Proto Labs adds medical-grade LSR to rapid injection molding services

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 4th, 2015

Rapid manufacturing company Proto Labs Inc. (Maple Plain, MN) has introduced medical-grade liquid silicone rubber (LSR) material to its quick-turn injection molding capabilities. The company now offers Dow Corning QP1-250 moldable silicone in addition to its standard and optical-grade LSR materials.

Polyketone makes grade for new high-performance, wear-resistant gear series

By Karen Laird
Published: May 4th, 2015

For almost 45 years, Hans Zipperle Antriebstechnik, based in Renningen, Germany, has specialized in the manufacture of plastic drive components, producing these parts exclusively by means of injection molding. The process enables Zipperle to produce tight-tolerance, precisely engineered products, which, in some cases, are finished using conventional machining processes.

Polymer-based prefilled syringe minimizes drug/container interactions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 4th, 2015

"Let's rethink glass," says specialty glass and glass ceramics developer Schott (Elmsford, NY) on its website. Sometimes, that revisionist thinking leads to plastics. At Interphex 2015, which was held in New York City on April 26 to 28, the company featured its new polymer prefillable syringe. The TopPac SD is designed to improve the safety and stability of sensitive drugs, according to a company press release.

Natural fiber fabric saves weight in composite structures

By Stephen Moore
Published: May 4th, 2015

A technology based on the concept of leaf-veins can be applied to strengthen synthetic fiber-reinforced composites and reduce overall weight. Based on flax fibers, powerRib fabrics can be used to reinforce thin-walled structures, resulting in a "pseudo mini sandwich," since no core material is involved. The fabrics can readily be processed with standard vacuum molding techniques.

Roof systems tier 1 opens plants in China, Romania

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 3rd, 2015

Inteva Products (Troy, MI) is expanding its global presence with the opening of two new manufacturing plants in Oradea, Romania and Wuhan, China; as well as the relocation of its Wuppertal Technical Center to a new larger facility in Solingen, Germany.

Aerospace metal-replacement application leads to fewer parts, lower weight and lower costs

By Karen Laird
Published: May 1st, 2015

While fuel housings for aerospace applications are traditionally designed in metal, Egmond Plastics (Alkmaar, Netherlands) has developed a proprietary technology enabling them to be produced from high-performance engineering plastic materials. This technology, called fusible-core technology, allows for undercuts in injection molding.

Is GM's $5.4b U.S. investment an olive branch to UAW after major Mexican spend?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

A report that General Motors Co. has announced plans to invest $5.4 billion in its U.S. plants over the next three years hit all the major business news media today. A report from Reuters quoted Cathy Clegg, GM North American manufacturing chief, as saying that the "common thread" among GM's investments "is the focus on product improvements," and adding that "the overall investments would create 650 jobs and retain more than 15,000 existing positions."

Report shows reshoring on the rise—just in time

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

According to data in the latest report from the Reshoring Initiative, the "bleeding of manufacturing jobs to offshore has stopped." The U.S. has gone from losing about 140,000 manufacturing jobs per year to gaining 10,000 or more per year, the report states. While that number represents some gains, the report notes that there are still three to four million manufacturing jobs offshore, which represent "a huge potential for U.S. economic growth."

Lots of parts—and 190 tons of scrap—produced by NPE exhibitors

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 30th, 2015

All plastic processing plants produce scrap along with their parts, and NPE this year was no exception. With injection molding machines and blow molding equipment running all day for nearly more than four days, producing a variety of parts—some of them quite large—scrap was to be expected. At NPE2015, 82 exhibitors participated in the program to recycle processing scrap generated on the show floor. That was twice as many exhibitor than at NPE2012, causing a dramatic increase in the amount of material collected for recycling, SPI announced.

MHG’s bioplastic earns marine biodegradable certification from Vinçotte

By Karen Laird
Published: April 30th, 2015

In March of this year, the Belgian test, inspection and certification agency Vinçotte International introduced its newest certification scheme for marine biodegradability. Now, the biopolymer company MHG has become the first company to obtain OK biodegradable MARINE Certification from Vinçotte International, verifying this company's claim regarding the biodegradability of its PHA materials in the marine environment. This verification, said MGH, "distinguishes MHG's truly marine biodegradable product from unverified claims by competitors with similar products."

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