The most widely used thermoplastic material in the medical device industry is PVC. Over a 50 year period, this material has demonstraced its ability to met the demanding requirements of the healthcare industry. PVC was originally developed to replace the rubber and glass that was historically used to make flexible tubing and containers. PVC began to dominate the market for these types of items when the need for single use pre-sterilised medical components increased. … Read more
So what’s all the fuss about fiber reinforced plastic? This material is having a big impact in a number of industries, from construction to waste water treatment to theme parks. But how does it stack up when compared to more traditional materials like steel, aluminum, and timber? Read on to find out!
1) Fabrication and Design
The material allows for considerable flexibility in terms of design. … Read more
Can you imagine life without plastic? Since World War II, plastic materials have slowly become a common element in our daily lives. Many of the most familiar plastics are less than 100 years old. Let’s take a look at the timeline of development for specific plastic materials.
Invented in 1862 by Alexander Parkes, Parkesine was first made public at the Great International Exhibition in London. … Read more
There are four essential techniques for joining plastic components. Each method is associated with equipment, labor and other costs that you most consider. Let’s take a look at each method in more detail.
1) Mechanical Fastening
Mechanical fasteners such as rivets, screws, nuts or pins represent the most common joining elements. These fasteners may be molded into place, glued, forced or expanded into holes. … Read more
Modern healthcare would not be possible without the use of plastic materials. From the casing of an open MRI machine to the smallest tubing, plastics have made health care simpler and less painful. Things we take for granted such as disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves are now made of plastic. Plastics have reduced the weight of eyeglass frames and lenses. They are key components of modern prosthetic devices offering greater flexibility, comfort and mobility. … Read more