Date Archive - December 2022

Natech Adds Laser Welding to Service Portfolio for Medical Device OEMs

Natech, a supplier of design, engineering, injection molding, assembly, filling and sealing, and packaging services to medical device and diagnostics OEMs, reports that it has added a new laser welder to its shop floor. Laser welding has become a top choice for joining plastics because of its speed, productivity, and high level of control, said Natech. The process is also highly accurate, suited for welding small parts without causing damage,…

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Large-Format “Cold” 3D Printing With Polypropylene and Polyethylene

Largix’s Production Solution large-format 3D printer makes it possible to print with PP and PE materials with minimal shrinkage, by softening the exterior — but not melting — the filament. Screenshot: Largix from video When Ronen Orr and Amir Sheelo began the collaboration that would become Largix in 2014, they knew they wanted to develop a solution for reducing manual production of industrial goods using additive manufacturing (AM) as an alternative. They had seen…

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CAE Tool Predicts Voids in Injection Molded POM Parts

Polyplastics Co. Ltd. has developed computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysis technology that predicts the occurrence of vacuum voids in injection molded products made of Duracon POM. This new CAE tool can predict the risk of voids forming before creating the mold, helping to reduce trial samples, shorten development cycles, and reduce energy usage.  The void-prediction technology takes into consideration changes in variables, including temperature and pressure, during the resin solidification process when…

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Breaking News in Flexible Packaging December 2022

If you’re interested in an informative and fast read on the subject of flexible packaging, this is for you — an all-in-one location for a steady stream of curated news and developments in this dynamic market for the current month. You’ll find regularly updated news and developments in the ever-widening world of applications for pouches, bags, films, and other types of flexible packaging sourced from supplier breakthroughs, brand launches, and other advances…

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Trends That Could Define Medtech’s Success in 2023

It’s once again the time of year when we ask medtech experts to peer into their crystal balls and offer their best predictions for the new year. This year, MD+DI checked in with the following medtech thought leaders to learn what 2023 has in store for the industry: Mike Monovoukas of AcuityMD; Glenn H. Snyder of Deloitte; and Jaime Wong of Intuitive Surgical. To look back at the predictions medtech experts made this time last year,…

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Sumitomo Chemical Completes Construction of Acrylic Chemical Recycling Pilot Plant

Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical has constructed a new pilot facility for chemical recycling of acrylic resin (polymethyl methacrylate; PMMA) at its Ehime Works in Niihama City, Japan. Samples of chemically recycled methyl methacrylate or MMA monomer produced in this facility and acrylic resin made from the monomer will become available in spring of 2023. The company will accelerate the development of a circular system for acrylic resin that integrates all steps…

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Ireland Hails J&J Biz as Medtech Company of the Year

Johnson and Johnson MedTech’s Cerenovus took the top accolade at the 2022 Irish Medtech Awards. J&J launched Cerenovus, a neurovascular business, in 2017. The business focuses on therapies for hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. The Irish Medtech Association, part of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC), along with Enterprise Ireland and Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland named Cerenovus the country’s Medtech Company of the Year. “Cerenovus in Galway is recognized internationally…

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Plastics Technology’s Most-Viewed Articles from 2022

From the resin pricing roller coaster and better understanding fountain flow and melt preparation to advanced recycling and the lack of universal screws for extrusion, readers checked out a wide variety of articles on Plastics Technology in 2022. A wide variety of articles published in 2022 generated reader interest at Plastics Technology. 

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