December 2014

How Plastics are Revolutionizing Transportation



Royalite® 926 is a fire-rated PVC alloy used in mass transit and other applications that demand the most stringent flame and smoke requirements. Seating, hand rails, storage compartments and other interior parts are easily thermoformed using Royalite sheet.

The obvious advantage plastic has over alternative materials in transportation applications is the large reduction in weight, a vital determining factor in fuel efficiency. Plastics also provide the same structural and functional performance of other materials while adding additional benefits unique to plastic. Plastic is tough, durable, resistant to corrosion and can be easily formed, colored or finished. Other specialty compounds can be treated to include flame retardant and sound dampening qualities among other beneficial attributes. Plastics can be treated to improve their own properties or even be reinforced with other materials such as fiberglass to meet even greater demands. Its ability to improve upon itself and adapt to almost any unique problem explains the widespread use of plastics, not just in automobiles, but in the transportation industry as a whole.

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November 2014

"Plastics in High Purity Manufacturing"
October 2014

"Converting Metal Components to Plastic in Food Processing"
September 2014

"High-Performance Polymers Deliver Quality and Stability"
August 2014

"Innovative Craft Wins Solar Powered Boat Championship"
July 2014

"Accurate Timing Belts Perfectly Positioned for the Packaging Industry"
June 2014

"Plastics for Safer and More Efficient Sawmills"
May 2014
Life Sciences

"The Vital Role of Plastic Shapes to the Medical Devices Industry"
April 2014
Fluid Handling

"Critical Fluid Handling: Your Guide to Materials and Production Requirements"
March 2014

"Polyurethane Composites Lighten Photovoltaic Mobile Electric Generator"
February 2014

"Thermoplastic Composites are Lightening Aircraft"
January 2014
Food & Beverage

"Stock Shape Plastics: Innovation for the Food Industry"
December 2013
Plastics & Mining

"Mining for Safety with Plastics"
November 2013
Plastics & Agricultural Applications

"Uses of UHMW-PE: From the Fields to the Grain Elevatorn"

October 2013
Plastics and Chemical Applications

"Transparent Armor Glazing Solutions for Increased Protection"
September 2013
Plastics & Security

"Transparent Armor Glazing Solutions for Increased Protection"
August 2013
Plastics & Automotive

"Reinventing Automobiles with
High-Performance Polymers"

July 2013
Plastics &Recreation

"Roller Coasters: A Thrill of a Lifetimes"
June 2013
Plastics & Signage

"LEDs Advance Plastics Evolution for Signs"
May 2013
Plastics & Medical Applications

"Application Development in the Medical Industry"
April 2013
Plastics & the Environment

"Plastics Help Reshape the Energy Landscapey"
March 2013
Manufacturing Plants

"PP Piping Systems Solve Corrosion Problems in Steel Manufacturing Plants"
February 2013
Plastics In Architecture

"Trenchless Piping and Plastics"
December 2012
Heavy Construction Applications

"Cast Nylon in Heavy Construction"
November 2012
Plastics In Architecture

"Cast Nylon in Heavy Construction"
October 2012
Polyesters in Plastics

"Copolyester reaches new heights of style and design"
September 2012

"Defining Bioplastic Terminology"
August 2012
Transforming Public Art with HDPE

"Defining Bioplastic Terminology"
July 2012
Acetal in Food Processing Equipment

"Acetal in Food Processing
June 2012
Reaching the PEEK of Lightweight Aerospace Solutions

"Reaching the PEEK of Lightweight Aerospace Solutions"
May 2012
Safe and smooth trucking with UHMW-PE

"Safe and Smooth Trucking with Plastics"


May 2011
Focus: Cast Nylons

"Evolution of the Art of Casting Nylons"

April 2011
Focus: Chemical Process Applications
"Revisiting Chemical Process Applications"

March 2011
Focus: Critical Energy Industry Requirements
"PTFE Helps Advance Critical Energy Industry Requirements "
February 2011
Focus: Acrylic

" Use of Acrylic for Suspended Cultural Artwork"
December 2010
Focus: Medical

"Market for medical plastics to grow"
October 2010
Focus: High-Performance Plastics

"PEEK properties meet wide spectrum of high-performance requirements"
September 2010
Focus: Plastics Machining

"Machinable engineering plastics offer unique solutions for aerospace"
August 2010
Focus: Polycarbonate

"Gaining recogniation as superior glazing material?"
June 2010
Focus: Chemical and Corrosion Resistant Plastics

"Application of extruded and compression molded PP sheets"
May 2010

"Tubing — the stepchild of plastics shapes!"
April 2010
Focus: UHMW-PE

"Addressing questions and statements about UHMW–PE"
March 2010
Focus: Fabrication

"The fabricator's mind and role in material selection"
February 2010
Focus: Nylon and Acetal

"Machining nylon and acetal"
January 2010
Focus: Acrylic

"Lighting up Mr. Chow Restaurant"

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December 2009
Focus: Transportation

"Polycarbonate dash dial in VW Golf saves materials and labor"
November 2009
Focus: Signs

"Signage for exhibits"
October 2009
Focus: Safety and Security

"Laminated polycarbonate sheet provides high level security"
September 2009
Focus: Recreation

"Plastic materials surround you"
August 2009
Focus: P-O-P Displays

"Acrylic sheet product streamlines P-O-P fabrication"
July 2009
Focus: Natural Disasters

"Hurricane protection for your home"

June 2009
Focus: Medical

"Extruded thermoplastics
in the operating room"

May 2009
Focus: Government and Military
"Proven performance for safety and protection"

April 2009
Focus: Glazing
"Transparent armor glazing solutions for increased protection"
March 2009
Focus: Food Processing
"Food industry opportunities"
February 2009
Focus: Construction

"Hotel developer chooses CPVC for water distribution system"
January 2009
Focus: Agriculture
"Urethane wiper improves scraper systems used in free stall barns"

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December 2008
Focus: Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS)
"The unsung hero of high-performance thermoplastics"
November 2008
Focus: Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC)
"Revisiting chemical process applications"
October 2008
Focus: PETG Copolyester
"Selecting plastic materials for machine guards and safety shielding"
September 2008
Focus: HDPE
"High density polyethylene sign board"
August 2008
Focus: PP
"Polypropylene in the operating room"
July 2008
Focus: PVC
"Clear PVC — the clear advantage"
June 2008
Focus: PTFE
"The ins and outs of standard fluoroplastic convoluted tubing"
May 2008
Focus: Polycarbonate
"Laminated polycarbonate sheet provides high level security"
April 2008
Focus: Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW PE)
"Higher operating temperature UHMW-PE is no fairy tale"
March 2008
Focus: Plastic Pipe, Valves and Fittings
"EPA Compliance Problem Solved Without Disrupting Manufacturing Production"
February 2008
Focus: Cast Nylons
"Roller Coasters: a Thrill of a Lifetime "
January 2008
Focus: Acrylic
"Frosted acrylic sheet helps OfficeMax shine "