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When most people turn in for the night on their memory-foam mattresses, they don’t think about a good night’s sleep in terms of energy management. Nor do the drivers of hybrid vehicles worry about whether the fuel sloshing around their tank is being managed properly. Those issues and the products that solve them belong to the more than 50 researchers and developers at FXI.

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Purac and Arkema have announced their collaboration in functional lactide-based block copolymers. These block copolymers will enhance the thermo-mechanical and physical properties of many biobased polymers, resulting in a wider range of applications opportunities. They are produced by combining Arkema’s organic catalysis ring-opening polymerisation technology with Purac’s L- and D-lactide monomers.

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Mattress Firm will launch a line of mattresses that employs a heating and cooling unit like those found in many luxury automobile seats. The product line, which will be exclusive to Mattress Firm, features a proprietary thermoelectric technology developed by Amerigon Inc. that uses ambient air to heat and cool the mattress surface. Each side of the bed can be controlled independently.

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Superskin Systems has developed a new technology for producing polyurea on both the A?side and the B-side. Utilising special MDI and HDI prepolymer technology as well as epoxy-modified amine resins, it can be used to make primary amines into secondary amines to control reactivity up to 15 min or as fast as 10 s, says the company.

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Superskin Systems has developed a new technology for producing polyurea on both the A-side and the B-side. Utilising special MDI and HDI prepolymer technology as well as epoxy-modified amine resins, it can be used to make primary amines into secondary amines to control reactivity up to 15 min or as fast as 10 s, says the company. According to Superskin Systems, the technology controls the reactivity not the polyurea as in conventional systems.

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Bacteria are everywhere – in the air, in the water, on the soil. Thus, the useless microbes don’t spread in buildings, clean rooms or in cars Rampf Giessharze has developed the antibacterial foam gasket Raku-Pur 32-3276, which is certified according to VDI 6022. The new, strong two-component polyurethane system seals air grilles, diffusers, dampers, filters, lamps, and other air conditioning systems securely.

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Dow will introduce the Traxsys rail boot system in North America and present its rail technologies portfolio at the Arema conference and exhibition in Orlando, FL, USA, from 29 August – 1 September 2010. Dow experts will be on hand to discuss how the company’s offerings can advance rail transport safety and extend the working life of tracks, platforms, and equipment.

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The undersides of long-haul semi-trailer trucks have to resist harsh conditions: the parts are exposed to grimy exhaust and road particulate combined with spraying water, caustic de-icing solutions, and other chemical agents. This can cause the failure of the wiring harnesses, the connection point for the cabling that delivers power from the truck cab back to the trailer.

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Graham Architectural Products, a manufacturer of architectural-grade windows, doors and curtain walls, joined Bayer MaterialScience LLC's EcoCommercial Building (ECB) Network as one of its inaugural product solution suppliers.

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Irogran TPU from Huntsman Polyurethanes has been used by Papurex W. Büchner GmbH, a leading hose producer based in Mörlenbach, Germany, to develop AgrarPur - a new pneumatic tubing system for the agricultural sector.

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