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    Plastics in Packaging: The Choice is Clear
    "Smart" Active Packaging
    Where Are PP Prices Going?
    Plastic Parts in Plastics Machinery
    Digital Edition Sponsored by Henkel

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June 2015 blog


The world’s first coextruded microcapillary film was reported by Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI ( at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ recent ANTEC conference in Orlando, FL in March. The films are made by coextruding microscopic parallel threads in the machine direction in a film matrix. Dow associate research scientist Wenyi Huang presented the “Effect of Rheology on the Morphology of Coextruded Microcapillary Films,” showing how different viscosities and different processing conditions affect microcapillary structure and describing some of the unique films that can be made.

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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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What's Coming Up

July 2015 what's ahead


TOMRA Sorting Raw Materials

Turning Off-Spec into In-Spec

TOMRA Sorting Raw Materials manufactures the highest capacity bulk sorting platforms available for the virgin plastics industry, achieving high resolution detection with high efficiency while maintaining a superior yield. Read more.

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