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Medical manufacturers association applauds "patent troll" bill

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 11th, 2014

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA; Washington, D.C.) has submitted a letter in support of the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2014, which was approved on July 10, 2014, by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. Chaired by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), the subcommittee approved the draft by a bipartisan vote of 13 to 6.

Standardized recycling labels seek to eliminate confusion at the bins

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 11th, 2014

Have you ever walked up to a trash bin and a recycling bin and felt confused on what goes where? Even if you work with plastics in some shape or another on a day-to-day basis, the answer is probably yes. But don't feel sheepish; you're not the only one.

The confusion at recycling bins inspired Michelle "Mitch" Hedlund to think of an innovative idea that could change the recycling game for good. While working in the sustainability field, she would meet with various companies and each one had the same issue: recycling was not working.

Sanner debuts IML packaging portfolio for pharmaceutical products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 11th, 2014

Although in-mold labeling (IML) remains a niche technology in the eyes of some industry observers, Sanner GmbH (Bensheim, Germany) is a believer. The BrillianceTube platform introduced by the supplier of plastic packaging for pharmaceutical and medical products incorporates IML technology into packaging for fizzy tablets.

President Obama tells companies to pay suppliers faster

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 11th, 2014

A new initiative was launched on Friday, July 11 by the Obama Administration to ensure that small businesses get paid more quickly, and several dozen large companies have signed on. The new program called SupplierPay is a "private sector" counterpart of the government's QuickPay program launched in 2011 that pays small business contractors before larger ones. Under QuickPay, the federal government is required to pay small contractors quickly - within two weeks.

Breaking news on catheter hubs

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 11th, 2014

Dendritic discharge patterns in a polymer may look stunning, as the image here attests, but if you're making a catheter hub, as opposed to a random act of art, it can lead to catastrophic device failure. Cambridge Polymer Group (CPG), a contract materials research lab headquartered in Boston, MA, recently shared a case study of a customer whose catheter hubs were cracking during the manufacturing process. The group determined that the sterilization technology used by the manufacturer was causing the problem and found a solution.

Impending VOC emission restrictions drive amines-free car seat foam development

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 10th, 2014

New restrictions set to be introduced in Asia restricting permissable levels of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in vehicle interiors are behind the development of an amines emission-free polyurethane (PU) foam formulation for automotive interior applications by Dow Automotive Systems (Auburn Hills, MI). More details in this development have now emerged from a Tier I that will be the first to employ the foam in its products.

Omega adds capacity and territory manager to drive continued growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 10th, 2014

Custom profile extrusion processor Omega Plastics LLC (www.omegaplastics.com) is on a growth curve. The company has been manufacturing made-to-order solutions with thermoplastic profile extrusion and a proprietary random loop vinyl mesh sheet used for mats, product protection and other applications since 1978.

Can you change your recycling habits in 30 days?

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

It's said that changing a habit takes 30 days. So taking that idea to heart, Dow packaging and speciality plastics has launched a new awareness campaign called Recycle Rally - A 30 day Recycling Challenge. This campaign challenges users to make recycling part of their every day routine, while offering information, tools and tips to help people become a better recycler. 

Legislation reintroduced to ban BPA from food and beverage packaging

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

A new bill seeks to ban the usage of BPA from food and beverage packaging. The 'Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014' is sponsored by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) and Grace Meng (D-NY).

Addivant receives FDA approval for its Weston 705 liquid antioxidant

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 10th, 2014

Consistent innovation is something that many industries struggle to achieve. Oftentimes, companies will innovate sporadically and under duress. But Peter Smith, president and CEO of Addivant, does not believe that is the case for the present-day additive market.

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