MEDICAL

PLASTICS Reports Double-Digit Growth in Machinery Shipments in Third Quarter

Third quarter plastics shipments were up compared to the second quarter and on a year-over-year basis, rising 15.8% and 4.6%, respectively, as supplier sentiment and the trade deficit were also on the rise.

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In this Tech Day session, experts Walter Smith of Nordson and Steve DeAngelis of Davis-Standard will speak about new developments in high-speed sheet extrusion and next-generation tooling.

Package Testing System for Healthcare & Food Packaging Markets

Ametek Mocon’s Dansensor Lippke 5000 tests for package integrity on the production floor or in the lab.

Prent to Open New Rigid Thermoform Medical Packaging Plant in New Mexico

Prent aims to start up new rigid thermoform facility by Fall 2021 in southern New Mexico.

Cadillac Products Debuts New Brand Line of Medical Gowns

As PPE demand rises, automotive supplier and packaging manufacturer Cadillac Products steps-up with new line of extruded medical gowns.

New Compounds Prevent Cracking of Medical Devices

  Avient’s new Trilliant HC BPA-free compounds boast improved chemical resistance over other flame-retardant thermoplastic healthcare formulations.  

Lights Out, Pristine Production In

The numbers beggar belief and the business belies description—Medical Components of America has six full-time employees, six injection machines and lights-out production that’s gone five years without shipping a bad part or missing a delivery.
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Nvision Gets FDA Clearance for First Osteotomy Wedge Implant Made of Specialty PEEK Compound

Ivibio’s PEEK-Optima HA Enhanced bone on-growth biomaterial used in Nvision’s Trigon osteotomy wedge fixation system.

Materials: PC Copolymer Helps Prevent Stress Cracking in Medical Devices

SABIC’s new addition to the LNP Elcres CRX copolymer family boasts exceptional resistance to chemicals and stress cracking.

How to Improve Production of Catheters and Stents

Advances in downstream extrusion equipment have boosted production control.

Protolabs Addresses How to Survive a Pandemic with Digital Manufacturing

Protolabs survey results examine product development and the supply chain.

MGS Breaks Ground on New Expansion

The 121,000-ft2 addition to its Germantown, Wisc. headquarters is estimated to be completed by September 2021.

Hot Runners: Valve Gate Nozzle Offers Greater Wear Resistance

Husky’s Ultra Helix 250 T2 targets small parts weights with difficult-to-access gate locations, promising less maintenance and more longevity.

'10 Things We’re Seeing in Machine Shops Right Now'

Metalworking shops and plastics plants make for interesting comparisons of their responses to the COVID-19 challenge.
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Materials: First Flexible Acrylic Sheet Debuts on Arkema 4 Trimaran

Altuglas’s ShieldUp Flex flexible acrylic sheet is a major innovation in the world of transparent flexible plastic. 

Materials: Novel TPU for Pneumatic Hoses and New Applications

BASF’s Elastollan 1598 is said to be the first ether-based TPU with the mechanical properties of ester-based TPU.

Materials: Biobased PEEK for the Medical Technology Market

Evonik’s Vestakeep Fusion biobased PEEK implant materials have osteoconductive properties.

Trelleborg Expands Silicone Molding in Minnesota

Sweden-headquartered Trelleborg has expanded its Delano, Minn. facility, adding clean room silicone molding space.

Processing Medical Plastics? Here's How to Minimize Risk

FDA now expects OEMs of healthcare products to also take responsibility for Tier 2 and 3 suppliers—making sure every supply-chain link is meeting Good Manufacturing Practices.

Polyplastics to Expand Topas COC Production

New plant for ‘recyclable’ Topas cyclic olefin copolymer planned by Polyplastics                                                        

ProMach Acquires Panther Industries

Packaging machinery maker ProMach further expands labeling and coding business with acquisition of automated labeling equipment maker Panther.

Melt-Temperature Measurement Shows New Potential for Monitoring & Control

Unique melt-measurement system provides new types of data for quality and process control. A new version is coming soon.