At daily newspapers, editors know stories about dogs or ice cream belong on Page 1. Readers love 'em. But in the world of plastics journalism, we rarely get the opportunity. So imagine the reaction today to a news release from PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers that combines both. I can't resist sharing their feature on the Happy Lapper, a dish designed to help dogs eat ice cream without making a mess. (Aren't the best new products just solutions to problems we didn't know we had?) The plastics angles? The dish is made by Covington Plastic Molding Inc., a small injection molder based in New Oxford, Pa. The company specializes in small to medium runs and hard-to-mold parts. The material -- a 60 Shore A durometer thermoplastic elastomer from PolyOne GLS. The TPE resin is FDA compliant and is soft enough to grip most types of flooring without tipping over. Finally, the customer is Linda Haverstock, founder of Dillsburg, Pa.-based Pup Peeves. PolyOne GLS's Rick Noller cites the Happy Lapper as an example of collaboration involving a molder, a material supplier and a customer. No mention, unfortunately, of the key role played by man's best friend.
Dogs and ice cream, what's not to like?
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