New bike is first with all retro-reflectivity powder coating

By: Tim Pennington 26. October 2011


A new bicycle will be manufactured that will be the first to be coated with retro-reflectivity powder coatings.
The bike won a major award at the Oregon Manifest, a show for new bicycle engineering and innovative ideas. Rob Tsunehiro of Tsunehiro Cyles and Silas Beebe of ID+, a collaborative design/build team that took second place in the competition. Tsunehiro, a former Boeing engineer and custom bike builder, and Beebe, an industrial designer with 10 years of global experience, won for their "Louis Vuitton of city bikes", an elegantly realized, highly visible and practical urban utility approach to the competition.
Their luxurious leather, brass and steel entry featured a convenient top tube cargo pocket with integrated USB mobile device charging for easy access to your phone or iPod while riding an easily removable memory foam passenger seat with footpegs and passenger grips, and leather cargo straps that function as skirt guards but also provide simple on-the-fly load carrying.
The bike featured the world’s first patented retro-reflective powder coated bike frame coating made by Halo Coatings. The Halo reflective powder makes the entire frame and wheels glow like reflective tape at night, while still maintaining a day-time appearance that's normally associated with a robust powder coated finish. As another safety caveat, Blaq Design created a matching waterproof leather and canvas pannier system that has 10 inch tall electro-luminescent strips sewn in for superior rear visibility at night, and a clear acrylic LED handlebar stem spacer ring light that provides 360 degrees of visibility.


EPA proposes review of 14 chemicals known as 'glymes'

By: Tim Pennington 15. July 2011


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposal that requires companies to report new uses of chemicals known as 'glymes,' which are used in paints and coatings, printing ink, adhesives, household batteries and motor vehicle brake systems.
EPA’s proposed action is based in part on concerns that additional uses of these 14 chemicals in consumer products could lead to harmful reproductive and developmental health effects.
Included in the list of chemicals is monoglyme, a solvent the EPA says is used to treat aluminum surfaces in the etching of printed circuit boards.The EPA says it is concerned about the reproductive and developmental toxicity of three glymes: monoglyme, diglyme, and ethylglyme, and believes that individuals could suffer adverse effects from their use.
Of the 14 glymes, they say 12 have industrial or consumer uses of some kind and two have no current uses. The EPA has preliminarily determined that the manufacture, import, or processing of 12 of the glymes for “any use in a consumer product” is a significant new use, although some ongoing uses are excluded from the SNUR. In addition, EPA has primarily determined that the manufacture, import, or processing of the remaining two glymes for “any use” is a significant new use.
“This proposed rule would enable EPA to evaluate the use of these chemicals before Americans are subject to additional exposure to them in numerous consumer products” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We need to take a closer look at the potential health effects that additional exposure to these chemicals could have.”
The proposed regulatory procedure is known as a significant new use rule (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The SNUR would ensure that, prior to the manufacture, import, or processing of these chemicals for a significant new use, EPA will have 90 days to evaluate potential risks, and prohibit or limit the activity if warranted.
Comments on the proposal must be received on or before September 9, 2011. The proposal and supporting information can be found in docket number EPA–HQ–OPPT–2009–0767 on the Federal eRulemaking Portal, For more information on the EPA’s existing chemical programs:

New software helps designers pick "eco-friendly' finishes

By: Tim Pennington 27. June 2011



Granta Design has launched "Eco Materials Adviser" full version software, a sustainable design tool currently that will help product designers choose the right "green" finish for a product.

Autodesk Inventor Eco Materials Adviser helps designers to estimate a product’s environmental impact and to make more sustainable design decisions. The full version, available for purchase from Granta later this year, will enable users to analyze larger assemblies, to study materials options in more depth, and to account for a wider range of contributions to environmental impact.

Using the Eco Materials Adviser, currently a designer can quickly generate an eco impact analysis for a product part or assembly within Autodesk Inventor. An easy-to-read dashboard display shows key indicators such as energy usage, restricted substances, CO2 footprint, water usage, and materials cost. Any Autodesk Inventor user can interactively explore the sustainability impact of changes in materials choice or the design of their digital prototype.

The Full Version will enable more in-depth analyses, specifically it will account for the eco impact of the complete product lifecycle – raw materials, manufacture, transport, use, and disposal – and will add "consideration of finishing processes such as painting, electroplating, and powder coating," according to Granta.

You can get information about it HERE

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