Injection Molding

Integrated 3D printing and injection molding speeds time to market for medical devices

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 28th, 2014

Accelerating time to market is high on the priority list of most manufacturers. Medical device OEMs are no different, but, in addition to the design and manufacturing challenges that all companies must overcome, they also must satisfy FDA requirements.

Summertime and the grass is green! But how is the lawn & garden market?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 28th, 2014

The lawn and garden market always springs to life about April or May in many parts of the country, and that's when sales of garden tractors and equipment, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, and other helpful tools for landscape maintenance, lawn care and gardening see a strong boost in sales. However, according to the National Gardening Association (NGA), the lawn and garden business could be better.

Desiccant wheel dryers sized just right for medical molders, extruders

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2014

New compact dryers from Conair (Cranberry Township, PA) that can be mounted on the feed throat of a molding machine or extruder provide the same performance as larger desiccant-wheel dryers, making them advantageous when small quantities of expensive engineering resins are processed. Suppliers serving the medical device industry and other sectors where engineering resins are commonly used will benefit.

Reportedly the smallest wheel-type dryers on the market, the MicroWheel devices are designed as an alternative to compressed-air dryers and small twin-tower units.

IMDA symposium to feature keynote speaker Mike Ferrari

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 25th, 2014

The In-Mold Decorating Association announced Mike Ferrari of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, LLC, as its keynote speaker at its 2014 IMDA Symposium and Exhibit, October 22-23, 2014. The event will be held at the DoubleTree Chicago North Shore Hotel & Conference Center in Skokie, IL. The theme for the 2014 Symposium is "IML/IMD - Concept to Completion: How IMDA Awards are Won."

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.

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.

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