How is Polyester Made?

Posted by Barbara Gerard on 08.26.2015

Polyester was developed in the years 1939-1941 by British chemists at Calico Printers Association, Ltd., based on the work of W.H. Carothers in 1926 at the United States based E.I.D. Pont de Nemours and Co.  DuPont bought the rights in 1946 to produce polyester fiber in the United States.  By 1951, DuPont had begun to market the fiber under the name Dacron. 

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7 Reasons To Use PVC in Medical Applications

Posted by Barbara Gerard on 08.11.2015

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. 

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The Benefits of Fiber Reinforced Plastic vs. Traditional Materials

Posted by Katie Gerard on 08.04.2015

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!

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The Invention of Plastic Materials From Parkesine to Polyester

Posted by Katie Gerard on 07.28.2015

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.

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4 Essential Techniques for Bonding Plastic Components

Posted by Guest on 07.21.2015

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.

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Why Self-Healing Concrete Could Save Your Summer

Posted by Katie Gerard on 07.14.2015

Summer is here and I’m sure all you drivers are already encountering the joys of summer roadside construction projects.  There’s nothing like hanging out in traffic on a sweltering day, waiting to get to work, or scheduling your weekend away around traffic predictions.  But what if it didn’t have to be like that?

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The Many Uses of Plastic Materials in Medicine

Posted by Barbara Gerard on 07.06.2015

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.  Plastics allow artificial hip and knees to provide smooth working, trouble free joints.  Plastic packaging, with its exceptional barrier properties, light weight, low cost, durability, and transparency, is ideal for medical applications.  Today’s most innovative medical procedures are dependent on plastics.

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Polymerization: How Plastic Materials are Made

Posted by Barbara Gerard on 06.25.2015

Plastic materials have been created using many different kinds of matter over the years. Originally, resins were made from vegetable matter including cellulose from cotton, furfural from oat hulls, oil from seeds and various starch derivatives.  Bakelite (phenol formaldehyde resin), one of the first plastics made from synthetic components, was developed by Belgian born chemist Leo Baekeland in New York in 1907. Bakelite is made through an elimination reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was used for its electrical non-conductivity and heat-resistant properties in electrical insulators, radio and telephone casings. Because of its pleasing appearance, it was also used to make consumer products such as jewelry. Today, however, most plastics are made from petrochemicals including natural gas.

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How It Works: Blow Molding

Posted by Barbara Gerard on 06.17.2015

Blow molding is a manufacturing process in which air is used to inflate soft plastic into a mold cavity. It is a two part manufacturing process.  First a parison or starting tube of molten plastic is made and then the tube is inflated into the desired shape.  The parison is made either by extrusion or injection molding. The parison is placed in a mold cavity and inflated to take the shape of the mold.  Blow molding is used to make hollow plastic containers such as bottles, jars and containers. Milk containers, shampoo and soda bottles, and watering cans are examples of products that are typically blow molded. 

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6 Benefits of Plastic Components in the Medical Industry

Posted by Guest on 06.11.2015

Healthcare providers are always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance the quality of care patients receive while cutting costs.  Re-usable and antimicrobial plastic components are helping medical practitioners overcome adaptive challenges in the healthcare industry. These plastics are advantageous for a variety of reasons, including the benefits listed below.

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