Date Archive - July 2023

Talent Talk: What Could Derail the Coming US Manufacturing Boom

“And I wondered if hurdlers ever thought, you know, this would go faster if we just got rid of the hurdles.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars In previous Talent Talk columns we explored what appears to be a coming renaissance in US manufacturing, driven by new technologies, reshoring, and government initiatives. We cannot write history until after it happens, but this has an historical feel to it.…

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Sabic Launches PCR-Based PPE Resin Portfolio

Sabic has added Noryl polyphenylene ether (PPE) resin grades formulated using 25% or more post-consumer recycled (PCR) content to its engineering plastics portfolio. The technology was validated through the commercialization of several grades, including Noryl NH5120RC3 resin containing 30% PCR content, which helps to lower its global warming potential (GWP) by 10% compared with incumbent, fossil-based grades. The latest PCR-based technology can be incorporated into more than 200 existing Noryl…

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Extrusion Workshops Focus on Life Science Applications, Plastics Compounding

Leistritz Extrusion has scheduled two twin-screw extrusion workshops in November, one focused on life science applications and the other devoted to plastics compounding. In addition to Leistritz staff, members of industry and academe will contribute their expertise at both two-day meetings. The life science workshop on Nov. 8 and 9, 2023, will be held in Austin, TX, with classroom sessions at the Holiday Inn Express on day one followed by hands-on training at…

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LS Mtron Expands Line of Vertical Injection Molding Machines

LS Mtron Injection Molding Machines USA has added several new models to its line of LSG-V vertical injection molding machines ranging in size from 35 to 660 tons. The LSG-V — known outside North America as the WIZ-VR II — previously was available in three models from 100 to 350 tons and only as a vertical rotary machine. The newly expanded line includes 13 models in varying tonnages with options for vertical or…

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Why PFAS chemicals deserve high scrutiny

What you don’t know won’t hurt you. Or will it? In the case of the family of chemicals known collectively as PFAS, it is becoming increasingly clear that the decades of relative — or studied — ignorance about the effects of these chemicals on human health are now taking their toll. PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — are used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil,…

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Dutch Program Pumps €10M into Soft Robotic Heart Development

The Dutch Research Agenda has pumped €10 million into the Holland Hybrid Heart consortium to further develop a soft robotic heart that the as an alternative to a heart transplant. The researchers aim to have the device ready for implantation within 10 years. The consortium consists of six partners from four European countries, including four academic groups and two R&D intensive SMEs. “We want to offer patients a good and viable alternative to transplantation with a…

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