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China Targeting Coal-Produced Plastic

China Targeting Coal-Produced Plastic China already runs much of its energy needs off of its coal reserves — the world's third-largest, according to a Modern Plastics Worldwide report. Now the country has been gradually shifting its chemical production from oil to coal liquefaction. The resulting chemical, nano-precipitated calcium carbonate, makes its way into PVC, tires, and paints. While coal does have its drawbacks, it will enable China to self-sufficiently produce more than 90% of the country's PVC through coal by 2012. And with lower end costs than oil-derived products, coal-produced plastic has an almost assured market for the future.

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Wabtec Making a Measurable Difference Through Technology
Wabtec Rubber Products

Wabtec Making a Measurable Difference Through Technology

With nearly a century of experience addressing quality and value-sensitive industrial/OEM applications, Wabtec Rubber has the expertise to work with specialty applications such as: Thermal-Plastic Elastomers, Rubber-to-Metal Bonding, Cured Extrusions, FDA- Grade Silicone, and Viton® Rubber.

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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A Polymer Too Good to be True?

A Polymer Too Good to be True? A fuel cell membrane separating hydrogen and electrons currently costs $500. But a new polymer that took eight years to develop could drop that price to five dollars. Researchers say they have cut out costly fluorine and still managed to prevent degradation in the hydrogen electrolyzer. It awaits the test of time, but so far has logged 11,500 successful testing hours.

No Water Vapor Allowed!

No Water Vapor Allowed! A super high gas barrier film may find an application match in plastic electronics soon. The transparent, metal-free material, X-BARRIER™, works as a water vapor barrier and can block a number of gases as well. Its resistance to high temperature and humidity should fit it for semiconductor components and medical devices.

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Bullet-Stopping Performance

Bullet-Stopping Performance Polypropylene already grabs honors for filling the "self-reinforced" role, as Plastics Technology reports. Now, Innegra S high-modulus PP is claiming a first for a PP fiber supporting thermoset resins. Lighter than a full glass composite, it adds twice the toughness of Kevlar aramid and is made in two types — one for strength and another for its dielectric properties.

Nanoparticles Improve Composite Coating

Nanoparticles Improve Composite Coating

Made to extend machinery wear, the first pan-European FOREMOST-approved composite coating has been developed and may be used for plating advanced parts in the auto industry. The nanoparticles, made up of tungsten disulfide, combines with oil or grease to reduce friction, improve efficiency, and lower emissions.

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Affordable SEM Imaging
FEI Company

Affordable SEM Imaging The FEI Phenom is the first "Point and Shoot" Electron Microscope that gives you the freedom to develop plastics, resins, composites, and other materials in a fast, practical, and affordable way. With magnifications to 20,000x (30 nm resolution), it eliminates the expense, delay, and difficulty of conventional SEM. 1-866-372-7492. www.fei.com/phenom.

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Ready, Aim, Cure

Ready, Aim, Cure Tested in the freeze-thaw cycles and corrosive environment of oil fields in Kazakhstan, a portable powder spray coating has replaced in-factory thermoplastic welds and repairs and brought them to the field. Releasing with a powder spray-gun, the polymer chemically bonds to the existing coating, then air cools to avoid overheating.

Setting the Olympic Standard

Setting the Olympic Standard A couple of materials giants have made Olympic efforts to make the Summer Games in Beijing memorable. Makrolon polycarbonate sheets from Bayer MaterialScience add more than 36,000 sq m of light and strength to stadium roofs. Elastic foam layers from BASF protect the joints of turf-playing athletes. And sprinters on the track may have a spring in their record-breaking steps with the three-layer, all-plastics track.

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An Eco-Friendly Combo

An Eco-Friendly Combo Injection molders experimenting with going green have found a solution in wood plastic composites and thermoplastic elastomer combinations. The eco-friendliness comes through the WPC material options — thermoplastic biocomposites with straw, rice, flax, or bamboo — and translates to strong bonds, durability, shock absorption, and aesthetic appeal.

Biopolymers Learn to Take the Heat

Biopolymers Learn to Take the Heat In a niche of thermoformed packaging applications processed at under 50° C, PLA biopolymers show great promise. At high temperatures, however, the material is handicapped by slow crystallization and low temperature glass transition. A one-hour Webinar, hosted by the Society of Plastics Engineers and presented by a NatureWorks materials scientist, reviews ways to improve PLA biopolymer's temperature resistance.

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Resin Transfer Molding
Osborne Industries, Inc.

Resin Transfer Molding Osborne Industries, Inc. brings over 30 years of continuous production experience in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) to your project. Osborne Industries delivers the full advantages of RTM to you. From concept through prototyping and from pattern and mold building of final finished parts, our expertise guides your product.

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