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Foster Corp. introduces heat- and light-stabilized medical-grade PEBA

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 4th, 2014

Like many polymers, polyether block amide (PEBA) copolymers can degrade over time, which may lead to functional failure. This is especially problematic in medical applications, notably in catheters. To prevent degradation of stored devices caused by exposure to heat, light, or other environmental factors, Foster Corp. (Putnam, CT), a supplier of custom polymers for medical devices, has introduced heat- and light-stabilized PEBA copolymers.

Linear Mold & Engineering provides first-hand look at DMLS at RAPID 2014

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2014

Linear Mold & Engineering is a full-service engineering company providing a range of services including designing and building molds for a variety of plastics processes including injection, compression, and blow molding. The company is one of the largest direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) operations in North America, and will showcase its wide range of capabilities at booth 1530 at RAPID 2014, June 9-12, at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

3D-printed conformal cooling channels for injection molds improve productivity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2014

Conformal cooling technology in injection molds has been around for a couple of decades. It was developed as a way to create cooling channels that follow, or conform, to the shape of the molded part in order to get cooling close to critical areas that otherwise would be difficult to cool, such as thicker wall sections. Conformal cooling technology offers a more uniform way to cool parts, thus reducing cycle time and improving productivity and quality.

SatyaSai Mould delivers new molds for oil packaging

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2014

SatyaSai Mould of Mumbai, India, announced the delivery of injection molds to oil industry giants to provide new packaging solutions. SatyaSai manufactured its entire range of packaging molds for oil containers in 500-ml to 20-L sizes. The company also has technical capabilities to support the total manufacturing of molds including innovating, designing, and manufacturing all the molds required per customer requirements.

Auxiliary machinery manufacturer Piovan celebrates 50 years in business

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2014

Piovan, an Italian manufacturer of a complete range of auxiliary equipment and services, including feeding, blending, drying, and recycling systems, is celebrating 50 years as a machinery supplier to the plastics industry.

BMW: carbon fiber for affordable lightweight vehicle design?

By Karen Laird
Published: April 4th, 2014

Mannheim, Germany - The inescapable theme at this year's Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference, organized by the Association of German Engineers, was lightweighting, and the buzz word was carbon fiber. With good cause.

Lindal's Carla actuator chosen for UK relaunch of Soft & Gentle deodorants

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 4th, 2014

Aerosol packaging technology giant Lindal Group (Hamburg, Germany) has announced that its Carla actuator has been selected for a major relaunch of the Soft & Gentle line of women's antiperspirants in the United Kingdom.

The popular off-the-shelf Carla actuator is designed for ease of customization to ensure brand differentiation, says Lindal. It is used in a range of personal care and cosmetic products, as well as household and pharmaceutical applications.

Plastic functions as electric car enabler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The BMW i3 electric vehicle employs several innovative components enabled by plastics. These include the backrests of the front seats, key reinforcement parts in the carbon fiber composite body, and the rear seat shell.

Ensinger's extrusion trials with medical-grade Ultem a clear success

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The discoloration and brittleness of materials following sterilization have long been bugaboos of medical device design engineers. A remedy exists. Ensinger North America (Washington, PA), which supplies plastic stock shapes to the medical sector, recently began a series of successful extrusion trials using Ultem HU1004, a medical-grade polyetherimide, from Sabic Innovative Plastics. The material was deemed to have significant advantages over competitive products in third-party tests conducted on behalf of Sabic.

New closure lining system combines throughput and flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Italian maker of molds and assembly systems for thermoplastic products Gefit S.p.A. (Alessandria) has introduced a closure lining machine that can cut and assemble as many as 200 liners per minute. Closures in a range of dimensions can be processed flexibly and precisely.

The fully electric unit can process closures in diameters ranging from 18 to 130 mm, with changeovers taking no longer than 20 minutes. The programmable unit is equipped with separate brushless motors for cutting and tearing operations.

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