In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new introductions at the show.
Many of these are vinyls and additives, while others are foam resins, transparent polyamides, copolyesters, cellulosic polymers, and a fiber-reinforced polypropylene. Some focus on sustainability, such as bio-based content from a plant-based plasticizer and additives for reclaimed and recycled plastics and polymer compounds containing recycled content that improve their processing efficiency and performance.
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At NPE2015, PolyOne introduced its Geon BIO Flexible Solutions line of non-phthalate flexible vinyl with 30% bio-based content. They are formulated with PolyOne’s plant-based reFlex 300 plasticizer, with performance equal to or better than materials containing petroleum-based plasticizers. Materials made with reFlex 300 have been tested and certified by the US Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred Program to be 99% bio-based. Compared to other flexible vinyls, Geon BIO materials have enhanced thermal stability and a wider processing window.
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Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.