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The Ocean Cleanup Develops Plastic Interceptors To Provide A Comprehensive Solution To Collect Oceanic Plastic Waste By Sayan Basak College of Polymer Science and Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, USA The latest report from the International Union of Conservation of nature claims that more than eight million tons of plastics are disposed of off to the oceanic bodies every year.  At the same time, the production science claims that the global need for plastic products touches a baseline of 300 million tons of new plastics every year. We do get to see various environmental scientists and experts collaborating with governing bodies and companies ...
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The Ocean Cleanup Launches Plastic Interceptors To Provide A Sustainable Solution To Trap Oceanic Plastic Waste By Sayan Basak College of Polymer Science and Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, USA The latest report from the International Union of Conservation of nature claims that more than eight million tons of plastics are disposed of off to the oceanic bodies every year.  At the same time, the production science claims that the global need for plastic products touches a baseline of 300 million tons of new plastics every year. We do get to see various environmental scientists and experts collaborating with governing bodies and companies every ...
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Redefining the Parabola of the Single-Use Plastics By Sayan Basak College of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Akron Ohio The mass production of plastics began nearly 70 years ago, but surprisingly the human civilizations dug into the customization of the naturally-derived plastics long before that. To trace back history, we cite that about 3500 years ago, the   Olmec culture   was beginning to settle down on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Although the civilization was famous for its carved colossal heads, the   Olmecs   also fabricated plastics derived from natural polymers composed of the sap of gum trees.  Standing on the edge of the 21st ...
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Amending the Parabola of the Single-Use Plastics By Sayan Basak College of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Akron Ohio The mass production of plastics began nearly 70 years ago, but surprisingly the human civilizations dug into the customization of the naturally-derived plastics long before that. To trace back history, we cite that about 3500 years ago, the Olmec culture was beginning to settle down on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. Although the civilization was famous for its carved colossal heads, the Olmecs also fabricated plastics derived from natural polymers composed of the sap of gum trees.  Standing on the edge of the 21st century, ...
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S cientists have claimed that the numbers of plastic in the oceans are roughly equal to the number of stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Studies confirm that around 14 million tons of plastic enter the oceans annually out of which around 45% may be classified as single-use plastics (it goes into the water bodies without getting recycled even once). As we all know, the majority of the plastics, instead of dissolving break down into minute particles known as the ‘Microplastics’( particle size less than 5 mm). Across the globe, ranging from the Marina trench to French Pyrenees, these particles have deemed to be a threat to the environment and our natural habitat. ...
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By Sayan Basak, University of Akron, Ohio, USA Various sources have reported that in the United States of America, more than 25 million tons of plastic converges into the   landfill per year . Amongst all of the plastic material, Polypropylene- the most used plastic material in deodorant containers and shampoo bottles turns out to be the most discarded plastics of the lot. While we compare the recycling rate of polyethylene terephthalate, only 3% of the Polypropylene bottles gets recycled with a standard of 29% for polyethylene terephthalate. Well, the researchers at   Procter & Gamble Co   have found a way to match these figures. One of the biggest ...
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By Sayan Basak* and Dr.   Abhijit Bandyopadhyay ** *School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Ohio, USA **Department of Polymer Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, West Bengal, India ( Corrosponding Author at   abhijitbandyopadhyay@yahoo.co.in ) Well, we all know that the petrochemical manufactures are the monomers for the synthesis of the plastics and polymers. But in recent times, they have been in the spotlight for reversing the trend- which means they are converting the plastics into the monomers, thus taking a step forward towards the dream of sustainability and addressing the environmental ...
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Hello everyone, I found this email that contains a larger group of email addresses. As a Councilor for the Pacific Northwest Section, I would like to call for a meeting for the local section. We need to discuss our next board members and conduct an election for our next board members. I would encourage you all to come to the meeting. So far, I have available meeting time on Friday September 27th at 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Bellevue Brewery Club. We will have a hard stop at 8:30 pm. The agenda for the meeting is as follows: 1. PNW Section Board Members nomination for the this year June 2019 thru May 2020 and beyond. 2. Events for this year - ...
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Hello dear community,  Does anybody know how the output of the extruder increase when the feeding change from pellets to melted polymer? I could see that there are several technical offers that use two extruder in cascade like arrangement and I could read from some works that that kind of arrangement helps the volatile extraction meanwhile the output increase.  This is even applyable for two screws compounding machines. Any comment will be very thankful. Best regards,  Anibal.
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What is a snap-fit design feature? Ever found the perfect fit? Maybe it was with that new dress shirt, or pair of pants. It felt right and looked great. When assembling plastic you can end up in a similar predicament: looking for the perfect design to make two or more plastic parts fit together perfectly. The concept is simple. Snap-fit designs require two main features: the protruding part in the form of a hook, stud, or bead, and the depression or undercut component on its mate. This design feature allows for you to assemble and disassemble two plastic components together easily, many times over, without causing harm to the part. For the design engineer, ...
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VINYLTEC 2019

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The SPE Akron Section and SPE Vinyl Plastics Division are co-sponsoring Vinyltec 2019 on October 1-3, 2019 in Akron, Ohio. The theme will be MEGATRENDS IN VINYL; Automotive, Medical, Construction and Sustainability. For further information visit  http://www.4spe.org/vinyltec19  to register for attendance and to see sponsor/exhibitor opportunities as well as hotel information.
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​Polls are now open for the 2019 SPE CAD Board of Directors Election.  Please visit the CAD website to cast your vote.  You must be an SPE member and have CAD as one of your divisions to vote. http://www.specad.org/elections-portal-2019/ ABOUT THE CAD BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Color and Appearance (CAD) Division of SPE. The Division Board of Directors is composed of 27 elected Directors, the Council Representative (Councilor), and the 5 Division officers, for a total of 33 positions on the board. SPE CAD is a volunteer organization. Board members are chosen by election. Members of the Board ...
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https://www.southernrubbergroup.org/events/2018-summer-technical-meeting/?gf_paypal_return=aWRzPTF8MTkmaGFzaD0wNDVlZTQwNmY3ZGZmNGJjNzk2ZTkyYTk2N2I4NzY0Mg= SPE Carolina Section is Co Sponsoring SRG Souther Rubber Groups annual summer meeting.  This always is a great event! Please check it out and mark it for next year too! Contact me with your questions, especially if you want to give a talk 2020! Tim Haake - GOETTFERT Inc - 803-324-3883
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As we prepare for the Color & Appearance Division conference RETEC 2017 in September, we'd like to take a moment to recognize the following scholarship winners the Color & Appearance Division had a record this year for scholarship applicants and we were able to award $35,250 in scholarships!  Ian Donaldson - Geroge Rangos Memorial Scholarship Christopher Mullins - Steve Goldstein Memorial Scholarship Vincent Milano - Gary Beebe memorial Scholarship Jamie Typer - Jack Graf Memorial Scholarship Katherine Przybylski - Bob Charvat Memorial Scholarship Bennett Thoma Brendan Drusda Gregory Aumann Samuel Foster William Waguespack William Drash Sandy Pitelli ...
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Please click the link below to see the latest e-mail correspondence from SPE Carolinas.  CLICK HERE Matt Piatek Membership Directo
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One of the most important skills a working professional needs to have is time management.  Often if time isn’t well managed on a daily basis, individuals can find themselves working too much, but feeling like nothing has been accomplished.  This can cause employees to lose enthusiasm for their work, or even worse, burnout.  The solution for this is to become a pro at managing your time so that you are being as productive as possible, but not overdoing it.  Here are 5 tips to mastering time management. Start immediately when you wake up A key to managing time is to start the day off right.  Avoid rushing through your morning routine, and try ...
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You are invited to an Alumni social during the SAMPE conference that's in Seattle this year. I believe we've done this in years past but the event will be held in Gordon Beirsch on May 24th. Please use the following evite link to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alumni-night-tickets-34227783221 Enjoy! Best regards, Eric Teoh Councilor of the section.
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Day by day, the Plastics workforce evolves due to economical, technological, and societal changes. With the constant workforce transformation is a constant need for leaders to strive for quality management tactics. Common important traits for a leader to have are confidence, transparency, and innovation, among others. However, 2017 is a year with new challenges and leaders should take note of these 4 key traits and skills that will make them successful and benefit their employees this year. Decisiveness On a regular basis, leaders are put into situations where they are expected to make tough decisions that can impact the entire company. In addition, ...
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Students, The April 1 st deadline for submitting your SPE Foundation scholarships application is approaching fast. Last year SPE awarded 46 scholarships totaling $111,000. Apply now before it’s too late. To submit your application go to www.4spe.org/Leadership/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=651
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For all our members here in the Carolinas, please note that PCE "Polymer Center of Excellence" has a fantastic application lab in Charlotte available for your use! One of their instruments, a GOETTFERT RG20 capillary rheometer, comes with the option to run PVT (Pressure Volume Temperature) measurements, according to ISO 17744 Introduction to PVT-measurement Beside rheological parameters, for example thermodynamic properties, the specific volume of the polymer as a function of temperature and pressure, can be determined using the PVT option. This data are particularly important for the simulation of the injection molding process, but can also be used ...
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