Exatec LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SABIC
Innovative Plastics, and ULVAC are collaborating to accelerate cost-effective,
high-volume production of weatherable, scratch-resistant, plasma-coated Lexan
polycarbonate (PC) resin for vehicle windows. Under the agreement, ULVAC will
manufacture turnkey mass production systems that leverage its' expertise in
high-volume vacuum equipment and Exatec's proprietary plasma coating
The combined ULVAC and Exatec technologies will help
automakers and tiers replace heavier glass windows with Lexan resin glazing to
meet upcoming regulations for lower CO2 emissions and also provide greater design freedom and cost reduction
through parts consolidation. It also offers other industries - particularly
consumer electronics - durable and abrasion-resistant coating solutions for a
broad range of products.
More stringent vehicle emission restrictions are
planned in major automotive markets. In the U.S., new rules mandate
that by 2016, vehicles must get an average of 35.5 miles per gallon. In Europe,
mandatory reductions of CO2 emissions aim to reach 130gCO2/km
(.46lbs/mile) in 2015 for the average new car fleet, and 95g/km (.35lbs/mile)
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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