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

How is Polyester Made?

Polyester was developed in the years 1939-1941 by British chemists at Calico Printers Association, Ltd., based on the work of W.H. Carothers in 1926 at the United States based E.I.D. Pont de Nemours and Co.  DuPont bought the rights in 1946 to produce polyester fiber in the United States.  By 1951, DuPont had begun to market the fiber under the name Dacron.
Polyester is made up of long-chain polymers. Today there are two primary types of polyester called polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and poly-1, … Read more

7 Reasons To Use PVC in Medical Applications

The most widely used thermoplastic material in the medical device industry is PVC Over a 50 year period, this material has demonstraced its ability to met the demanding requirements of the healthcare industry.  PVC was originally developed to replace the rubber and glass that was historically used to make flexible tubing and containers.  PVC began to dominate the market for these types of items when the need for single use pre-sterilised medical components increased.Read more

The Benefits of Fiber Reinforced Plastic vs. Traditional Materials

So what’s all the fuss about fiber reinforced plastic?  This material is having a big impact in a number of industries, from construction to waste water treatment to theme parks.  But how does it stack up when compared to more traditional materials like steel, aluminum, and timber?  Read on to find out!
 
1)      Fabrication and Design
The material allows for considerable flexibility in terms of design. Read more

The Invention of Plastic Materials From Parkesine to Polyester

Can you imagine life without plastic? Since World War II, plastic materials have slowly become a common element in our daily lives.  Many of the most familiar plastics are less than 100 years old.  Let’s take a look at the timeline of development for specific plastic materials.
1)      Parkesine
Invented in 1862 by Alexander Parkes, Parkesine was first made public at the Great International Exhibition in London.Read more