Plastics News reporter Steve Toloken gathered the following briefs at the Medical Design & Manufacturing East show, held June 2-4 in New York.
Classic Industries adds clean room
Classic Industries Inc. has expanded its Latrobe, Pa., headquarters to add more capabilities in quick-change, short-run molding and vertical insert molding.
The company added 3,000 square feet to the factory to make room for 13 injection presses, including seven vertical presses with clamping forces up to 30 tons and six horizontal presses up to 160 tons. Classic, with more than 95 percent of its business in medical applications, will use the new space for molding and overmolding of catheters and endoscopic devices.
``The whole concept of the facility will be to maximize the turnaround,'' said Bill Larrimer, vice president of engineering and technology for the company.
The addition will be a Class 100,000 clean room.
has 2 new offerings
Colder Products Co. introduced its first plastic, nonspill, quick-disconnect coupling, and has developed a radio-frequency identification chip that can be overmolded into plastic packaging.
The injection molded, glass-filled-polypropylene coupling is designed for chemical handling and industrial applications.
The company's RFID technology includes a tag placed in the packaging that can include information like stocking history, package size or other product characteristics. The product is for applications like kidney dialysis treatments or cleaning fluids, said Gary Rychley, president of the St. Paul, Minn.-based firm.
Ticona unveils grades
of Fortron and Vectra
Ticona introduced several medical materials, including five grades of Fortron linear polyphenylene sulfide and eight grades of Vectra liquid-crystal polymer.
The Fortron grades are designed for drug-delivery systems and housings and filter media, and include both glass-fiber-reinforced grades and unfilled grades.
Summit, N.J.-based Ticona said the Vectra grades are targeted at minimally invasive surgical equipment, drug delivery and as a metal replacement in dental equipment. Ticona is a unit of Celanese AG.
Company officials said some of the grades had been approved for specific medical applications in the past, but now all of them meet biocompatibility and Food and Drug Administration tests.
Ticona officials also said they plan to target their Topas cyclic olefin copolymer to medical markets where polycarbonate is strong because some customers are concerned about potential health risks and public pressure associated with bisphenol A, a component of polycarbonate.