Thursday, February 25, 2010

Water Purifier with Biomaster Protection

he Aqua Pure Traveller is a unique water purification system in a convenient hand held water bottle. The advanced filter uses a combination of technologies to disinfect containments in the water that pose a risk to human health.

The Aqua Pure Traveller has been proven to remove the bacteria from the water before drinking, such as E.Coli, Vibrio Cholera and S.pyogenes (the cause of Strep Throat). It also kills parasites that may be present in the water and even viruses such as Polio type 1. This is particularly useful when clean water is scarce such as during natural disasters, expeditions or long outdoor trips in remote areas.

The Aqua Pure Traveller is also perfect for taking abroad and purifying water from hotels and Aqua Pure Traveller restaurants or for outdoor pursuits and taking in water from streams or rivers. It is also available to military specifications.

The bottle part of the Aqua Pure Traveller is blow moulded in LDPE and contains Addmaster's antimicrobial additive: Biomaster, for protection from bacteria and cross contamination. Biomaster is a silver based additive that is effective at stopping the growth of the so called super bugs such as MRSA, E.Coli, Salmonella and Listeria.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Viscoelastic carpet

The German material producer
Bayer MaterialScience has announced that it has developed an innovative viscoelastic carpet based on polyurethane foams and a special textile fabric. This new viscoelastic carpet concept is already commercialized by the German company Kymo GmbH under the brand name Pure Moss™. According to the firms, walking across this carpet feels like walking over soft moss. This new viscoelastic carpet is based on a four-layered structure. The top layer is an overlay of bielastic knitted fabric with a soft, long-pile texture. Below this is a viscoelastic polyurethane layer and, underneath that, a rebonded foam made from recycled polyurethane material. The bottom layer in contact with the floor is a thin reinforcing fabric that stabilizes the entire structure and protects the less tear-resistant layers above against tensile forces, for example when laying the carpet. The viscoelastic carpet provides a high level of comfort together with excellent insulating properties. It also dampens impact and airborne noise. Many uses are possible for sports, commercial/public building and domestic applications.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Italy Looses a Million tons

between 2008 and 2009, the sale of virgin plastic in Italy dropped by almost one million tons, down to a level of 6 million tons in 2009. A two step drop: -8% in 2008 and -9% last year.

This is the conclusion of the latest Plastic Trend Synthesis study published by Plastic Consult, the Italian consulting company, which analyzes the trends of all major thermoplastic polymers.

In terms of consumption, the only polymer going against the trend is PET (+2.9%), thanks to the good performance of bottling liquid beverages.

Negative signs are all that’s left for the other thermoplastics: -10,5% for low density and linear low density polyethylene, due to negative trends in palletizing and -8,1% for high density polyethylene, dragged downward by industrial applications (pipes and drums/tanks) and the building market.

Polystyrene’s performance was slightly better than average, with consumption of expanded and compact polymer shown a negative trend of -6.2%. The demand for PVC (-15%) and tehcnopolymers (which dropped between -15% and -20%) was strongly effected by the depression of their major markets of use: Automotive, home appliances, and mechanics.

The national production of polymers also dropped off, in part due to the shutdown of Italian PVC plants. The foreign sales balance degraded further, with imports covering almost 75% of the demand for thermoplastics in Italy during 2009.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Natural Rubber

Some natural latexes are the main ingredient in the extraction of natural rubber, an indispensable raw material for all kinds of industries and essential for the manufacture of surgical gloves, condoms or tyres. All the latex used in Europe is imported, extracted fundamentally from the the Hevea brasiliensis tree. The largest producers in the world are Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, three Asian countries that have practically the worldwide monopoly of this resource. In order to find alternatives to this commercial dependence and promote the cultivation of latex-producing plant species in the European Union, within the VII Framework Programme, a research project is being undertaken in which twelve technological centres, universities and companies related to this matter are taking part.

The Basque Neiker-Tecnalia technological centre is part of this consortium and its function is to carry out research into, amongst other matters, the genotype and the possibilities of introducing into Europe the two plant species to substitute imported natural latex: the Guayule bush (Parthenium argentatum) and the Russian dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz). Guayule is considered to be the most promising crop for Mediterranean zones while the Russian dandelion turns out to be more suitable for northern and eastern Europe.

The technical performance and economic potential of rubber extracted from Guayule and the Russian dandelion are being evaluated through the production of specific prototypes, such as for surgical gloves or tyres. Likewise, the consortium anticipates the creation of a network of collaboration between European research and industrial organisations, to pool knowledge with scientists and government bodies so that Europe does not have to depend so much on imported natural latex.

This European project is studying the creation of a new germplasm of both varieties, a study involving their biochemistry and genetics, genetic improvement, agronomy and the designing of concrete products from the resulting rubber. The genetic study of both plants will be used fundamentally to generate examples that produce greater quantities of latex and that will be commercially viable.

A unique biopolymer

Natural rubber is a unique biopolymer that cannot be substituted by synthetic alternatives in many of its most important applications, such as medical products, condoms, footwear or adhesives. This unique character has driven the European Union to take measures to avoid the latent risk of the producing countries deciding on a co-ordinated rise in the price-fixing of this raw material, as happened with petroleum in the seventies.

Within this project, various aspects of the Russian dandelion will be studied, such as its genome and possibilities of mutagenesis for improving the vigour and yield of the crop, as well as the size of its roots from where the natural latex is extracted. Likewise, the relevant genes involved in the production of latex and rubber will be identified.

Guayule is a crop that has been under study over the last few decades, especially in the U.S. with the goal of increasing the yield and production of its natural rubber. Nevertheless, greater optimisation of its agronomy and its varieties is still required, as well as the development of molecular tools for genetic improvement.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Composite door for French High speed Train

Composite door for the French high-speed train made by RTM-Light

A collaborative industrial project between the American material producer Owens Corning, a world leader in glass fiber reinforcement and building material systems, and the French company Stratiforme Industries has allowed to produce a new composite door for the French high speed train i.e. TGV. This innovation is a lateral cover or engine compartment door made by using a resin transfer molding (RTM-Light) process and Uniconform™ mat as reinforcement while the previous doors were made by hand lay-up. As a result the new composite door exhibits higher characteristics in terms of stiffness, impact resistance, dimensional stability and fire resistance. Moreover the new process allows to reduce the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and styrene emissions.

From Plastic to fuel

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bayer's CNT

LEVERKUSEN -- Bayer MaterialScience has opened a new pilot facility for the manufacture of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) at CHEMPARK Leverkusen. The company has invested some EUR 22 million in the planning, development and construction of the facility, which is the largest of its kind in the world and has an annual capacity of 200 metric tons.This whole Bayer's Baytubes expected 25% growth every year and this will creat 2 billion dollar market within 10 years.This going to provide 100,000 jobs in forthcoming months.

CNTs are manufactured from ethylene in a reactor at an elevated temperature using a catalytic process. "Under the right conditions, the next few years will see nanotechnology becoming a powerful branch of industry in Germany and other places in the world.

Baytubes® are a highly innovative modification of carbon. They can be added to polymer matrices or metal systems as a filler or modifier to improve their mechanical strength and impart electrical properties. Potential applications for Baytubes® include thermoplastic and thermoset systems and coatings. When used in coatings for ships, Baytubes® ensure very high abrasion resistance. At the same time they reduce the flow resistance between the ship's hull and the water, resulting in a significant reduction in fuel consumption. Further applications for carbon nanotubes include rotor blades for wind turbines, and sports equipment such as skis, hockey sticks and surfboards.

Personal View:

So far Nano technology is not been acccepted widely yet.Still many R&D is going on this particulat carbon nanotubes.It's advisable to add CNT to a system where high performance required.Because it seems very expensive based on Single and multiwalled CNT'S.

I hope this CNT has to grow in coming years.Still need to be observed its performance on certain product life cycle.many industry still not ready for adopting this technology in their existed product line.there are many factors and issues need to be addressed before CNT widely accepted by all industries.

Toyota's Plastic FRICTION device failure

I have found 2 articles very interesting on Toyota's Failure of Plastic Friction Device.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Polymer Industry News

LM Glasfiber in research project on wind turbine blade laser sensory system

LM Glasfiber, the independent manufacturer of wind turbine blades, is entering into a three-year research project supported by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation to develop laser-based wind sensory systems as an integrated part of future wind turbine blades.

The project, which is a joint venture with Risø DTU and NKT Photonics, aims to improve the load control of the wind turbine in operation thus enhancing the efficiency of the turbine and improving its overall reliability.

LM Glasfiber is working on several projects to improve the efficiency of the blades and consequently the overall energy production from the wind turbine. An important part of this is developing ‘intelligent’ blades that measure the wind and either adapt to the current wind conditions or supply data to the wind turbine control system,” says Lars Fuglsang, LM Glasfiber Research Director.

Integrating so called LIDARs (Light Detection And Ranging) into the blade will be an extension of LM Glasfiber’s previous wind turbine blade monitoring technology and the potential for improved yield is impressive, LM Glasfiber says. It is expected that the energy production may be increased by up to 5% over the wind turbine’s 20-year life time.

“Whereas current blade monitoring technologies measure the loads on the blades, integrating LIDARs into the blade enables us to measure the exact wind conditions to which the blades are exposed. So basically, this means that instead of looking in the rear-view mirror and realising what the blade has been exposed to, we will be able to measure the wind real-time and either have the blade or the wind turbine react on this right away.”

It is expected that a prototype of the new application of the LIDAR technology in wind turbines will be available in 2012. LM Glasfiber says it expects to be able to supply its customers with LIDAR-enabled intelligent wind turbine blades by 2014.

#Greenerd delivers huge hydraulic compression moulding presses to sheet moulder

Greenerd Press & Machine Company, Inc. announced on the 5th of December they have recently delivered and installed three massive 4,000-ton Gib-Guided hydraulic compression moulding presses to Ashley Industrial Moulding, a processor of sheet moulding compound located in Oelwein, Iowa. The presses, which feature Allen Bradley controls, provide comprehensive feedback and control over the entire production process, which allows Ashley to improve part quality, reduce cycle times and expand their business.

The 4,000-ton compression moulding machines were built in Tianjin, China, by Tianjin Tianduan Press Co. Ltd, with whom Greenerd has an exclusive North American alliance. Each combined frame Gib-Guided press weighs about 500 metric tons and was assembled using quality American-made parts that were imported to China from the U.S. for the press’ vital operational components. The giant presses tower 34 feet above and 11 feet below the shop floor. They are the largest compression moulding machines Greenerd has ever delivered, the biggest presses that Ashley has operated and possibly the largest compression moulding press installation in North America.

The machines feature Allen Bradley® Industrial PC Versa View 6181P-12TPXPH with Win XP Software with touch screen controls that provide recipe storage, trending, diagnostics and EtherNet communication. The controls allow the operator to access feedback on each part in a run, troubleshoot any problems and adjust tonnages and speed as necessary, identify the most efficient way to produce a part and reduce cycle times. The controls also provide Ashley with something they’ve never had before – the ability to serialize each part, which opened up new business opportunities for the company. In addition, the Ethernet communication will allow Ashley to monitor production in its Iowa plant from its Indiana headquarters.

“We are extremely pleased about this project,” said Mr. Tim Dining, President of Greenerd Press & Machine Company, Inc. “I am proud to say we met the challenge through every phase, from design through to production and installation, which is a testament to our large press capabilities.”

From China to Iowa, Not an Easy Trip
Delivering the massive presses was indeed a logistical challenge. After they were disassembled in China, the hydraulic presses took up 60 percent of an ocean freighter. They were then shipped on three barges up the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Dubuque, Iowa, where they were delivered to Oelwein on 53 semi-trailer truck loads. They were then re-assembled and installed onsite by Greenerd technicians.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how this purchase and delivery went,” commented Scott Pflughoeft, Vice President of Manufacturing at Ashley. “Greenerd had all three presses assembled, installed and in production in just 60 days. They stayed on site fine-tuning the programming and making adjustments until everything was running smoothly. ”

About Ashley Industrial Molding
Ashley Industrial Molding (AIM) is a custom moulder and painter of plastic products and assemblies. AIM is a leading manufacturer of quality SMC compression moulded and RIM processed components for the agricultural, industrial, construction, forestry and military markets.

About Greenerd Press and Machine Company Inc.
Greenerd is the sole representative for sales, marketing, service and installation of Tianduan product in North America. Founded in New England in 1883, Greenerd has designed and built thousands of high-quality custom and standard hydraulic presses since 1934. Machines include an extensive line of Hydraulic Presses in all sizes and configurations. A complete line of Arbor Presses is also available. Greenerd Presses are made to withstand the rigors of around-the-clock production and deliver many years of service.
Greenerd Presses are available as standard machines or can be designed for custom applications by expert engineers with extensive application experience.

#Angstrom awarded funding from NIST

30 December 2009

Angstron Materials Inc, a producer of nano graphene platelets (NGPs), has been awarded US$1.494 million from the US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop processes for mass-producing chemically modified NGPs for applications in the aerospace, energy, defence, automotive and telecommunications markets.

Part of NIST’s Technology Innovation Program (TIP), the award will be matched by other funding sources.

TIP selected Angstron based on its capability to accelerate development of nano graphene, an advanced material considered critical to potential growth in US manufacturing.

“We’ll also be able to help industries that currently need and use carbon nanotubes, but would benefit from higher performance and a lower cost,” says Dr Bor Jang, CEO and Co-Founder of Angstron, based in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

NGPs can be used in the aviation sector to protect against lightening strikes or in fuel tanks. The material can be modified to become semi-conducting or insulated when needed. Angstron’s work supports other aerospace needs such as integration of NGPs in thin films or coatings for EMI shielding, electrostatic spray painting, and conductive adhesives as well as composites and thermal management applications. Work is also underway to integrate NGPs in several energy storage and conversion products, such as high-capacity lithium-ion batteries, high-capacity supercapacitors, fuel cells, wind turbine blades, lubricants and solar cells.

The ability to chemically functionalise NGPs in a continuous, cost-effective manner is the next step to broad implementation of this material.

“We are actively looking for partners interested in jointly developing methods to incorporate NGPs into products that require critical performance features and could provide a competitive advantage in today’s global market,” says Jang.

Angstron’s project goals under the award will focus on two primary objectives:

o to develop methods for mass-producing functionalised NGPs through the development of scalable surface treatment procedures for both pristine graphene and graphene oxide platelets; and

o to develop an in-depth understanding of the relationships between processing, shape and structure changes and performance in NGPs and NGP-containing devices or composites for both functional and load-bearing applications.

Available in a wide range of geometries, NGP products are reported to be easily surface functionalisable for polymer and common solvent applications and offer high loading potential for nanocomposite applications.

#Carbon fiber composite sail for trimaran

The trimaran of the BMW ORACLE Racing team that has departed San Diego for Valencia, Spain, in preparation for February's 33rd America's Cup Match is said to be 20% faster than when the previous boat was launched more than a year ago due to the use a a new carbon fiber composite fixed-wing sail. The new wing sail is based on two main components: the main element and the flat element. The main element is one single piece that rotates around the mast step. Eight individual flaps rotate around the trailing edge of the main element. Both elements are separated by a small gap and linked together by nine main hinges. The wing is primarily constructed from carbon fibre and aramid fiber (Kevlar™). BMW ORACLE Racing says manufacture of the wing-sail took 40,000 man-hours to complete.

#Lightweight PET bottles for water

Nestle Waters has introduced a new version of its Eco-Shape poly(ethylene terephthalate) (
PET) bottle, which is claimed to be one of lightest 0.5 liter bottle available in the market. The new bottle weighs an average of 9.3 gms and contains 25% less PET than the previous model. This new bottle is currently rolling out in the US for several spring water brands. It allows Nestle to reduce its use of thermoplastic material by 80m pounds annually while reducing its carbon footprint. The company has also developed a new cap for its new Eco-Shape bottles. This new cap weighs only one gram.