Best-selling author Dr. Robert A. Malloy was one of 10 industry leaders and innovators inducted into SPI’s Plastics Hall of Fame at NPE 2012.
An educator, researcher, and author, Dr. Malloy chairs one of the leading U.S. plastics engineering departments and has trained many engineers who have gone on to make an impact on the industry. He holds 16 patents, has been a principle investigator for more than 70 funded research projects, and has authored or co-authored more than 60 conference and journal papers in the field of plastics engineering.
Dr. Malloy is an active researcher and consultant in the areas of plastics processing, design and recycling. He is the author of many publications and patents, including the popular textbook Plastic Part Design for Injection Molding. Prior to joining the faculty at Lowell, he was an instructor at the Algerian Petroleum Institute in Annaba, Algeria.
The Plastics Hall of Fame was founded in 1972 to honor individuals whose extraordinary accomplishments contributed to the growth of the plastics industry and is administered by The Plastics Academy.
In the Bayer stand you can see Myon the 33 lb, 4 feet tall robot. Myon has 48 joints with almost 200 sensors. His skin is made out of polycarbonate with a layer of glass fiber filled polycarbonate for protection. This one-eyed robot shows human personality as he follows objects that are held and moved in front of him.
Windmoeller & Hoelscher showed a new 5-layer polyolefin coextrusion blown film line that was hitting the 1007 kg/h output, right while we were there. This leading edge output is achieved by adding sub-skin layers (5 mm) to the thick core (20 mm) and the skin layers (5 mm). This composition wit sub-skin layers out of metallocene polyolefins mPE leads to enhanced film properties.
Bayer Material Science has an IVECO prototype dashboard made with their new DirectSkinning technology. Here, they overmold a Bayblend® PC-ABS with a Bayflex® polyurethene coating, practically a combination of injection molding and coating. The new technique renders a cost effective short processing chain with replicable foamed surface structure that is scratch and UV resistant.
Bayer and Prof. Sankai Cyberdyne, Inc., from Japan have produced a robot suit that moves synchronously with the human. This multifunctional polymeric exoskeleton has built-in motors for movement with sensor pads for measuring bioelectric signals.