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  • March 2015 sponsored by Henkel - Now Available on Mobile Device!

    In this issue:

    It Pays to be "Green"
    Efficient, Profitable Recycling
    "Tuning" a Neglected Bioplastic
    Post-Carpet Nylon Recycling
    Combined X-ray & Optical Pellet Inspection
    Digital Edition Sponsored by Henkel

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  • Molding Paper like Plastic

    January 13, 2015

January 2015 blog


If plastics processors haven’t noticed paper bottles yet, they should, because paper bottles popped from nowhere four years ago to create a whole new market for paper. Four years ago, two small entrepreneurial companies outside of the packaging industry separately launched patented but similar paper bottles almost simultaneously. These weren’t folded paper cartons, but molded clamshells shaped like glass or plastic bottles. Paper bottles started with milk in local outlets and now package detergent, wine, and cat litter for mass markets, potentially challenging glass and plastic, though plastic is minimally involved for lining and closure.

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Polymer Problem Solving with FT-IR Analysis


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Thermo polymer webinar 1-23-13


Attend this webinar and learn new ways to analyze the challenging polymer samples you may encounter in your daily work.  This webinar will explore some of the common, as well as more advanced Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis methods that are useful for QC control, testing, or deformulation studies required to solve difficult polymer materials problems. The applications presented in this webinar will focus on Far-infrared and Near-infrared analysis techniques, as well as coupling an FT-IR spectrometer to thermogravimetric (TGA) instruments for particularly difficult polymer deformulation studies.  Some of the topics discussed in this webinar include:


• Using Far Infrared to analyze inorganic additives
• Combine Raman with FT-IR to get more information on orientation and additives
• Classification of polymers with Near-infrared analysis
• FT-IR coupled to TGA for deformulation studies


FT-IR spectroscopy is a widely used technique for laboratory and industrial analysis throughout the polymer industry.   We will show how flexible the Thermo Scientific™ Nicolet™ iS™50 FT-IR spectrometer can be in developing data and analyzing polymer samples. 

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January 2015 what's ahead


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LOCTITE 4090 Hybrid Adhesive

LOCTITE 4090 is an innovative hybrid adhesive, combining the speed of an instant adhesive and the strength of a structural adhesive.


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