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  • Less-sudden impact
    , N.J.: energy-absorbing safety belts. Conventional safety belts made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers tend to be relatively unyielding and, as such, transfer considerable force to an occupant's shoulders, chest, and pelvis. For example, such belts can exert about 2,000 lb at the torso
  • Plastic Compounder's PET Project: Recycling
    materials, and reducing waste are often easier said than done. However, the production of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one conservation idea that is entering the mainstream. In the United States alone, consumers generate 4 billion lb of PET bottle waste
  • Medical Device Link .
    Initial improvements included new grades of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and the application of irradiation treatments to induce cross-linking with consequent increased wear resistance. New metal alloys helped reduce implant stiffness and made implants closer to the properties
  • A bright idea for the operating room
    , designers wanted to reduce costs by consolidating parts via metal-to-plastic conversion. "The switch to plastic would give us more flexibility for future versions of the lamp," Nieminen says. The company chose a 30% glass-fiber-reinforced blend of polybutadiene terephthalate (PBT) and polyethylene

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