MedShare rescues medical equipment from U.S. landfills to save lives in Nepal

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 5th, 2015

Discarded medical equipment that was destined for a landfill is being put to much better use by a nonprofit in San Leandro, CA. MedShare, which collects equipment from hospitals and manufacturers that is being discarded because it is either obsolete, expired or being replaced with newer models, has been shipping containers to Nepal, where it provides a lifeline to survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25. The still-rising death toll is estimated at 7,500, with at least 14,000 injured.

Resin markets: PE price edges higher while PP drops

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 5th, 2015

The spot resin markets were busy throughout April, and this past week did not disappoint, writes the Plastics Exchange in a market update published on May 1, 2015. There was also a sharp divergence noted between the polyethylene and polypropylene markets, continuing the reversal from the trends of the past several months. There was a flurry of polyethylene buying as processors sought to procure material ahead of the May price increase; spot prices again edged higher while supplies dwindled.

Polyimide-based aerogel shows promise as composite core material

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 5th, 2015

Aerogels have long been desirable as composite materials on account of their lightweight nature and high thermal insulating  properties, but existing aerogels are made from particulate silica, which inhibits their adoption in plastics-based composite structures. To overcome this issue, a solution based on polyimide (PI) resin is now available that is claimed to be a highly capable core material that is extremely easy to incorporate.

April PMI flat, according to manufacturing report

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 4th, 2015

Not much changed in April from the March Manufacturing Report on Business: the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) remained flat at 51.5%. While the March and April PMI were equal, 15 of the 18 manufacturing industries tracked by the Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) Manufacturing Business Survey Committee saw growth in April, while only 10 reported growth in March, indicating a broader distribution of growth in April among the 18 industries, commented committee Chair Bradley J. Holcomb.

5 Gyres Institute offers trip to visit plastic pollution in North Atlantic

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 4th, 2015

If you've ever wanted to see oceanic plastic pollution up close and personal, the 5 Gyres Institute, a global plastic pollution research organization, has a trip you won't want to miss. The institute has launched an online contest for those who want to learn first-hand about the problem and help drive solutions. The winner will be invited to join the final leg of 5 Gyre's June research expedition to the North Atlantic Ocean.

Proto Labs adds medical-grade LSR to rapid injection molding services

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 4th, 2015

Rapid manufacturing company Proto Labs Inc. (Maple Plain, MN) has introduced medical-grade liquid silicone rubber (LSR) material to its quick-turn injection molding capabilities. The company now offers Dow Corning QP1-250 moldable silicone in addition to its standard and optical-grade LSR materials.

Polyketone makes grade for new high-performance, wear-resistant gear series

By Karen Laird
Published: May 4th, 2015

For almost 45 years, Hans Zipperle Antriebstechnik, based in Renningen, Germany, has specialized in the manufacture of plastic drive components, producing these parts exclusively by means of injection molding. The process enables Zipperle to produce tight-tolerance, precisely engineered products, which, in some cases, are finished using conventional machining processes.

Polymer-based prefilled syringe minimizes drug/container interactions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2015

"Let's rethink glass," says specialty glass and glass ceramics developer Schott (Elmsford, NY) on its website. Sometimes, that revisionist thinking leads to plastics. At Interphex 2015, which was held in New York City on April 26 to 28, the company featured its new polymer prefillable syringe. The TopPac SD is designed to improve the safety and stability of sensitive drugs, according to a company press release.

Natural fiber fabric saves weight in composite structures

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 4th, 2015

A technology based on the concept of leaf-veins can be applied to strengthen synthetic fiber-reinforced composites and reduce overall weight. Based on flax fibers, powerRib fabrics can be used to reinforce thin-walled structures, resulting in a "pseudo mini sandwich," since no core material is involved. The fabrics can readily be processed with standard vacuum molding techniques.

Roof systems tier 1 opens plants in China, Romania

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2015

Inteva Products (Troy, MI) is expanding its global presence with the opening of two new manufacturing plants in Oradea, Romania and Wuhan, China; as well as the relocation of its Wuppertal Technical Center to a new larger facility in Solingen, Germany.

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