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Plasmatreat Building New Open-Air Plasma Units for Personal Protection Equipment

As with several other suppliers of plastics equipment and materials, we recently received notification from Plasmatreat North America, subsidiary of 25-year old Plasmatreat GmbH, Steinhagen, Germany, that it is open for business during this pandemic. Moreover, President and CEO Hardev Grewal revealed that the company is working on two new plasma applications geared to addressing the growing concerns about a shortage of disinfecting agents and personal protective gear (PPEs).

First, the company is building new Openair-Plasma systems to disinfect and sterilize PPEs such as face masks and garments for their safe reuse. Second, the company is also producing plasma-activating water to treat surfaces. In addition, Grewal is asking customers and others in the industry to contact him if they are aware of other opportunities for which the company’s technology can be used to help. “We have amazing people here at Plasmatreat that deeply care about your well-being and your success. On behalf of all of us, be safe.”

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By: Robert Gattshall 3/31/2020

Don’t Get Caught in the Flash-and-Shorts Chase

Don’t Get Caught in the Flash-and-Shorts Chase

The technology available today for injection molding is very impressive, providing molders with tools to increase part complexity and improve the quality and accuracy of production. Yet even with these advances there are still two obstacles that molders have to deal with. 

 

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As we approached the end of March, the first month for most of us across the country practicing social distancing and essentially finding ourselves living in quite a different world, PT and its Gardner Business Media trade manufacturing news ‘siblings’ have been reporting on how our industries are faring with several notable examples of how companies are stepping up to help in the Coronavirus battle.

One of those articles resulted in my being contacted by Dakota Bass, an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur with years of experience designing and implementing manufacturing solutions for many of the world’s most successful products. His message: “Would you be interested in reporting on our mask startup which is looking to swap meltblown PP respirator filters to meltblown compostable PLA?” Naturally, not only is this of interest right now but something I believe is certainly worth pursuing for the long run. Despite the recyclability advantages of PP products ranging from single-use food-related containers to automotive components, N95 certified PP masks are hazardous once used and as such cannot be recycled. The compostability of PLA masks, with equal efficiency, durability and certification is a big plus to consider. 

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New Product ID Technologies For Industry, Retail & Recycling

If you manufacture medical or automotive parts, for example, you might wish for a permanent tag that confirms whether a part that failed in the field came from your plant—or not—and was made of the material grade or level of recycle content specified by the OEM—or not. You might want that tag to provide a link to a complete record of the manufacturing conditions and date and even the precise mold cavity for that part.

And your OEM customer might wish for a quick and easy way to confirm that a plastic product carrying its brand is the real thing—or a counterfeit.

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Prent Designs, Forms, Delivers Face Shields to Medical Workers

When Prent Corp. learned that a local medical center, Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, had a shortage of protective equipment due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the company sprung into action. Within 48 hr, healthcare workers had new face shields. Prent has donated more than 10,000 face shields to Mercyhealth and other local healthcare facilities. The company plans to ramp up production to provide to healthcare workers in need throughout the country.

Based in Janesville, Wis., Prent is a  thermoformer that designs and produces custom packaging for the medical and electronics industries. The company had just installed and validated a new thermoforming production line the week before.

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