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28 August 2014
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Pop Up Revelation
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Pop Up Revelation
 
In a world where banned weapons are becoming more difficult to detect, a professor at Clemson University, SC, is looking to arm international inspectors with the tiniest of tools to win the fight. His 200 nm thick film not only detects banned chemicals, it physically reacts to their presence in a lab. The 1 in. square chip is covered with a film that includes points that react when specific chemicals are being used in a processing lab. If the chip is deformed in any way when inspected, the type of chemical used will be revealed.
 
 
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3D Printing and Prototyping
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Baxter at Work in Plastics Plants
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Baxter — the safe, affordable, collaborative robot for plastics, packaging, and other applications — is working hard for manufacturers throughout the U.S. Watch how leading companies such as Vanguard Plastics and Keter Plastics have integrated Baxter into their workforce, and gained a competitive advantage for their business in the process.
 
 
 
Baxter at Work in Plastics Plants
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Eliminating Static Electricity
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Blower-powered static elimination. Air Knives produce fast-moving ionized air which neutralizes static electricity and removes contaminants. They are used to clean plastic parts, moldings, glass, automobiles, and other large objects — removing the dust and eliminating the static electricity to prevent re-attraction.
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Materials & Components . . .
 
 
Squishy Robotics
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When you think about robots, hard metal parts typically come to mind, but engineers at MIT want you to think about squishy robots in the future. They're developing phase-changing materials that transform from a soft to a hard state. This could allow robots to navigate while soft to a location, where they can harden and perform a task.
 
 
 
 
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Don't Blink
 
An international team of scientists fabricated a polymer material that can change color within a second of being heated or cooled. This version of the thermochromic polymer uses peptide side chains to stabilize the material as well as show the quick color change, even at temperatures up to 200 C.
 
Molding Machinery & Processes . . .
 
Linking Structure
 
Looking for new ways to create materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a method to realize a self-assembled polymer protein. Using flexible linkers, structural materials were engineered that can take on different payloads, such as specific drugs, as attachments.
 
 
 
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Reactionary Printing
 
Want to take your 3D printing up a notch, and maybe develop something new from something old? Scientists at the University of Glasgow have an idea: use a plastic reaction vessel to change the hydrothermal chemical syntheses. By using the concept of hot chemistry, they believe entirely new classes of materials can be created.
 
 
 
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Conserve Cooling Capacity with Delta-Q Regulators
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Conserve Cooling Capacity with Delta-Q Regulators
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Delta-Q™ is a low-cost precision flow regulator module. Delta-Q Flow Regulator can be used with a Smartflow Manifold to control the flow rate of each cooling line of an injection mold. Ensure turbulent flow with an integral flowmeter and save cooling capacity for downstream injection molding machines. Temperature and pressure gauges are optional.
 
 
 
 
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In the race to keep up with burgeoning technology and consumer demand, companies are vying to produce high performance flexible optics. A team from the University of Delaware has developed a new fabrication process that might give them an edge. They've discovered a means to combine polymers with chalcogenide glass.
 
 
 
 
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Using Old to Create New
 
Researchers at Rice University are verifying a theory that was posited in the 1950s, that bead string polymers can be manipulated to either a stiff or flexible state. Using magnetic beads and DNA springs, they have been able to create macroscale models for polymers that affect flexibility even after the magnetic field is gone.
 
Recycling & Repurposing . . .
 
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Teaming up with The Nature Conservancy, PepsiCo is working on a five-year plan to ramp up recycling of plastic bottles. The plan includes adding thousands of recycleboxes to gas stations and convenience stores, and protecting waterways in five U.S. states. They hope to increase the poor 12% availability of recycle bins for consumers.

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Waste = Food
 
Filed under "feeding two birds with one stone," a company in Istanbul, Turkey, has come up with a novel approach to deal with the city's overwhelming water bottle waste problem, as well as helping to feed the over 150,000 stray dogs that live there. When consumers put their bottle in Pugedon's recycling box, a food tray is filled.
 
 
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Not Just Plastics
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Not Just Plastics
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Control Plastics has over 50 engineers in their Asian operations to make components or sub assemblies from metal and plastic parts. Over 80% of their business is in medical equipment and devices. Discover if Control Plastics can help you.
 
 
 
 
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Classification System for MABS
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Classification System for MABS
 
This ISO standard establishes a system of designation for methyl methacrylate-acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (MABS) molding and extrusion materials, which can be used as the basis for specifications. Types of MABS plastic are differentiated from each other by a classification system based on appropriate levels of the designatory properties: Vicat softening temperature, melt volume-flow rate, Charpy notched impact strength, and tensile modulus.

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