How do you achieve 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 20, 2017 11:13:50 AM

The Green Car of the Year Award celebration is a good time to highlight how plastics make possible many of the innovations that lead to greener cars.

Plastics makers work together with the entire automotive value chain to help create lighter vehicles, increase fuel efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, providing more sustainable solutions for today and tomorrow.

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Wind Powered Cargo Ships...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 15, 2017 11:17:00 AM

A start-up company based in Toulouse is developing the prototype for a gigantic parachute-style sail that could help large ships reduce their fuel consumption by up to 20%.

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Never Go Fishing without it... Plastic!

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 13, 2017 9:32:00 AM

The recent popularity of recreational fishing has brought with it a thorough overhaul of equipment in which plastics are widely used. 

All types of lures are used to mesmerise carnivorous fishes. However, for the benefit of fishermen who believe that the fish always end up recognising their tricks, lure manufacturers constantly expand their range. With this in mind, they offer swimmers and soft lures that are sometimes oddly shaped and very far removed from the principles of mimicry. 
Hard resins, soft plastics, and polyurethane foam are just some of the wide range of variable density polymers used to create swimmers in various colours, shapes and with different hydrodynamic behaviour. The plastics can also be created to contain internal ball bearings that emit sound, transparent glitters and even attractive anise or crustacean aromas.

This wealth of creativity is not reserved just for professionals, artisans are celebrated for their know-how or reputed brands. Much like fly fishing enthusiasts, those who enjoy fishing enjoy creating their own lures. All the necessary equipment is available in specialised stores: moulds and resin plaster, adhesive fish eyes, pigments and aromas, silicon or PVC in paste form such as plastisol. They can then set about creating mouth-watering new fake species to catch carnivorous fishes.

No hook without a line. That's the cardinal rule for fishermen working without nets. They can do without a rod, to do some trolling, but can never do without a line. Horse hair, linen, hemp, and silk thread in particular. Only the latter natural fibre still has fans among traditional fly fishermen, who also often use re-sawed bamboo rods. All other fishermen, regardless of the type of fishing activity, have turned to synthetics since the invention of the Nylon monofilament in the 50s –  a  novelty that was hailed as a revelation at the time.

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Have you heard of Sous Vide?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 11, 2017 11:34:49 AM

We keep hearing about it. Celebrity chefs are embracing it. The New York Times has written multiple articles about it. Even Starbucks has joined the trend. It’s sous vide.

But just what the heck is it? For those of you not yet versed in the magic of sous vide, let Professor Plastics briefly explain. Simply put, the sous vide cooking method heats foods “under vacuum” (yup, it’s French) in a water bath at much lower temperatures than normal cooking requires. No browning, no boiling, no burning. And little possibility of overcooking. The results can be sublime. Meltingly tender short ribs. Perfectly flaky fish infused with herbs. Veggies transformed into mouthwatering… well, you get the idea.

And being Professor Plastics, here’s my favorite part: plastics help make sous vide possible. Before immersing your chuck roast or spring vegetable medley into the water bath, you simply insert it into a plastic vacuum bag or zipper bag to remove most air and prevent contact with the water. Then the sous vide device (typically) attaches to the inside of your cooking pot and gently heats the water, usually to the mid 100 degrees Fahrenheit range, for a specified period of time.

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