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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.

Composite decking verified at 95% total recycled content

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 11th, 2011

MoistureShield composite decking products from Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (AERT; Springdale, AR) are now verified as having 95% total recycled content, up from the 90% total recycled content previously listed in company information. A new report issued by the International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) provides the independent verification of 57% preconsumer recycled content and 38% postconsumer recycled content, to substantiate AERT's claims.

Tips of the trade: Selecting materials & optimizing manufacturing for medical device carrying solutions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: February 10th, 2011

With the increasing complexity of medical equipment, the development of carrying solutions for these products has become significantly more important. Carrying products such as cases, bags and pouches are no longer commodity accessories. Instead, they are now doing far more than just holding and protecting medical devices by also adding measurable functionality and usage value, thus meeting the specific needs of device vendors and their users.

PolyOne boasts new TPV alloys, approved colorants, and ISO 13485:2003 site certification at MD&M

By Tony Deligio
Published: February 10th, 2011

Specialty compounder PolyOne Corp. (Avon Lake, OH) has seen its recent emphasis on the medical market pay quick dividends with sector growth exceeding 100% over the last three years, according to Larry Johnson, marketing director, healthcare, at the company.

Plastics extrusion: Gear pump optimized for sensitive materials

By MPW Staff
Published: February 10th, 2011

A new series of pumps, branded GPX, are said to help processors avoid the random peaks in melt temperature which may be caused either by the heating control system or by frictional heat. Key to the manufacture of these was to optimize the fluid heating system, leading to minimal frictional heat, and thus prevent an increase in the melt temperature.

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