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With tens of thousands of types of plastic to choose from, material selection can be a daunting exercise.
Any new extrusion line is designed to process a specific material at a specific speed, through a specific die at a specific temperature, and calibrate it to a controlled size through properly designed tooling with an adequate cooling process.
HBPF are popular within this sector because of the oxygen and moisture barrier attributes, which result in a longer shelf life for pharmaceuticals.

Christian Herrild, director of growth strategies for manufacturer Teel Plastics, explains the potential of industry 4.0 within the extrusion process.

As the spread of COVID-19 exposes shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare facilities across the country, manufacturers continue to step up and donate their time, equipment and expertise to help fill the gaps. Today, we learned about a project spearheaded by specialty chemicals company Lubrizol and Nike, who are collaborating to produce full-face shields and powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses.
During the last few weeks, we have received a deluge of press releases from plastic processors telling us about the time and resources — both human and material — they are devoting to making PPEs and other plastic products for those on the front lines of this pandemic, as well as medical devices for patients.
Plastic has probably been one of the most important developments of the 20th century. It replaced other materials because its cheap, lightweight and highly durable and now we can find it practically everywhere. But the downsides of plastic have also become abundantly clear in recent years: it’s an environmental disaster. Let’s have a look at the types of plastic, what their pros and cons are, and whether they can be recycled or not.

Simon Dearing, managing director of manufacturer Eurobond Adhesives, discusses some of the challenges medical devices present manufacturers with.


Glen Guillemette, president of Guill Tool & Engineering, explains how manufacturers can optimize the extrusion process.

With all the media coverage of single-use plastics, it’s easy for consumers to forget that some of the best applications for plastic materials are in the building and construction industry.
A recent report from Jefferies Financial Group warns that the world will struggle to recycle 50% of its plastic waste by the end of the decade.
Kraiburg TPE has introduced an advanced new technology platform for thermoplastic elastomer hybrids (TEHs), to close the performance gap between thermoplastic elastomers and conventional thermosetting elastomer compounds.

A new report published by market research company IDTechEx highlights key recycling processes for plastics.

Power is the ability to do work. It doesn’t cost anything until it’s used. And like a car, running an extruder motor doesn’t consume all of its available power.

Compounding extruder suppliers report U.S. business was flat or down in 2019, reflecting a weaker automotive business and some general delays in capital investments — but recycling lines and turnkey systems are holding up. Meanwhile, big extrusion lines for manufacturing polyolefins have been a bright spot.

With many of the products we use every day held together by adhesives, researchers hope to make everything from protective clothing to medical implants and residential plumbing stronger and more corrosion resistant thanks to a newly-developed 'hyper glue' formula.
This summer, the Plastics Industry Association published the latest edition in its Plastics Market Watch series. Here are five insights on the fundamental role that plastics play within the healthcare ecosystem pulled from the report's executive summary.
The Importance, Problems, and Future of Single-use Plastics in the Medical Sector

We measure amps of the extruder drive for several reasons. It is an indication of process stability, which may also mean thickness variability, which means money. Anything over the desired thickness is wasted resin, and anything thinner may risk product failure.

There are no other materials that have such a broad spectrum of properties and can be brought into any conceivable form with the greatest efficiency. In addition, plastics perform better than other materials under most sustainability criteria.
The bad news is that a Circular Economy may need to encompass oceans and waterways because plastics can end up there more often than anyone wants.

Mark Crawford, Eldon James Corporation, explains why thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) offer the perfect tubing replacement as silicone supplies dwindle


Ashlee Jahnke, director of research at plastic substitute specialist, Teysha Technologies, explains how a breakthrough in bioplastics could help to reduce the amount of single-use plastic.

Costs for meeting environmental and sustainability regulations are too much for many small companies, blocking markets and interfering with competition.

Medical Plastics News editor Laura Hughes explains the necessity for plastics within the medical sector.

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