Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Boeing to boost 737 production rate to 42 airplanes per month in 2014

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said the market outlook for single-aisle jetliners is strong and growing.

"Customers are demanding our Next-Generation 737 at an unprecedented rate," Albaugh said. "New performance improvements and enhanced passenger comfort features have driven home the value equation for our customers."

Albaugh emphasized the popularity of Boeing's new passenger comfort features, noting that since its introduction in May 2010, the new Boeing Sky Interior is specified on more than 80 percent of new 737 orders.

737 Program Vice President and General Manager Beverly Wyse said the goal with this rate increase is to continue meeting customer demand with an innovative airplane that provides strong performance and value.

"We have worked very closely with our supply chain and our world-class manufacturing team to ensure we can increase rate in an efficient and responsible fashion," Wyse said. "We believe that many of the capital investments and production system changes made for 38 airplanes per month will already position us to build 42," Wyse said. "We are very well situated for this rate increase."

The 737 program currently produces 31.5 airplanes per month and expects to go to 35 per month in early 2012, 38 per month in second quarter 2013, and then to 42 per month in the first half of 2014.

The rate increase announced today is not expected to have a material impact on 2011 financial results.

Boeing's highly efficient and reliable 737 family has become the best-selling airliner in history. More than 280 customers have placed more than 8,880 orders for the single-aisle airplane – including more than 5,750 orders of the Next-Generation 737. Boeing currently manages a backlog of more than 2,100 of the 737 family.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Opel Astra Selects BASF's PU Glass Encapsulation Technology to Develop Panoramic Windshield

This windshield is quite something. Extending from the hood to the B-pillar, it measures a remarkable 1.5 meters which amounts to more than a third of the vehicle's total length. To give such a large surface sufficient strength, Opel's engineers had to pull out all the development stops a total of eleven patents are now pending. The outcome is nothing less than remarkable. According to the manufacturer, the Panorama GTC is just as strong as the three-door vehicle with a steel roof. One reason for so much light and space is light-stable COLO-FAST® systems from BASF Polyurethanes.

Panorama windscreens of this size are simple to realize with WST technology:

Driving gains a fascinating new dimension with light-stable COLO-FAST systems from BASF Polyurethanes. For decades in applications around the world, they have proven effective as a glass encapsulation material and are in use with almost all leading manufacturers of glass panes and modules. With COLO-FAST WST (Window Spray Technology), BASF now also has an innovative system for pressureless application to glass in an open mold. This flush glazing technology is only possible with polyurethane. The result is glass and panorama roofs with impressively flush seals and glass panes. Bonded or extruded profiles, on the other hand, have considerable design drawbacks and are more susceptible to dirt. WST technology has much more going for it, such as greater design freedom, a reaction time of less than 45 seconds, reduced reworking and ultimately also lower investment costs.

Flush surfaces are the goal of COLO-FAST, WST technology and this not only applies to the automotive industry:

After taking over window encapsulation business from Recticel in 2009, BASF promptly initiated the development of a COLO-FAST® system series in line with the latest requirements of REACH. These systems have been undergoing successful launch in Europe and Asia since the end of 2010.
In addition to the automotive industry, product managers at BASF have also been investigating other growth markets for COLO-FAST WST technology, including the solar industry. The possibility of producing integrated flush photovoltaic panels and solar collectors with it improves water management of the roof, i.e. prevents moisture penetration, and counteracts dirt accumulation by improving rainwater run-off. What's more, COLO-FAST protects the edges of panels and collectors from breakage during shipment and installation.

DSM's ThermoPlastic Copolyester Blow Molding Grade Finds Use in FIAT Automobiles

Arnitel PB500-H has been approved for dirty and clean air ducts, assembled on the 1.3 JTD engines for the FIAT Group Automobiles platforms FIAT Minicargo and LANCIA Y (euro V) and for the new LANCIA Y which will be launched in the coming months. Dirty air ducts convey the air before the air filter, whereas clean air ducts are situated in the engine between the air filter and the turbo-compressor.

This new blow molding grade of Arnitel ThermoPlastic Copolyester (TPC) is particularly suited for blow molding of complex shaped air duct applications in the automotive industry for use at continuous use temperatures (CUT) of 130°C. The new material was developed by DSM Engineering Plastics in conjunction with Fiat Group Automobiles and Tier 1 systems supplier Mecaplast.
According to Marco Foresti, who is responsible for CRF Engineering Material Application for Fiat Group Automobiles, Arnitel PB500-H meets the Fiat technical requirements, whilst at the same time offering a cost advantage over current solutions: "With a hardness Shore D equals to 50, Arnitel offers new design freedom and a range of material properties that facilitate easy assembly and higher tolerances on the final design layout."
Ludovic Poix, Fiat Project Manager at Mecaplast, says: "Arnitel PB500-H offers good and stable processability even in achieving complex shapes. The material delivers a superior smooth inner surface with no orange and/or 'crocodile' skin effects. We found it very flexible, over the whole temperature range of -40 ° up to 150 °C. Moreover, Arnitel offers good weldability with PBT fittings/couplings."
Paolo Rossi, Fiat Business Development Manager, explains: "Requirements for Under the Bonnet (UTB) applications are changing constantly. Environmental requirements, EURO V and VI legislation and the call for reduced fuel consumption have resulted in significant changes, e.g. the use of smaller & lighter engines with higher turbo pressures and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation). As a consequence, automobile UTB components such as air ducts are exposed to continuously rising operating temperatures. With increasingly critical temperature and tougher life time requirements, the long term service life of components made from current thermoplastics can be at risk."
Arnitel delivers cost efficient solutions for airducts combining high performance with cost savings through a single piece solution. Arnitel processes faster and lowers weight. DSM Engineering Plastics offers Technical support to Tier-1 to achieve first time right solutions.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Saint-Gobain Introduces PTFE-based Multipurpose Hose for Transferring Corrosive Chemicals

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) has introduced a high-performance solution for transferring bulk corrosive chemicals. A superior flexible and kink-resistant hose, Chemfluor® Convoflex™ WCSR Multipurpose Chemical Transfer Hose is designed to solve the issue in bulk chemical transfer process where corrosive chemicals such as acids may damage the stainless steel braid commonly used as a cover on transfer hoses. Saint-Gobain's solution provides a longer service life while enhancing plant and worker safety.

Chemfluor® Convoflex™ WCSR is the newest addition to Saint-Gobain's growing portfolio of versatile critical connections solutions for chemical applications. These solutions are engineered to maintain safety during chemical processes, while reducing total systems cost.
From solvents to bulk chemical transfer, Chemfluor® Convoflex™ WCSR can withstand highly aggressive chemicals during chemical processing. Its highly engineered low profile helical convoluted inner core design provides superior flexibility while maintaining the productivity of plant operations by preventing kinking, a common cause of downtime for such demanding applications.
Chemfluor® Convoflex™ WCSR is constructed with a chemically- resistant, high-purity Chemfluor® PTFE inner core, and is reinforced with 304 high tensile strength stainless steel braids and an acid-resistant Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) outer-cover. Extremely hard-wearing and durable, the vulcanized EPDM outer cover protects the integrity of the hose when acid or other corrosive chemicals are accidentally exposed to the outer surface.
"We are pleased to introduce this new product to our critical connections solutions portfolio, which is aimed at connecting our customers' processes, operations, and products to what matters to them most: safety, performance, and brand assurance," says Lily Lei, Global Market Leader, Chemicals, Process Systems division at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics.

Emco Launches Transparent PC Sheets with ASTM F 1915-05 Standard for Security Glazing

Emco Plastics is one of the leading distributors of monolithic, UV, and abrasion resistant security glazing material that conform to ASTM F 1915-05 standards. Made from polycarbonate, the 3/8" thick material meets the level 4 requirements, while the 1/2" thick material meets the level 3 requirements. This product provides 90% light transmission and may be used for banks, convenience stores and courtroom security windows as well as prison glazing. These sheets resist physical attack and vandalism.
Emco Plastics, is one of the industry leaders in distribution and fabrication of industrial plastic products offers several types of security glazing that comply with ASTM F 1915-05 standards.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Copolyester-based Beer Tubes for Restaurants and Bars

Beer Tubes™ is a BPA-free and good looking barware and a beverage dispenser made using Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, which is known for its clarity, toughness, and heat & chemical resistance.
This tabletop beverage dispenser featuring sports or non-sports-themed base can be commercially used in restaurants and bars or home for individual use. The 100-ounce Beer Tube and 128-ounce Super Tube, along with commercial taps are copolyester-based, and are available in more than 25 designs. The product was previously manufactured using polycarbonate, but Beer Tubes™ later switched to Eastman copolyester which does not fade away after repeated contact with dishwashing detergents.

PEEK Bioimplants Synchronize Well with Human Anatomy

Minimally invasive spinal implants supplier Apollo Spine Inc. from California has received FDA’s go ahead for its new Eclipse-L® vertebral interbody lumbar spacer and Eclipse-C® vertebral interbody cervical spacer made of Solvay Advanced Polymers’ Zeniva® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resin. Zeniva PEEK biomaterial features modulus close to that of bone, and is used in replacement of metals such as titanium. The hollow implants grow through the device, and get fused with the nearby bony surfaces for easy movement. Available in various ranges of sizes, shapes and diameters, the implants grow in synergy with the natural human anatomy.
Exhibiting great strength, stiffness and radiolucent properties for X-ray treatments, the PEEK biomaterial used in rods and stocks are manufactured in compliance with ISO 13485. Besides Zeniva PEEK, the Solviva Biomaterials range also includes Proniva® self-reinforced polyphenylene thermoplastic; Veriva® polyphenylsulfone provides transparency and biocompatibility; and Eviva® polysulfone (PSU), another transparent polymer.