ISO9001:2015 Upgrade

Just when you thought you had the ISO 9001:2008 quality system down, low and behold you find out that a new standard has been issued by ISO. ISO 9001:2015 was released in September 2015, as the 5th edition of one of ISO’s most widely accepted standards.  All ISO standards are reviewed every five years to determine if they meet the needs of industries and users based on the latest trends globally.  Some of you have been busy transitioning or have already done so to meet the deadline of September 2018. … Read more

Hudson, New York: A Brief History

Hudson, NY is a small city with a rich history and a magnificent location on the east shore of the Hudson River 120 miles north of New York Harbor.
It was originally inhabited by the Mohican Indians. The first known European to navigate the river was Henry Hudson in 1609. Originally called Claverack Landing, there were 10 farming families and fewer than 150 residents. While it was a successful center, it seemed an unlikely place for a whaling port. … Read more

Creep in Plastic Materials

What is Creep in Plastic Materials?
Creep in plastic materials is sometimes referred to as cold flow.
Viscosity
The viscosity of a fluid is a measure of its resistance to gradual deformation by shear or tensile stress.  Viscoelastic behavior is the property of a material to display both viscous and elastic characteristics when undergoing deformation.  The difference between plastics and other materials is that plastics display time-dependent viscoelastic behavior.  A material can deform as the result of long-term exposure to high levels of stress that are still beneath the yield strength or yield point of the material. … Read more

How Are Plastics Playing a Role at Tesla’s Gigafactory?

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s vision for mass produced, affordable electric vehicles has driven Tesla Motors to build the Gigafactory outside of Reno, Nevada. This approximately $5 billion factory is designed to manufacture the batteries needed to support mass produced electric vehicles. In order to realize this vision, plastics will be used throughout the factory both in the batteries and the machines used to produce them.
Battery Separators
Lithium batteries are at the heart of Tesla’s electric vehicles and at the crux of the Gigafactory’s purpose for being. … Read more

Metal Detectable Plastics in the Food Industry

You are eating a hot dog or digging into a carton of your favorite ice cream. You don’t even think there could be a piece of plastic or metal or just small particles of these materials in there- broken or worn off from the machinery and tools used to get your favorite foods to your grocers’ shelves. But many of the food processing machines and tools used to provide food products have plastic parts in them or are made of plastics. … Read more