Medical

Chinaplas: Arburg highlights performance applications in packaging, electronics and medical

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Arburg has brought an array of machine solutions to Chinaplas in Shanghai, including injection molding presses configured for the fast growing packaging, medical technology and electronics sectors in China.

In the electronics field, a polyamide-based thermoplastic injectable hotmelt adhesive from Henkel is being employed as an encapsulant for an LED circuit board and two connector cables, rendering the overmolded LED carrier waterproof. The vertical Allrounder 275 V used has a clamping force of 250 kN and size 100 injection unit.

Chinaplas: Davis-Standard brings dsX s-tretch line for cast film to the Asian market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 22nd, 2014

Shanghai, China — At Chinaplas 2014, Davis-Standard (Hall W5; Booth M41) will introduce its dsX s-tretch line for cast film to the Asian market.

In addition to a reportedly high speed and thin film, the machine has a unique winder on the line, according to Jim Murphy, VP of global sales and marketing for Davis-Standard. The winder has capability of being coreless, which reduces both material and disposable cost.

When a $50 3D-printed hand is better than a $42,000 prosthetic device

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 21st, 2014

Jose Delgado, 53, was born without most of his left arm. He has a prosthetic hand that uses muscle signals from the forearm to open and close the fingers. Cost: $42,000, half of which was out of pocket. He recently got in touch with Jeremy Simon, who maintains the 3D Universe blog, to see about 3D printing a prosthetic hand. The so-called Cyborg Beast device cost approximately $50 in ABS material, and Delgado prefers it!

Plastic x-ray detector achieves medical-grade imaging performance

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 21st, 2014

Digital x-ray systems offer a number of advantages over conventional analog systems—images are processed faster and can be shared easily, and less radiation is required to produce them—but they also share one disadvantage: digital x-rays still use large glass substrates. Two years ago, researchers at the Holst Centre (Eindhoven, Netherlands) and imec (Leuven, Belgium) demonstrated that the use of plastic substrates in x-ray systems was technically feasible and would result in lighter, more robust, and less expensive devices.

Vast majority of Americans expect lab-grown organs to be commonplace within 50 years

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 18th, 2014

A fascinating survey of U.S. views and attitudes toward technological developments within the next 50 years reveals that eight in 10 Americans expect that people needing new organs will have them custom grown in a lab. They are not as welcoming to other technological developments, however. Sixty-five percent think it would be a change for the worse if lifelike robots become primary caregivers for the elderly and people with health conditions, and a little more than half are not enamored by the development of wearable devices or implants that connect them with the world.

Contract manufacturer MGS purchases Hospira molding facility in Buffalo

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 17th, 2014

MGS Mfg. Group, headquartered in Germantown, WI, announced it has purchased Hospira's injection molding facility in Buffalo, NY. A formal announcement was made to facility employees on Monday, April 4, 2014, by members of Hospira and MGS management teams.

The plant employs 120 people and runs 40 injection molding machines, ranging from 100 to 400 tons, producing parts for Hospira's pharmaceutical and device businesses. As part of the agreement, Hospira employees who work at the Buffalo facility will join MGS. No layoffs are planned as part of the purchase.

Gimac unveils smart medical balloon extrusion system

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 17th, 2014

A so-called intelligent balloon tubing extrusion system has been developed by Gimac (Castronno, Italy), a maker of microextrusion equipment for the medical manufacturing sector.

Protective polymer gives penicillin new lease on life

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 17th, 2014

When penicillin came into use in the first half of the 20th century, it was hailed as a miracle drug, and it remains one of the scientific marvels of the 20th century. The bacteria it used to effortlessly conquer gradually built up defenses, however, eroding the power of penicillin and its many antibiotic cousins. In the 1960s, methicillin-resistant S. aureus emerged, creating a serious public health problem that was immune to conventional antibiotics. We have never fully recovered the upper hand in this battle.

B. Braun, Priamus collaborate on mold process harmonization

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 16th, 2014

Medical device company B. Braun (Melsungen, Germany) and Priamus (Schaffhausen, Switzerland), a supplier of quality control systems for injection molding, have collaboratively developed a technology that ensures reliable and repeatable part molding.

Prism Plastics plans for future based on successful past

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 16th, 2014

There are many reasons for the success of any custom plastics processing business including the machine technology used, the people in place who optimize that technology, the management, markets and customers within those markets. Prism Plastics, a custom injection molder headquartered in Chesterfield, MI, has long been an automotive supplier and in spite of the struggles of that market over the past few years the company has remained successful.

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