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Welcome to Polymeric Materials Product Focus. This is the place to come for all the latest in Polymer products and the latest in materials for the plastics industry.

 

Solvay Exhibits Comprehensive Photovoltaic Material Portfolios Under the Sun at Intersolar North America

Solvay Specialty Polymers highlighted its comprehensive portfolio of high-performance polymers for the solar power industry at the Intersolar North America exhibition July 8-10 in San Francisco.
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New plastics technology improves sustainability of Mrs. Dash packaging

Meredith-Springfield Associates, Inc., a world-class plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, is pioneering the use of new technology to manufacture sustainable plastic packaging for major brands like Mrs. Dash, owned by B&G Foods. 
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Breakthrough PET catalyst technology from Catalytic Technologies Ltd achieves market success

New titanium catalyst technology for the industrial production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polyester is now being adopted around the globe as PET manufacturers and processors seek to eliminate the use of the heavy metal catalyst antimony oxide.
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FKuR extends its portfolio with Bio PET and Bio PA; a wide range of bioplastic products for the packaging industry

“Development, production & distribution“ –  are the key topics for the bioplastics’ specialist FKuR Kunststoff GmbH at this year’s exhibition.  
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Trelleborg launches new whitepaper and app to aid the innovation of engineered plastics

Trelleborg’s engineered fabrics operation has launched a new portfolio of resources, to aid engineers in their product innovation and raise the profile of high performance engineered fabrics in applications where previously they might not have been considered.
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Robust, energy-efficient windows with polyurethane composites

The efficient thermal insulation of buildings not only reduces energy consumption, it also spares the wallets of the owners and tenants. Furthermore, it makes a real contribution towards conserving resources and protecting the climate. Windows and facades, in particular, are a common source of heat loss.
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The Water Factor in Medical Device Resins

Introduction

The Health Care industry has increased its needs for specialized devices over the past decade, which has led to a new frontier of resin and polymer development designed to keep the quality of care high while minimizing cost.  With these goals in mind, the resins being used for medical devices are scrutinized more thoroughly than other resins that require less regulatory compliance.  Analyzing a product for outgassing, deformation, and reactivity, among other things, has become part of the daily routine for manufacturers, molders, and final inspection personnel before an item can be shipped or used.  This additional testing and control also includes the amount of water that is allowed in the resins, since this will greatly influence the final product's rigidness, consistency, and lifetime, as well as the quality of care that will be provided to the customer.  Oftentimes the quality control of the materials is closely monitored using testing equipment defined in an IQ/OQ/PQ: installation qualification (IQ), operational qualification (OQ), and performance qualification (PQ) to ensure that the instruments are effective, and the quality of the product is consistent. 

 
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NuSil Technology Introduces New Fluorosilicone Elastomer for Medical Implant Applications

NuSil Technology LLC, a leader in silicone materials for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and drug delivery industries, introduces MED-5440, a translucent 100 mol % fluorosilicone elastomer designed to be used with liquid injection molding equipment.

MED5440

 
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Using Synergy 2000, Schoeneck Containers Saves 33 Man-Hours a Day

Schoeneck Containers Inc. (SCI) is a manufacturer of blow molded containers. For over thirty-five years, SCI has supplied plastic containers for diverse consumer and commercial markets throughout the world. All products exceed industry standards for quality and durability. Since its inception in 1972, SCI continues to grow as a supplier of containers for food, beverage, personal care, household, and industrial products. “We manufacture approximately 200 million blow molded containers a year,” said Scott Chambers, Quality Facilitator for SCI.

Zontec's Synergy 2000 saves about 45 minutes of the operators' time each day.

Prior to Synergy, SCI did all collecting of the quality control data by paper. They have 22 machines: operators had to record everything by hand. Depending upon the customer requirement, they would take a sample sometimes every hour, but most often every 3 to 4 hours. “Synergy saves us about 45 minutes of the operators’ time from how we operated previously,” said Chambers. “When you calculate this across 22 machines that comes out to about 33 man-hours a day.”

“I like the fact that with Synergy we have three levels of operation to protect the data; the operator, manager and engineer levels,” said Chambers. “I also appreciate how easy it is to cut and paste information from Synergy to share with customers. This is a feature that differentiates Synergy from other Statistical Process Control (SPC) packages out there. And although this happens relatively infrequently, I like the fact that during a customer audit, they can view the information real-time in Synergy.”

In addition to helping the operators and other quality personnel, Synergy helps Chambers in his job as well. “One of the ways that Synergy helps me is retrieving information quickly. If I received a customer complaint, previously I would have to go back through the paper files to find the information, the date it was made, the lot#, etc. Now, I can quickly look it up in the system on that date to see if there were any problems on that day. Synergy has easily saved me hours of time.”
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