Read about the latest in the plastics industry, including state-of-the-art technology, manufacturing processes, and applications in a wide range of industries.

New Elastomer Material Produces Super-Soft Objects That Can Be Used In The Human Body

The softness of a material is measured in terms of how easily it stretches and bends. Most elastomers generally have a high modulus, meaning they stretch and smash down very little. A low modulus would mean the material is very stretchy and soft. Conventional elastomers are stiffer and less stretchy than most biological tissue. However, [...]

By |2022-02-14T14:31:52-05:00February 14th, 2022|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on New Elastomer Material Produces Super-Soft Objects That Can Be Used In The Human Body

Environment-Controlled Pods Developed For Food Production And More

Scientists in France have developed a prototype of a group of dome-like structures, or pods that can maintain specific climate conditions within the pod no matter what the conditions are outside of the pod. In other words, one of these pods can be set to maintain conditions optimal for growing food even in an environment [...]

By |2022-01-03T14:51:48-05:00January 3rd, 2022|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on Environment-Controlled Pods Developed For Food Production And More

New Polymer Aerogel Extracts Drinkable Water From Air

Everybody knows that the earth’s atmosphere is full of water. However, it has not been successfully tapped as a source of drinkable water. Although the earth will never run out of water, drinkable water is not always available to all people where and when they need it. In fact, more than a billion people do [...]

By |2021-12-13T16:45:46-05:00December 27th, 2021|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on New Polymer Aerogel Extracts Drinkable Water From Air

New Catalyst Significantly Increases Yield in Styrene Production

Styrene is a component of a wide variety of plastics. Used in making many everyday products, such as coffee cups and take-out containers, packing and building materials, carpet, and more, styrene is one of the most significant materials produced today. It is estimated that next year there will be 33 million tons of styrene produced. [...]

By |2021-12-13T16:46:09-05:00December 13th, 2021|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on New Catalyst Significantly Increases Yield in Styrene Production

Reusing Plastic Bag Waste

While single use plastic is being banned in many cities and states, plastic bags and other polyethylene packaging continues to clog our landfills and pollute our rivers and oceans. There is a new chemical process being developed for converting polyethylene plastic into adhesive. Hundreds of billions of pounds of polyethylene are produced annually and this [...]

By |2021-11-01T15:03:03-04:00November 1st, 2021|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on Reusing Plastic Bag Waste

Polymers Used to Create A Wearable Device For Translating Sign Language

In the past, wearable systems that were able to translate sign language to English speech have been heavy and bulky making them uncomfortable to use. Researchers at the University of Southern California wanted to design a system that made wearing the device easier. They developed a set of gloves made of lightweight stretchable polymers. The [...]

By |2021-11-01T12:18:39-04:00November 1st, 2021|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on Polymers Used to Create A Wearable Device For Translating Sign Language

Polymer Films Created That Can Conduct Heat

Polymers have intrinsic insulating characteristics, making them excellent at trapping heat. That’s why they are so often used for thermal insulation. However, researchers thought if they could find a way to make them capable of conducting heat, polymers could replace metals and ceramics used to dissipate heat in computers, cars, cellphones, and more. The normal [...]

By |2021-09-20T15:28:32-04:00September 20th, 2021|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on Polymer Films Created That Can Conduct Heat

New Flexible Polymer Material Solves Problems Associated With Brain Implants

Brain Implants are used to monitor brain activity and treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and depression. Traditionally, brain implants have been made from metal or other inflexible materials; these rigid materials build up scar tissue in the surrounding area and cause inflammation. Researchers have been hoping to develop a brain implant using a softer [...]

By |2021-07-26T15:19:27-04:00July 26th, 2021|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on New Flexible Polymer Material Solves Problems Associated With Brain Implants

Overcoming Weak Spots in 3D Printing of Plastic Parts

When a part is created using the injection molding process, melted plastics take the shape of the mold that it is inserted into. When it cools, it is a single solid plastic piece. When a part is created using the 3D printing process, the melted plastic is pushed out of a nozzle in layers, stacked [...]

By |2021-04-05T10:23:58-04:00April 5th, 2021|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on Overcoming Weak Spots in 3D Printing of Plastic Parts

What is the Loop Reusable Packaging System?

It’s been almost two years since Loop was introduced into the marketplace and people are starting to take notice. Loop is a new service created to collect empty, used product packaging from homes, return it to the originating company where it is cleaned and refilled, and then sold again. This service is in response [...]

By |2021-01-04T12:27:27-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Plastics Industry News|Comments Off on What is the Loop Reusable Packaging System?
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