Polymerland, IDES team up on Web site
HUNTERVSILLE, N.C.—Resin distributor Polymerland Inc. has refocused its Web site under a new partnership with Integrated Design Engineering Systems Inc. of Laramie, Wyo.
In June, Huntersville-based Polymerland introduced an electronic material-selection capability and a product-selection tool. In January it discontinued a Web arrangement with CenTor Corp. of Garden Grove, Calif.; the broader program with IDES started Feb. 4.
``We had a material-selection tool on the Web and looked at taking the next step'' to improve that database, said Tim Condron, Polymerland inside sales leader.
Polymerland's Web site is located at www.polymerland.com.
CenTor has moved toward engineering-data partnerships with integrated computer-aided-design users, said Chris Nunez, CenTor chairman. The Polymerland program was an extension of CD-ROM and Web site formats using CenTor's CenBase product line.
CenTor did not want to ``risk what Polymerland and IDES wanted to do,'' providing below-cost CenBase licenses to an unlimited number of users, Nunez said.
IDES also is developing a disk version of Polymerland's catalog as a sales tool ``for customers not Internet-ready,'' Condron said. IDES expects by mid-June to compress data for about 1,800 Polymerland-distributed materials on a single disk that will convert to 3-5 megabytes of storage on a customer's hard drive.
Reichhold boosting polyester capacity
DURHAM, N.C.—Reichhold Chemicals Inc. of Durham is adding capacity at two unsaturated polyester resin plants.
An upgrade to Reichhold's Morris, Ill., facility and the opening of a second reactor at its Azusa, Calif., plant, will boost the firm's unsaturated polyester output by 60 million pounds, to 700 million pounds.
The Azusa capacity will help feed growing demand for the materials on the West Coast, according to a Feb. 26 news release.
ICI SRIM technology vies for auto parts
WEST DEPTFORD, N.J.—ICI Polyurethanes Group has unveiled new glass-fiber injection techniques for structural reaction injection molding that it says can produce low-weight PU-composite auto parts with the same properties as conventional thermoplastics.
The largest-volume application of the technique will be in door panels, where glass-reinforced polyurethane composites could compete with polypropylene, ABS and nylon, said Andy Rothacker, a technical specialist with ICI's elastomers group in Sterling Heights, Mich.
The technology also can be applied to package trays, quarter panels, seat pans and backs, spare tire covers and sun visors.
The process cuts labor costs by removing manual placement of a glass-fiber mat into the production mold before resin injection, said Rothacker, who delivered a technical paper on the subject at SAE '98, held Feb. 23-26 in Detroit.
ICI Polyurethanes of West Deptford, a township near Camden, is using the technology in prototyping for several 1999, 2000 and 2001 model vehicles.