Extrusion-Pipe & Profile

Gimac unveils smart medical balloon extrusion system

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 17th, 2014

A so-called intelligent balloon tubing extrusion system has been developed by Gimac (Castronno, Italy), a maker of microextrusion equipment for the medical manufacturing sector.

Japan Steel Works has picked Stork as service partner for Western Europe

By Karen Laird
Published: April 14th, 2014

Few things are as important to generating customer loyalty as a professional and reliable after sales service and support network. International suppliers of products of all kinds recognize this and tend to solve the problem by partnering with trusted local partners. A recent example is the cooperation agreement signed by plastics machinery manufacturers Japan Steel Works and Stork, which is, in fact, more or less a formalization of a practice that has existed for some 10 years.

Chinese companies can sign up to exhibit at NPE2015 during Chinaplas 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 8th, 2014

During Chinaplas 2014, representatives of Chinese companies will have a chance to sign up for exhibit space for NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase and secure booth locations immediately, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.

Foster Corp. introduces heat- and light-stabilized medical-grade PEBA

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 4th, 2014

Like many polymers, polyether block amide (PEBA) copolymers can degrade over time, which may lead to functional failure. This is especially problematic in medical applications, notably in catheters. To prevent degradation of stored devices caused by exposure to heat, light, or other environmental factors, Foster Corp. (Putnam, CT), a supplier of custom polymers for medical devices, has introduced heat- and light-stabilized PEBA copolymers.

Ensinger's extrusion trials with medical-grade Ultem a clear success

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The discoloration and brittleness of materials following sterilization have long been bugaboos of medical device design engineers. A remedy exists. Ensinger North America (Washington, PA), which supplies plastic stock shapes to the medical sector, recently began a series of successful extrusion trials using Ultem HU1004, a medical-grade polyetherimide, from Sabic Innovative Plastics. The material was deemed to have significant advantages over competitive products in third-party tests conducted on behalf of Sabic.

TPE medical tubing with single-barb fitting is stronger than adhesive-bonded PVC

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Eldon James Corp., a supplier of medical tubing and fittings, has published the results of tests it conducted to determine the toughness of tubing produced from Medalist thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), manufactured by Teknor Apex Co., and the durability of connections between this tubing and single-barb luer fittings. 

Chinaplas 2014 provides more details about sustainability events

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

The plastics and rubber industries are working to transform itself to embrace greener manufacturing methods, technologies and products and taking sustainability at the heart of their corporate governance, in attempts to achieve considerable cost and resource savings as well as to fulfill social responsibility.

SPI and ANSI release new plastics machinery safety standards

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released two recently revised American National Standards and a new American National Standard on plastics machinery safety. 

Italian machinery sector holding on, in spite of everything

By Karen Laird
Published: March 24th, 2014

Assocomaplast, the Italian trade association for manufacturers of plastic and rubber processing machinery, has presented the figures for 2013, showing that this sector is holding steady, despite what the association called "the lasting weakness in the domestic market."

Week of 3/17 to 3/21: A green themed week and top 10 articles

By Heather Caliendo
Published: March 21st, 2014

While the U.S. was focused on all things green this past Monday in honor of the (boozy) tradition that is St. Patrick's Day, there were also plenty of 'green' themed articles from the PlasticsToday editors and contributors this week. Although, this green was of a different variety — from recycling to energy efficiency to even golf courses.  

For instance, Extrusion Expert and Plastics Engineer Allan Griff attended both the Plastics Recycling conference and associated exhibition and the SPE environmental division conference.

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