Design

Key steps for metal-to-plastic conversion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

The ability to replace a metal component with one molded out of plastic means that extremely complex shapes and geometries can be achieved easily. That also means greater design freedom and more optimum design for manufacturability.

Bayer MaterialScience gets the ball rolling in Brazil

By Karen Laird
Published: May 30th, 2014

With the FIFA World Cup kick-off in just two more weeks, fans around the world are getting ready to hunker down for a whole month of non-stop soccer games. Held once every four years, this international soccer tournament, in which 32 national teams compete, is hosted each time by a different country; this year, it's Brazil.

Self-taught moldmaker develops first-of-its-kind medical device

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 27th, 2014

Some people famously started a business in their garage—you've seen the commercial. For Jennifer Davagian Ensign, founder and CEO of Cristcot Inc. (Concord, MA), it all began in her kitchen, but her invention has nothing to do with cuisine. Au contraire. Using a Smooth-On silicone moldmaking kit, sundry parts from local hardware stores, and her oven, Ensign taught herself the fundamentals of molding and, this month, brought to market—trigger warning, this may cause some of you to wince—Sephure, a disposable suppository applicator.

Plastics big winners at the DuPont packaging awards

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 16th, 2014

DuPont presented 16 awards at its 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The company calls the awards the industry's longest-running, global, independently judged competition highlighting innovative packaging and collaboration throughout the value chain. 

Plastics big winners at the DuPont packaging awards, part 12

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 16th, 2014

Light and strong are two qualities that standout from Pepsico's 28-ounce Gatorade bottle. In addition, using new roll-fed film label technology to shrink the labels onto the bottles eliminates adhesives and simulates direct printing. This form-fitting label eliminates water being trapped between the label and the bottle.

Using modern 3D modeling to reverse engineer a 40-year-old aircraft part

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 16th, 2014

What do you do when out of the blue a company calls you needing a 40-year-old aircraft part? That's certainly a unique challenge, and one that processors face from time-to-time. Ray Products Co. Inc., an Ontario, CA-based vacuum and pressure forming company that has been in business since 1949, got the call and decided to respond.

SPE announces winners of Global Parts Competition at Antec 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 15th, 2014

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced the winners of its Global Parts Competition during SPE Antec 2014, which took place April 28-May 1 in Las Vegas.

The competition, "Plastics for Life," featured submissions by 2013-2014 winners of SPE parts competitions from around the world. Chosen as the Grand Prize winner was a rear door assembly developed by Walter Pack Group for the Renault Twizy electric car. It was also one of the winners in these four categories. Below are the winners:

Bioplastics in packaging come into its own

By Karen Laird
Published: May 15th, 2014

Dusseldorf — "At Interpack this year, one of the statements heard again and again was 'we are already working with bioplastics,'"said Hasso von Pogrell, managing director of European Bioplastics. "It shows that bioplastics play an important role for present and future packaging solutions."

Medical device innovation will be driven by patient needs rather than doctors' ideas, says survey

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 8th, 2014

Speaking with medtech professionals about medical device innovation over the years, I have noticed a gentle shift in attitude when it comes to the role played by doctors and surgeons. Historically, they have had tremendous influence on device design and purchasing decisions; increasingly, however, they must share space at the decision-making table with healthcare purchasing groups and, yes, patients.

Remember the vuvuzela? Meet the caxirola

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 5th, 2014

Apparently somebody thought that the vuvuzela, which provided the droning soundtrack to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was not an entirely bad idea. That is how the 2014 edition of the planet's greatest sporting event got the caxirola.

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