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04.30.2020

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

04.30.2020
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.
04.30.2020
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.
03.30.2020
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.
03.30.2020

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

03.30.2020

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

03.30.2020
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.
03.19.2020
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.
02.27.2020
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.
02.17.2020

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

02.06.2020
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.
01.29.2020

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.

01.09.2020
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.
12.27.2019
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.
12.16.2019
The Importance, Problems, and Future of Single-use Plastics in the Medical Sector
12.05.2019

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.

11.21.2019
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.
11.05.2019
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.
10.25.2019

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

10.09.2019

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.

06.27.2019
Costs for meeting environmental and sustainability regulations are too much for many small companies, blocking markets and interfering with competition.
06.27.2019

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

05.31.2019
FDA has notified Perstorp Holding AB (Malmo, Sweden) that its Pevalen plasticizer for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polymers has been deemed to be safe for repeated-use, food-contact products.
05.31.2019
A new technique that uniformly disperses eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn), a metal alloy that is liquid at ambient temperatures, in an elastomer, has resulted in a soft, stretchable, multi-functional composite with a high level of thermal stability and electrical conductivity.
05.31.2019
The material selection process for a medical application must consider many of the same issues as for any other product—the material’s physical properties, the environment(s) in which the product will be used, the cost of the material, the manufacturing process, and so forth.
05.15.2019
In order to accommodate as many cells as possible in the battery’s interior, flame-retardant polycarbonate blends must be processed into especially thin-walled parts.
05.15.2019
Plastic pollution in the world's oceans may have a $2.5 trillion impact, negatively impacting  "almost all marine ecosystem services," including areas such as fisheries, recreation and heritage. But a breakthrough from scientists at Berkeley Lab could be the solution the planet needs for this eye-opening problem – recyclable plastics.
04.08.2019
Speaking at the ProPak Conference at Nasrec, Johannesburg recently Hanekom said that the call to ban plastics products was a simplistic response to a complex problem.
04.08.2019
A bioresorbable polymer that snaps back to its original shape, even after being stretched 10 times its initial length, has been developed by Toray Industries Inc. (Tokyo).
04.08.2019
While design involves the traditional definition of form, function and cosmetic appearance, it embodies more than just how the part looks—design involves many steps, along with cross-functional collaboration, to be successful.
04.08.2019
Annapolis, MD-based Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) unveiled the winners of the FPA 2019 Student Flexible Design Challenge that consisted of a team of students from University of Wisconsin — Stout as first place winners while a student from San José State University took second place.
02.27.2019
No one would argue that recycling plastic waste to make new products isn't a good idea, but when it comes to medical plastic waste, even environmental evangelists can get skittish.
02.27.2019
“Due to current trends, we expect for plastics to become a solidified material in transportation vehicles and other technologies.”
02.04.2019
Mandrels are commonly used in the manufacture of complex catheters but, depending on the tubing material and production method, manufacturers may need to choose between a metal or plastic mandrel.
02.04.2019
As if grocery shopping weren’t enough of a hassle, it’s about to become even more inconvenient in New York — for no good reason.
02.04.2019
The burning issue of ocean litter may be a step closer to being solved with a little help from plastic-eating bugs.
02.04.2019
I’ve heard people in the plastics industry say things like, “Even if plastics could cure cancer, people would hate it.” Okay, so let’s see what people think of plastic if it really does cure cancer.
01.02.2019
Plastics machinery shipments in North America continued to increase in the third quarter, according to statistics from the Plastics Industry Association’s Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES).
01.02.2019

A new research report provides an expert and in-depth analysis of key business trends and future Medical Tubing Market development prospects, key drivers and restraints, profiles of major Medical Tubing Market players, segmentation and forecasting.

01.02.2019
Bastarache acknowledges that FDA has announced some changes that have the potential to improve device safety
12.11.2018
Product designers need a keen understanding of the many ways to form plastics for commercial and industrial use to meet specific applications. These six methods have been around a while, but all of them are still undergoing continual refinement.
11.01.2018
Articulating instruments that include metal tubing offer more bend, flex and reach – and thus more freedom for surgeons who require minimally invasive tools for minimally invasive procedures.
11.01.2018
Why should device manufacturers consider extrusion as a manufacturing process?
10.02.2018
Although the increase was moderate compared with Q1 of this year, Q2 is the fifth consecutive quarterly year-over-year increase in plastics machinery shipments.
10.02.2018
When an extrusion system is taken apart, there is a lot of sticky stuff, and it seems logical to remove it. Here are some techniques and tools you may want to consider using to do that; under certain circumstances, though, you may want to do nothing at all.
09.04.2018
MFC fabricates and distributes a range of fluid conveyance products and can fabricate hose/tube combination assemblies.
09.04.2018
People sometimes look at extrusion as an investment, like pork bellies or medtech. It is that, of course, but also much more.
07.31.2018
The Surface Analyst, a handheld device for measuring the preparedness of a material’s surface for adhesion, is suited for use in a range of industries, including medical manufacturing and automotive, as well as applications such as flexible packaging.
07.31.2018
Extrusion and converting technology company Davis-Standard LLC (Pawcatuck, CT) has introduced a real-time, predictive-maintenance system that reduces unplanned downtime while collecting valuable data.
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