Archive for the ‘Plastics’ Category

Maillefer Optimises Medical Tubing Extrusion Process

Friday, March 29th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_30628" align="alignleft" width="300"] Precut short-length IV tubing.[/caption] The smooth, glossy finish of PVC-based medical tubing for IV applications is easy on the eyes but it has the undesirable side effect of increasing tackiness, especially when the tubing is coiled, according to Maillefer Extrusion. The Switzerland-based supplier of medical tubing reports ...

Medtech Week Recap: Injectable Polymer Gel Could Restore Voice

Monday, August 27th, 2012

An injectable polymer gel developed by Dr Steven Zeitels, Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, mimics traits of human vocal cords and can be used to help people that are experiencing difficulty using their voice.

Innovative Polymers Compounds Obtains ISO 13485 Accreditation

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Innovative Polymers Compounds (IPC; Kilbeggan, Ireland) recently announced it has received ISO 13485 accreditation, making it the only accredited independent compounding company in Europe dedicated to providing polymer compounds for use in medical device applications, according to a press release published on the Irish Medical Devices Association's website.

Kelpac Medical Opens New Facility in Ireland

Monday, June 11th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28131" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Kelpac Medical has opened a new facility in Ireland."][/caption] Kelpac Medical, a manufacturer of medical device tubing and packaging, has opened a new custom medical extrusion plant in Tullamore, Ireland. The new facility provides regional logistics efficiencies to medical device manufacturers in Ireland and throughout Europe. Kelpac Medical ...

ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik and Raumedic Sign Cooperation Agreement

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_28034" align="alignleft" width="350" caption="PTFE Moldflon is suitable for medical-technical applications (Image: ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH)."][/caption] PTFE processing firm ElringKlinger and Raumedic are planning to cooperate in the development of new products and the serial delivery of products in the area of medical engineering. ElringKlinger exclusively provides Raumedic with the raw material ...

Medtech Week Recap: DSM Expands Biomedical Division with Acquisition of Kensey Nash

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Last week, DSM, the Dutch plastics giant, announced it will acquire Kensey Nash, which develops devices based on resorbable materials such as collagen, synthetic polymers and extracellular matrices. The acquisition gives DSM access to Kensey Nash's US custom base, which includes many major OEMs. It also continues a trend of ...

Dow Europe Unveils New Formulation and Testing Equipment at Its Performance Plastics Innovation Center

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Dow Europe GmbH has unveiled enhanced formulation and testing capabilities at the Performance Plastics Innovation Center at Dow’s European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland. The company will hold an open house on 12 April where it will demonstrate the new technology. During the event representatives from Nordson Engineering, Eastman Chemical Company, ...

Lubrizol TPU Technology Eliminates Need for Plasticisers

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Lubrizol introduced a new soft hydrophobic TPU technology at MD&M West Lubrizol introduced a soft hydrophobic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) technology for medical applications at the trade show MD&M West this week. The technology, part of the Tecothane product line, eliminates the need for plasticisers. The material can be extruded or injection ...

Colder Products Launches SnapQuik Connectors

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26954" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Colder SnapQuick connectors"][/caption] Colder Products introduced a new connector product line designed to prevent medical tubing misconnections at the MD&M West trade show, taking place in Anaheim 13-16 February. The small-bore connector SnapQuick is an alternative to luer fittings and does not mate with these fittings. Suitable applications ...

Medtech Week Recap: PVC Under Fire Again

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

PVC's reputation has seen its up and downs, despite recent technical developments that could make PVC both safer and greener. Now PVC is under fire again by US health provider Kaiser Permanente, which is banning the use of PVC in tubing and bags.

The Medtech Side of Pharmapack Europe

Friday, January 20th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_26556" align="alignleft" width="175" caption="Ypsomed's UnoPen."][/caption] Obviously, there's an awful lot of pharmaceutical packaging on display at Pharmapack Europe, but medical packaging also gets a fair amount of attention at the annual event. If you live in or near Paris, or are just looking for an excuse to spend some time ...

Medtech Week Recap: New Developments in Plasticisers Could Improve PVC’s Reputation

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Last week, the medical trade fair Medica and the medical manufacturing supplier trade fair Compamed took place, attracting visitors from around the world. At Medica, the German packaging supplier PolyCine introduced a processing technique that blocks migration of plasticisers from PVC. EMDT Editor in Chief Norbert Sparrow spoke with PolyCine's Head ...