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Plastic pushes metal aside in reusable medical device

By MPW Staff
Published: July 2nd, 2010

Medical device manufacturer GMD Inc. has introduced the first reusable trocar that has a thermoplastic handle. The plastic specified, a 20% glass-filled grade of polysulfone, met all necessary specifications and reduced cost by 75% over the previous all-metal version.

POM grades combine in coffee center

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 2nd, 2010

The EQ.7 fully automated coffee center from Siemens Electrogeräte GmbH relies on Hostaform polyacetal copolymer (POM) from Ticona Engineering Polymers (Kelsterbach, Germany) for several key mechanical components.

Cleanroom conveyor minimizes particle count

By Stephen Moore
Published: July 2nd, 2010

FDA-approved plastic link style belting is a key component of a modular conveyor that comes ready for dust-free and cleanroom environments. The DynaCon modular conveyor has been independently tested and meets Federal Standard 209D Class 1 (ISO Class 3) ratings for airborne particulate matter in cleanrooms and clean zones.

Injection machines rebounding with performance and efficiency

By Rob Neilley
Published: July 1st, 2010

Makers of injection molding machines absorbed revenue drops of up to 60% in 2009, but they and their markets are in comeback mode, offering the market much new performance and efficiency technology.

All processing machinery suppliers took a financial drubbing in 2009, injection machine makers as much as anyone. Yet as this Sourcebook goes to press, machine makers are readying an array of new technology to show at K 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany that will surprise us with its breadth and creativity.

Film and sheet extrusion leaders look back, forward

By Tony Deligio
Published: July 1st, 2010

Leaders from Reifenhäuser, Gloucester Engineering, Windmöller & Hölscher, Macro, and Macchi talk new technology, new markets, and new post-2009 outlook for the film and sheet extrusion sector.

Outlook 2010: Baby needs a new pair of shoes, and much more, too

By Matt Defosse
Published: June 30th, 2010

Plastics processors live in interesting times. Unstable prices for plastics, steel, energy, and other inputs; difficulty finding good employees; competition from every corner of the earth; attacks on plastics from NGOs and other groups, as well as from some legislative bodies: There are enough issues in play to keep a processor occupied 24/7.

Manjushree Technopack leads multilayer barrier bottle push for CSD in India

By MPW Staff
Published: June 30th, 2010

India's largest converter of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, Manjushree Technopack, is investigating the addition of multilayer preform technology as it works to bring barrier technology to the local carbonated soft drink (CSD) market to boost shelf life.

Tool technology can potentially double injection machine output

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 30th, 2010

Plastics processors in high-production-cost environments need to constantly innovate to remain competitive. One Singapore-based processor has shown that by thinking outside the traditional tool box, it can make standard injection molding machines up to twice as productive with minimal investment, and it's prepared to share its Sequential Mold Technology (SMT) with interested parties.

Process proposes conversion of natural gas into ethylene without steam cracking

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 30th, 2010

San Francisco startup Siluria Technologies claims it has invented a proprietary catalytic process to directly convert natural gas into ethylene, without the need for energy- and cash-intensive steam cracking. The company describes its approach as mimicking nature, growing inorganic materials with a bottom-up approach, as opposed to the more conventional top-down synthetic approach.

Synventive and Husky settle hot runner dispute

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 30th, 2010

Synventive Molding Solutions Inc. (Peabody, MA) and Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc. (Bolton, ON) have announced a settlement agreement in their long-running patent-infringement litigation involving hot runner valve-gate systems. On June 30, the two companies announced that they had settled the litigation on "amicable terms" under a Confidential Settlement Agreement. Synventive originally filed suit against Husky in the U.S.

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