Tri-Mack expands capabilities to meet aerospace supply-chain challenges

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 14th, 2015

The aerospace industry is thriving, as can be noted by the record number of aircraft sales over the past several years, and it is predicted to continue on an upward trajectory into the next decade. Demand for new aircraft is expected to support industrywide growth of approximately 7%. That's an increase of more than 50% by 2021.

The biobased materials of the year (slide show)

By Karen Laird
Published: April 14th, 2015

The annual International Conference on Bio-based Materials, organized in Cologne, Germany, this year for the eighth time by German consultancy nova-Institut (Hürth), not only successfully brings together major players from the global bioplastics industry for three days of learning and networking, it is also the backdrop for the presentation of the "Bio-based Material of the Year" Innovation Award.

Proxy Biomedical introduces PP resin for medical implantable devices

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2015

Biomaterials developer Proxy Biomedical (Galway, Ireland) announced today the release of ProTEX Med polypropylene (PP) resin, a custom synthesized resin for medical implantable use. The material is available exclusively for Proxy Biomedical partners, and can be provided as a textile component, subassembly or finished device. 

Eggs Posure reveals innovative packaging concept with in-mold labeling

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 14th, 2015

Packaging as playthings! That's the idea behind Eggyplay, an innovation developed by Twinpack BV (Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands) and food producer Hedegaard Foods A/S (Hadsund, Denmark). To develop creative packaging concepts for the egg industry, Eggyplay, the Eggs Posure showpiece, serves as packaging and a sustainable toy. Because the cartons work like clickable building blocks and fit perfectly together like large Duplo blocks, hours of fun are guaranteed.

IBM partners with Apple, J&J, Medtronic; launches Watson Health Cloud

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2015

Thanks to fitness trackers, connected medical devices and sundry sensors, the average person will generate roughly one million gigabytes of health-related data in his or her lifetime, the equivalent of 300 million books, according to IBM. The question is, how do you make that data meaningful? IBM thinks it has an answer in former Jeopardy! champ, Watson.

PEEK replaces aluminum in aerospace fuel housing

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 13th, 2015

Fusible-core injection molding technology has been employed to mold a fuel housing for an aircraft using PEEK (polyetheretherketone) resin supplied by Victrex (West Conshohocken, PA). The solution reportedly delivers a 30% cost saving and up to 50% weight reduction versus existing metal designs.

Processor Egmond Plastic was able to consolidate the number of parts using a carbon fiber reinforced grade of Victrex PEEK polymer. A separate bearing, for example, was eliminated since it is now integrated into the overall design of the housing.

Fourteen-color catheter printer eliminates manual resets

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2015

Engineered Printing Solutions (East Dorset, VT) has introduced a 14-color servo-driven circumferential catheter printer that eliminates the need to manually reset the printer table depth each time a different diameter tube is ready for printing.

 The z-axis drive in the redesigned KE13 pad printer allows for various diameter tube sizes to be programmed along with the appropriate stroke depth.

Wohlers Associates publishes 20th anniversary report on $4.1 billion 3D-printing industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 13th, 2015

Wohlers Associates Inc. (Fort Collins, CO), a leading consulting firm and authority on global additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably—announced the publication of the Wohlers Report 2015. This annual publication has served as the undisputed industry-leading report on the subject for two decades, with many in the industry referring to the report as the "bible" of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, claims Wohlers Associates.

The 3D-printing medical breakthroughs of the year (so far)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 13th, 2015

It has already been quite a remarkable year for 3D printing in medical applications. The technology has been instrumental in helping an octogenarian successfully undergo a valve replacement procedure and, on the other end of the age spectrum, brighten the life of a toddler with a rare facial deformity. In this slide show, we highlight four real-life examples of how 3D printing has enabled medtech advances, and one emerging technology that may usher in tomorrow's breakthroughs.

Robotics supplier Yushin begins $2 million expansion; seeks qualified personnel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2015

Fresh off a successful run at NPE2015, automation systems supplier Yushin (Cranston, RI) has begun a $2 million expansion that will increase manufacturing and warehousing space in its facility by 77%. Construction should be completed by mid to late spring 2015, says the company. Current plans anticipate a doubling of robot assembly bays; the next phase, which will be completed in the next two to three years, will provide a tripling of those bays.

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