Extrusion-Pipe & Profile

battenfeld-cincinnati makes several upgrades to its alpha extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

After 12 years and more than 750 units sold, battenfeld-cincinnati has made several updates to its standardized single screw extruders for technical profiles and small pipes.

In contrast to its predecessor models, the revised alpha extruders are now equipped with a new compact drive system, which the company says offers the benefit of small dimensions and substantially reduced oil requirements. Due to the smaller drive unit and a redesigned sub-structure, the extruder can reportedly save more space.

Desiccant wheel dryers sized just right for medical molders, extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2014

New compact dryers from Conair (Cranberry Township, PA) that can be mounted on the feed throat of a molding machine or extruder provide the same performance as larger desiccant-wheel dryers, making them advantageous when small quantities of expensive engineering resins are processed. Suppliers serving the medical device industry and other sectors where engineering resins are commonly used will benefit.

Reportedly the smallest wheel-type dryers on the market, the MicroWheel devices are designed as an alternative to compressed-air dryers and small twin-tower units.

Teknor Apex unveils polymer-neutral strategy for medical market at MEDTEC China

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 23rd, 2014

PVC or not PVC? If that is the question, Teknor Apex (Singapore) says it has the answer for customers in the medical sector. The compounder has restructured its product portfolio to offer medical device designers and manufacturers an expansive range of raw material options, an approach that it is calling a polymer-neutral medical market strategy. The company will introduce the concept at MEDTEC China, which returns to Shanghai in September 2014.

Medical disposables market poised for continued growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Here's some good news for suppliers of medical-grade plastics and providers of molding and extrusion services to medical device OEMs: The global market for disposable medical products is on track to maintain robust growth into the next decade, according to a report from TriMark Publications LLC. Growth has averaged 12.5% per year during the past two decades, says the medical markets research firm.

PVC pipes as shark repellant

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 21st, 2014

I follow a number of plastics-related news feeds, all of which contain a steady stream of articles and blog posts about plastic pollution in marine environments. So, when I came across a story about a marine scientist who wants to put plastic in the ocean, it immediately caught my attention.

Omega adds capacity and territory manager to drive continued growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 10th, 2014

Custom profile extrusion processor Omega Plastics LLC (www.omegaplastics.com) is on a growth curve. The company has been manufacturing made-to-order solutions with thermoplastic profile extrusion and a proprietary random loop vinyl mesh sheet used for mats, product protection and other applications since 1978.

Q&A with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Process Systems about sustainable tubing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 9th, 2014

Brand owners have a lot on their plate these days. The food safety regulatory environment is becoming increasingly complex - especially for multinational manufacturers. New and pending regulations seek to prevent contamination scenarios with heavy contingency planning and robust reporting structures. Additionally, the industry is self-regulating the exposure of edible goods to certain chemicals of concern.

Walmart ups commitment to buy more ‘Made in USA’ with first-ever open call for suppliers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 8th, 2014

If you want 'Made in the USA,' you have to ask for it. And if you're the giant retailer Walmart, when you ask, people respond. On July 8, Walmart held its first-ever open call event for Made in the USA products, opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its Bentonville, AR, headquarters to pitch their products to Walmart's senior leaders and merchants.

Styrenic TPEs offer alternative to PVC, EPDM in window encapsulation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 6th, 2014

A new series of styrenic thermoplastic elastomer (TPE-S) injection molding compounds provides automotive manufacturers with processing and end use properties that are superior to those of TPE-S materials currently used for window encapsulation, says the supplier Teknor Apex Company (Pawtucket, RI).    

Actega introduces medical-grade TPE free of animal-derived components

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 30th, 2014

Actega (Bremen, Germany) has announced the introduction of a medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that is entirely free of animal-derived components (ADCs). The ADC-free formula for the ProvaMed TPE family of materials is described by the company as a practical solution for customers in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors that must account for the origin of additives and other material components. The material also satisfies kosher and vegan-free requirements.

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