DuPont Packaging selects judges for DuPont Awards for packaging innovation

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 8th, 2015

DuPont has picked the judges who will decide which packaging solutions demonstrate excellence in technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience from the pool of global nominations for its annual packaging awards.

Merger of four companies creates vertically integrated one-stop shop for medtech OEMs

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: January 6th, 2015

Yesterday I posted an article on what's in store for the medtech industry in 2015, and one of my predictions was that we would see an uptick in consolidations of suppliers to medical device OEMs, some of which would aspire to the one-stop shop model. Validation came quickly.

Plastic machinery suppliers embrace one-stop shop concept

By Heather Caliendo
Published: December 30th, 2014

One-stop shop is such a catchy term. Walmart clearly pushes this concept, which is said to make consumers spend more. Amazon Prime takes it one step further and offers free shipping, giving users the freedom to order goods in their pajamas.

It makes sense why we're naturally drawn to the idea of a one-stop shop. Time is precious and if we can get all our "shopping" done in one place, it's hard to deny the appeal.

Breyer launches new extrusion system for laminate tube producers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 19th, 2014

The market of seamless cosmetic tubes today offers all kinds of designs of tubes for the cosmetics industry, and as a result, it expects high flexibility from the production and the operators. Main reason: the tube design changes often in order to stand apart from the crowd. In other words, "packaging sells."

Molded needle safety device wins medtech innovation award

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: December 16th, 2014

A safety device that protects healthcare workers from needlestick injuries received the DeviceMed award for most innovative medical device at Compamed, the medical manufacturing event co-located with Medica, the world's largest medical tradeshow, in Düsseldorf, Germany, last month. Jointly developed by Cambridge Design Partnership (Cambridge, UK) and Raumedic AG (Helmbrechts, Germany), the RauSafe device activates a telescopic sleeve following injection to cover the needle. 

Cranial implant company swears by PEEK, touts industry-leading turn-around time

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: December 9th, 2014

Kelyniam Global (Canton, CT) is a lean, young company that has established an enviable reputation in the production of custom polyether ether ketone (PEEK) cranial and facial implants. Its edge is in turn-around time: it can design and manufacture implants in as little as 24 hours from receipt of order, which is unmatched in the industry, according to Kelyniam. Reducing the gap between trauma and implantation benefits surgeons and patients, as well as healthcare budgets by shortening hospital stays. But process acceleration is only part of the Kelyniam narrative.

At Euromold, 3D printing was literally huge

By Karen Laird
Published: December 4th, 2014

Among the many developments in additive manufacturing technology on show at last week's Euromold were two machines that demonstrated just how big 3D printing is becoming. Built by the Berlin-based startup company Big Rep and by Opiliones 3D, a recently formed company by a group of Dutch mechanical engineers, these printers were hard to overlook.

In-mold decorating of durable products provides environmentally alternative to painting and chrome plating

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 24th, 2014

The regulatory burden on manufacturing has skyrocketed over the past few years. According to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the cost of federal regulations in 2012 was $2.028 trillion (in 2014 dollars). Of that amount, $330 billion was for environmental compliance. The average manufacturing firm in the U.S. pays $19,564 per employee per year in regulatory compliance costs (including OSHA, taxes and environmental). For small manufacturers with fewer than 50 employees, that burden rises to $34,671 per employee per year, said the NAM report.

Highlights from the JEC Asia composites show in Singapore (slideshow)

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 18th, 2014

Singapore welcomed the JEC Asia show to its shores on Nov. 17. The seventh iteration of the event hosted a multitude of new applications in the composites sector, with carbon fiber, once again, having a standout presence.

Here are some of the highlights PlasticsToday found walking across the show floor.

Highlights from the JEC Asia composites show in Singapore: TUM Create

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 18th, 2014

The body of the Electric Multipurpose Scooter from TUM Create is open tool infusion-molded using a combination of 600 g/m2 bi-axial non-crimp fabric (NCF) made from carbon fiber and Epolam 2015 epoxy resin plus Epolam 2014 hardener from Axson Technologies. Curb weight including battery is 200 kg, and the scooter boasts an 80-km range and top speed of 45 km/hour.

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