DME speeds up hot runner delivery, broadens social media outreach

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2011

A focus on improving production and delivery practices in cooperation with its component sourcing partners has cut lead times for DME on its hot runner systems, with components now available with same-day shipping; manifolds and components in 3-4 weeks; unitized systems in 4-5 weeks; and full hot-half systems in 5-6 weeks.

Colorant line now compatible with leading medical-grade resins

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2011

PolyOne's USP Class VI-certified OnColor HC Plus colorants have been formulated for compatibility with specialty medical grades from Dow Chemical and Eastman Chemical.

By Design: To Do No Harm

By Glenn Beall
Published: June 29th, 2011

The frantic rush to be the first to market with the lowest cost is harming customers.

I had the good fortune to be employed by Abbott Laboratories from 1958 to 1968. I was hired to design and development plastic drug delivery systems and hospital equipment. The work was interesting and I had good mentors. After a while I adopted the company's philosophy and genuinely believed that I was helping to stamp out disease, stop suffering, and prolong life. It was an excellent job for a novice engineer.

CT scanning unit helps Freudenberg look inside components

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 29th, 2011

Automotive sealants supplier Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has invested in a new computed tomography (CT) scanning unit to help it gain insight into the inner life of the components it makes. Computed tomography, which was developed on the basis of X-ray technology, provides X-ray images from a variety of angles, allowing for the creation of computer-assisted 3-D images. These images provide an exact look at the "guts" of a component.

New APEM system optimizes medical molds and molding

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 29th, 2011

Building high-volume molds for medical devices and components requires a business offering collaborative, interactive development, with the experience to understand how to reduce material costs, cycle time and labor. That's what Sarasota Precision Engineering's Medical Division in Sarasota, FL says it has created through its Advanced Precision Engineered Molds (APEM) System for its customers in the medical industry.

PP half pipes and raffia make for world's lightest pallet

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 28th, 2011

Plastics have taken on wood in the pallet arena for many years now, with injection-molded and thermoformed variants perhaps most visible. Pallets incorporating expanded polystyrene have also made some inroads. Now it's the turn of an interesting combination of polypropylene raffia and formed sheet to take up the challenge.

Sterilization requirements help drive Ultem adoption

By Tony Deligio
Published: June 28th, 2011

Sabic Innovative Plastics says independent third-party testing of its Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) material shows it can stand up to gas plasma sterilization, an increasingly popular method of disinfecting medical devices and components known commercially as Sterrad. Patented in 1987 and introduced in the U.S.

Better optical parts, faster through overmolding

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2011

Engel has introduced new injection molding technology specifically aimed at the production of optical components, offering machines with plasticizing unit components optimized for running transparent polymers and an overmolding process to create thick lenses. Called optimelt, the process starts with the production of a pre-molded part that is recoated with additional layers (usually of the same material) in one or more subsequent stages.

TPE resin prices, June 20-24: PE down $0.01-$0.03/lb; PP falls $0.02/lb; PE, PP contracts down in the same month for the first time in over a year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2011

Spot polyethylene prices slid $0.01-$0.03/lb, while polypropylene unwound another $0.02/lb, as the spot market remained under pressure. Offers accumulated and prices weakened as buyers chose to watch the market fall from a distance, according to spot-trading platform, The Plastics Exchange (TPE). Contract buyers for both major commodity resins will see price decreases for June.

Automotive production hits new highs in Mexico

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 28th, 2011

The Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry and its member companies are taking credit for the continued growth of the manufacturing industry in the country. Manufacturers in Mexico, both new and existing companies, are expanding operations across various sectors, but the growth is most notable for what the Association is calling "record-breaking numbers in auto production and vehicle exports."

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