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FDA tackles opportunities, challenges of 3D-printed medical devices

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 2nd, 2014

The incredible potential of 3D printing to transform the medical manufacturing space has not escaped FDA's attention.

Dow Solar Shingles availability expands

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 2nd, 2014

Dow is continuing to expand the availability of its Powerhouse Solar Shingles in 2014. Dow Chemical's Dow Solar business this year made the Solar Shingles available for the first time in Florida, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Canadian Energy was named to be its distributor in Canada.

The Solar Shingles are designed to be handled and nailed into place much like standard asphalt roof shingles. Unlike standard shingles, these use integrated photovoltaic cells to transform sunlight into electricity that helps power the home.

MoldTrax releases MT6 software for faster tracking of mold performance, maintenance

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 2nd, 2014

MoldTrax, developer of software designed specifically for tracking the performance and maintenance of molds and dies, just got bigger, faster and stronger with the release of MoldTrax6 (MT6). New features developed for this unique documentation software system include improved "inventory monitoring" that allows the user to quickly see how many parts are left in stock; two new FastTrax Reports include inventory tracking and maintenance alerts.

DME presents at Amerimold, showcases new products

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 2nd, 2014

DME Company will offer attendees of the Amerimold 2014 Conference some tips on mold venting at the upcoming show in Novi, MI, June 11-12. DME Product Engineer Bob Salhaney will participate in a technical conference on "Demystifying Venting Options: What Approach Matches What Problem?" The technical session will take place from 10 to 10:45 am on June 11, and will review areas to consider when assessing venting effectiveness and offer strategies for optimal venting.

Metabolix highlights PLA modification using PHA at PLA World Congress

By Karen Laird
Published: June 2nd, 2014

At last week's third PLA World Conference in Munich, Germany, many of the presentations addressed the challenges of modifying PLA such that improved properties are obtained that will make a broader ranges of applications within reach.

Sabic inks metallocene PE JV with Korea's SK Global

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 1st, 2014

Sabic and Korean petrochemical company SK Global Chemical (Seoul) have signed a 50-50 joint venture agreement that will see the partners invest a total of $595 million in metallocene-catalyzed polyethylene production assets employing SK's Nexlene process technology.

Athena Automation to build a new systems center for machine assembly

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 30th, 2014

Earlier this month, Athena Automation broke ground for a new systems center for machine assembly and integration. The 155,000 square foot (14,400 m2) plant is located next to Athena's current research and assembly facility in Vaughan, Ontario.

Don Snow of CS Tool Engineering awarded Mold Builder of the Year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 30th, 2014

The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) recently presented the 2014 Mold Builder of the Year Award to Don Snow, operations manager of CS Tool Engineering Inc., in Cedar Springs, MI. The award, sponsored by Progressive Components, was presented during the organization's annual conference in Milwaukee.

Teleflex moves U.S. medical manufacturing jobs to Mexico

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 30th, 2014

At the beginning of May, medical device manufacturer Teleflex (Wayne, PA) announced that it would cut jobs and close plants as part of a restructuring without offering any specifics.

Hasco introduces new products for mold cooling

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 30th, 2014

The new Hasco Push-Lok system offers users a wide range of options for mold cooling. With the patented Push-Lok system, molds can be equipped with the necessary fittings rapidly and easily. Ancillary parts such as hose clips and ferrules are no longer required. A special geometry at the coupling point and the special hose ensure a reliable connection during the molding process. Repairs can be carried out directly permitting considerable time and cost savings.

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