CD, polycarbonate winners at Grammies
Resin supplier Bayer Corp. got a taste of glitz when a compact disc made of its Makrolon CD 2005-MAS 140 polycarbonate won a Grammy award.
The CD, ``The Count Basie Orchestra with New York Voices: Live at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild,'' received the Grammy for a large jazz ensemble. Proceeds from the sale of the CD benefit a nonprofit jazz training program in Pittsburgh for high school students.
Bayer, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, donated the resin for the project.
The resin has a greatly improved processing window compared to standard optical disc grades of polycarbonate, according to Bayer. It also features low moisture absorption, low shrinkage and low warpage in heat and humidity, the company said.
Bayer said it expects the resin to be used extensively in digital versatile discs.
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Linkable PU panels mimic cedat shakes
Polyurethane has come to siding, as Canada's Chemcrest Corp. introduced a PU product called Cedar Motifs.
The company casts interlocking PU panels from molds made with real cedar shakes. The panels, which can be cut or nailed, fit together at the installation site. They come already primed; siding installers paint or stain them.
Chemcrest said PU has a density of 14-18 pounds per cubic feet, which is similar to white pine.
Chemcrest also makes PU crown moldings, ceiling medallions and other decorative products, plus shutters, louvers, columns and balustrades.
The company is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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Lincoln Wood sash features ABS part
Lincoln Wood Products Inc., a wood and aluminum window maker, introduced a window sash with a core part extruded from Cycolac, GE Plastics' ABS resin.
Clim-A-Tech Industries Inc. of Hopkins, Minn., extrudes the part.
Lincoln, based in Merrill, Wis., is calling the sash assembly ThermTech. The sash, which is used on casement and awning windows, had been solid wood, said Steve Kahle, Lincoln's eastern regional sales manager. The window maker wanted to reduce the amount of wood. Kahle said Lincoln picked Cycolac because it is a very stable material.
The windows have wood on the inside and either wood or extruded aluminum on the outside. On the aluminum windows, the ABS core also allowed Lincoln designers to use an extruded, rather than a roll-formed, aluminum cap, Kahle said. Clim-A-Tech, a custom extruder, specializes in making components for window makers, said Mike Tix, Clim-A-Tech sales representative.
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Line of toys keeps pesky germs at bay
Hasbro Inc. has extended its use of an anti-bacterial technology to a new line of germ-resistant toys in its Playskool division.
The Pawtucket, R.I., toy major launched 15 germ-resistant toys at the recent Toy Fair in New York about nine months after it began using Microban in its 1-2-3 High Chair for infants. It claims the toys will resist a range of bacteria, molds and mildew.
Microban is supplied as a compounded concentrate by Microban Products Co. of Huntersville, N.C. The firm's marketing director, Steve Smith, said Microban is odorless and tasteless and is chemically similar to anti-bacterials used in soaps and cosmetics. It does not contain arsenic, heavy metals or other toxic components. It works not by killing bacteria but by inhibiting their growth and ability to function.
Microban Products debuted its anti-bacterial technology in 1988 in medical and dental products. It has since extended its use into consumer products such as molded bathroom fixtures, pillows, surgical film, and other products. Usage levels vary by application, but in medical products typical levels are less than 1 percent active ingredient by weight.
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Orbis offering new distribution pallet
Watertown, Wis.-based Orbis, part of Menasha Corp., recently introduced a distribution pallet.
The 40-inch-by-48-inch polyethylene pallet has a dynamic load capacity of 3,000. It can be used in direct contact with food and offers a nonskid deck and a flow-through deck.
At 34 pounds, the pallet comes in custom colors and can have a raised perimeter lip and rubber grommets. The pallet is part of the firm's Entree returnable packaging system.
Tel. (414) 262-5000, fax (414) 262-5841.