Novel medical approaches feature plastics

By Doug Smock
Published: November 10th, 2011

Several new medical devices make interesting use of plastics.

DSM Dyneema Purity ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene fiber plays a key role in SpineWorks' Universal Screw Persuader (USP) System, which is used in spinal surgery.

SpineWorks believes the USP System will be compatible with almost all pedicle screw systems currently marketed for complex, such as coliosis, and simple procedures, such as those  related to degenerative issues and trauma.

MuCell IP wins grand award in SPE auto competition

By Doug Smock
Published: November 10th, 2011

A game-changing use of microcellular foam to reduce weight of instrument panels in the 2012 Ford Escape SUV and Kuga is the Grand Award winner in this year's Automotive Innovation Awards Competition held by the Society of Plastics Engineers. Winners were announced last night at a banquet in Livonia, MI.

IPF show: Fanuc casts its net to capture auto, packaging applications

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 10th, 2011

By its own admission, Fanuc (At the Foot of Mt. Fuji, Japan) traditionally focuses on high precision, high added value applications centered on the electronics sector but at the recent IPF show, two machine exhibits hinted of aspirations to play a greater role in other sectors.

Injection molding with no personnel? New hybrid molding machinery? Robert Schad’s new venture approaching commercial sales

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 9th, 2011

If you want to know what Robert Schad is doing, then maybe it's best to visit injection molder Niigon in Moose Deer Point, ON, where seven injection molding machines run through the night without an employee in sight.

IPF Show: Inverter drives slash dryer, mold chiller power consumption

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 8th, 2011

Inverter drives applied to a dehumidifying dryer and a mold chiller system have enabled energy savings of up to 75% and 57%, respectively, according to supplier Matsui MFG., Co. (Osaka, Japan).

Luxembourg Tier I enters ASEAN market

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 8th, 2011

International Automotive Components (IAC) Group (Luxembourg) plans to form two joint ventures with Malaysia's APM Automotive Holdings Berhad (APM, Selangor Darul Ehsan) to be based in Malaysia and Thailand.

Medical Musings: Is PVC good or bad?

By Doug Smock
Published: November 8th, 2011

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has been a major target of the environmental activist group Greenpeace for at least 20 years, dating to activism by chemist Michael Braungart. The focal point of Greenpeace was dioxins. The Vinyl Institute was formed in 1982 because of health-related attacks on PVC pipe by the steel industry.

IPF show: Sodick goes thinner and faster

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 7th, 2011

In perhaps the thinnest part being molded at IPF, a Sodick LP20EH2 machine with a 16-mm diameter plunger was demonstrated molding a camera shutter from polyacetal resin with minimum wall thickness of 0.08 mm at its tip.

IPF show: DSI investigates use of flexible heaters

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 7th, 2011

Die slide injection (DSI) might have been first reported by us in 1992 but that's not to say that its developer The Japan Steel Works (JSW, Tokyo) has not continued refining it. Occupying pride of place at the recent IPF show was the latest iteration of the technology, employing flexible heaters to heat the entire interface surface of both sides to be heat welded.

Molex transfers 3D electronics to medical devices

By Doug Smock
Published: November 7th, 2011

Molex, a major supplier of electronic interconnects, is now molding complex, three-dimensional electronic components for medical applications.

It's an important move to leverage the company's massive capability to make cell phone antennas into what's viewed as a huge, emerging demand in the medical market for devices that transmit information from patients at home to doctors in hospitals.

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