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    Building & Construction: How Plastics are Reshaping - and Energizing - Tomorrow's Homes
    Graphene - doing more with much, much less
    Assessing the potential seismic impact of supercapacitors
    Structural foam molding excels in automotive
    Circular Design Guide aims to bend conventional thinking
    Energy management - what processors are doing wrong
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January 2017 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.


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




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