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Variety and versatility of performance plastics
April/May 2022
Top 26 Markets for Performance Plastics

Top 26 Markets: Training Tools, Brand Ambassadors and Relationship-Builders

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Celebrating Sustainability Champions

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Top 26 Markets: Training Tools, Brand Ambassadors and Relationship-Builders
by Deborah Ragsdale
IAPD President

f we’ve met in person, you’ve probably guessed that, first and foremost, I am a salesperson. It’s the job I have always loved because it lets me be me. Through my sales position, I have been given the opportunity to meet friends, educate customers about performance plastics and, as I have mentioned many times, form relationships with companies, branches and salespeople. Through all my conversations, I let people know that if they have any questions, they can come to me. I love helping people and contributing to their success which, in turn, helps contribute to my employer’s success.

Even with my love of sales and relationship-building, I will admit that the word “training” has always sparked some fear in my heart. I don’t think that’s unusual among salespeople. After all, we’d all rather be out talking to customers and prospects and doing what we do best. While training other salespeople is part of how we make sure that everyone can achieve their goals (and, for us nearing the end of our careers, the ability to retire someday!), it isn’t what gets us excited about waking up in the morning and hitting the road.


Celebrating the Return of In-Person Events
by Susan Avery, CAE

ne of the most rewarding parts of my job is to see people in our industry connect, become trusted business partners and grow professionally. As time passes, these relationships grow stronger and deeper. The people involved rise through the ranks of their companies, expand their business networks and, in many cases, give back to the industry in various ways, including serving on any of IAPD’s committees, task forces or even the Board of Directors.

How does this magic happen? Where does it all begin? Call me biased, but I see IAPD events as being the perfect venues for performance plastics professionals at any point in their career to connect with their peers and get exposed to the broader industry. IAPD offers neutral space for meetings and socializing, and we’re always happy to see members engaging in these activities at our events.

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Effective Monday, February 28, 2022, Ann-Marie Neideigh joined Plastics Solutions, Inc. She has more than 23 years of plastics industry experience, with manufacturers and distributors. Neideigh has spent the last 14 years as an outside sales representative in central and eastern Pennsylvania for two large regional plastics distributors. She has extensive knowledge of thermoplastic materials, applications and end users.

In her new role, Neideigh will join Russ Consentino in the mid-Atlantic portion of Plastics Solutions, Inc’s territorial responsibility. That territory includes the NY, NY, USA metro area, Long Island, NY, USA; Washington, D.C., USA; and the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

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Thermwood announced several promotions for long-time employees.
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Jim Bullis has been promoted to the vice president of sales position. In his new role, Bullis will oversee the sales and operations of the machining products division. He is a long-standing employee with more than 26 years of experience at Thermwood. He has held numerous positions, initially starting as a field service technician to trade show manager and over the last 19 years as an account manager.
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The Plastics Levels I and II, Excellence in Sales, Sustainability and Pipe, Valves and Fittings (PVF) Certificate Programs give your employees the necessary tools to succeed in plastics distribution. The Plastics Certificate Programs provide a foundation of knowledge about how plastics are made, the Excellence in Sales Certificate Level I Program for inside and outside sales teaches sales forces how to find and keep the RIGHT customers and the Excellence in Sales Level II intermediate program concentrates on correctly defining real-world problems and devising effective solutions for them. The Sustainability certificate course introduces your employees to the sustainability benefits of performance plastics as well as the sustainability resources from IAPD. IAPD is pleased to announce the latest graduates of these programs:
February monthly leasing and finance index new business down
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the US$900 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for February was US$7.1 billion, down 4 percent year-over-year from new business volume in February 2021. Volume was down 14 percent month-to-month from US$8.3 billion in January. Year-to-date, cumulative new business volume was down nearly 1 percent compared to 2021.

Receivables over 30 days were 1.7 percent, down from 1.8 percent the previous month and down from 2.1 percent in the same period in 2021. Charge-offs were 0.09 percent, down from 0.17 percent the previous month and down from 0.55 percent in the year-earlier period. Credit approvals totaled 78.2 percent, down from 78.4 percent in January. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was down 12.2 percent year-over-year, a decrease due to significant downsizing at an MLFI reporting company. Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) in March is 58.2, a decrease from 61.8 in February.

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Top 26 Markets for Performance Plastics
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Ready for Take Off – Safely & Beautifully
by Suzanne Fenton, Spartech

Performance plastics offer many advantages to the aerospace industry. When considering material choices, the priority is safety. Performance plastics can meet the flammability requirements for use on airplanes, as well as some less obvious safety requirements of other aircraft components.

For example, airplanes are subjected to many harsh conditions daily, due to climate and chemical exposure. Some performance plastics can withstand wide temperature swings and corrosive chemicals. Designers and engineers look for interior components that can hold up to frequent cleaning using chemicals that keep passengers protected from illness and are tough on the parts.

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UHMW-PE: From the Fields to the Grain Elevator
by Roechling Industrial North America

Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) can extend equipment life and improve operational efficiency in agricultural applications. It has outstanding toughness, resistance to abrasion, low friction, self-lubricating characteristics, chemical and moisture resistance and sound deadening properties. It is cost effective, easily machined and may be thermoformed into two-dimensional shapes and contours such as spouts, chutes, trough liners, complex shaped wear plates and shrouds.

Virgin and reprocessed grades are common for applications where there is limited exposure to the sun. For demanding UV exposure applications, UHMW-PE is available with a UV inhibitor, which extends product life. UHMW-PE is also available in anti-static grades.

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Sustainable Power with Performance Plastics
by Mike Oliveto, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

As global organizations focus on improved product sustainability, reduced carbon footprint and increased use of renewable green energy, performance plastics are meeting the challenges that make these applications possible.

Engineers have been improving the energy generation costs of renewable technologies for decades and now offer biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind-based energy that competes with the costs of fossil fuel sources. Geopolitical risk and global warming provide tail winds that are increasing the rate of adoption of these green energy technologies.

Of these technologies, hydro, wind and solar are the making the most impact, which is good news for the performance plastics industry. Both hydro and wind systems involve large parts and geometries that are impossible to injection mold. This article highlights demonstrated application successes in these energy segments and how you can participate.

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Performance Plastics are Driving Sustainability
by Suzanne Fenton, Spartech

The very term performance plastics embodies the expectations of the transportation industry: lightweight for speed, flexible for creative and useful design, colorful for beauty, impact resistant and anti-microbial for safety, clear for visibility, as well as weatherability and corrosion resistance.

The opportunities for performance plastic shapes distributors to gain access to the various transportation market segments continue to increase with megatrends such as increased light-weighting, sound absorption improvements, safety enhancing requirements and the use of sustainable and recycled materials.

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Building Excellence with Performance Plastics
by Tony Martin, Palram Americas, Inc.

Performance plastics are becoming the material of choice for applications in the building and construction market. From canopies to sound barriers, skylights to interior partitions, greenhouses to polyvinyl chloride (PVC) wall cladding, architects and builders are taking advantage of the many benefits of performance plastics in everyday commercial and industrial projects.

For example, polycarbonate (PC) panels are commonly used for glazing. With the increasing emphasis on green building and energy efficiency, incorporating daylighting with glazing and skylight solutions continues to gain traction in building design. Performance plastics such as PC are a highly viable and sustainable choice for integrating daylighting strategies.

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Mitigate Corrosion with CPVC and Dual Laminates
by Corzan® Material & Piping Solutions

The chemical processing industry is a tough environment for creating safe structures that mitigate corrosion. To develop products capable of standing up to demanding applications, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) is often specified because of its track record of consistency, reliability and problem-free lifespan. In addition, the material effectively resolves the most common customer issues by providing corrosion resistance and reliable, long-term handling.

Corrosion is one of the most costly issues facing plants that handle chemicals such as hydrochloric acid (HCl). This substance causes corrosion, pitting and stress-corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steel, such as 316. In fact, 300-series stainless steels can even be attacked by diluted HCl. Although there may be low concentration and low temperature combinations that are acceptable in some specific cases, 316 stainless steel is not recommended when hydrochloric acid is present.

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Bright Ideas Made Possible with Performance Plastics
by Roechling Industrial North America
Performance plastics are an excellent choice for insulation and construction in the electrical industry. They can be used in high-voltage transformers, efficient generators and motors, reliable high-voltage direct current converter stations and switchgear.
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Transformers must be operationally safe and reliable even at high operating temperatures and high electrical stress. Performance plastics excel in applications for oil-filled and dry transformers. Oil-filled transformers are designed for an operating time of more than 30 years, so they require materials with outstanding properties and manufacturers must plan sizing and design with care. A failure of operations, resulting in loss of income and premature, short-term new procurement would be disastrous for operators. Performance plastics meet these requirements, are oil-resilient and have very high dielectrical and mechanical resilience. Thus, they contribute to the reliability of oil-filled transformers around the world. Performance plastics contribute to the success of dry transformers, as they require materials that can hold up to high operating temperatures and dielectrical stresses and can meet the demands of heat categories F or H depending on the material.
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Performance Plastics and Sustainability
by IAPD Environmental Committee
Plastics are often criticized as being bad for the environment. However, performance plastics offer unique opportunities to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle. Performance plastics are designed to last for multi-use applications and, in many cases, generate a smaller carbon footprint than glass, steel or wood over the course of their lifetime. Here’s a look at some of the many environmental benefits of performance plastics:

  • Strong yet lightweight performance plastics use less fuel to transport thus reducing an organizations carbon footprint.
  • Weather-resistant performance plastics are replacing wood in construction and signage, resulting in longer lasting applications that won’t warp or rot.
  • Certain performance plastics can be used without the added lubrication that metals would require, eliminating the need for greases and lubricants.
  • Many performance plastics qualify for LEED points for building design and construction.
  • Most performance plastics can be recycled into new, useful products again and again.
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Performance Plastics Keep Fluids Flowing
by Suzanne Fenton, Spartech
Fluid handling involves moving fluids so they can be cleaned, distributed, packaged or exchanged. That need ranges across a multitude of markets, from medical to beverage, fine chemicals to wastewater. The requirements can be highly technical or delicate to industrial and durable. The components might be flexible, such as tubing, or they could be rigid, such as manifolds.

In these examples, performance plastic components have advantages over metal for several reasons, such as the benefits of clarity, material consistency and traceability found when using cell cast acrylic. Additional advantages include:

  • Abrasion and corrosion resistance
  • Very high level of precision, even above injection molding, where some form of machining is being done
  • Resists exposure to air, salt, elements and ultraviolet (UV)rays
  • Easy to sanitize
  • Lighter parts, which can be less expensive to replace
  • Clarity, because the component can be transparent or translucent where that property is required
  • Some are self-lubricating, thus they are non-contaminating
  • Material batch traceability
  • Material consistency
  • Depending on the resin, the part can be porous or impermeable, flexible or rigid
  • Better insulator for hot fluids — no sweating of flammable liquids
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PTFE Conveyor Components Keep the Food Supply Chain Flowing
by Cope Plastics, Inc.
In manufacturing — especially food manufacturing — unplanned downtime results in lost profits and supply chain disruptions. These facilities rely on conveyors to keep large quantities of product moving through production. When a conveyor goes down, the line stops until it is fixed.

A producer of fast food chicken nuggets had an issue with their conveyors and found a solution using performance plastics. In their plant, the conveyor system moves chicken nuggets through industrial fryers to cook, then moves them to cooling and packaging. The nuggets ride on top of conveyor components known as frying strips made from stainless steel. Each of the three conveyor systems at the production facility have 180 individual strips.

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Performance Plastics for Efficiency and Safety in Heavy Equipment
by Pete Daumeyer, CartierWilson LLC
From forklifts that run in a distributor’s warehouse to large cranes that tower over cities as they grow, heavy equipment is everywhere. While there are several mechanical products used in the machinations of these apparatuses, there is more to it than they nylon used for sheaves.

For instance, polycarbonate (PC) is often used in the windows and sunroofs of cranes, front loaders and backhoes that lift heavy objects overhead. The PC helps protect the operator if any of the product falls. The impact resistance of PC far outlasts that of standard glass for these applications. Some equipment experiences “blast back” during operation; in those cases, PC is necessary to protect the operator from injury.

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Growing with the Life Sciences Industry
by Suzanne Fenton, Spartech
The life sciences industry uses an array of performance plastics, from common materials such as polypropylene (PP), acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) or acrylic (PMMA) to specialized resins such as polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and polysulfone (PSU). These materials are formed into sheets, rods, tubes and films for products as diverse as tanks to pharmaceutical packaging and diagnostic equipment to prosthetics. This range of materials and form is due to the nature of the industry: The life sciences industry includes any organization, whether businesses or research institutions, that provides products and services to improve and/or protect life of all kinds, which means not only human but plant and animal life as well.

These organizations can conduct research, develop and manufacture items such as medical devices and diagnostic equipment, pharmaceuticals, prosthetics, food processing, botanical science and crop technologies, to name a few applications. As innovations and investments continue in these areas, some are growing quickly. Investments in this industry show optimism about future growth. To keep that growth on track, companies are concerned about keeping their supply chain operating efficiently and cost effectively. Many companies outsource manufacturing to other countries, but plastics distributors, with their stocking and fabrication services that can supply multiple levels in the supply chain, have the local edge.

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Performance Plastics: A Cut Above
by IAPD Editorial Committee
Conditions are less-than-ideal in many aspects of the lumber and paper industry. When logging, machinery is exposed to all temperatures and weather conditions. Sawmill equipment must be tough enough to stand up to the impact of large trees going through their processors. Paper processing involves caustic chemicals that must be transported safely. Materials such as bronze, brass, steel and rubber wear out quickly in these conditions, so many companies are now turning to parts made from performance plastics such as polyurethane (PU), ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE), nylon and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC). Not only do these performance plastics last longer, but they also reduce noise and minimize product damage.
Forestry industry
UHMW-PE’s low friction, high resistance to abrasion and exceptional toughness makes it a good choice for wear and material flow applications in the sawmill and wood industries. Logs can cause significant wear on conveying equipment and chains and flights can wear out quickly. Holes can develop in steel pans and chutes. UHMW-PE, which outlasts abrasion-resistant steel in most applications, can extend the life of conveying equipment. In addition, UHMW-PE offers sound abatement benefits, where it can reduce the noise of a dragging chain by 20 decibels, making for a better work environment.
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Smoother Sailing with Performance Plastics
by Cope Plastics, Inc.
With numerous boat lift manufacturers in the upper Midwest, it’s no wonder that providers have differing opinions on which materials work best for marine applications. For example, when it comes to pulleys, there are several styles in use today, including aluminum with bronze bushings, acetal and injection molded plastics. There are certain environments that these types are best suited for, as no solution works best across every application.

An upper Midwest manufacturer of maintenance-free boat, pontoon and personal watercraft docks and lifts looked for an alternative solution because neither aluminum pulleys nor injection molded pulleys were giving them ideal results. Both the aluminum and injection-molded pulleys (which require bronze or alternative metal bushings) were causing squealing noises and “stick-and-slip” motion during normal operation. This result is common with metal materials since metallic bushings have a less desirable coefficient of friction (COF) for this application, which causes premature wear and stress on the entire lift.

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Let’s Get Moving with Performance Plastics
by Pete Daumeyer, CartierWilson LLC
Material handling has many different meanings, but the simple definition of the term is getting product from one location to the next. Whether it is moving product into a machine for processing, moving a finished part out of the machine and into packaging or moving it all the way to the vehicle that is going to move that product, all materials are being handled.

Most conveyors are material handling systems. Before you raise your hand and shout ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE), know that nylons, acetals, high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polycarbonate (PC) are all involved in conveyors. UHMW-PE is commonly associated with material handling because it usually runs the sides of the conveyor in the form of guide rails, so it’s easy to see. This versatile material also runs under the conveyor with the chain guide and is often machined into bearings or gears to keep the conveyor running.

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Antimicrobial Performance Plastics
by Timothy Buchanan, Curbell Plastics, Inc.
This article outlines the different kinds of additives used in antimicrobial plastic materials, how they work and the intended functionality.

Microorganism and microbe are blanket terms that refer to bacteria, fungi, viruses, algae, mold and mildew. Many antimicrobial plastics are intended to inhibit the growth of microorganisms that may stain the plastic surface or cause an odor. That is, they are intended to protect the plastic rather than to protect human health. Other antimicrobial formulations are intended to prevent disease caused by the uncontrolled growth of microorganisms on plastic surfaces. The former group of antimicrobial products can be classified as Type 1, low efficacy, and the latter as Type 2, high efficacy.

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The Right Material Keeps Coal Miners Safer
by Cope Plastics, Inc.
Coal mining can be a dangerous business. One company that specializes in advanced safety products turned to performance plastics for an armor housing on a proximity detection system used for underground mining. This system sounds audible and visual alarms if a worker comes within a certain range of equipment. The goal of this product is to reduce the instance of crushing or pinning accidents in underground environments.

The armor housing covers the electromagnetic sensor in this proximity system. It had to be strong enough to withstand rock falls, which are a chief concern in mining environments. The strength of this component was even more crucial because it serves a key role in a safety system that can save coal miners’ lives.

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Performance Plastics Keep Manufacturing Operational
by IAPD Editorial Committee
MRO refers to maintenance, repair and operation supplies. This includes the materials, equipment and supplies used in the production process at a manufacturing plant but are not part of the finished goods being produced.

Performance plastics excel in numerous applications that can keep a manufacturing plant running, such as bushings, bearings, gears, manifolds, pulleys, cams, rollers, sheaves, sprockets, housings, seals and gaskets. Guards and safety shields can keep workers safe, as do personal protective equipment. Conveyor applications such as corner tracks, rails, bumpers, chain guides, machine guards and wear strips keep products moving.

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Fueling the Economy with Performance Plastics
by IAPD Editorial Committee
Performance plastics play a key role in the energy boom, making it easier to reach previously untapped sources of oil and gas to fuel the economy. You can find performance plastics in applications such as piston, chevron and gland seals, anti-extrusion rings and back-up rings, valve seats, packings, bushings, bearings, lantern rings, fracballs, labyrinth seals, down-hole electrical insulators, gaskets, lifting systems components (such as sheaves, rollers, guides), shrouds, sight glasses, pipe and pipe support systems (such as saddles and carrier rings) and grating/stairs.

Using performance plastics instead of other materials offer numerous advantages, such as:

  • Reduced weight and lower cost than traditional materials
  • Better sealing performance
  • Greater design flexibility
  • Can handle harsh environments, from downhole heat to arctic conditions to subsea systems
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Improved efficiencies (sealing properties, coefficient of friction)
  • Easier to machine, ship and install
  • Reduce/eliminate lubrication dependency
  • Excellent electrical insulation properties
  • Static dissipative and conductive grades available
  • Less wear on mating parts
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Performance Plastics are the Rx for the Pharmaceutical Industry
by IAPD Editorial Committee
Performance plastics are booming in the pharmaceutical industry because of their durability, ability to be sterilized, easy machinability to exacting specifications and cost effectiveness.

In fact, performance plastics are the leading materials used in pharmaceutical packaging based on the breadth of applications for which they are suitable, their cost effectiveness and their favorable barrier and aesthetic properties. You can find performance plastics in intravenous and infusion devices such as insulin pens and inhalers, blister packaging, pharmaceutical pouches for dose packaging of powder and topical medicines, strip packs for sample-size oral drug applications, medication tubes, pre-fillable dose-measured syringes, tamper-evident and childproof closures, droppers, measuring caps and spoons, bottles, vials, ampules and syringes.

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Fun with Performance Plastics
by Pete Daumeyer, CartierWilson LLC
Performance plastics are used in a multitude of ways in recreation applications. Numerous materials are going into the playgrounds, pools, parks and backyards of communities near you. Recreation itself has a broad definition, so let’s take look at how people are spending their leisure time and how performance plastics are involved.
While a standard backyard pool has hundreds of feet of PVC pipe controlling the flow of water, larger pools are being built with more plastics in mind. Many of the splash zones at community pools have high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) in the apparatus that sends water up in the air and over people to cool them off. Slides that once were made from fiberglass are now being built with thermoformed sheets of ABS or polypropylene (PP) and are flooded with water for maximum fun.
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Protection from Natural Disasters
by Gerry Sagerman, Insulgard Security Products
Performance plastics play a vital role in protecting people against natural disasters. The International Building Code requires that all new critical emergency facilities (emergency operations centers, 911 call centers, police, fire and rescue stations) and K-12 schools built in the 250-mph wind zone must include a tornado safe room and the safe room must house all occupants of the school. This means that if you’re building one of these facilities, including schools, that is in the 250-mph wind zone, which spans from Texas to Wisconsin and Nebraska to Pennsylvania, you are required by code to include an area of the building designed and constructed to withstand an EF5 tornado and large enough for everyone in the school.
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Making Chips Happen
by Pete Daumeyer, CartierWilson LLC
In the high purity semiconductor industry, thermoplastics and fluoropolymers have been required for aqueous chemicals, solvents and process slurry for more than 50 years. To achieve acceptable process results, chemicals must have less than 100 parts per trillion (ppt) total contamination from the piping system. Valves, fittings, tubing, filters and inline instrumentation must be pristine right out of the box to meet these requirements.

Fluoropolymer resins are used in high purity components in semiconductors for their resistance to corrosive acids, being inert to common process chemicals and having minimal contamination to flow. Because metal particles contribute the deadliest types of contamination to a semiconductor chip, perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) fluoropolymer resin has provided the best overall material solution.

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Architects Rejuvenate Cultural Center with Upcycling Signage
by 3A Composites USA, Inc.
The Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara is a cultural services center in the northern mountains of Italy, in the province of Trento. The Center offers cultural arts events to the public, such as musical and theatrical performances, and historical installations as well as meeting and event spaces. Along with the Center’s two theaters, an adjoining urban park links different parts of the city attracting people of all ages and cultures. Unfortunately, part of the Centro Servizi has been uninhabited for ages and in a severe state of disrepair even though it is partially protected by “Sovrintendenza dei Beni architettonici,” a cultural heritage committee. Except for graffiti of a modest artistic level, there are offensive and xenophobic writings on the walls, evidence not only of urban but also civil decay.

Local architects Elisa Burnazzi and Davide Feltrin, co-owners of Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti, have rejuvenated the entry way to the Centro Servizi by upcycling approximately 200 aluminum composite panels recovered from billboards used to advertise past performances at the Centro Servizi.

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Ready to Roll with Performance Plastics
by Tony Martin, Palram Americas. Inc.
Continued advancements in performance plastics have resulted in significant improvements in fuel efficiency, passenger safety and comfort and long-term durability for transportation vehicles. Many performance plastics meet transportation industry requirements for flame, smoke and toxicity specifications, are lighter weight than alternative materials, as well as deliver protection against security threats and vandalism.

Plastics such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), acrylic and polycarbonate (PC), among others, are being used in countless applications within the rail, bus, automotive, marine, heavy equipment, recreational and specialty vehicle (ambulance, emergency vehicle, fire truck) markets. From interior panels and partitions, dashboards, cabinetry, shrouds and housings to air deflectors, boat hatches, signage, windshields and windows, performance plastics play a key role in transportation.

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Keeping the World’s Water Clean
By Mike Oliveto, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
Given that more than 70 percent of the earth is covered by water, we all have a role to play in keeping our water clean and healthy enough to sustain future generations. We have all seen photos of lifeless rivers and lakes, consumer plastics washing up on beaches and closed beaches resulting from both clearly identifiable sources such as pipes or culverts carrying water from homes or industrial sites and not so easily identifiable sources such as diffuse flows running over or through land. An example of the latter is fertilizers, fecal matter from farm animals and even salt used to treat roads washing into waterways during heavy rains and snow melts. The source of these pollutants is often difficult to detect and control because they can be spread out over wide areas and may remain invisible for years until concentrations reach critical levels.

Governments, cities, municipalities, major manufacturing businesses that use large amounts of water are required to clean water before returning it. We call the cleaning process wastewater treatment. In simplest terms a highly engineered system brings wastewater in, cleans it using a process sequence that includes the settling of solids (sedimentation) and biological and chemical treatment prior to the water being returned either to the process consuming water or as an outflow completing the water cycle.

Fabrication Services Showcase con­tains paid listings of companies with fabrication services, products and machinery that cater to the plastics distribution industry. IAPD does not endorse or make recommendations in regard to the companies supplying their services. For details and pricing information to include your company in this Fabrication Ser­v­ices Show­case, contact Dave Blackhurst, IAPD’s director of membership and sales, at (913) 345-1008 or email
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