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Barcode system eliminates drum mix-ups during LSR molding
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OFTERING, Austria—Elmet GmbH, an Austrian operating system supplier for the injection molding of two-component liquid silicone rubbers, introduced a standardized barcode system for drum...
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OFTERING, Austria—Elmet, an operating system supplier for the injection molding of two-component liquid silicone rubbers, introduced a standardized barcode system for drum labeling and recognition. OFTERING, Austria—Elmet, an operating system supplier for the injection molding of two-component liquid silicone rubbers, introduced a standardized barcode system for drum labeling and recognition. $OFTERING, Austria—Elmet, an operating system supplier for the injection molding of two-component liquid silicone rubbers, introduced a standardized barcode system for drum labeling and recognition.
NR supply, demand doesn't square with price trends
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Some things in life just don't make sense. Take the current state of natural rubber pricing supply and demand. According to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries, there's a current ...
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Some things in life just don't make sense. Take the current state of natural rubber pricing supply and demand. Some things in life just don't make sense. Take the current state of natural rubber pricing supply and demand. $Some things in life just don't make sense. Take the current state of natural rubber pricing supply and demand.
Jobs, supply chain, growth: Why auto is an important part of NAFTA
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TORONTO—The future of Canada's more than one million automotive jobs has emerged as a critical part of what's at stake at the NAFTA renegotiation table in Washington after the U.S. chief...
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TORONTO—The future of Canada's more than one million automotive jobs has emerged as a critical part of what's at stake at the NAFTA renegotiation table in Washington. TORONTO—The future of Canada's more than one million automotive jobs has emerged as a critical part of what's at stake at the NAFTA renegotiation table in Washington. $TORONTO—The future of Canada's more than one million automotive jobs has emerged as a critical part of what's at stake at the NAFTA renegotiation table in Washington.
Continental, Kordsa partner on adhesion system development
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HANOVER, Germany—Continental A.G.'s tire division is partnering with Kordsa Inc., an international supplier of textile reinforcing materials for the tire industry, to develop a sustainable...
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HANOVER, Germany—Continental's tire division is partnering with Kordsa to develop a sustainable adhesion system standard for bonding textile reinforcing materials to rubber-based compounds. HANOVER, Germany—Continental's tire division is partnering with Kordsa to develop a sustainable adhesion system standard for bonding textile reinforcing materials to rubber-based compounds. $HANOVER, Germany—Continental's tire division is partnering with Kordsa to develop a sustainable adhesion system standard for bonding textile reinforcing materials to rubber-based compounds.
Funding leads Fluence Analytics to new phase
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NEW ORLEANS—Back in May, Fluence Analytics said it had raised a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in growing companies in energy ...
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NEW ORLEANS—With a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, Fluence Analytics has set a course for growth. NEW ORLEANS—With a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, Fluence Analytics has set a course for growth. $NEW ORLEANS—With a Series A round of funding led by Energy Innovation Capital, Fluence Analytics has set a course for growth.
Barco opens new Georgia plant
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TALLAPOOSA, Ga.—British American Rubber Co., a subsidiary of Montague Investments L.L.C., invested about $10 million to build a specialty rubber compounding facility in Tallapoosa, according ...
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TALLAPOOSA, Ga.—British American Rubber, a subsidiary of Montague Investments, invested about $10 million to build a specialty rubber compounding facility in Tallapoosa, according to President Mike Cash. TALLAPOOSA, Ga.—British American Rubber, a subsidiary of Montague Investments, invested about $10 million to build a specialty rubber compounding facility in Tallapoosa, according to President Mike Cash. $TALLAPOOSA, Ga.—British American Rubber, a subsidiary of Montague Investments, invested about $10 million to build a specialty rubber compounding facility in Tallapoosa, according to President Mike Cash.
Decentralized approach works for Singer
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SAN ANTONIO—For SBP Holdings, parent of rubber goods distributor Singer Equities Inc., it was a big deal when it boosted the size of its corporate staff by 33 percent. That's right, it went ...
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SAN ANTONIO—SBP, parent of rubber goods distributor Singer Equities, has stuck to a decentralized business approach as it has grown significantly, aided by 19 acquisitions made since 1999. SAN ANTONIO—SBP, parent of rubber goods distributor Singer Equities, has stuck to a decentralized business approach as it has grown significantly, aided by 19 acquisitions made since 1999. $SAN ANTONIO—SBP, parent of rubber goods distributor Singer Equities, has stuck to a decentralized business approach as it has grown significantly, aided by 19 acquisitions made since 1999.
Katz sees growth opportunities for polyurethanes
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Linda Katz, the Polyurethanes Manufacturers Association's new president, is very familiar with the plastics world. Her father ran an injection molding company in Wisconsin and she worked there as ...
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Linda Katz discusses the potential of polyurethanes in a variety of industries. Linda Katz discusses the potential of polyurethanes in a variety of industries. $Linda Katz discusses the potential of polyurethanes in a variety of industries.
Cooper Tire completes guayule grant
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FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and its consortium partners have completed their five-year, $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant on guayule rubber....
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FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire and its consortium partners have completed their five-year, $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant on guayule rubber. FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire and its consortium partners have completed their five-year, $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant on guayule rubber. $FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire and its consortium partners have completed their five-year, $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative grant on guayule rubber.
Texarkana backing potential Cooper Tire project
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TEXARKANA, Ark.—The city of Texarkana authorized the issuance of industrial development bonds valued at up to $250 million to be used to support investment by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co....
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TEXARKANA, Ark.—The city of Texarkana authorized the issuance of industrial development bonds valued at up to $250 million to be used to support investment by Cooper Tire in its car and light truck tire plant in the Arkansas city. TEXARKANA, Ark.—The city of Texarkana authorized the issuance of industrial development bonds valued at up to $250 million to be used to support investment by Cooper Tire in its car and light truck tire plant in the Arkansas city. $TEXARKANA, Ark.—The city of Texarkana authorized the issuance of industrial development bonds valued at up to $250 million to be used to support investment by Cooper Tire in its car and light truck tire plant in the Arkansas city.
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Published on July 21, 2009

LABORATORY CHARACTERIZATION AND FEA/CFD IN OPTIMIZING LATEX PRODUCTS

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The development of latex “products” involves 1/ (chemistry) development and (mechanical) laboratory characterization, 2/(mechanical) design, analysis, and shape optimization, beside validation testing and correlation to reality, and 3/ multi-disciplinary processing (involving chemists, engineers, and tool and machinery builders). Such broadly itemized ingredients to “latex product development” need to be brought to a fine economical equilibrium that meets customer specifications but often times lack full understanding (even at the customer level, and even after decades of production and service). The reasons: The intricacy of latex materials (as in hyper- and visco-elasticity), variations in the usage of products (a latex glove for instance ought to fit different size hands and be put on differently), to name but a major element of either material or design nature besides manufacturing challenges. Still, with the advent of better testing and simulation tools, engineers continue to aim at replicating such complex behaviors of latex products (and note that an end-customer does not buy latex but a latex product) in an accelerated fashion in the laboratory (by adding “stress” as in stretch, heat, fluids, to normal usage) then on a computer (using Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics). In short, bringing a latex product to market relies on a multi-disciplinary team-effort, as explained in this paper through practical applications (of the early development or troubleshooting nature) looked after at WIDL on behalf of various Tier Suppliers and OEMs in many industry sectors. 
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