NPE2018 New Technology Focus: Healthy Interest in Medical
Medical molding is a big presence at NPE.
Medical devices and disposables remain an especially attractive market for plastics—and plastics machinery. Several injection press makers will address this market with molding demos.
Engel, for example, will repeat an impressive feat from K 2016 by molding eight interdental brushes, each with up to 500 tiny bristles, and a total shot weight of only 1.93 g. (Booth W3303)
KraussMaffei will mold LSR medical parts. (Booth W403)
Netstal will run pipette tips in 128 cavities at a cycle time of 5.6 sec. (Booth S16088)
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag will mold eight thin-wall medical dosing cups in 3 sec. (Booth W3045)
Wittmann Battenfeld will mold PP pipettes in eight cavities on an EcoPower all-electric “cleanroom machine.” (Booth W3742)
Absolute Haitian will run an in-dwelling needle body of cellulose acetate propionate in eight cavities. (Booth W143)
Arburg (W1325) is micromolding a dual-durometer LSR/LSR membrane for valves used in medical and automotive applications.
Next month’s mammoth triennial plastics show in Düsseldorf, Germany, challenges injection molding machine builders to demonstrate technological leadership in addressing the needs of the marketplace.
More productivity with less energy consumption and capital investment; more operations in the machine or manufacturing cell with less time, labor, energy, and capital—these were the common themes of injection molding exhibits at October’s K 2013 show.
Liquid silicone rubber is breaking out of its niche into a broader array of applications, helped by new developments in materials, machinery, and processing. Larger parts, micro-parts, foams, and multi-color or multi-material combinations are key areas of innovation.