Cereplast, Inc.’s bio-based sustainable plastic, Cereplast Hybrid Resins, replace 50 percent or more of the petroleum content used in traditional plastic resins with bio-based materials such as starches from corn, tapioca, wheat and potatoes.
TOY-C1 package/film Oxygen Permeability Tester is applicable in oxygen permeability test of plastic films and packaging containers (such as plastic bottles and plastic packages) in air or in 100% oxygen.
BASF’s Ecoflex™ resins can be used in biodegradable films and coatings. Coatings and films made from Ecoflex resins meet ASTM D6400-99 specification for compostable plastics and will biodegrade swiftly and completely when composted in commercial or municipal facilities.
Packaging Unlimited (Louisville, KY) introduces a rackable corrugated pallet designed for multiple uses in various industries. The SureStacker™ pallet has been tested under specific load-bearing weights and certified to ASTM standards by the Virginia Tech Center for Unit Load Design.
D 6198, the Standard Guide for Transport Packaging Design, was recently approved by ASTM (W. Conshohocken, PA). The guide provides information on the procedures, information required and steps to follow in design for successful performance in handling and shipping.
The American Society of Test Methods (ASTM) announces the approval of a new test method for determining the surface energy of corona-treated films. The new test method, ASTM5679-96, is entitled "Test Method for Corona-Treated Polymer Films Using Water Contact Angle Measurements." Method allows for the inclusion of measuring all polymer films, unlike the older test that measured only PP and PE films.
Chatillon (Greensboro, NC) has added a new program to its Material Witness(TM) software family: Data Analysis for Windows®. Stores up to 32ꯠ load and extension points per test for highly detailed analysis and graphic representation.
ASTM (Philadelphia, PA) has introduced the 1995 Directory of Scientific & Technical Consultants and Expert Witnesses. This directory includes over 200 categories of specialized consulting services and over 1ꯠ consultants and expert witnesses in an easy-to-use format.