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September 25, 2017

CLEVELAND – September 26, 2017 – PolyOne has recently collaborated with agricultural films manufacturers to help growers reduce food waste by incorporating OnCap™ anti-fog additives into their films. 

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September 19, 2017

BANGKOK – Sept 19, 2017 – PolyOne is featuring its comprehensive portfolio of high-performance polymers and colorant solutions at the 12th International Wire & Cable Trade Fair for Southeast Asia (Wire Southeast Asia 2017) in Thailand this week. 

Total polymer solutions range from flame retardant, non-halogenated, low smoke polymers and lightweight foam to cross-linkable polyethylene and high-temperature materials. All are designed to meet stringent regulations and streamline wire and cable manufacturing.

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Navigate The Path To A Better Bottle

Don’t forget the four paths to bottle optimization: economics, function, aesthetics, and environment.


Brand owners invest incredible energy developing and marketing their products. And they don’t let the energy level drop when selecting the bottles required for those products. This packaging needs to protect the contents, attract consumer attention, reflect the value of the brand, and meet goals for recycling and sustainability. 

But whether you’re about to launch a new product or looking for ways to optimize the bottles in your current product range, optimizing design and manufacturing can be a complicated endeavor. Break it into manageable chunks by considering the four paths to bottle optimization.

 

Economics

In the packaging industry, the difference between financial success and failure can be as little as $0.01 per bottle. Typically, more than 50% of the cost to produce polymer bottles comes from raw material cost; so there’s a great incentive to reduce the amount of polymer required per bottle. It sounds easy, but lightweighting brings its own challenges. Reduce the weight (bottle thickness) too much, and you lose mechanical performance and potentially compromise the packaging function. Think: bottles that arrive at the store crushed by the rigors of shipping. Reducing polymer use is not the only way to lower total cost per bottle. Other considerations include:

  • Cost-to-color reduction
  • Optimized layer structure
  • Material selection
  • Buoyancy offset
  • Improved changeover

It’s often possible to identify multiple complementary design changes that will amplify per-bottle savings.

 

Aesthetics

A bottle’s appearance speaks volumes about what consumers can expect from a product. Dark blue bottle in the shampoo section of the store? There’s a good bet that it’s marketed to men. Pink and sparkling? Sounds like bubble bath for kids. Some color cues are fairly obvious, but as the number of niches within a product group grows, it’s critical to understand how even slight changes in the aesthetics of a bottle can influence consumers. And don’t stop with color; a package’s touch, shape and even smell also should be carefully considered. When you get all of these right, your bottles’ aesthetics will attract consumer attention and deliver the correct product messaging to your target market to enhance your brand’s value and your reputation. 

 

Function

Depending on the product, your bottles may need a number of functional attributes. Additive technology exists to deliver greater function to bottles, including: 

  • Gas barrier solutions (Oxygen, MVTR)
  • UV absorbers & light blocking
  • Infrared reheat absorption
  • Acetaldehyde scavenging
  • Drop impact performance
  • Anti-static performance
  • Ease of evacuation
  • Scratch and mar resistance
  • Anti-counterfeiting technology (overt and covert)

In many cases, functional additives can be blended with colorant to make dosing even easier and improve manufacturing quality and efficiency. 

 

Environmental footprint

There are many ways to meet your goals for sustainable manufacturing. The challenge is minimizing environmental footprint without negatively affecting design, aesthetics and bottle performance. What steps can you take to meet your environmental goals? Some options to consider:

Increase regrind content without affecting appearance and function

Reduce energy use during conversion with cycle time reduction (CTR) additives and infrared absorbers

Consider protective packaging that extends product shelf life 
Select material combinations and package designs that are easier to recycle
Use functional additives to maximize lightweighting potential

The most effective way to reduce the environmental footprint of polymer bottles is to reduce their weight - with all of the considerations that go into that. Take a step in isolation, and it could create problems in other aspects of your bottle optimization program. 

Tackle the challenge with an approach that includes all four paths, and you will be well on your way to an optimized bottle.

 

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Less wear, more wow

Reduce strain and untimely wear in eight common areas to improve component lifetime.

Less wear, more wow

As the global production of cars continues to increase, the demand for quality placed on these vehicles is also increasing. With car sharing, ride sharing, and ride hailing services becoming more common, the miles that a single car is driven and amount of time the car is filled with passengers will also rise. And as an automotive designer, you want each and every one of your vehicles to give drivers and passengers a riding experience just short of nirvana.

There’s just one problem: all of that increased usage creates greater wear on components. For instance, a passenger may use a sunroof twice per day in a personally owned car. Passengers in a car that is shared by multiple drivers, though, could likely operate the sunroof two to four times more than that. Seats may also be adjusted more frequently throughout the day to accommodate, for example, one driver’s need to carry a surfboard or another driver’s need to transport four kids to soccer practice.  

All of these increases in usage can lead to more wear due to component friction and vibration. This, in turn, can lead to bumps, squeaks and rattles in the interior of the car.  An electric car does not even have engine noise to drown out those bumps, squeaks, and rattles. There goes the premium customer experience you’re trying to create. So how can you prevent this premature wear?

Synthetic oils and greases have typically been used, and while they offer significant benefits, they also present drawbacks. They don’t remove the need for long-term maintenance, as parts will still wear, contaminate other interior finishes, capture dirt, and corrode. What’s more, using lubricants to protect a component from wear is a two-step process, because the part must first be manufactured, then coated with oil or grease, adding cost to the manufacturing process.

Consider making a switch to internally lubricated polymers. They inherently provide cleaner surfaces and resistance to continued wear. And because they’re formulated with lubricious additives, routine maintenance using oils and greases is ancient history. 

Beyond improved surface appearance, protection from friction, and reduced wear, these polymers also offer the design freedom and part consolidation potential of thermoplastics. That means you can eliminate the need for a costly two-step manufacturing process to fuse or fasten parts, and also reduce overall component weight. 

Not sure if internally lubricated polymers are your answer? Here are the some of the top automotive applications that can benefit from making the switch: 

  • Sunroof components and channels
  • Windshield wiper arms
  • Bearings
  • Seat glides
  • Steering mechanisms
  • Pedal systems
  • Levers
  • Handles

Learn more about the solutions that bring this idea to life: LubriOne™ Internally Lubricated Formulations

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July 10, 2017

KENNESAW, Ga. – PolyOne today unveiled Wilflex™ EPIC™ Single LC White, a new, white ink that is universally compatible with both polyester and cotton fabrics.

Featuring excellent opacity and low-temperature (260-280°F, 127-138°C) cure bleed resistance, EPIC Single LC White can also help avoid ghosting on cotton substrates when hot stacking garments.

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July 10, 2017

CLEVELAND – When French outdoor equipment specialist Avanona began development of a new range of hunting and camping knives, the company’s designers wanted to extend the innovation to the knives’ sheaths as well. Each sheath would need to reflect the high quality of the brand, sit comfortably on a user’s hip, and be durable enough to protect the knives, which could be in service for decades. Plus, designers planned to add a proprietary, integrated self-sharpening whetstone into each sheath.

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July 5, 2017

CLEVELAND – Edwards Design and Fabrication, Inc. (Edwards), a specialty fabricator, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) have recently developed a Modular Protective System (MPS) that features PolyOne’s GlasArmor™ continuous glass-fiber composite panels. This system creates modular ballistic shelters that are designed to protect U.S. and allied soldiers in the field. 

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