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Shocking development: Projectile Taser cartridge made with 56 micromolded parts, 20 molds, and on-target collaboration

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 15th, 2011

A partnership that dates back to 1997 between Icon Injection Molding Inc. (Phoenix, AZ) and Taser International has now brought the Taser XREP (Extended Range Electronic Projectile) cartridge into the hands of law enforcement/corrections personnel, professional security personnel, the military, and consumers (for personal protection).

Mack Molding increases integration, adds full-service machining center

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 14th, 2011

In keeping with its strategic plan of vertical integration of services, Mack Molding announced at the MD&M/Plastec West shows that it had invested $1 million in Q4 2010 to implement a full-service machining center at its headquarters plant in Arlington, VT.

New facility for advanced medical materials development opens

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 14th, 2011

After more than 20 years of developing and producing custom polymer compounds for biomedical applications, Foster Corporation (Putnam, CT) has intensified its efforts, opening its Medical Plastics Innovation Center to offer comprehensive development service of polymer formulations and compounds for leading edge medical devices.

Bioplastic PLA compound line launched

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 14th, 2011

Plastics Color Corp. (PCC; Calumet City, IL) has expanded its line polylactic acid (PLA) compounds, hoping to help the bioplastic expand into new applications. "The market has struggled with PLA's place," explained Timothy Workman, PCC's business development manager, noting that PLA's processing and finished-product quirks have at times hamstrung its broader acceptance.

Medical-grade elastomer offers PVC replacement in wire and cable

By MPW Staff
Published: February 14th, 2011

Teknor Apex Group (Pawtucket, RI) expanded its Medalist line of medical-grade materials with a new elastomer-based non-polyvinyl chloride (PVC) offering for wire and cable applications. Nick Sandland, senior market manager-medical products for Teknor Apex's thermoplastics elastomer (TPE) division told PlasticsToday that Medalist 458 is based on its Elexar styrenic TPE material, specifically Elexar EL8431.

Chinaplas turns 25

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 14th, 2011

The largest plastics trade show held this year turns 25, and the reach of the event increases both in size and scope. The 25th edition of Chinaplas will be held this year from May 17-20 in Asia's largest exhibition hall, the China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou. Recalling the first edition of the event, Stanley Chu, chairman of Adsale, the company that organizes the show, recalls, "There were only several thousand square meters of exhibition space and a hundred of exhibitors, which were all overseas companies.

Sumitomo Demag's Medtec Europe debut: medical micro molding cell

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 11th, 2011

Because first impressions count, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery (Schwaig, Germany) will make its debut at Medtec Europe in Stuttgart (March 22-24, 2011) with a compact cleanroom production cell molding 3.5-mm control knobs unloaded and inspected using a six-axis robot inside the cabinet of the 50-tonne all-electric IntElect molding machine.

Wittmann Battenfeld promotes stronger West Coast presence

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 11th, 2011

Wittmann Battenfeld took the first step in augmenting its southern California presence by exhibiting a fully functioning molding cell within its PLASTEC West booth, including a 73-ton Wittmann Battenfeld injection press outfitted with Wittmann auxiliaries and robotics, as well as a new Western Territory Manager, Carlos Chávez.

Bioplastics make their way into the tube and into the can

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 11th, 2011

Plastics made from renewable resources are being specified in some interesting new applications, including these two: a biodegradable toothpaste tube and "Blue Cat," a cost-cutting kitty litter box. In the toothpaste tube the material is used as most plastics are—extruded and injection molded—whereas in the litter box the bioplastic granulate is used as its litter. 

Pipe extrusion: Internal cooling system boosts productivity

By MPW Staff
Published: February 11th, 2011

Plastics pipe extruders are offered a new tool to help increase their lines' efficiency when processing polyolefins. Developed and manufactured by KraussMaffei Berstorff, this new internal pipe cooling (IPC) system is said to dramatically reduce the initial cost and space requirements for a new pipe extrusion line, while also helping increase the productivity of already-installed pipe extrusion lines.

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