AKRON, OHIO - This week's issue includes the debut of WebWatch, a feature designed to help Plastics News readers keep track of who in the plastics industry can be found in cyberspace, and where. Plastics processors, suppliers and trade associations are jumping onto the Internet in droves with World Wide Web sites that offer an abundance of valuable information. Each WebWatch column will serve up several plastics-relevant online addresses, along with a brief description of the company or organization. In addition, we plan to include in each column one ``Cool Site of the Week,'' for your online surfing pleasure.
Nothing but Net: Do you have a Web page address you would like to see published in this column? Send Plastics News information about your company or organization and its site. E-mail us at [email protected] or write to WebWatch, 1725 Merriman Road, Akron, Ohio 44313. Tel. (330) 836-9180, fax (330) 836-2322.
Cool Site of the Week
Wacky Patent of the Month-http://colitz.com/site/wacky.htm
A law firm is the sponsor of this amusing Web page; the site offers text and graphics of actual patents, including Harry Houdini's diving suit.
Plastics Industry Web Sites
Alloyd Co. Inc. - http://www.alloyd.com
Light-gauge, nonfood custom thermoformer of retail packaging and manufacturer of packaging machinery. Site options include product information, employment opportunities and events schedule.
Cincinnati Milacron Inc. - http://www.milacron.com
Extensive commercial information on the company's three business groups - machine tools, plastics machinery and industrial products - as well as access to subsidiaries.
Eastman Chemical Co. - http://www.eastman.com
Product data, news releases, application information and access to other Eastman resources.
ICI Polyester - http://www.icipolyester.com
Business unit site of Imperial Chemical Industries plc offers a range of product and business unit information.
LNP Engineering Plastics - http://www.lnp.com
Custom compounder of engineering thermoplastics composites has a home page designed for engineers familiar with plastics, as well as for those who need more information. Technical service information and data sheets for commonly used LNP materials is provided.
Mercury Plastics Inc. - http://www.mercuryplastics.com
Home page for custom extruder provides information about the company's capabilities and new technology it is developing.
Morrison Molded Fiber Glass Co. - http://www.mmfg.com
Information about the company and its products; technical information.
Polycarbonate Lens Council - http://www.polycarb.org
Trade organization site includes information about PC lenses, manufacturers and resin suppliers, with hot-link access to their Web pages.
Rheometric Scientific Inc. - http://www.rheosci.com
Description of the company, its line of viscometers and thermal analyzers, available literature and other product information. Instrument software updates can be downloaded.
Skyway Recreation Products-http://www.skywaytuffwheels.com
Manufacturer of composite nylon wheels offers e-mail and a variety of data pages at this site, plus customer help page and product trends.
Plastics News On the Web - Historical resin pricing data and graphs for about 75 virgin and recycled resin grades are now available online to paid Plastics News subscribers.