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Technical Updates - June - July 2016

1.THERMOPLASTIC COMPOSITE BASED HONEYCOMB SANDWICH PANELS
EconCore& DuPont have jointly developed thermoplastic composite-based honeycomb Sandwich Panels. The honeycomb cores are combined with skins made of Vizilon™ thermoplastic composite, a very light, continuously reinforced fiber composite sheet based on a high-temperature-resistant, heat-stabilized polyamide matrix. In various configurations, the honeycomb cores find an ally of choice to maximize stiffness and strength at a minimal weight, with dimensions never achieved before. EconCore’sThermHex technology for continuous production of sandwich panels with thermoplastic honeycomb core has proven to be capable of delivering high-performance sandwich panels at high efficiency and cost levels not achievable for conventional methods.
Source: Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, May 9, 2016.

2.SUGARCANE-DERIVED HDPE-BASED CARTON BOTTLE FROM TETRA PAK
Tetra Pak has announced that a new version of its Tetra Top® package, more than 80% of which comes from plant-based materials, will make its global debut in the United States with JUST™ water. The new generation carton bottle now comes with a cap and top made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) derived from sugarcane. Combined with the FSC™ certified paperboard used in the main sleeve of the carton, this pushes its renewable content up from 53% to 82%, with no impact to its recyclability. This unique bio-based bottle delivers another milestone in a long line of successful environmental innovations at Tetra Pak.
Source: Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, May 6, 2016.

3. SILICONE RUBBER GAP FILLER FOR ELECTRONICS APPLICATIONS
Wacker’s SEMICOSIL® 961 TC silicone rubber is ideal as an interface material for thermally connecting electronic circuits, ensuring effective heat management. The product is characterized by good flow and processing properties. It is a highly filled, two-part silicone rubber that cures at room temperature via a platinum-catalyzed addition reaction to form a soft silicone elastomer with a tacky surface. The cured rubber achieves a thermal conductivity of two watts per meter kelvin and, at the same time, is electrically insulating. It is a non-sag material.
Source: Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, May 10, 2016.

4. DUPONT’S 3D ANTI-COUNTERFEITING FILM
DuPont Advanced Printing (Wilmington, DE) has released a new anti-counterfeiting film for packaging—Izon 3D security film. The new film employs DuPont imaging technology and enables the integration of overt anti-counterfeiting features directly onto product packaging or labeling. The film is clearly visible and unique 3D features with the unique side dot validation design makes it easy to verify full parallax 3D imaging. The bright holographic red security icon is clearly recognizable and is embedded to enhance quick authentication. This feature is extremely handy for field verification by brand protection teams and enforcement agents.
Source:Plastics Today Website, May 11, 2016.

5. SHELF LIFE OF FLOWERS EXTENDED BY WATERLESS PACKAGING
PerfoTec (Netherlands), a subsidiary of Uflex (Uttar Pradesh, India), has developed an innovative biodegradable packaging solution for flowers that eliminates the use of water and cooling facilities by using Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging (AMAP) technology. Using PerfoTec’s Fast Respiration Meter, the oxygen demand of flowers is measured and a patented laser technology makes a micro perforation on Flexfresh film to allow enough oxygen for the flowers to stay alive and prevent them from excess oxidation. The Flowers are ‘put to sleep’ so to say and can go without water for five days as the humidity is fed back in to the flower when it continues to breathe. Once the package is received by the customer and opened, the bouquet remains fresh in a vase for at least a guaranteed seven days.
Source:Plastics Today Website, June 16, 2016.

6. WORLD’S FIRST PRODUCTION-READY 3D-PRINTING SYSTEM FROM HP
On May 17, HP presented the world’s first production-ready commercial 3D-printing systemHP Jet Fusion that will produce parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D printers. The two HP printers coming on the market target business customers and are designed to create prototypes as well as larger batches of items such as small clamps. They are priced at $130,000, or $155,000 if customers want extra post-processing software and other tools. The 4200 model, which can be used to print 3D objects in bulk, will retail for over $200,000 depending on the configuration, writes Fortune.
Source:Plastics Today Website, May 19, 2016.

7. HIGH-TEMP PA REPLACES DIE-CAST ZINC IN COMPACT AIR COMPRESSOR
DSM Engineering Plastics has supplied a high-temperature polyamide (PA) grade under its ForTii range for the housing of a newly redesigned compact air compressor used in car repair kits to fix flat tires. The injection-molded material replaces multiple die-cast zinc components and has reduced the weight of the air pump by more than 50%. Tests on the new design have shown that it operates reliably at temperatures as low as -30°C and as high as 250°C without failure. Total part costs can also be reduced, often by 20-30%.
Source:Plastics Today Website, May 24, 2016

8.GFR ENGINEERING PLASTICS FOR DEMANDING AUTO ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS
Solvay Engineering Plastics, among the world leaders in polyamide materials, announced at CHINAPLAS 2016 the development of a new Technyl® range for the demanding environment of automotive electronics. This new family of both unfilled and glass fiber reinforced, and heat-stabilized engineering plastics will have a specified and controlled halogen content tailored to fit sensitive electrical and electronic automotive applications. Customized Technyl® grades for electronic applications demonstrate excellent retention of properties, including high chemical and hydrolysis resistance, even after long-term exposure to elevated temperatures, while at the same time enduring demanding mechanical loads.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, May 18, 2016

9.HDPE- & PET-BASED OVAL SNAP-ON FLIP-TOP CLOSURE
The new Oval Flip-Top from Spectra Packaging is available in a stylish high gloss finish and joins its expanding closure range that now includes Tall Radiused Caps, Shallow and Double Wall Caps, Cylindrical Flip-top Closures, Flared Disc Tops and Non-aerosol Overcaps. This latest snap-on closure, which currently fits Spectra’s new 250ml Elba Oval, has been designed to fit a number of up and coming packs that Spectra have in development. This new closure features a distinctive dish profile, perfect for pad-applied products. The caps stylish ergonomic curved thumb opening gives it a real point of difference over other similar products on the market.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, May 9, 2016.

10. PA IN HIGH PRESSURE HYDROGEN TANK FOR FUEL CELL VEHICLE
The process used by Toyota to manufacture the tank for its Mirai fuel cell vehicle (FCV) entails blow-molding the liner, followed by wrapping with carbon fiber and then impregnating the fiber with epoxy resin that cures at 150°C. Coupled with the requirement that the tank retain its integrity down to a chilling -70°C, Ubenylon 1218IU, a polyamide (PA) 6 material from Ube Industries, was selected as the material of choice. Toyota’s Mirai FCV employs two hydrogen fuel tanks, made from a PA 6 liner wrapped in a carbon fiber epoxy composite. Each tank can hold 5 kg of hydrogen. The resin reportedly delivers superior performance for hydrogen permeation prevention (an order of magnitude superior to HDPE) and excellent mechanical performance, in terms of durability to withstand sudden changes in tank temperature from filling and discharging hydrogen, and shock resistance in extreme cold.
Source:Plastics Today Website, June 1, 2016

11.CARBON-FIBER WHEEL FOR FORD SHELBY GT350R
Working with Carbon Rev (CR), a technology company in Victoria, Australia, the Ford Performance group designed a new carbon wheel. The weight saving is huge: The carbon wheel weighs approximately 18 pounds compared with an aluminum wheel that weighs around 33 pounds, a weight saving of 60 lbs. per vehicle. Rotational inertia is reduced by 40%, which means faster, more responsive steering and improved acceleration and braking. Increased lateral wheel stiffness means a reduction in steering “dead-band” and a predictable chassis balance. The result is the most track-capable Mustang ever produced.
Source:Plastics Today Website, May 15, 2016

12. NEW ARALDITE® FST 40004 / 40005 FOR COMPOSITE RAIL PARTS
Developed for RTM, Infusion or Pultrusion processes, the new ARALDITE® FST 40004 / 40005 – allows fast development of high performance, lightweight composite components. Using this system, small and medium parts can be made quickly, large parts can be produced cost effectively at low temperature It takes user-friendly processing technologies into a new dimension enabling fast RTM curing capabilities at around 5 minutes / 150˚C and a pultrusion speed of circa 12 meters an hour.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, June 10, 2016

13. DSM’S NEW TPC REPLACES PLASTICS-RUBBER & METAL-RUBBER COMBINATIONS
DSM has developed new high temperature resistant grade of its Arnitel® thermoplastic copolyester elastomer (TPC) for production of flexible hot charge air ducts used in turbocharged engines.Arnitel HT will allow system suppliers to produce the ducts in a single material and using a single process step. Switching to Arnitel HT will provide producers with a significant improvement in process efficiency, cost reductions of up to 50% and weight reduction of up to 40%.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, June 21, 2016

14. SOLVAY’S PAEK IN POLIMOTOR 2 ENGINE’S OIL PUMP HOUSING
Solvay’s AvaSpire® AV-651 CF30 polyaryletherketone (PAEK) will form three sections of the Polimotor 2 engine’s external dry sump modular oil pump housing. The Polimotor 2 project aims to design and manufacture a next-generation, all-plastic engine for competitive racing in 2016. Overall, replacing the entire metal housing with one molded from AvaSpire® PAEK delivered a total weight reduction of 0.27 kg (0.6 lbs) while meeting the desired performance requirements of the oil pump. A 30 percent carbon fiber-reinforced compound, AvaSpire® AV-651 CF30 PAEK delivers higher strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance compared to base AV-651 grades, and enhanced weight reduction vs. glass fiber-reinforced AvaSpire® PAEK grades.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, June 22, 2016

15. DOW'S BARRIER FILM MAKES STAND-UP POUCHES RECYCLABLE
Dow’s RecycleReady Technology helps converters create barrier pouches that answer consumer demand for more recyclable packaging options. The RecycleReady stand-up pouch made with Retain polymer modifiers is the first package of its kind with barrier film that can be recycled in a polyethylene recycling stream. When combined with other polyethylene resins, the Retain compatibilizer offers a recyclable solution with enhanced barrier characteristics.
Source:Plastics Today Website, June21, 2016

16. CMT’S MATERIAL FOR HEAVY GAUGE TPO THERMOFORMING
CMT Materials, a designer and developer of syntactic foams for use as plug-assist materials, has developed a new grade of syntactic foam HYTAC-LPXT designed specifically for cut-sheet thermoforming of TPO and capped materials. It is impregnated with PTFE to provide a smooth, no-stick and mark-off-free surface. It is formulated to meet the requirements of the custom cast and cure approach typically used for large, complex part geometries in the heavy gauge thermoforming industry. A crack-arresting additive ensures product life for cycle-after-cycle and year-after-year performance.
Source:Plastics Today Website, June 22, 2016

17. INVENTIVE SNIFF-TEST PACKAGING SOLVES A CONSUMER DILEMMA
Packaging for private-label laundry scent booster brands like Meijer and Family Dollar boasts an intriguing method that makes it easy to sample the product’s smell with a quick squeeze of the container before purchase. The squeezable, pinched-waist PET bottle has an overcap—which doubles as a measuring cup—that’s secured to the bottle by a full-body shrink sleeve. The sleeve’s perforations extend to the top of the bottle so that the overcap may be easily removed for use. Patent-pending technology enables consumers to smell the fragrance through a tiny hole in the overcap without twisting off the threaded cap.
Source:Packaging Digest, June 29, 2016

18. GRAHAM PACKAGING GETS AWARD FOR ITS PET JARS
Graham Packaging Co. has been awarded the DuPont Diamond Award for Packaging Innovation, as well as the 2016 AmeriStar award in the Shelf-Stable Food Category, for the comprehensive solution ThermaSet provides to long-standing industry challenges. The proprietary blowmolded PET container for hot-fill, pasteurized food reduces breakage, downtime, shipping and waste throughout the supply chain, offering brand owners, fillers and retailers significant cost savings, while providing improved safety and handling to consumers. The 24-oz ThermaSet PET pasta sauce jars are nearly 90% lighter than glass. That translates to nearly 40% more trays in each truck, and 28% fewer trucks on the road.
Source:Plastics Today Website, June 27, 2016

19. LANXESS’S PBT+PC BLEND FOR FOOD PROCESSOR’S ROLLER SUPPORT
The roller support for food processor is made of Pocan C 3230 XF (XtremeFlow), a blend of polybutyleneterephthalate and polycarbonate (PBT+PC) from LANXESS that is reinforced with 30 percent glass fibers. It offers dimensionally stable & low warpage. The material displays roughly 40 percent better flow than a comparable standard PBT/PC blend likewise reinforced with 30 percent glass fibers. The mechanical properties are at a similarly high level. For example, the tensile modulus is 7,500 MPa and the tensile strength nearly 100 MPa. The material’s high stiffness and even higher impact strength compared to the standard material ensure that the roller support can easily withstand the mechanical demands imposed on it
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 6, 2016

20. SABIC’S PLASMA-COATED PC REAR QUARTER WINDOW
Toyota’s special edition 86 GRMN sports car is the first production vehicle to feature a rear quarter window in polycarbonate (PC) material with a plasma-coat solution designed to deliver the highest level of durability performance. The vehicle, exclusive to Japan, exhibited earlier this year at Tokyo Auto Salon 2016. The car’s rear quarter window is injection molded with LEXAN™ resin, an optically clear and lightweight-enabling PC material from SABIC. The window is about 50 percent lighter compared to a conventional glass solution.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 11, 2016

21. TORAY’S ANTI-FOG EASY-TO-PEEL CLEAR PET LIDDING FILM
Toray Plastics (America), Inc., has introduced LumiLid® XL7AF film, an anti-fog, easy-to-peel PET lidding film for use with fresh and refrigerated food that is packaged in polypropylene (PP) trays, including mineral-filled PP trays. The New film also has a consumer-friendly easy peel. Among today's popular consumer applications are vegetables, hummus, and salsa. In addition, XL7AF can be microwaved, which makes it ideal for refrigerated prepared meals. The new film also has a robust sealant layer. When XL7AF is applied to the PP tray it forms a strong, consistent, protective seal, sealing even through overfill on the rim of the tray. Ordinary lidding films are thinner and lack the "caulkability" that XL7AF offers and multi-layer laminations are expensive.
Source:Omnexus-SpecialChem Newsletter, July 12, 2016

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