Date Archive - January 2022

What’s That Popping Noise? It’s Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Most packaging should be seen and not heard with rare exceptions that include on any occasion small, film-enclosed adjacent voids aka bubble wrap. That’s because the iconic packaging is made to protect and pop, though not necessarily in that order according to some devotees. Which brings us to today, January 31, celebrated as Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. We’ve collected an eclectic mix of posts on Twitter where bubble wrap is…

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PC Has Come a Long Way with a ‘Bright’ Future Ahead

Back in January 2017, we reported on the largest ever rear-quarter window sporting SABIC’s Lexan PC, which appeared on the then new-generation Buick GL8 and GL8 Avenir luxury multi-purpose vehicles MPVs introduced by the then-20-year-old joint venture of GM and SAIC Motors in China (SGM). Molded from Lexan PC from SABIC, it was 40% lighter and significantly more impact resistant that a comparable glass window, and also featured design elements…

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How to Build a Desktop Injection Molding Machine

If you’re the type who likes to bring their work home with them, that can be problematic when you’re in the injection molding field. Those machines won’t easily fit into your average home workshop, let alone through your front door. A couple of hobbyists in Canada have a solution — a DIY injection molding machine that can fit on almost any desktop. The video on the Action Box channel on Youtube describes the…

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Coalition Launches New Offensive in War Against BPA

A draft re-evaluation of the “safe” daily intake of bisphenol A (BPA) by humans from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is now making waves across the pond. Noting that the findings from EFSA indicate that BPA’s harmful effects can manifest at levels 5,000 times lower than what FDA considers safe, a coalition of physicians, scientists, and NGOs have petitioned FDA to set strict limits on the use of BPA…

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Japanese Firms Develop Innovative Bonding Processes for Plastics

Japanese engineering plastics supplier Polyplastics has introduced an innovative plastics bonding technology that is said to be unlike traditional joining methods such as welding or adhesion. AKI-Lock technology uses the glass fibers in composite materials as a physical anchor for bonding and has few restrictions on the materials that can be combined. It forms strong, airtight bonds with combinations of different materials for which bonding previously had been difficult.  “AKI-Lock…

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TV Ad Sells Anti-Manufacturing Bias?

This popular WWII poster celebrated women’s contribution to the strength of American manufacturing. (Image: KingWu/Getty Images) I saw a clever ad on TV recently for the online University of Phoenix. Actually, I’ve seen it several times, which prompted me to think about its message, playing upon twin themes of feminism and workforce development. In case you haven’t seen it, this is a 30-second short story told in anime-style animation. First…

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