Friday, July 29, 2016

First Installation of Anti-microbial sheet in India

I am very much excited for First Installation of Antibacterial Plastic sheet in the Phlebotomy room in the Diagnostic Lab in Chennai in the 2nd week of August.
I have started my focus on antimicrobial technology in 2004 and have tried couple of technologies and associated with couple of companies in EU and USA and later stick with an European company and jointly worked out with my strategy and trials in many countries in EU,Middle East ,Africa and south east Asian countries etc.Here i am with pursuing my passion to enhance people's life by introducing such product in the society.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ford Teams up with Tequila Maker to Produce Agave-based Bioplastic for Vehicles

Ford Motor Company has teamed up with Jose Cuervo® to explore the use of thetequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to employ in Ford vehicles.

Ford and Jose Cuervo are testing the bioplastic for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins. Initial assessments suggest the material holds great promise due to its durability and aesthetic qualities. Success in developing a sustainable composite could reduce vehicle weight and lower energy consumption, while paring the use of petrochemicals and the impact of vehicle production on the environment.

“At Ford, we aim to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability research department. “As a leader in the sustainability space, we are developing new technologies to efficiently employ discarded materials and fibers, while potentially reducing the use of petrochemicals and light-weighting our vehicles for desired fuel economy.”

The growth cycle of the agave plant is a minimum seven-year process. Once harvested, the heart of the plant is roasted, before grinding and extracting its juices for distillation. Jose Cuervo uses a portion of the remaining agave fibers as compost for its farms, and local artisans make crafts and agave paper from the remnants. 
Now, as part of Jose Cuervo’s broader sustainability plan, the tequila maker is joining forces with the automaker to develop a new way to use its remnant fibers. 
Jose Cuervo is proud to be working with Ford to further develop our agave sustainability plan,” said Sonia Espinola, director of heritage for Cuervo Foundation and master tequilera. “As the world’s No. 1-selling tequila, we could never have imagined the hundreds of agave plants we were cultivating as a small family business would eventually multiply to millions. This collaboration brings two great companies together to develop innovative, earth-conscious materials.”

Like Ford Motor Company, Jose Cuervo is family-owned and operated. Founded in 1795, it has been making tequila for more than 220 years with the same experience, craftsmanship and recipes that have been handed down generation through generation.

The collaboration with Jose Cuervo is the latest example of Ford’s innovative approach to product and environmental stewardship through the use of biomaterials. Ford began researching the use of sustainable materials in its vehicles in 2000. Today, the automaker uses eight sustainable-based materials in its vehicles including soy foam, castor oil, wheat straw, kenaf fiber, cellulose, wood, coconut fiber and rice hulls.

According to the United Nations Environment Program, 5 billion metric tons of agricultural biomass waste is produced annually. A byproduct of agriculture, the supply of materials is abundant and often underutilized. Yet the materials can be relatively low cost, and can help manufacturers to offset the use of glass fibers and talc for more sustainable, lightweight products. 
“There are about 400 pounds of plastic on a typical car,” said Mielewski. “Our job is to find the right place for a green composite like this to help our impact on the planet. It is work that I’m really proud of, and it could have broad impact across numerous industries.”


Source: Ford Motor Company

r-pac to Deliver Solegear’s Plant-based Bioplastic Packaging for Smartphone Case

Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. and r-pac International has recently announced a replenishment order from r-pac International, to provide Solegear’s proprietary TF4000 bioplastic for the production of smartphone case packaging to support an upcoming launch at a leading US-based consumer electronics retailer. 

“Following an initial launch of plant-based smartphone case packaging last fall, this latest order represents an ongoing commitment from the retailer to meet demand from consumers for more sustainable products and packaging,” said Paul Antoniadis, CEO of Solegear. “Our collaborative partnership with r-pac International means that we continue to develop packaging materials that meet real-world performance and manufacturing requirements for Fortune 500 brands, and these solutions are resulting in long-term customer relationships and commitments.”

Solegear’s Traverse TF4000 is a USDA BioPreferred® packaging material with independently verified plant-based content and enhanced thermal properties. Designed as a drop-in replacement for petroleum-based plastic packaging, TF4000 can be readily processed in standard thermoforming equipment and contains no BPAs, phthalates or other chemicals of concern.

“Delivering innovative solutions is key to nurturing long-term partnerships with our clients,” stated Michael Teitelbaum, CEO of r-pac. “Through our continued collaboration with Solegear, we have been able to execute on this goal with industry-leading plant-based plastic packaging without sacrificing logistic or brand performance.”

Source: Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Hexagon Composites receives U.S. DOT permit for Titan XL

The United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) has granted Hexagon Composites' wholly owned subsidiary Hexagon Lincoln permit for Titan XL.
The Titan XL was first introduced in Latin America in 2015. It represents the highest-capacity road trailer in the world in a 40-foot container, capable of transporting 525,000 scf (15,000 scm) of compressed natural gas (CNG) with only 31.5 metric ton including trailer weight. The unique, ultra-light carbon fiber Type 4 cylinders are key to it meeting Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) limitations of several US states.

"Titan XL transports 44% more gas than Titan 4. Companies will benefit from fewer trips, reduced operating costs and increased competitiveness."

Hexagon Composites' Mobile Pipeline products have become the industry standard for moving large amounts of compressed gas.
 Source:Hexagon Composites

Sunday, July 3, 2016

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