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What are Plastic Resins?

Within a few decades, plastic has become a staple of a large majority of the products we purchase and use. They have changed the home, shops and some of our environment. There are very few places that you can go to, that are free from plastic. The use of plastics has allowed manufacturers to create products and their packaging for much than years past when things were made from more costly metals and woods.

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What are Polymers?

The term ‘polymer’ is often used to describe plastics, which are synthetic polymers. There are natural kinds of polymers too though, such as rubber or wood. When you break down the word polymer, it means many units. That’s exactly what it comes down to when creating polymers. They are a unit of atoms that create a chemical bond to build chain structures. Polymers can be three dimensional units or two-dimensional units, but they are always a repetitive chain of the same chemicals. These units are generally made with chemicals like carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, chlorine, fluorine, phosphorous, and silicon. While they are complex, companies use them on a regular basis to create items that we use daily. For instance, things like water bottles, computers, phones, tires, mirrors, windows, and grocery bags are all made of polymers.

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Biopolymers and Their Uses in the Medical Field

All too often, plastics get a bad rep. They are well known for hurting the environment, but most people don’t realize how many biodegradable polymers are available. They are made from plants instead of oil, which allows the plastic to break down within weeks instead of centuries. This means that they won’t accumulate in landfills and continue to cause problems. They could also provide pain relief, help minimize scarring, and advance the medical field. Biopolymers can do so without causing more medical issues to patients and dissolve naturally as wounds heal.

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What Factors Determine Polymer Pricing?

In today’s society, prices fluctuate for nearly everything. This holds true with polymer pricing throughout the world. Though it is becoming more difficult to predict, there are a few consistent factors that allow us to predict a possible rise in Polymer pricing.

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Plastics Help Create Environment Friendly Cars

Many people these days are concerned about the effects that plastics have on our environment. This article will reveal to you one of the many ways that plastic resin can actually help the environment. The automobile industry has started using plastic resins to create more environment friendly automobiles.

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The New Dromo Bottle and How It Works to Reduce Waste

As leaders in thermoplastic resin distribution, the plastic professionals at Plastic Service Centers stay on top of news and innovations in the plastic industry. And we understand that many industries are making changes to keep up with the growing e-commerce market, and the plastic industry is no exception. For example, certain packaging designs need radically redesigning to meet the challenges created by the shipping process. Now, Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI), a company based in Holland, Ohio, has introduced the new Dromo bottle and dispensing system for soaps, lotions, cleaning solutions, and other liquid products. The Dromo bottle cuts waste and makes shipping these products easier and more convenient.

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The Current State of the Thermoplastics Industry

In 2017, the thermoplastics market value was estimated at 17 billion U.S. dollars, so the industry was thriving at that point. Now, however, the market value is expected to gain 6.24% from 2018 to 2023. This is exciting, but not necessarily surprising news for the polymer experts at Plastic Service Centers.

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Why You Should Choose Thermoplastic Resin Over Thermoset Resin

The terms “thermoset” and “thermoplastic” sound similar, but these two types of plastic resins are very different. At Plastic Service Centers, we specialize in thermoplastic resins. In fact, we are the premier plastic resin supplier Michigan. And while thermoset resins serve a purpose in certain industries, we stand behind the versatility, chemical resistance, aesthetic superiority, and eco-friendliness of thermoplastic resins.

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Get the Right Thermoplastic Resins for Your Packaging Manufacturing

At Plastic Service Centers, we carry a large selection of thermoplastic resins for all types of manufacturing, including food service packaging. We are also the go-to experts for plastic injection molding troubleshooting.

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Recent Ban on Single-Use Styrofoam Products in NYC

A recently passed motion in New York City may set a precedent for other cities that want to replace single-use Styrofoam products with more environmentally-friendly alternatives. If more cities continue to ban Styrofoam, manufacturers may have to rely more heavily on PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastics.

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So, who made my car?

A comprehensive guide to today’s car conglomerates

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