Medical

Do you have the right stuff to win the MD&M East Supplier Innovation Challenge?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 6th, 2015

So, you're a supplier to the medical technology industry, and you think you're hot stuff, leagues above your competitors? If you're an exhibitor at MD&M East, co-located with PLASTEC East in New York City next month, you're going to have a chance to prove it. Event organizer UBM Canon, which also produces this website, has announced the Supplier Innovation Challenge.

MedShare rescues medical equipment from U.S. landfills to save lives in Nepal

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 5th, 2015

Discarded medical equipment that was destined for a landfill is being put to much better use by a nonprofit in San Leandro, CA. MedShare, which collects equipment from hospitals and manufacturers that is being discarded because it is either obsolete, expired or being replaced with newer models, has been shipping containers to Nepal, where the medical products provide a lifeline to survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25. The still-rising death toll is estimated at 7,500, with at least 14,000 injured.

Proto Labs adds medical-grade LSR to rapid injection molding services

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 4th, 2015

Rapid manufacturing company Proto Labs Inc. (Maple Plain, MN) has introduced medical-grade liquid silicone rubber (LSR) material to its quick-turn injection molding capabilities. The company now offers Dow Corning QP1-250 moldable silicone in addition to its standard and optical-grade LSR materials.

Polymer-based prefilled syringe minimizes drug/container interactions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2015

"Let's rethink glass," says specialty glass and glass ceramics developer Schott (Elmsford, NY) on its website. Sometimes, that revisionist thinking leads to plastics. At Interphex 2015, which was held in New York City on April 26 to 28, the company featured its new polymer prefillable syringe. The TopPac SD is designed to improve the safety and stability of sensitive drugs, according to a company press release.

Dip molding and coating: A versatile, flexible plastics process you may never have heard of

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

Dip molding and coating is a plastics process that, while used commonly on many types of products that include everything from medical devices to hand tools to gasoline pump handles, remains largely unknown to many plastics engineers and product designers. Yet, dip molding and coating using a variety of liquid polymers offers many advantages and, in certain applications, can even be an excellent alternative to the injection molding and extrusion processes.

Victrex adds new PAEK capacity; enhances processing presence

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 29th, 2015

Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK) has commissioned the first production stream of its third PAEK manufacturing plant as it focuses on offering even greater security of supply to customers, as well as delivering complete solutions. The capacity increase is part of an expansion program valued at $138 million. The new facility for the manufacture of PAEK went into operation in the north-west of the UK during April.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics: Fraunhofer

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

Because of their strength combined with their light weight, fiber-reinforced plastics have numerous applications in the automotive and aerospace industries. They also have enormous potential in medical applications, according to the Fraunhofer-Institute for Production Technology IPT (Aachen, Germany).

The institute has developed a micro pullwinding process that enables the mass production of minimally invasive devices, and researchers currently are working on techniques to process thermoplastic fiber composites for the manufacture of customizable devices.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics: Teknor Apex

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

At the Medical Design & Manufacturing event in Anaheim, CA, in February 2015, Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) introduced a rigid PVC that can replace polycarbonate (PC) in clear medical components. PC is prone to cracking, or crazing, which is caused by the migration of plasticizer when it comes in contact with flexible PVC parts. The rigid PVC developed by Teknor Apex reportedly eliminates the stress cracking that may occur at the interface of PC with flexible PVC components, while achieving strength and clarity properties similar to PC.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics: Wyss Institute

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

Rampant antibiotic resistance and occurrences of hospital-acquired infections have focused medical manufacturers on methods of preventing biofilm formation on devices. These are essentially bacterial colonies that can cause infections and life-threatening conditions. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Boston) have developed polymers that prevent biofilm formation by making the surface unwelcoming to bacteria.

Five recent breakthroughs in medical plastics: PolySTAT

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 29th, 2015

War is hell, as they say, but, in one respect, it also has a salutary impact on the human condition: Many medical breakthroughs came about with the battlefield in mind. A recent case in point is an injectable polymer developed by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle that can be used to stop bleeding from a wound on the battlefield until the patient can receive proper medical care. It could also be a lifesaver in rural areas and anywhere else where immediate medical treatment is not available.

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