Two-shot silicone-thermoplastic molding is a method to create a silicone-and-thermoplastic part in one process. These parts are traditionally molded individually and assembled as one medical device component. Two-shot is not a new manufacturing technology. Silicone-thermoplastic two-shot molding has been used extensively for more than 20 years in automotive and industrial applications, but has only recently been introduced into the medical device market. The process offers several advantages over conventional injection moulding process. Read more in New design developments with two-shot molding will help increase their market share in medical sector
New advanced polymeric biomaterials such as PEEK are changing the face of the implantable medical device industry. Introduced in 1999, PEEK has already been used for orthopaedic and dental implants, cleared by FDA and CE–marked. Indeed, PEEK presents many advantages: it is biocompatible and its mechanical properties are very close to bone’s values. PEEK has received acceptance as a highly reliable implantable biomaterial with great confidence from the medical community. Read more in PEEK is an ideal polymeric biomaterial for implants.
Over the past few years, as swimmers, runners and other athletes around the world prepare for the Olympics, they have sought innovative equipment with the potential to help them break records and win medals. Chemistry has been experimented with to make athletic equipment lighter, stronger, more flexible, and less constricting to allow athletes to perform to the best of their ability. The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games has introduced new innovations and developments in products that would benefit the sports players. Few of them use newer or modified polymeric products. Read more in Sports product innovations and developments introduced at Beijing Olympics
Pre-colored compounds provided optimum color control but with advances in dosing equipment and technology masterbatch competes, and, in many cases exceeds pre color in terms of control. Between color concentrates (precolored resin) or mixing virgin resin with color masterbatches, which is the preferred choice across various industry segments for varied application? Read more in New processes convert waste PS and PET to biodegradable polymers, recycles PET for use in food packaging
A new research has converted PS to a polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) that is flexible, heat stable and water resistant, using a bacterium. The process will be of interest to food and drink manufacturers under increasing regulatory pressure to reduce packaging waste and meet EU targets on landfills. Also a new waterless process for recycling of PET flake has been developed by a US based company. Read more in
Polyethylene carry bags have contributed significantly in creating a sustainable, cost effective, energy efficient, hygienic and environmental friendly packaging system and for carrying, storing and packing various types of commodities/products including food products. To know the attributes and advantages that have made the use of plastics safe and popular as a packaging material in general and as a carry bag in particular. Read more in Facts about plastic carry bags
In recent years there has been a marked increase in interest in biodegradable materials for use in packaging, agriculture, medicine, and other areas. In particular, biodegradable polymer materials are of interest. To know about several new developments in biodegradable polymers. Read more in New developments in biodegradable materials