INNOVATIONS BLOG

Skating on Ice in the Summer..?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Feb 26, 2018 8:28:29 AM

On midday in mid-June, with the temperature at 81, people in shorts, T-shirts and sunscreen now skate around on a  outdoor rink — with fake ice made from plastic! “Does it look like real ice?”

It does, from afar. Up close, the plastic panels appear snapped together like puzzle pieces. It doesn't feel like real ice, it isn't cold like the real thing, but sure seems just as smooth.

This is the latest in skating’s quest for outdoor year-round ice, partly to help skaters and hockey players who jockey for expensive ice time at a limited number of indoor rinks, some of which close for the summer.

Synthetic rinks have opened at the Museum of Natural History in New York, which had one last winter, and in municipalities like Great Bend, Kan., and Tallahassee, Fla. Brock University in Ontario trains young hockey players on a fake ice treadmill. And in Middletown, Del., a permanent rink called Skate Unlimited is also made of plastic, eliminating the expense and environmental cost of water for ice-making, and Zambonis.

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American Made Greatness Expands to Pet Bowls...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Feb 6, 2018 8:49:37 AM

American Made Pet Bowl.jpgWe're sure many of you noticed the auto accessories maker WeatherTech ran another ad during the Big Game on Sunday, once again touting its committment to American manufacturing. This year, the Illinois company offered a look at the construction of its new facility. WeatherTech ads are typically patriotic, promoting their American-made products and the American workers who they employ. However, they seemed to have left out a few important details in the commercial: Where is this new factory? What will WeatherTech (well known for its popular line of custom-made automotive floor mats) manufacture there?

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A More Enjoyable Bicycle Ride...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Oct 29, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Enabled by a unique dual density technology, the outer layer of the PU based tire system is hardy over rough surfaces, while the inner layer provides outstanding shock absorption as a result of the material’s high rebound performance. The inflation-free tire system also eliminates the annoyance of conventional inner-tube patching and repair.

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See-Through Plastic Containers Coming to a Store Near You!

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Oct 24, 2017 9:43:13 AM

Milacron Holdings Corp.'s see-through plastic container, an alternative to the metal "tin can," is now on store shelves in in Seoul, South Korea, and Shanghai, holding Del Monte pineapple chunks and slices.

Milacron announced the first commercial applications of the coinjection molded Klear Can on Oct. 18 at Fakuma. The customer is S&W Fine Foods International, a company of Del Monte Pacific Ltd.

The Klear Can is part of the Milacron exhibit at Fakuma, but the company is not molding Klear Cans at the show. Milacron is based in Blue Ash, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.

Milacron said the Klear Can is easily integrated into existing production streams and requires minimal customization or tooling additions.

Milacron CEO Tom Goeke said see-though plastic cans are a major innovation. "After years of development and strong possible consumer results, we're excited to have S&W Fine Foods International on board as a partner to launch the Milacron Klear Can in key global markets," he said. "We are also thrilled about the prospect of transforming the metal can industry."

Milacron got beat in the plastic food can commercialization race by Sonoco Products Co., which announced in April 2016 that it was working with McCall Farms Inc., a South Carolina food canner, to introduce its TruVue plastic can for McCall's Glory Farms beans at grocery stores in the southeastern United States.

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Topics: Industry News, Metal To Plastic

Marine Debris... a Serious Discussion

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 10, 2017 9:17:11 AM

Marine debris is a big problem for the plastics industry. According to the most frequently cited research, between 4.8 million and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste entered the ocean in 2010. The future looks a lot worse. Population growth and improved standards of living around the world will mean millions more tons of plastic marine debris. Plastics processors and suppliers need to help solve the problem. In fact, some major companies already are involved. Amcor Ltd. and Berry Global Inc. were among the presenters at the American Chemistry Council's Marine Debris Dialogue, held June 19-20 in Newport, R.I.

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Do you Recycle Your Prescription Bottles?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jun 2, 2017 9:35:42 AM

A plastics recycling group is tackling another stream of material in an effort to boost recovery rates in grocery stores. The Association of Plastic Recyclers is out with new guidelines to help pharmacies recycle bottles that hold larger qualities of prescription medicines behind the counter. APR's "How to Recycle Grocery Rigid Plastics" guidebook has been expanded to include a new section on recovery of these stock high density polyethylene bottles and their polypropylene caps. The new information builds on APR's existing efforts to help grocery stores capture rigid plastics from areas such as bakeries and delis.

"It became apparent to us that in the grocery store pharmacies they also are generating a considerable amount of stock bottles. Not prescription vials. We're talking stock bottles. That's HDPE food grade, white, that can be recycled with their other materials," said Liz Bedard, APR's rigid plastics recycling director.

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VIDEO: Polyethylene Film Might be the Key to Safer Composite Fibers...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 10, 2017 9:44:52 AM

NASA sends a polyethylene film balloon is on an extended near space voyage, researchers say polyurethane foam might be the key to helping make hockey safer and composite fibers are turned into a massive art project.

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This is just too cool...!

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 9, 2016 10:05:41 AM

A team of researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Humboldt University in Berlin showcased a thin layer of plastic material in the Nature Communications journal, which has the capacity to move spontaneously under the influence of daylight. The researchers feel that this flexible plastic is appropriate as a self-cleaning surface, for example it can be used in solar cells. The process in which materials move entirely by themselves under the impact of light is a familiar process known for many years. However, the required intensity of ultraviolet light can damage the material. Discovering a material that has the ability to behave in the same way even under the influence of visible light such as unprocessed sunlight was the challenge.

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Increased Use of Composite Materials for Golf Goods...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Oct 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

A. Schulman’s Engineered Composites business has developed a next generation composite material, Forged Preg in collaboration with one of the world’s largest makers of premium, performance golf goods and the Company’s fiber supplier.  A. Schulman’s long-term customer approached the Company’s R&D team to find a lightweight material with superior surface appearance. The performance characteristics of the new composite material developed by the Company include higher strength and stiffness. The material is much thinner and allows the molding in fabric form. Forged Preg is also suitable for use in automotive applications requiring a lightweight material with high-end look and feel. “Once again our R&D team has addressed the customer needs and developed a next generation material which helps our customers to succeed in the marketplace,” says Frank Roederer, senior vice president and general manager Engineered Composites. “This development shows our firm commitment to long-term customer partnerships and joint product development across the composites value chain.”

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Researchers Study Composites for Fixing Bone Fractures...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 20, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Evonik Industries AG researchers are using biodegradable high-strength composites to fix broken bones. The materials could replace metal implants, which remain in patients’ bodies or require surgery for removal. Devices made with Evonik’s new composites will be gradually absorbed by the body as the healing process takes place. The materials consist of polymers and of substances that naturally occur in bones. The project is being studied at Evonik’s Medical Devices Project House in Birmingham, Ala. “In the long term, our focus is regenerative medicine. We want to create bioabsorbable implants to replace damaged tissues with healthy tissues. Our current work on biodegradable composites is a first step in this direction,” said Dr. Andreas Karau, head of the Project House, in a news release. “Our leading position in polylactic acid-based polymers is an excellent foundation for the development of materials and solutions for regenerative medicine,” Karau said. The polymers break down into carbon dioxide and water. Degradation time depends on the molecular composition, chain length, and crystallinity.

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