Aug
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The History of PlasticsPin ItSince World War II, plastics have become an integral part of everyday life. Nearly everything we touch and use contains some kind of plastic. The history of plastics is fascinating.  Below is a timeline that highlights some of the most important plastic developments in the last 150 years.  Note how many generic plastics have a familiar trade name, like Teflon and Styrofoam.  Also interesting is how many popular plastics were actually discovered by accident!   Early Years of Plastics 1862 – Parkesine–The first man-made plastic.  Created by Alexander Parkes in 1862 in London, it is an organic material derived from cellulose.  Once
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Feb
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How to Clean, Repair and Protect AcrylicPin ItKnowing how to clean acrylic correctly is key to preserving its attractive appearance.  Acrylic – which is also called Plexiglas, Lucite and Acrylite — is a popular alternative to glass for many applications because it is translucent, light weight and impact resistant.  Clear, colored and opaque acrylic is also available.  Because acrylic sheets and glazing are susceptible to scratches and abrasions as well as damage by some solvents, it is important to follow these guidelines for cleaning, repairing and protecting your acrylic items. Cleaning Acrylic The best way to clean acrylic is with a specialty cleaning product such as Novus No.1
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Jan
30

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E&T Plastics Debuts at GlobalShop with Expanded Product LinePin ItE&T Plastics, a leading distributor and manufacturer of custom plastic components, will be showcasing two additions to its product line – premium aluminum composite panels and Designboard by Vycom – at GlobalShop in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 29 – March 2.  This is the first time that E&T Plastics will be exhibiting at GlobalShop, the world’s largest annual event for store design, visual merchandising and shopper marketing. Both new offerings will help designers of retail displays and store fixtures create exciting and unique displays.   Aluminum composite panels (ACP) are a strong and lightweight material made of a high-density polyethylene
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Jan
25

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How to Cut, Drill, Finish, and Glue AcrylicPin ItWorking with acrylic is easy if you understand its properties and follow industry guidelines on how to handle it properly.  Using the correct tools is also important.  This article offers some practical tips on working with acrylic that will help you get started on your next project. What is Acrylic? Acrylic is a clear plastic that closely resembles glass but has many advantages, making it in excellent substitute in many applications.  Compared to glass, acrylic is: Lighter in weight by half Stronger and more impact resistant Offers better insulating properties More transparent Acrylic does have two main disadvantages compared
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Dec
1

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Old Plastics Prove To Be a Valuable Alternative Energy SourcePin ItIt’s hard to believe, but a new study coming out of Colombia University reports that if all of the non-recycled plastics in the United States were converted into energy, we could produce enough energy to fuel 6 million cars annually or enough electricity to power 5.2 million households!  And, equally exciting, is that the technology to convert old plastics into an alternative energy source already exists today. Plastics as Alternative Energy Source: The Study According to Marco J. Castaldi, Associate Director of the Earth and Environmental Engineering (EEC), the department at Columbia University who published this study, “Plastics have a
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Oct
26

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Plastic Adds Magic to Newest Silkscreens by Eugene BrodskyPin ItAn exhibition of silkscreen and mixed media paintings by famed New York artist Eugene Brodsky opens on October 27, 2011, at the Sears-Peyton Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue, New York, New York.  The solo exhibition, which will run through December 10, 2011, features a series of recent work that employs a novel silkscreen-on-plastic process developed by the artist. Plastic Chosen to Replace Glass For eight years, Brodsky gathered ephemeral images from his travels and day-to-day life to use in this current body of silkscreen paintings.  Known for his ability to transform an ordinary image into a compelling snapshot of detail through a series of manipulations,
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Sep
21

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How Plastics Companies Are Using Social MediaPin ItMany articles have been published about how businesses use social media, but very little information is available about how specific industries, such as the plastics industry, are using this new marketing medium.  This article will show how a group of companies in and around the plastics industry are using social media, what they have learned from their experience, and what advice they have for companies that are just getting started in this new and somewhat confusing realm of the internet. How Are Plastics Companies Using Social Media? In summary, plastics companies are using social media to build brand awareness,
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