Injection Molding

New line of injection molded thermoplastic components to compete with metals

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 23rd, 2014

A new line from Piper Plastics is said to bridge the performance gap between components produced via standard injection molding compounds and pre-preg lay-up composite materials. The new material, called Kyron Max, allow parts to be injection molded at high volumes with strengths that approach lay-up composite and metals.

Currier Plastics expands its collegiate co-op program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

Currier Plastics knows the value of working with academic institutions to promote careers in the plastics industry. The custom molder, located in central New York state, specializes in plastic packaging for beauty and cosmetics, amenities and household consumables, as well as electronic connectors and medical measuring devices.

StackTeck delivers turnkey system to Chilean packaging processor

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2014

StackTeck Systems Ltd. announced the one-year anniversary of the delivery of two 96-cavity 1881 closure systems to its customer Envases CMF in Chile. Envases CMF has reached a one-year milestone as a new producer of beverage caps. Envases CMF selected StackTeck as their turnkey system provider for a liner-less 1881 CDS beverage cap, a design that is licensed by Universal Closures (UCL) of the United Kingdom.

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.

Plastic air intake manifold with integrated charge air cooler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2014

A recently-introduced hybrid sports car features the world's first high-heat plastic air intake manifold (AIM) with integrated charge air cooler (CAC). The engineering plastic used in this application is a high temperature-resistant polyamide (PA) 46 from the Stanyl Diablo range of DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

Arburg’s Freeformer captures “Red Dot Award 2014” design prize

By Karen Laird
Published: July 21st, 2014

Earlier this month, the design world gathered in Essen, Germany for the presentation of the prestigious Red Dot Award. The 40-strong Red Dot expert jury evaluated a total of 4,815 submissions from 53 countries. And this year, among the winning products was Arburg's Freeformer, which, according to the jury statement, "impresses with a gentle design that is distinguished by radiused edges and flush surfaces," through which it which "definitely stands out from the 3D printers in the market."

Contract medical manufacturer Phase 2 joins Tijuana's growing medical cluster

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2014

The medical cluster in Tijuana, Mexico, continues to expand. Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing, headquartered in Rochester, NH, has announced the opening of a 30,000-sq-ft facility dedicated to contract manufacturing for medical device OEMs in the sprawling city across the border from San Diego, CA.

The medical manufacturing and packaging plant includes a 3000-sq-ft- ISO Class 8 cleanroom, which will be used to assemble and package single-use medical devices.

Polycarbonate rear window 35% lighter than glass version

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 20th, 2014

With the automotive industry focused on hitting future fuel economy and emission targets, the Ford Motor Company has revealed a drivable multi-material lightweight vehicle (MMLV) with polycarbonate (PC) glazing from Sabic's Innovative Plastics business. This solution reportedly realizes a 35% weight reduction compared to the same window on a 2013 model year Ford Fusion production vehicle.

Large vertical press delivers process flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

For overmolding of organic sheets and tapes, and in high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) processes, if often makes sense to work with gravity according to machine builder Engel (Schwertberg, Austria). "This reduces the effort in the handling of parts and the fixation of insert parts in the mold, and also facilitates manual intervention," it notes.

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