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Technical Updates - August - September 2016

1. HDPE CIRCULAR COMPOUNDS WITH POST CONSUMER RECYCLATES
Total has recently introduced a new range of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Circular Compounds with high levels of recycled content to its packaging segment customers. With performance equal to or exceeding that of virgin resins, this new product range valorizes Total’s superior process and catalyst technology and actively contributes to the Circular Economy. These HDPE polymer products, in natural color, cover all the manufacturing needs for blow-molded bottles and heavy-duty containers for household & industrial liquids with a guarantee of 25% or 50% minimum of Post ConsumerRecyclate (PCR).
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, August 12, 2016

2.ULTRA-HIGH PERFORMANCE PA FOR METAL-REPLACEMENT IN AUTO
Royal DSM will launch new high performance plastics at K2016 demonstrating innovative new applications for its complete portfolio of materials, from markets spanning automotive, electronics and specialized industries such as water management.Automotive applications illustrating the capabilities of DSM’s broad range of high performance plastics include the world’s first volume application of a high-heat plastic—Stanyl Diablo— air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler; an advanced prototype one-piece flexible hot charge air duct for turbocharged engines in Arnitel® HT high temperature resistant thermoplastic copolyester; and products demonstrating the trend towards electric power.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, August 23, 2016

3 NEW GRADES FOR FOOD APPLIANCE COMPONENTS FROM SOLVAY
Solvay has recently announced that it is adding three Ryton® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) products to its rapidly growing portfolio for food and beverage applications. Ryton® R-4-242, Ryton® R-7-232 PPS and Ryton® R-4-232 PPS. Solvay’s Ryton® R-4-232 and new Ryton® R-4-242 products are both 40 percent glass fiber-reinforced PPS compounds that raise the bar for heat resistance in Solvay’s food-contact portfolio. The new Ryton® R-4-242 product further offers slightly higher mechanical properties and is based on a production technology that lowers outgassing which, in turn, reduces taste and odor.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 15, 2016

4. COST-EFFECTIVE BIOBASED, BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS
IBM Research announced that a research group headed by Robert Waymouth of Stanford and James Hedrick of IBM Research has identified a chemical catalyst that makes it possible to manufacture various PLA biopolyesters at a faster rate, more selectively and more cheaply than current methods. These inexpensive bioplastics can be used for making common consumer plasticware, such as eating utensils, as well as medical devices, that are safer for the environment.The new catalyst is an organic substance that lowers the energy required for the conversion from plant to plastic to occur. It can degrade in the environment just like the PLA itself. Polylactides conform to the ASTM standard for biodegradable plastics and can be completely degraded in about 45-90 days by composting and exposure to microorganisms.
Source: Plastics Today Website, August 11, 2016.

5.HMS-PP BY BRASKEM
Braskem has developed high-melt-strength polypropylene (HMS-PP) making its debut at K Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany, this October, it has received positive feedback from clients using the product in extruded foams over a wide range of densities and using various blowing agent types. The characteristics of Braskem’s HMS-PP,along with polypropylene’s inherent chemical resistance and high service temperatures, make this product a suitable choice for extruding foams via direct-injection (DI) processes, processes using chemical foaming agents, and other specialty foam processes. In some processes, foam densities as low as 40 kg/m3 with high stiffness have been achieved, according to Braskem.
Source: Plastics Today Website, September 8, 2016.

6. HyCAP4 TO BE LAUNCHED BY HUSKY AT K-FAIR 2016
Husky Injection Molding Systems will be demonstrating the all-new HyCAP4 system for the first time at K 2016 in hall 13, stand A61. To optimize productivity and efficiency while producing high-quality, lightweight closures, Husky made adjustments such as electrification of the clamp motion, servo-variable pumping technology and a regenerative clamp stroke. Combined, these enhancements deliver up to 40% improvement in energy consumption over the previous generation, without sacrificing performance.
Source: Plastics Today Website, August 4, 2016.

7.OXEON’S TeXtreme® FOR BICYCLE FRAMES
French bike brand Origine Bicycles has usedTeXtreme® for its bicycle frames. TeXtreme® represents the next generation in state-of-the-art carbon fiber (CF) material used to create ultra-lightweight, high-performance products. Companies utilizing TeXtreme® Technology achieve significant results in minimizing weight while increasing stiffness and strength, in comparison to other carbon fiber (CF) materials. The fork built with TeXtreme® materials is almost 19% lighter than the standard one – 320 grams in comparison to 380 grams for previous version
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, August 12, 2016.

8. TPE GRADES WITH LOW COMPRESSION SET FOR SEAL INDUSTRY PolymaxTPE
PolymaxTPE has introduced two Styrenic TPE grades engineered to deliver low compression set performance expressly for gasket and seals application. These two new grades, P32-010 and P32-011, can replace TPV elastomers in a variety of sealing applications that include gaskets, seals, valves, home appliance, and food packaging requiring high resilience for seal integrity.Measurements show that the compression set of the 60 shore A P32-011 TPE has 16% at RT, 26% at 70°C and 38% at 100 °C for 22 hours; and the 40 shore A P31-010 has 20% compression set at RT, 27% at 70°C and 48% at 100 °C.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, August 10, 2016.

9. SO.F.TER’S LITEPOL® ENSURES PLASTIC PART WEIGHT REDUCTION
LITEPOL® engineering polymers with hollow glass microspheres reduce the weight of plastic parts by up to 30%, which means potential CO2 emission savings of 1000 tons per car. LITEPOL® is the name of the new compound line with hollow glass microspheres for lightweight applications presented by SO.F.TER. atFakuma Exhibition. LITEPOL® products ensure weight reduction, good strength and shock resistance, shorter cycle times and exceptional dimensional stability of the molded parts. The focus of LITEPOL® is thus on maximum versatility and adaptability, qualities that make this product range extremely appealing for the automotive industry, especially in consideration of the new limits on CO2 emissions set at 95 g/km starting from 2021.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 29, 2016

10. IFT16 SHOWCASES UNIQUE ASEPTIC PACKAGING DEVELOPMENT
The Institute of Food Technologists show in July proved fruitful, yielding interesting developments, methods and options related to aseptic packaging and several firsts.The fillers can be paired with any small-scale High Temperature Short Time (HTST), Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) or aseptic processing systems. The booth also featured a model of a new 2-stage AseptiWave thermal processing system (above) that uses microwave energy to reduce nutrient degradation and increase processing time vs. conventional heat exchanger systems. Customers are testing high-acid foods including fruit purees, smoothies and fillings.
Source:Packaging Digest, August 9, 2016.

11. RECYCLABLE STAND-UP POUCH STRUCTURE DESIGN BY NOVA
NOVA Chemicals Corp. has developed a versatile all-polyethylene (PE) multi-layer structure design for use in the popular stand-up pouch package format. The structure is compatible with HDPE recycling streams, while retaining the performance, processability and cost-competitiveness of existing mixed-material structures.The new multi-layer PE film offers several benefits: Exceptional moisture barrier performance, Runs on standard lines without productivity loss, Can be co-extruded or PE-PE laminated for surface or reverse printing, Compatible with re-closable zippers and other open/close fitments
Source:Packaging Strategies, August 16, 2016.

12. FKuR’S NEW BLENDS YIELD STRONG BUT THIN FILMS
FKuR’s new technology allows for thinner films, making it possible to save on material with zero loss of performance. The first two films Bio-Flex FX 1120 and Bio-Flex FX 1130 will showcased this year at FKuR’s booth at K 2016 (Hall 6, E 48). Both films offer extremely low thicknesses combined with a high puncture resistance and processing is comparable to standard PE with renewable raw material content of both new films being upwards of 50%, depending on the type. In addition, not only are films made from these materials compostable according to EN 13432, the materials have also been approved for food contact.
Source:Plastics Today Website, August 5, 2016.

13. POLYONE’S TPE-MOLDED FOLDING BABY BATHTUB
At the 2016 Children-Baby-Maternity Expo (CBME), PolyOne showcased a new, portable, folding baby bathtub from Hong Kong-based Karibu Baby Ltd. The tub features a custom overmolded GLS Versaflex™ thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and non-toxic PolyOne OnColor™ colorants. The material is also compliant with U.S. FDA food contact requirements and the REACH regulation. The patented foldaway design enables easy storage without sacrificing a full-size tub for infants. Extra leg support with non-slip material makes this bathtub usable on any flat surface, and a built-in hook allows it to be hung for drying or storage.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 22, 2016

14. BIO-BASED PA RANGE FOR AUTO COOLING APPLICATIONS FROM DSM
Royal DSM is extending its portfolio of high performance materials that answer the need in demanding automotive applications for hydrolysis resistance across a wide range of temperatures. The portfolio is targeted at numerous water-cooling related applications under the hood. DSM’s extensive portfolio of materials based on polyamides 410 and 4T (EcoPaXX® and ForTii® respectively) are all inherently resistant to hydrolysis. One particular grade, EcoPaXX Q-HG6/7, is very well suited for applications such as expansion tanks that need to resist coolants at high temperatures. It enables part weight to be cut by as much as 30% compared with polyamide 66.The connector needs to withstand high internal pressures at temperatures of up to 135°C—something that is not possible with PA66.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 22, 2016

15. SOLVAY’S PEEK FOR EXTRUDING MICROTUBE
Solvay has recently announced that Apollo Medical Extrusion now offers single- and multi-lumen medical microtubing extruded from Solvay’s KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK). With the addition of KetaSpire® PEEK to its polymer selection, the company’s off-the-shelf products now encompass three new triple-lumen and 26 single-lumen microtubes made from Solvay’s material, as well as 14 sizes of PEEK rods. As a class of materials, PEEK offers outstanding chemical resistance at higher temperatures and retains excellent mechanical properties at continuous-use temperatures up to 240°C (464°F).Microtube applications that can benefit from the material’s well-balanced performance profile include those used for atherectomy, arterial ablation, prostate irradiation and tools for placement of medical devices.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 19, 2016

16. NEW PRODUCTS FOR RIGID PACKAGING FROM SABIC
Sabic has developed the first of a new generation of Flowpact polypropylene (PP) impact copolymers to help manufacturers of many types of injection molded rigid packaging make stronger products and cut costs.Rigid packaging made with PP FPC45, including types that can be hot-filled, has considerably higher top-load strength than identical products made with current benchmark materials. This in turn improves stackability, offering better economics in transport and storage.The good flow properties of PP FPC45 further assist with thin walling and fast injection, and a higher crystallization temperature will enable parts to be demolded faster—reducing energy consumption and increasing
Source:Plastics Today Website, July 12, 2016

17.CUBE MOLD TECHNOLOGY AT K 2016
Foboha (Europe), has developed advanced cube mold technology that not only enables an enormous reduction in cycle time, it streamlines the manufacture of mass-produced parts, and that of parts with additional integrated assembly steps (In-Mold-Assembly). Highly complex parts can be manufactured on a single machine. The technology is characterized by mold parts that rotate not horizontally, but vertically around the axis. A patented two-part turning stack system forms the heart of Foboha’s cube technology. The lower section of the mold runs on the machine base and the lower machine tie bars; the top part on the upper machine tie bars. Using this technology, parts are processed within the turning system at different levels. The pre-injection moldings are molded in a cavity of the first parting line. As soon as the mold is fully open, they remain on the side of the movable middle block and can be turned into the range of the second parting line by a 90° or by a 180° turn of this middle block. After the mold closes again, the second component is injected into the cavity of the second parting line in which the pre-injection moldings are located, to mold composite parts. The finished parts are removed at the 4th station. The process is characterized by parallel running mold fill, cooling phase and parts removal, which are essential advantages of the technology. According to Foboha, the cycle time for a one- or two-component product can be reduced by up to 30 %.
Source:Plastics Today Website, July 28, 2016

18. 3D PEN FOR INSTANT RECYCLING OF PLASTIC WASTES
Renegade is not the smallest, thinnest, lightest or cheapest 3D pen in the world. It prints 3D models by recycling your plastic bottles, files, and bags. It uses a robust and powerful extruder that includes a screw-feeder mechanism and heating system. These combine to transport, destruct, and melt the plastic tape produced by the ChupaCut plastic bottle shredder or even standard filaments. The rotating screw forces the heated plastic to move forward evenly and extrudes it from the nozzle. The molten plastic then cools down rapidly into a solid and stable spatial structure.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 21, 2016

19. PA 6 OFFERS MORE ECONOMICAL DESIGN FOR ENGINE OIL PAN
The oil pan module for the new six-cylinder boxer engines of the Porsche 911 Carrera, is being manufactured using Durethan from LANXESS. The component fully satisfies the specific requirements for functional integration, lightweight construction and cost-effective production that the new generation of engines has to meet. The oil pan module has been developed in close collaboration between POLYTEC and Porsche. Specimen storage tests spanning a total of 3,000 hours at 150 °C were performed on highly reinforced, hydrolysis-stabilized, easy-flowing and high-temperature-stabilizedDurethan grades, among others.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 15, 2016

20. TORAY USES KAUTEX’S BLOW MOLDING MACHINE FOR PPS 3D PIPES
Toray’s technical center in Nagoya is using the new Kautex machine to test the production of different 3D pipes using the so-called suction blow process. The focus is on the development of especially heat-resistant air ducts made from polyphenylenesulphide (PPS). A current development trend in the automotive industry is the downsizing of car engines while at the same time increasing performance. Toray achieved very good results here with polyphenylenesulphide PPS. This plastic distinguishes itself with especially high and durable heat-resistance up to 220 degrees Celsius.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 18, 2016

21. TAMPON TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTIONIZED BY MEDICAL-GRADE POLYMERS
The Flex Co. founded in 2015, is applying advances in medical-grade materials formulated for use in the body to the development of a tampon that promises “mess-free” sex during menstrual cycles as well as a more comfortable overall wearing experience. The company describes Flex menstrual discas a disposable, single-use menstrual product that can be worn safely for up to 12 hours. The outer edge of the disc is made of a proprietary blend of medical-grade polymer, which conforms to the user’s natural shape under exposure to body heat to create a leak-free seal. The soft center catch collects rather than absorbs the menstrual fluid. The circumference of the edge is made to fit inside the vaginal fornix, covering the cervix, and preventing menstrual fluid from entering the vaginal canal.
Source:Plastics Today Website, August 15, 2016

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