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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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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