Injection Molding

How Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing learned to stop worrying and love Tijuana

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 11th, 2014

When Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing Inc. (Rochester, NH), a contract manufacturer of single-use medical devices, began looking into moving some activities out of country, Mexico and China were immediately ruled out. The company initially set its sights on Costa Rica. Yet, a couple of weeks ago the company announced that it was opening a facility in Tijuana, Mexico. Therein lies a story that CEO Adam Prime shared with PlasticsToday.

Hydraulic seals tested on Arburg machines

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 10th, 2014

The reliability of a hydraulic injection molding machine often comes down to how well the seals perform. They must endure literally millions of molding cycles. Leading machine builder Arburg GmbH (Loßburg, Germany) turns to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Stuttgart, Germany) for the polytetrafluoroethylene- (PTFE) based seals employed in its machines, which incidentally are also molded by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions on Arburg machines.

All-Rite Industries triples size within five years

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 7th, 2014

Providing diverse manufacturing capabilities -- with services from mold design through finished sub-assemblies -- has enabled All-Rite Industries to triple its size in under five years.

Molded nanopillars could be line of defense against counterfeit drugs and devices

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 6th, 2014

Counterfeit drugs reportedly kill more than 700,000 people annually, and there have been reports of a rise in bogus medical devices, as well. To combat this alarming trend, researchers at the University of Michigan and in South Korea have developed a technique that reveals a hidden image in labels when they are breathed on, allowing users to authenticate a product.

Braunform focuses on its MED mold standard for cleanrooms at Fakuma

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 6th, 2014

Fakuma has become known as one of the largest international trade fairs for plastics processing, and has become the place for new technology introductions. At this year's Fakuma (Oct. 14-18) in Friedrichshafen, Braunform will focus on its MED mold standard for cleanroom molding using modular inserts of a 96-cavity injection mold for a pen hub (needle holder). Braunform will be at booth #5207 in Hall A5.

Hot melt adhesive offers bonding solution for PP parts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 5th, 2014

Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) is  stepping up efforts to develop applications for a recently-developed polyolefin-based hot melt resin. Already, the company has found success in applications in the auto sector, including bonding of interior and exterior components molded from PP with other materials, and the new focus will be on sectors such as appliances and household fittings.

Combined moldmaking and injection molding puts Portuguese company on medtech map

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 4th, 2014

Portugal has a storied moldmaking tradition that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when companies in the town of Marinha Grande, about 95 miles north of Lisbon, started manufacturing molds for glassware rather than importing them. After World War II, plastic injection molds gained a foothold and, with the inevitable ups and downs, that has continued ever since. Automotive OEMs have been reliable customers; medical device manufacturers, not so much. Muroplás, located in Muro-Trofa, about 130 miles north of Marinha Grande, is the exception that proves the rule.

Lubrizol acquires medtech supplier Vesta

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 4th, 2014

Specialty chemicals company Lubrizol Corp. (Wickliffe, OH), part of the Berkshire Hathaway portfolio since 2012, has acquired Vesta Funding Inc., an ISO 13485–certified medical device contract manufacturer. Vesta was purchased by private equity firm RoundTable Healthcare Partners in 2007.

Vesta provides silicone molding, silicone extrusion, thermoplastic extrusion, tight tolerance silicone sheeting, and medical device assembly services.

The purchase further expands Lubrizol's reach into the healthcare field.

World's fastest cap production system achieved by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag using Total HDPE resin

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Multi-cavitation molds for running high-volume cap and closure production can be very fast systems. Now, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag together with its partners, Total and Plastisud, has set a new world record in the production of HDPE caps with tamper-evident band without post-molding operations, according to information from Total, headquartered in France, with more than 150 locations for specialty chemicals worldwide.

Reshoring: It’s not a myth (but it needs your help)

By Matt Fehrmann
Published: July 30th, 2014

American companies have outsourced its manufacturing work for decades to low-cost countries like China, Vietnam and India to take advantage of cheap labor rates. This has taken a toll on the American manufacturing sector - the Bureau of Statistics indicates that nearly six million manufacturing jobs were lost between 1999 and 2009 (over one-third of the country's manufacturing workforce).

This kind of damage is hard to reclaim, but fortunately, this trend is starting to reverse itself.

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