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Risk control tops agenda for medical devices

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 30th, 2010

That's the view of Clariant Masterbatches (Muttenz, Switzerland), which was presenting its package of dedicated products and support designed to help customers' control risk in medical device manufacture and pharmaceutical packaging at the recent Medtec China show in Shanghai. (The Medtec show is organized by PlasticsToday owner Canon Communications.)

Robots cleared for Class 100 cleanroom use

By IMM Staff
Published: August 30th, 2010

Anodized aluminum coverings, a protective outer coating, and specially sealed joints allow a new line of robots to be safely cleaned with hydrogen peroxide and be used in applications where biocontamination control is required, including Class 100 cleanrooms. The Denso VP-G2 six-axis articulated aseptic robots have 432 mm of reach of and a 200-mm diameter footprint. Other features include a payload capacity of 2 kg, repeatability of ±0.02 mm, and standard cycle time of 0.99 second.

Following molders into medical

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 30th, 2010

Hot runner supplier Ewikon’s major focus over the past year has been to expand and optimize its range of hot runner products for medical applications. The result is a broad range of hot runner technology specifically targeted to meet the demands of the medical industry for both high-volume disposables or the production of precision components where safety is a major consideration.   

Extruded Spectar sheet builds a better flood barrier

By Tony Deligio
Published: August 27th, 2010

Sand and extruded copolyester sheet combine for a flood wall that can go up more quickly and withstand water better than the hand-filled sand bags they're aiming to replace.

ACC’s running tab of positive indicators slips to 12 out of 20

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2010

After a week of disappointing economic indicators, including sobering home sales and durable goods reports, as well as a downward revision to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter, the American Chemistry Council's Economics and Statistics Group's running tab of positive indicators slipped by one to 12 out of 20. The ACC continues to fly a yellow-green banner to signal continued caution.

Major merger announced in CAD/CAM software world

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2010

ZWCAD Software Co. Ltd. of Guangzhou, China, a supplier of 2D computer aided design software, has leapt into the 3D league with its acquisition of VX Corp. VX, headquartered in Melbourne, FL, supplies 3D CAD and CAM software.

Bag converter never wavers on new idea

By MPW Staff
Published: August 27th, 2010

Introduced in 2003 but still gathering steam in the market are Tug & Tote bags, a patented way to simplify supermarkets' logistics with produce bags while also improving customers' experience. The processor and converter, Waverly Plastics, took time to listen to and learn from its customers, and the effort has paid off many times over.

Want to know what's in your silos?

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2010

BinMaster, a division of Garner Industries, a custom injection molder in Lincoln, NE, introduced its BinMaster MVL Multi-Scanner System for very large silos. The MVL multiple scanner system integrates multiple point measurement data from two 3DLevelScanners to measure a very wide material surface area.

The sky’s the limit for laser-sintered plastics in aerospace

By Tony Deligio
Published: August 26th, 2010

Unmanned vehicle manufacturers are increasingly employing unmanned fabrication techniques to create critical components. Plastics and metal laser-sintering equipment supplier EOS GmbH (Münich) has seized on the opportunity for its "e-manufacturing" technology, watching business within aerospace, which includes unmanned vehicles, grow steadily since the company entered the market in earnest around four years ago. This August, the company again participated in the Assn.

Advanced HDPE plant brought online

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2010

Plastics supplier LyondellBasell, just a few months out of Chapter 11 protection, is moving ahead with strategic growth, adding another 320,000 tonnes of HDPE capacity in Europe. Output from the plant is even better than current bi-modal materials, claims the company.

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