Just how buoyant can a material be? In the case of a "new generation" of continuous cured and modified rubber compounds from Sentinel Products Corp., "they can outperform existing PVC/vinyl nitrile materials at a competitive price," according to Scott Smith, COO. The new elastomeric metallocene-based compounds, EMR(TM) 220FL, recently received UL recognition for personal flotation devices. They have a buoyancy rating of 60, provide softness properties similar to PVC/vinyl nitrile materials, and can be easily thermoformed into 3D parts. The compounds remain flexible at low temperatures, resist fungal and bacterial growth, and have high UV and chemical resistance. Sentinel Products Corp.: Product Code 4372
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
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