Medical overmolding projects prompt purchase of new vertical press

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 15th, 2011

To meet growing demand from medical device customers, Matrix Tooling Inc. & Matrix Plastic Products has purchased a 45-ton vertical injection molding press for its manufacturing facility in Wood Dale, IL. The new Engel Insert 80V/45 ton press comes with a two-station rotary table. It also features a servo-controlled injection system for higher accuracy and repeatability, a high-temperature barrel package, and dual core pulls.

Conflicting automotive survey results on supplier/OEM relationships

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 14th, 2011

What is the real story regarding the relationship between automotive OEMs and their suppliers? As so many things in life, it depends on whom you ask, or maybe also how you ask. While one recent automotive supplier survey revealed deteriorating relationships between global suppliers and their OEM customers, a new survey from Planning Perspectives Inc. tells a different story.

Polypropylene clips a safety win for professional divers

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 14th, 2011

Plastics processor Trelleborg worked with offshore construction company McDermott to develop a new range of diver-friendly piggyback clamp designed to improve safety during installation of underwater pipelines. Molded from marine-grade polypropylene, the piggyback saddle can fit carrier pipelines from 20" - 42" and line sizes from 1.25" to 3.5". The one-size-fits-all design of the clamp can streamline purchasing, enabling zero-waste bulk ordering.

Plastic packaging: Portola wins Kroger’s caps business

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 14th, 2011

Plastic closure molder Portola has been awarded 100% of the milk closure business of supermarket chain Kroger. Officials at the processor would not reveal exact details as to the size of the contract but did say this is a multi-million dollar deal for Portola.

Earthquake prompts Suzuki site rethink

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Suzuki Motor Corp. (Hamamatsu, Japan) plans an investment of 50 billion yen ($635 million) in a new technical center for the development and engineering of motorcycles and next-generation environmental vehicles, and a new plant for the assembly of motorcycle engines, both located in Japan.

Plastics compounding: Johns Manville plans more glass fiber capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Glass fiber supplier Johns Manville (JM) announced plans to expand its current fiber production capacities at its facility in Trnava, Slovakia. Company officials would not disclose many specifics about the extent of the new capacity but did say that the fibers help the company prepare for growth in key emerging applications in transportation and infrastructure.

Methanol-to-olefins plant in China to make coal-based PP a reality

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

A Chinese firm has selected a Honeywell subsidiary's technology in what will be the first commercial-scale installation of its advanced methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process for the production of petrochemicals from coal and natural gas, with initial plans for 295,000 tonnes/yr of ethylene and propylene production. Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Company Ltd.

Plastics score industry first in orthopedic surgery device

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Rather than use established materials foamed rubber and metal, medical devices and instrumentation manufacturer Tri-Medics LLC chose an autoclavable grade of polyphenylsulfone for its Bender adjustable positioning triangle for orthopedic trauma surgery.

Zebrafish provide fast-track test screen for medical-use plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Zebrafish embryos (Danio rerio), which are already widely utilized in drug development studies, can now be applied in a new fast-track test to screen plastics and polymers in medical devices for toxicity. Microtest Laboratories (Agawam, MA) has introduced the technology for plastics, noting that the Zebrafish embryos are highly susceptible to toxins.

Healthcare changes mean better devices needed for less money

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 13th, 2011

Cost reductions are coming to healthcare, as any casual observer of the changes in the U.S. and Europe can see. Aging populations, in many countries supported by fewer people in the workforce, are forcing governments to re-think how much they can afford to spend to keep their citizens healthy.

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