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Calculating the Cost of Industrial Automation

As indicated in the name, automation refers to something automatically occurring. Within manufacturing, process and production automation occurs with the use of robots and control systems, amongst other things which reduce direct human involvement.

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Why does PPO have to be ‘Modified’?

Polymer scientists worked out that the molecular stiffness of the backbone of a polymer chain was the key to increasing the glass transition temperature (Tg) and hence rigidity at elevated temperatures.

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Assessing the Quality and Performance of Plastics for Medical Devices

Following one of the BBC’s top news articles about the inadequate testing of medical devices, Impact Solutions has their own experience in testing medical devices.

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What about URS?

What is a User Requirement Specification (URS) and why is it important? A URS is an extremely important technical document that is generated and used to initiate the tender process when a client is looking […]

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An Overview of Automotive Sector Trends and the Possible Impact of Brexit

Earlier this month, I attended a seminar at JLR’s Castle Bromwich Site.  The event was organised by the BPF and its aim was to shed some light on the current state of the UK automotive […]

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Sustainable Polymers – How Do You See ‘Green’?

‘Sustainable polymers’, ‘green polymers’ – however you refer to them, producing materials and products with the intention of causing minimal impact to our environment is perhaps the most prevalent discussion in our industry today.

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Let it Snow, Let it Snow…

Around this time of year, we see a lot of artificial snow.  A favourite trick of the special effects experts is to exploit an unusual acrylic polymer.

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A Plastic Recyclers Guide to Melt Flow Index (MFI)

A question we often get asked is “how does BOSS alter the Melt flow index (MFI) of recycled plastics?”.  As tempted as we are to say its magic, that takes place inside our ‘patented shoogling […]

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The Benefits of Machine Vision Technology

Machine vision inspection is widely recognised as a key technology for the automation of production lines.

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Accelerated Weathering Testing to Standard SAE J2527

Accelerated weathering testing to standard SAE J2527 is another popular weathering test method, which exposes exterior automotive materials to laboratory controlled xenon arc lights.

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