The Future Tennis Racket

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A new tennis racket was soon hit the sports world. In addition to its bouncing abilities that enhanced ball speed, to improve comfort and lessen the harsh feel upon impact, the manufacturing company injected the handle with vibration-dampening material.

Ecomass Technologies

Since 1998, Ecomass Technologies has provided innovative solutions through advanced composite materials and engineered thermoplastics. It’s worked with industry and government to overcome physical property and material challenges to meet their application needs. Its experience and proficiency in the formulation and development of high density thermoplastic compounds provides customers the freedom to function while it solves challenges. Ecomass Technologies’ goal is to empower it customers with the best materials at the lowest-cost and allow them to compete in their respective markets.

Vibration Damping

Waves of energy cause vibrations, so toeliminate vibrations; one must isolate or dampen vibration. Lowering resonant frequency isolates vibration and, thus, reduces energy at the source. Normally, engineers and designers try to isolate vibration at the source and keep it from reaching resonant frequency. If that’s not possible, they attempt vibration dampening by introducing high-density compounds.

Ecomass Vibration Damping Compounds

Ecomass’ compounds have been successfully used in a wide array of radiation shielding applications, including:

o Aircraft audio headphones, to improve reception quality and minimize outside noise.

o Golf club woods, irons and wedges, to improve swing and ball strike.

o In manual transmission shifters, to decrease shifter rod vibration.

Ecomass’ compounds are RoHS compliant and do not contain any other EPA hazardous or toxic material. As well, all Ecomass Compounds comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies today. It has probably already solved it

 

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Shooting Ranges Pose Lead Exposure Risks

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A forty year study published in the Journal of Environmental Health found that gun range clients and staff personnel are at a high risk of exposure to dangerous lead levels from the smoke and tiny bullet fragments that drift into the air after striking targets.

The study found that the lead blood levels of those who patronize or work at gun ranges were between two and eight times the level considered serious by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors then concluded that firing ranges created a substantial and unsupervised public health problem.

Elevated blood lead levels were found after just a day or two of shooting and could linger for months.

Lead exposure at the shooting ranges can occur in the following ways:

o When a round discharges, the metal burned and released a small amount. If the smoke were to be inhaled, it could introduce lead into the bloodstream.

o Some ammunition uses lead projectiles or bullets. When the bullet breaks up on impact, the metal is aerosolized. Even if lead particles aren’t inhaled, they can settle on skin or clothing or in soil, which people can then ingest.

Adults suffering from lead exposure can suffer tremors, high blood pressure, heart disease, and decreased kidney function. The fetus of a pregnant woman can suffer reduced growth. And, children can suffer lower IQs, cognitive dysfunction, and delayed puberty.

Despite such risks, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not regulate shooting ranges.

Ecomass Technologies

Since 1998, Ecomass Technologies has provided innovative solutions through advanced composite materialsand engineered thermoplastics. It’s worked with industry and government to overcome physical property and material challenges to meet their application needs. Its experience and proficiency in the formulation and development of high density thermoplastic compounds provides customers the freedom to function while it solves challenges. Ecomass Technologies’ goal is to empower it customers with the best materials at the lowest-cost and allow them to compete in their respective markets.

Non-Toxic Frangible Ammunition

Frangible ammunitionoffers a lead-free alternative to traditional lead rounds. Frangible bullets are produced with thermoplastic composite materials including tungsten polymer, copper, or tin utilizing an injection molding or powder metallurgical production process.

Ecomass Technologies’ innovative lead replacement process allows it to develop and produce superior quality, frangible projectiles. It remains committed to continuously improving and refining its technologies and remaining at the forefront of lead free frangible ammunition technology.

Ecomass’compounds are RoHS compliant and do not contain any other EPA hazardous or toxic material. As well, all Ecomass Compounds comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies today. It has probably already solved it.

 

Recent Developments in Radiation Shielding

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A few years ago, researchers at North Carolina State University researchers found that the lightweight composite metal foams they developed blocked X-rays, gamma rays, and neutron radiation and absorbed the energy from high-impact collisions.

Professor Afsaneh Rabiei initially developed the Composite Metal Foam (CMF) for use in transportation and military applications, but findings held promise for opportunities to use composite metal foam to develop more efficient spacecraft and nuclear designs and CT scanner shielding.

And, just a few months ago, CMP passed Department of Justice certification for the CMF for Level IV body armor and is currently being tested for application as radiation protection and extreme temperature exposure.

Ecomass Technologies

For years, Ecomass Technologies has been working in the field of radiation shielding. Since 1998, it’s been developing advanced composite materials, high density plastics, high gravity compounds, and engineered thermoplastics

Since 1998, Ecomass Technologies has provided groundbreaking solutions to industry and governmentto overcome physical property and material challenges to meet application needs. Its skill, experience, and expertise allow its customers the freedom to concentrate on form and function, while it solves problems.

Ecomass Technologies solves the material challenges its products face. Its goal is to provide its customers with the highest-performance and lowest-cost materials and let them compete and fully function in their respective markets.

Radiation Shielding

For decades, lead prevailed in radiation shielding. It was cheap, easy to manufacture, and worked. Health, safety and environmental concerns, however, resulted in strict regulations use and sales. Ecomass Technologies has helped original equipment manufacturersand global material processors abolish these concerns by developing environmentally friendly,lead free shielding.

Ecomass’ high-gravity compounds can also be used in a variety of applications, including weighting, balancing, radiation shielding and vibration damping.

Ecomass’ lead free radiation shielding materials protectagainst gamma and x-ray sources. Its x-ray shielding compounds are RoHS compliant and do not contain any other EPA hazardous or toxic material. As well, all Ecomass Compounds comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies today. It has probably already solved it

 

Canadian Armed Forces Looks into Green Ammo

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In 2011, the Canadian Armed Forces, in response to concerns that its shooting ranges were threatening water sources, began searching for a new type of ammunition. Explosive rounds, particularly those from Howitzer artillery, scattered training sites. The military worried that the toxic chemicals inside the water-soluble rounds could seep into the drinking water.

A few years later, project RIGHTTRAC (Revolutionary Insensitive, Green and Healthier Training Technology with Reduced Adverse Contamination) found that the military could meet environmental concerns, plus lessen human health threats and save money all with one superior product – green ammo.

Artillery shells explode in specific conditions. Sometimes rounds partially and sometimes they don’t explodeat all. Partial or unexploded artillery doesn’t degrade in soil and migrates to groundwater, where it causes seriousenvironmental problems and drinking water health concerns.

The green ammo, initially designed just for training, proved more effective and more practical, meaning it could eventually become standard.

Ecomass Technologies

For nearly twenty years, Ecomass Technologies has provided innovative solutions through advanced composite materials, heavy plastics, and engineered thermoplastics. It’s worked with industry and government to overcome physical property and material challenges to meet their application needs. Its experience and proficiency in the formulation and development of high density thermoplastic compounds provides customers the freedom to function while it solves challenges. Ecomass Technologies’ goal is to empower it customers with the best materials at the lowest-cost and allow them to compete in their respective markets.

Frangible Ammunition (Green Ammo)

Frangible ammunition offers a lead free alternative to traditional lead rounds. lead free ammunition is produced with high density plastic, lead replacement, composite material.

Ecomass Technologies utilizes a highly controlled injection molding process to produce frangible projectiles and satisfies strictest tolerances to certify performance and reliability. Its frangible projectiles have passed strict military ballistic performance, as well asmany of the world’s leading ammunition manufacturers’tests.

Ecomass’compounds are RoHS compliant and do not contain any other EPA hazardous or toxic material. As well, all Ecomass Compounds comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies today. It has probably already solved it

 

Highlights from the Paris Air Show

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At the 52nd Paris Air Show this past June, composite materials played a significant role.

The Boeing Company declared that a proposed New Midsize Airplane would include both a composite fuselage and composite wings. The fuselage tube would be a blended composite with an uncommon cross-sectional shape (neither circular or oval).

Workhorse Group Inc., manufacturer of the Horsefly package delivery drone, which United Parcel Services recently tested, debuted a Surely helicopter concept. The helicopter is intended for short commercial journeys, emergency responders, the military and perhaps city commute. Test flights are scheduled for later this year. The fuselage, propeller arms and propellers will be constructed with carbon fiber composite materials.

Other companies announced partnerships to supply thermoplastic composite materials on aircrafts.

Ecomass Technologies

For nearly twenty years, Ecomass Technologies has pioneered solutions through advanced non-toxic composite materials, engineered thermoplastics, and high gravity compounds.

Composite materials are compounds of two or more material components with different physical and chemical properties. The subsequent composite material then has characteristics that are separate and distinct from the initial materials. The composite can be used and applied across multiple industries. Examples of composite materials include building cement and engineered thermoplastics.

High gravity compounds deliver the weight and physical properties of metal with the design and manufacturing advantages of injection molded plastics.

Lead has been banned as an additive in motor fuels and regulations impact its use in every industry, especially aeronautics, not just in the United States, but also in Europe and in many other countries.

Ecomass Technologies’ nontoxic composite materials, engineered thermoplastics, and high gravity compounds can take the place of metals in aircrafts and other machinery.

Ecomass Technologies has worked with industry and government to overcome physical property and material challenges to meet application needs. Its skill, experience, and expertise allow its customers the freedom to concentrate on form and function, while it solves problems.

Ecomass Technologies solves the material challenges its products face. Its goal is to provide its customers with the highest-performance and lowest-cost materials and let them compete and fully function in their respective markets.

All of Ecomass Technologies’ Compounds meet the EU RoHS Directives, are 100% lead free, and contain no toxic constituents or U.S. EPA hazardous materials. They also comply with the Dodd-Frank Act, Section 1502.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies today. It has probably already solved it

 

Solutions for Today

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Mr. McGuire: “I want to say one word to you. Just one word.”

Benjamin: “Yes, sir.”

Mr. McGuire: “Are you listening?”

Benjamin: “Yes, I am.”

Mr. McGuire: “Plastics.”

Benjamin: “Exactly how do you mean?”

Mr. McGuire: “There’s a great future in plastics.”

Of course every article that even comes close to mentioning plastics quotes that fabulous scene between Benjamin and Mr. McGuire in the 1967 film, The Graduate. It’s too good to ruin the tradition. If you’ve never seen it and/or are too young to have ever heard about the film, go see it.

Though the scene was intended to show the differences between the generations, Mr. McGuire’s advice was spot on. Today, in the United States, the plastics industry is extremely successful and the future outlook remains strong. Plastics are found in nearly everything we use, such as bottles, food trays, squeeze bottles, grocery bags, trash bags, food storage bags, just to name a few of what we use.

Believe it or not, plastics is actually a science, just like physics and chemistry, and engineers, researchers, and developers earn degrees and dedicate their careers to its study and development.

Some plastics contain toxins and some are not biodegradable. So, many scientists dedicate themselves to improving plastics. High density plastic or High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is considered a low hazard plastic, which is less toxic and more biodegradable.

Ecomass Technologies

Since 1998, Ecomass Technologies has been delivering groundbreaking solutions through advanced engineering and know-how. Its trained, skilled, and highly experienced engineers and scientists focus on the formulation and development of high density thermoplastic compounds. Such compounds can be used to replace toxic plastics, as well as lead, aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper, and tungsten, which can also be toxic, as well as expensive.

Ecomass Technologies’ goal is to provide its customers with the highest quality, finest performing, and most cost-effective materials, which will then enable them to design and manufacture the finest products and parts conceivable.

Lead Free Ammunition

Ecomass Technologies is also a leader in Lead Free Ammunition or Frangible Ammunition. Frangible Ammunition is not made with the usual lead, but with combined materials of tungsten, copper, or tin. The ammunition is designed to bowdlerize upon impact and drastically reduces the risk of injuring the shooter and innocent bystanders. So far, the military has used Ecomass ammunitions for training and law enforcement personnel have also used its materials.

Ecomass Technologies has worked with the government and commercial industry to solve issues and reach goals in areas regarding electronics, defense, power generation, recreation, and transportation.

All of Ecomass Technologies’ Compounds meet the EU RoHS Directives, are 100% lead free, and contain no toxic constituents or U.S. EPA hazardous materials. They also comply with the Dodd-Frank Act, Section 1502.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies today. It has probably already solved it

The Use Of High-Density Thermoplastic Material Formulations In Diverse Applications

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High Density thermoplastic material formulations are currently being used for lead replacement for health, safety, and environmentalconcernsandto increase part density without using metals.

High-density Thermoplastic formulations provide a high specific gravity and afford a significant advance in part mass without metal’s design limits, costs, and complicated processing. Put it in place of conventional plastic and it’ll add weight and mass for higher quality, all while maintaining the same part design and volume.

Lead Replacement For Health, Safety, And Environmental Concerns

Health, safety, and environmental concerns are increasing the need for lead replacement. Just consider what’s happened lately with Detroit and its drinking water and you get the idea. Initially, lead poisoning can be difficult to distinguish. Those with high blood levels can seem healthy. Symptoms don’t usually appear until dangerous blood levels accumulate. Those symptoms include irritability, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, seizures, and hearing loss.

Engineers can structure High-Density Thermoplastic Material to be non-toxic and use it as a lead replacement. Designers are now using high density polymer formulations in radiation shielding for nuclear medicine, X-ray equipment, and in non-toxic ammunition.

Increase Part Density Without Using Metals

There is also a need to raise part density without using metals. The polymers in High-Density Thermoplastic materialcompounds have certain properties that influence mold design and additives that boost the matrix’s thermal conductivity. They don’t need unusual cooling systems and in certain situations, cooling time can be lessened.

Injection molding is the most common technique for handling high-density thermoplastic formulations. They offer many useful advantages, including the ability to add weight and balance.

Ecomass Technologies

Since 1998, Ecomass Technologies has delivered groundbreaking solutions through advanced composite high-density materials or heavy plastics and engineered thermoplastics. It specializes in high density and lead replacement applications, which can be utilized in a wide array of applications, including weighting, balancing, radiation shielding and vibration damping.

Ecomass has worked with both government and commercial clients to solve issues, develop solutions, and meet application needs. Its never-ending training, skills, and experience in the formulation and development of high density thermoplastic compounds offers all its customersthe freedom to design and focus on form and function, while it solves the challenges their products face. Its goal is to empower its customers to design and produce the best parts possible by providing them with the highest-performance and lowest-cost high density materials or high density plastics so that they can succeed and prosper in their markets.

Lead Replacement

Ecomass Compounds offer lead free, nontoxic-engineered thermoplastics for x-ray and gamma ray shielding applications, helping device manufacturers meet industry and health standards while overcoming regulatory concerns.

Ecomass optimizes shielding by designing the material density and wall thickness to deliver the level of shielding the customer requires at the optimal price point. Utilizing a composite of tungsten powder in a polymeric matrix, Ecomass lead free radiation shielding materials provide device manufacturers and material processors with a completely lead-free, injection-moldable thermoplastic solution to overcome all regulatory concerns and satisfy radiation shielding needs. Moreover, our engineered x-ray and gamma ray shielding compounds are price competitive with other lead-free shielding materials.

Ecomass Compounds have replaced lead in numerous radiation shielding applications, including:

o Industrial x-ray shielding

o Medical x-ray shielding

o Temporary shielding at nuclear power plants

Ecomass’ customer service team is recognized for its skill and responsiveness. See its website for contact information and its RFQ Form. It’s probably already worked on the solution you’re seeking.

Plastic Compounds Replace Lead In Radiation Shielding

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In 2006, the European Union adopted the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directives, which the European Union and many other countries followed, including the United States. It called for suitable lead replacements in medical devices. Lack of appropriate substitutes allowed for extensions and many companies are working on developing suitable alternatives.

For decades, lead was the standard in radiation shielding. It was inexpensive, simple to process, and successfully offered protection. Lead, however, is toxic. No one wants to be near or around it anymore. Radiation, of course, isn’t good either. So, what offers sufficient lead replacement?

Many companies are developing high gravity, high-density metallic-filled polymers. Original equipment manufacturers want the new components to look and feel like lead. Such compounds are effective radiation shielding materials that are also cost-effective. As well, they’re pliable and practically eliminate the secondary operations that lead usually requires.

Ecomass Technologies

For nearly twenty years, Ecomass Technologies has been delivering innovative solutions through advanced composite materials and engineered thermoplastics. Specializing in high density and lead replacement applications, its high-gravity compounds can be utilized in a wide array of applications, including radiation shielding.

Ecomass Technologies has helped worldwide original equipment manufacturers and material processors develop environmentally friendly thermoplastic compounds that provide 100% lead equivalency shielding without any toxic components.

Ecomass Compounds

Ecomass Compounds are a line of patented, non-toxic, high-density thermoplastic composite materialsthat can be formulated using a variety of polymers and fillers to meet a wide range of customer needs. They can be used as a lead replacement in a variety of applications, including radiation shielding applications for nuclear reactors and x-ray tube housings.

Ecomass’lead free shielding compounds protect against gamma and x-ray sources, are Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directivecompliant, and do not contain any U.S. EPA identified hazardous or toxic materials.

Three factors determine the amount of radiation received from a source:

1. Time or Exposure

2. Distance from the Source of Exposure

3. Shielding

Ecomass designs material density and wall thickness to optimize shielding and deliver precisely what the customer needs at the optimal price point. Its tungsten polymer matrix delivers a lead-free, injection-moldable thermoplastic solution that overcomes all regulatory concerns and satisfies all radiation shielding needs. Plus, its competitively priced.

Ecomass Compounds have replaced lead in a variety of radiation shielding applications, including:

o Industrial x-ray shielding

o Medical x-ray shielding

o Temporary shielding at nuclear power plants

See Ecomass’ website to learn more about the compounds it’s developed for radiation shielding applications and their relevant case studies and/or fill out its RFQ form to learn how it can develop and deliver a thermoplastic radiation shielding solution to satisfy your needs.

Improving Through Engineered Thermoplastics

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All around the world, people are becoming more environmentally conscious. Many cities around the world and in the United States are developing bicycle ride share programs. People are encouraged to use the bicycles, instead of taxis, public transportation, or cars. The response in certain cities has been extremely positive and many residents are enjoying biking around to work and social events.

All the riding is also placing a strain on the bikes. Earlier this year, China, whose program is really successful, sought a way to make a tougher tire as the air-filled ones on their bicycles were suffering terribly. Engineers are going to experiment with engineered thermoplastics utilizing composite materials and attempt to create a better tire.

Some of the bikes are now a solid tire designed with a rubber-polyurethane foam blend while others a solid tire designed with thermoplastic elastomers. The polyurethane foam tires reduced the bike weight and improved shock absorption and resilience.

Such is really just one way a designer can use engineered thermoplastics.

Ecomass Technologies

For nearly twenty years, Ecomass Technologies has been delivering innovative solutions through advanced composite materials and engineered thermoplastics. It has worked successfully with both government and commercial clients to solve a host of challenges. Its skill and expertise in the design and development of high-density polymers and thermoplastic compounds givesits customers the freedom to focus on design, form, and function. Ecomass’ goal is to empower its customers with the highest-performance and lowest-cost materials, thereby allowing them to effectively compete in their respective markets.

In the United States, Ecomass Technologies is the innovative and technological leader in high density engineered thermoplastics. Its line of patented, nontoxic, high-density polymer thermoplastic composite materials can be formulated to meet a wide range of customer needs.

Ecomass’ engineered thermoplastics and high-density polymer compounds have been specified as a direct substitute in a number of applications and also used as balancing weights to reduce the loads to which a part is exposed, increasing the part’s service life.

Engineered thermoplastics, “heavy plastics,” or high density polymers, while their names convey the opposite, interestingly, make parts lighter and improve performance. Regardless of whether the goal is to improve performance, balance, increase service life, or shield radiation, manufacturers need high density materials that allow them to add mass to specific locations.

Ecomass’ customer service team is recognized for its skill and responsiveness. See its website for contact information and its RFQ Form. It’s probably already worked on the solution you’re seeking.

Toxic Free Radiation Protection

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The idea of radiation might conjure thoughts of nuclear bombs, but, actually, radiation is all around us. It’s in our microwave ovens, our radios, and it even develops from the earth. Not to worry, though. radiation is simply energy that travels space as high-speed particles or waves.

There has been a proliferation of important technology which produces radiation as a by product of its use, and as such it’s important to understand proper radiation shielding safety. Most of us are familiar with x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. They all use radiation to perform their tasks. The tests certainly help physicians, but exposure can cause damage to our tissue and DNA, so we need some form of protection, as do the individuals who conduct the tests. There are also individuals who work in plants and factories where radiation is utilized. They require protection, as well.

Protection is broken down into the following categories:

• Time: the body absorbs radiation, so individuals are advised to minimize their exposure.

• Distance: proximity determines exposure, so individuals are advised to maintain a certain distance.

• Contamination: spills need to be isolated using strict procedures and guidelines.

• Shielding: individuals working near radiation need to use proper protection, including glasses, gloves, and aprons.

Ecomass Technologies

For nearly twenty years, Ecomass Technologies has been actively producing radiation shielding products. Its skilled, trained, and experienced scientists and engineers have been providing state-of-the-art solutions through the formulation and development of high-density thermoplastic compounds. Such compounds include lead replacement and High density plastic, which are considered less toxic.

In simpler terms, Ecomass Technologies makes lead free, nontoxic radiation shielding materials that can be used in:

• Industrial x-ray shielding

• Medical x-ray shielding

• Temporary shielding at nuclear power plants

Ecomass Technologies designs use a compound of tungsten powder in a polymeric matrix. Its lead-free radiation shielding materials provide lead-free, injection moldable thermoplastic solutions that satisfy all regulatory and radiation needs. Moreover, its engineered x-ray and gamma ray shielding compounds are price competitive with other lead-free shielding materials.(That all means that its lead-free products offer the best shielding at the best cost and are regulatory compliant).

All of Ecomass Technologies’ Compounds meet the EU RoHS Directives, are 100% lead free, and contain no toxic constituents or U.S. EPA hazardous materials. They also comply with the Dodd-Frank Act, Section 1502.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies today. It has probably already solved it.