How Have Plastic Materials Advanced Space Exploration?

High-tech rockets, expensive propellants and billions of dollars in research aren’t the only things that have advanced space exploration. Plastic materials have played a vital role throughout the history of spaceflight, allowing astronauts to view their surroundings, breathe oxygen and travel comfortably in orbit around the earth, or on the way to the moon. Without plastics, space exploration would not be where it is today.
 
Stronger Helmets & Visors
When you think of the first astronauts to visit the moon, … Read more

Can Plastic Balls Help California Survive Drought?

California is an agriculturally rich state complete with beautiful parks and picturesque coastlines, but without adequate water supplies the state and its people tend to struggle. In 2015, the state is suffering from a prolonged drought, which is hurting wildlife, citizens and businesses alike. In Los Angeles, innovations such as shade balls are being implemented at water collection points, in an effort to preserve water.
 
What Are Shade Balls?
Shade balls are black polyethylene spheres designed to prevent the evaporation of water and the contamination of water by wildlife. … Read more

4 Essential Techniques for Bonding Plastic Components

There are four essential techniques for joining plastic components.  Each method is associated with equipment, labor and other costs that you most consider.  Let’s take a look at each method in more detail.
1)     Mechanical Fastening
Mechanical fasteners such as rivets, screws, nuts or pins represent the most common joining elements. These fasteners may be molded into place, glued, forced or expanded into holes.Read more

4 Reasons Why Flexible Materials Are Improving Product Packaging

There’s a massive shift going on right now in the world of product packaging, as more and more packaging converters are moving away from standard rigid materials such as paperboard and molded plastic and into flexible materials such as bags and pouches.
In fact, according to a recent “State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry” report, which is conducted annually by the Flexible Packaging Association ( FPA), the industry on a domestic scale has regularly experienced year-after-year growth and currently stands at near $30 billion.Read more

Plastic Components: Paving the Way for Automotive Efficiency

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That's the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, that the U.S. government expects all of the country's cars and light trucks to conform to by the year 2025. In 2014, the average was 24.1 miles/gallon.  So the automotive industry is under a lot of pressure to more than double the average vehicles fuel efficiency in the next 10 years.  The clock is ticking. 
The auto industry has already made huge strides in the way of eco-friendliness over the past 5-7 years,Read more