A unique new additive that causes
polyvinyl chloride to break down in landfills is one of 10 products that will
receive a 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award from The Plastics Environmental
Div. of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference March 8-10 in Orlando, FL.
BIOtech Products of Randolph,
NJ is being recognized for
development of organometallic additives that are said to render PVC and some
other plastics biodegradable in biologically active landfills, while retaining
or improving normal service life and processing of the plastic materials.
Other winners are:
Arkema Inc. of Philadelphia, PA
for Pebax RNew, which is
described as the first engineering thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) made from
Eco Research Institute Ltd. of Tokyo for a new
technology that pulverizes paper into powders as minute as 50 µm for use as a
plastics compounding material.
VAST Enterprises of Minneapolis,
MN for production of composite
pavers made from a proprietary blend of up to 95 percent recycled car tires and
AMWAY of Ada, MI
for development of the eSpring System, a
water purifier that incorporates a sustainable design based on life-cycle assessment.
Associated Packaging Technologies of Chadds Ford, PA,
which is making a range of thermoformed crystalline PET (CPET) trays that are
said to have smaller environmental impacts than traditional CPET products.
Mannington Mills of Salem,
NJ for expanding a program for
recycling post-consumer carpet to include recycling vinyl composition tile.
Mack Molding Co. of
Arlington, VT and BigBelly Solar of Needham,
MA for production of a
solar-powered compacting trash receptacle for large scale,
low-cost municipal waste collection. Mack injection molds the solar bubble,
fabricates the back panel and door, procures more than 150 unique parts, and
totally assembles the compactor and optional recycler for direct shipment to
BigBelly Solar's customers all over the world.
Nicos Polymers Group of Nazareth, PA
for a proprietary process for the removal of continuous fiber reinforcement
from flexible composites, making possible the cleanest recovery of the polymer
Delta Plastics of the South of Little Rock, AR for having
achieved a goal of reclaiming and recycling virtually 100 percent of its used
manufactured LLDPE irrigation tubing.
The GPEC conference takes place at The Florida Hotel & Conference Center
in Orlando. The
awards will be presented at a banquet on the evening of Tuesday, March 9.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.