Technical Updates

TECHNICAL UPDATES 

1. BAUSCH + LOMB CONTACT LENS RECYCLING PROGRAM
Under the Bausch + Lomb (B+L) ONE by ONE recycling program, with the help of TerraCycle, B+Lgives contact lens wearers the ability to recycle used BiotrueONEday.brand contact lenses and blister packs, and lenses and packs from other B + L brands, as well as all other contact lens brands. Once collected, contact lenses and blister packs are separated and cleaned. The metal layers of the blister packs are recycled separately, while the contact lenses and plastic blister-pack components are melted into plastic that can be remolded to make recycled products. For every pound of accepted BiotrueONEday and other B + L brand packaging sent through this program, a $1 donation will be made to Optometry Giving Sight, a global fundraising initiative that targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision.
Source: PackWorld Magazine, December 6, 2016.

2. GRAPHENE-ENHANCED 3D PRINTING PLA FILAMENTS
UK companyHaydale Composite Solutions and collaborator Filamentprint Ltd have launched the Graphene-enhanced poly lactic acid (PLA) filaments for 3D printing now in the market. After trials by a number of 3D printing companies,the filaments are reported to offer excellent first layer adhesion and z axis strength retention; improved strength and stiffness; better impact performance; excellent print quality and surface finish; and improved dimensional accuracy. Furthermore, filaments are available in 1.75-mm and 2.85-mm diameters and are compatible with a broad range of printers reportedly enable a major increase in speed of processing.
Source: Plastics Today Newsletter, December 6, 2016.

3. AMPAC PULL TAB™ BEVERAGE POUCH
The Ampac Pull Tab™ technology for stand-up beverage pouches is a new pouch concept for non-carbonated beverages and includes a pre-made pouch with high quality graphics on both the pouch and pull tab lid. The pull tab print can be customized and remains on the pouch with no waste. The flexible pouch can also be customized by pouch shape and straw size (up to 8mm). It is filled on a high-speed filling line with moderate investment costs.
Source: Packaging Connections Newsletter, December 11, 2016

4. NEW ELASTOMERIC MATERIALS FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
A new portfolio of materials formulated for medical and pharmaceutical applications by Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MRP) (Minneapolis) includes the following materials:Qmonix 558CH, a high-purity, high-performance EPDM product is suited for both hot and cold process applications with chemical, ozone & UV resistance. FKM 51 SCG is a highly fluorinated, carbon backbone polymer recommended for harsh chemical and ozone attack with a thermal stability to 500°F (262°C). NBR 536EG was developed to withstand environments that require low compression set, abrasion resistance and low temperature performance. It is inherently resistant to oils.Typical applications include seals, catheters, plunger tips, valves, connections, disposables, prosthetics, lab equipment, syringe plugs and diaphragms.
Source: Plastics Today Newsletter, December 6, 2016.

5. TETRAPAK’S SUSTAINABLE ASEPTIC CARTON PACKAGE
Tetra Pak (Pully, Switzerland) has rolled out a new version of its Aseptic 1000 Edge with BiobasedLightCap 30. This is the first aseptic carton package in the world to receive the highest class of Vinçotte certification for its use of renewable materials. It is manufactured using a biobased plastic film and cap, made from polymers derived from sugar cane and combined with the paperboard. It lifts the share of materials from renewable sources in the package to above 80%, the threshold for 4-star certification from Vinçotte, which is world-recognized for assessing the renewable content of packaging products. The new package also claims up to 17% lower carbon footprint than a standard package.
Source: Plastics Today Newsletter, December 8, 2016.

6. NEW SHRINK LABEL WITH HIGH BARRIER
A new shrink label film from KlöcknerPentaplast protects products from damaging light and, by doing so, lets packaging developers replace high-barrier containers with less expensive options to reduce total package costs.By blocking light, the new Pentalabeleklipse film helps extend shelf life, reduces off-tastes, protects product colors and safeguards vitamin levels (in dairy products, for example). The film blocks 99% of light with no need for expensive backside black printing, which saves processing time and money.
Source: Packaging Digest, December 7, 2016.

7. FDME TECHNOLOGY BY DUPONT AND ADM
DuPont Industrial Biosciences (Wilmington, DE) and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM; Chicago) have received the Breakthrough Solution of the Year 2016 Award from Platts Global Energy (London) for their platform technology to produce a revolutionary biobased monomer, furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME). FDME is a high-purity derivative of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), one of the 12 building blocks identified by the U.S. Department of Energy that can be converted into a number of high-value, bio-based chemicals and materials that can deliver high performance in a variety of applications.The technology has applications in packaging, textiles, engineering plastics and mny other industries.
Source: Plastics Today Newsletter, December 9, 2016.

8. ENGEL’S INTERDENTAL BRUSH
YORK, PA -- ENGEL North America, exhibited the cleanroom version of an all-electric ENGEL e-motion 170/110 T US injection molding machine at the Plastec West show, February 7-9, 2017 in Anaheim, CA. The machine is a first-of-its-kind production process for the manufacture of interdental brushes with up to 500 bristles.Until now, interdental brushes have consisted of three components which are usually produced in separate processes: the grip, a wire mesh and the filaments. Utilizing new technology from system partners ENGEL, Hack and Hekuma, up to 500 bristles can now be molded directly in single-component injection molding, together with the core and the grip. "scrub!" is the name of the new interdental brush.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, January 11, 2017.

9. NEW DEDICATED LDPE FOAM GRADE BY SABIC
SABIC is additionally launching a new dedicated foam grade, SABIC LDPE HP0824NDF, to broaden the application window for the tapes, seals and underlayment market in the MEAF & Asia. The advantages of SABIC LDPE HP0824NDF are:high viscosity, good head pressure for uniform and thicker foam thickness, relatively higher resin density for better mechanical strength, and good compression stress as well as resilience.It offers material and energy savings, while retaining or even improving product performance; and it offers benefits in thermal and acoustic insulation, cushioning and protection.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, January 12, 2017.

10. PEEK ENHANCED POLYMER IMPROVES INTERBODY-FUSION OUTCOMES
The implantable high-performance polymer, from Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, uniquely combines PEEK-OPTIMA, the principal PEEK-based biomaterial and hydroxyapatite (HA), a well-known osteoconductive material that enhances bone apposition, and is fully integrated.The findings on first clinical cases for PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced presented at the NASS 2016 annual meeting are demonstrating the potential to improve clinical outcomes and advance bone apposition in interbody-fusion procedures. The 1-2 level TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion) procedure utilized the EVOS HA Device, from Cutting Edge Spine, intended for use in skeletally mature patients with Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) of the lumbar spine, plus autograft bone with posterior instrumentation.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, January 19, 2017.

11. NEW 100% RECYCLED ABS OFFERS FOR AUTO AND B&C INDUSTRY
Axion Polymers has recently launched a new range of strong and durable 100% recycled ABS grades (Axpoly® r-ABS) suitable for a range of injection molding applications – particularly in the construction and automotive sectors - offering both cost and carbon savings. Recovered from the non-metallic waste fraction from end-of-life vehicles, these resins deliver a carbon footprint saving of two-thirds when compared with virgin ABS made from petrochemical feedstocks. A full LCA study of Axion’s mechanical recycling process shows a saving of 2.1 ton CO2 eq. for every ton of ABS polymer they produce. That is equal to the CO2 impact of driving a 44-tonne articulated road haulage vehicle 1,400 miles.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, January 31, 2017.

12. EVONIK’s PULPRESS TECHNOLOGY FOR COMPOSITE COMPONENTS
The new method combines compression molding and pultrusion to make automated, continuous production of composite parts possible.A composite part made by the PulPress method from a structural foam core Rohacell(a polymethacrylimide-based structural foam core from Evonik) woven around with fibers is about 75 percent lighter than traditional steel structures.Fibers are woven around the core before being impregnated with resin. The complete system is then compressed into the desired shape at high temperature and pressure. The method even allows manufacturers to produce complex geometries.
Source: Plastics Today Newsletter, January 23, 2017.

13. METAL-REPLACING PEEK COMPOSITE SUBSEA PIPES
Following the joint development of Magma carbon composite m-pipe® utilizing VICTREX™ PEEK, Victrex recently invested in a minority interest in Magma to further facilitate the adoption of its m-pipe for subsea applications. Increasingly stringent demands for operations at greater depths, with sour service demands, and under higher pressures and temperatures, have made a metal replacement for subsea piping an urgent priority for the oil and gas industry. The application of m-pipe is in areas where it can deliver cost savings for operators, through simpler design, easier deployment and in whole life costs, means it should be the technology of choice for demanding subsea applications.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, February 1, 2017.

14. CORROSION-RESISTANT VINYL ESTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS TOWER
Composite Support & Solutions (CSSI), CA. has recently won a prestigious Tibbett’s award from the Small Business Administration for a 118-foot communications tower installed by the Air Force at Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts. The tower was fabricated by CSSI using Ashland Derakane™ vinyl ester resin designed for pultrusionmade completely of composite materials. It uses fastener-less joining technology where individual components, such as the lattice cross members, “snap” together during the assembly process without the need for metallic bolts. The tower is being touted as the first of a new generation of tall composite towers that have the distinct advantage of being free from corrosion, significantly reducing long-term maintenance costs, while offering dramatically shortened construction times.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, February 6, 2017.

15. NEW SSBR GRADES FOR REDUCED ROLLING RESISTANCE OF TYRES
ARLANXEO highlighted its latest products and technologies from February 14-16, 2017 at the Tire Technology Expo 2017 in Hannover, Germany. ARLANXEO’S Tire & Specialty Rubbers (TSR) business unit introduced two new commercialized Solution Styrene-Butadiene Rubbers (SSBR), viz. Buna FX 3234A-2 which is a high styrene SSBR featuring functional groups designed to interact with silica fillers in order to reduce rolling resistance in passenger tire treads and Buna FX 5000, a high vinyl SSBR featuring ARLANXEO´s 2nd generation functionalization technology also designed to interact with silica fillers to boost fuel economy thanks to its rolling resistance reduction.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, February 14, 2017.

16. COPOLYSTER- A PETG ALTERNATIVE FOR MEDICAL TRAY PACKAGING
Tekni-Films will be showcased its copolyester film series at HealthPack 2017, March 7-9, Denver Marriott City Centerwith grades that provide a cost effective alternative to PETG for thermoformed medical tray packaging. Tekni-Films also displayed its ultra-high barrier PVDC coating and a wide variety of other multilayer packaging structures that deliver the stringent oxygen and water vapor barrier properties necessary to protect medical device products.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, February 20, 2017.

17. COVESTRO’S FRIT POLYCARBONATE SHEET SUBSTITUTE FOR GLASS
Makrolon® FP (frit polycarbonate) polycarbonate sheet from Covestro is a replacement for fritted glass used in heavy equipment cab applications. The hard coated polycarbonate product features a customizable black-out border to allow for innovative installation methods, eliminating common threaded hardware, clips and glazing channels. The black frit provides a bondable surface for dependable performance and protects the adhesive against UV degradation.In addition to surface adhesion, Makrolon® FP polycarbonate is available in clear, standard, & custom tints and offers excellent abrasion and chemical resistance, and long-lasting outdoor weathering performance due to its advanced hard coat technology protecting against vandalism and graffiti, reducing unplanned maintenance and repair.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, February 20, 2017.

18. SPRUE GRIPPERS FROM FIPA
Fipa Inc. (Cary, NC), a manufacturer of advanced vacuum technology, gripper systems, air nippers, tube lifters and end-of-arm tooling, announced the release of its new 2016 Series of self-centering, gap-free sprue grippers. Featuring a wide jaw opening, high closing force, single-acting operation and easy assembly and disassembly, the new grippers are also available with optional direct sensing capabilities and smooth or saw-tooth jaws.Manufactured using zinc-plated steel gripper jaws with anodized, high-strength aluminum alloy housings and compatible with both oiled and unoiled compressed air, the grippers deliver reliable performance even in harsh manufacturing environments.
Source: Plastics Today Newsletter, February 9, 2017.

19. NEW BIOPLASTICS FOR HOME COMPOSTABILITY
FKuR has recently developed Bio-Flex blends for the production of low gauge films which will biodegrade completely in garden compost at low, variable temperatures. Vinçotte, based in Belgium, has already issued OK Compost HOME certificates for these grades. In addition, most of the new compounds meet the requirements of Article 75 of the French Energy Transition Law ("Loi sur la transition énergétique").All home compostable Bio-Flex compounds have outstanding moisture resistance offering a great advantage when compared with many other commercially available starch-based plastics of this type. These biodegrade rapidly but should only be filled with dry contents.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, February 22, 2017.

20. WOOD-PLASTIC COMPOSITE FOR STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDS’ FIN
Surf equipment manufacturer, Futures Fins, has introduced a new fin for stand-up paddleboards (SUP) created from biocomposites. The RWC (reclaimed wood composite) Keel is an environmentally friendly biocomposite-based fin that meets, and in some aspects exceeds, traditional performance demands.The new fin is made from a wood-plastic composite manufactured by Green Dot Bioplastics. Each SUP fin receives a rating on the Speed vs Stability scale based on flex, rake and foil tests to assist customers in determining the specifics they need according to their skill level and desires. These new fins tested just as well in these three categories, but at a lighter weight as compared to the products they were replacing.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, February 20, 2017.

21. PEEK REPLACES PLA, FOR DESKTOP FILAMENT EXTRUDER
3devo has tested the prototype which is referred to as the Next 1.0 Advanced Level desktop filament extruder for 3D printers working with PEEK. Switching from PLA to PEEK presented a unique challenge: building up the temperature inside the Advanced Level extruder to PEEK’s high melting point of 343 degrees.Because of PEEK’s steady flow and relatively quick cooling properties, extruding it to the desired thickness (2.85mm or 1.75mm) was easier than expected. PEEK finds its Main Uses in the aerospace, automotive and medical fields
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, February 23, 2017.

22. FIRST FULLY RECYCLABLE SHAMPOO BOTTLE MADE WITH BEACH PLASTIC
In a twist on post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic, P&G puts plastic collected on beaches back to use in its Head & Shoulders shampoo bottles.P&G has partnered with TerraCycle and Europe’s waste management leader to ensure a reliable source of post-consumer recycled plastic, collected from beaches around the world, for bottles of Head & Shoulders shampoo.This project focuses to incorporate more post-consumer recycled content (as P&G has for more than 25 years, last year using 34,000 metric tons) across other P&G brands; P&G Hair Care is projected to see half a billion bottles per year include 25% PCR by the end of 2018.
Source: Packaging Digest, January 23, 2017.

23. EGG CARTONS MADE FROM 100% RECYCLED PET
Hickman’s Family Farms, an egg producer near Phoenix, AZ, just introduced the newly designed 18-count RPET egg carton to stores in Arizona such as Costco made from 100% recycled PET from water and soda bottles.Global Plastics Inc., a vertically integrated recycler located in Perris, CA, takes in the baled recycled PET bottles from buy-back centers through the California Redemption Value program, which pays consumers a nickel for every PET bottle they redeem, and they bring in a lot. California’s recycling rate is around 90%. Global Plastics recycles approximately four million bottles a day, which are sorted by color and ground and washed to FDA standards to ensure clean recyclate. The company then pelletizes the material and extrudes the sheets for use in thermoforming.
Source: Plastics Today Newsletter, February 14, 2017.

24. CLEAR TRUVUE CANS BY SONOCO FOR VEGETABLES
The TruVue clear can, a revolutionary alternative to the traditional metal can, was launched by packaging vendor Sonoco (Hartsville, SC) in conjunction with McCall Farms (Effingham, SC) for vegetables and launched in 400 stores in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic States.The can uses Sonoco’s patented freshlock technology and is made of a highly engineered, multilayer plastic substrate, allowing consumers to see the product inside. It also incorporates an EZ-open lid & metal bottom and has been commercially tested and proven to withstand the rigors of many retort processes. Plus, the TruVue can runs on existing filling equipment currently in use for traditional metal cans, thereby minimizing capital investment.
Source: Plastics Today Newsletter, February 6, 2017.

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