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
Read the latest issues of SPE journals
Coming in April: "Advances in Packaging: User Convenience and Sustainability among Key Factors"
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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