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Researchers make case for using more plastic in acupuncture

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 19th, 2014

Plastics have enabled countless advances in modern medical technology and made the practice of medicine safer and more cost efficient. Now, researchers in Australia have published a paper recommending that the ancient practice of acupuncture could also benefit from more widespread use of plastics. Specifically, they make the case that replacing the copper coil handles in disposable acupuncture needles with plastic ones would prevent needles from buckling and be more environmentally friendly.

Driverless cars will accelerate the development of 3D-printed organs. Discuss.

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 19th, 2014

Reducing the number of automobile-related fatalities is a good thing, right? Well, maybe not if you're on the waiting list for, say, a liver transplant. And that's why the advent of Google-style driverless cars, which remove human error from the driving equation, will spur the advent of bioprinted organs. At least, that's how Bre Pettis, founder and CEO of Makerbot, sees it.

New Economy In, Old Strategies Out: A Fresh Look at MES

Companies are trying to focus on unprecedented quality and service levels, and greater flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to new product introductions (NPIs). It's a familiar, but perhaps underutilized strategy to retain existing and attract high-margin business.

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Plastic sponge soaks up carbon dioxide, but don't trees do it better?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 19th, 2014

Last week at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, a report presented by Andrew Cooper, PhD, from the University of Liverpool, introduced a sponge-like plastic that sops up carbon dioxide (CO2), the greenhouse gas that everyone loves to hate.

Helix Medical's Baldwin Park, CA, facility earns FDA registration

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 19th, 2014

Helix Medical, a contract manufacturer that provides silicone and thermoplastic molding and extrusion services, has obtained FDA registration for its facility in Baldwin Park, CA.

"The registration was driven by a customer who approached us with the need to manufacture a new product requiring FDA registration," said Steve Gilder, Director of Quality, in a prepared statement. "We have continuously expanded our range of services at the Baldwin Park operation in recent years, and we are now able to offer our customers finished device manufacturing."

Sharkskin surface sandwich components offer aerodynamic advantages

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2014

A modified BMW Z4 with an engine hood and roof module constructed from sandwich components with a sharkskin surface won a JEC Innovation Award at the Atlanta-based JEC Americas show this past May.

Cincinnati Process Technologies continues to grow staff and expand reach

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 18th, 2014

Cincinnati Process Technologies (CPT; Cincinnati, OH), a supplier of plastics processing machinery and auxiliary equipment, parts, services, and technology, has appointed Bob Willenborg as its new Territory Manager for Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. Willenborg, who holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration from Xavier University, replaces Sales Manager Dane Bales in the region. Bales is opening new sales territory for CPT in the Carolinas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. 

New systems from Priamus designed to optimize molding process

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 18th, 2014

Recent product introductions from Priamus (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) are designed to help suppliers of injection molding services improve quality control and process consistency. FillControl software monitors and controls the injection molding process to minimize part defects; control cabinets (pictured) offer real-time melt flow control.

PPS compounding: dedicated facility slated for China

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 16th, 2014

Japanese resin supplier DIC Corp. (Tokyo) plans to complete a compounding facility specifically for polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resin in the Chinese city of Zhangjiagang in 2015.

Friday Funnies: What's wrong with this picture?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 15th, 2014

Have you spotted the anachronism in this promotional picture for Downton Abbey? Look closely on the mantelpiece, to the right of Laura Carmichael. Yes, that is a plastic bottle. Unfortunately for someone working on that show, plastic bottles were not in wide use in the UK until the 1960s, reports BBC News, 36 years after the popular series takes place.

The image was posted on Instagram but has since been removed to avoid further embarrassment.

Aah, the ubiquity of plastics, transcending time and space.

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