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Thermoplastic Elastomers: Manufacturing Medical Devices November 27, 2018 Medical device manufacturers have begun to use Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) for applications requiring flexibility for a variety of reasons. They have a high degree of purity TPEs have gained popularity because of their high degree of purity, meaning a low level of extractable compounds. According to Flexible working: TPEs are materials of choice for medical devices, an article from Medical Plastics News, “Medical grade TPEs are made with FDA compliant raw materials and are free of phthalates and latex proteins. In addition, TPEs are inherently designed to have extremely low extractables or leachables, even when in contact with aqueous based...

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Thermoplastic Elastomers: An Introduction November 14, 2018 What is a Thermoplastic Elastomer?   A thermoplastic is a type of plastic that can be heated, formed, and cooled into shape. An elastomer is a natural or synthetic material with elastic properties, like rubber. Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are plastics that combine those elements. They are able to be heated, formed, and cooled into a shape; however, they retain their rubber like qualities after they cool. Because they soften when heated, thermoplastic polymers are easy to mold into a variety of shapes, and still maintain the desired mechanical properties after cooling. Common uses for thermoplastic polymers include the fabrication of...

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The Advantages of Plastic vs. Glass Containers October 25, 2018 Plastic isn’t always the first material that people think about when discussing recyclability, especially when compared to glass. But after some research, we believe plastic should be chosen over glass, especially for the food and beverage markets. Weight and Durability   Glass is heavier and more fragile than plastic. This makes transportation more expensive due to increased weight and the need for packaging materials to cushion the product during transportation. Additional materials makes for a greater environmental impact. Because glass is more fragile than plastic, statistically, there will be more loss during transport (and in general) leading to decreased profits....

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Accurate Medication Dosing: Best Practices September 11, 2018 As a parent or caregiver, it’s of the utmost importance to give the correct dosage to make sure the medication is as effective as possible and to prevent an overdose. The use of multiple volumetric units (milliliters and/or teaspoons) and abbreviations (mL and tsp) can make measuring the correct dose confusing, thus increasing the risk of error. Harvard Health Publishing’s blog recently posted an article about dosing tips for parents and discussed a recent study by American Academy of Pediatrics that found that poorly designed labels and dosing tools also contribute to dosing errors. Below are a few best practices...

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Lock in Reduced Packaging Costs with One-Piece Child Resistant Closures August 31, 2018 The Comar SecureCap® QuarterLoc™ child resistant closure helps manufacturers meet sustainability goals and reduce packaging costs without sacrificing functionality Comar, a leading designer and manufacturer of quality healthcare packaging products, introduces the new SecureCap® QuarterLoc™ child resistant closure, a one-piece push-and-turn bottle closure that requires only a quarter turn to apply or remove. Existing two-piece child resistant closures require molding and assembly of two plastic components whereas the QuarterLoc™ closure is a single molded part.  This reduction in part weight and assembly steps translates to component part savings and a sustainability story for manufacturers of over-the-counter and nutraceutical products. Designed...

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Cleanrooms and their Classifications August 24, 2018 What is a cleanroom?   Cleanrooms are a controlled environment; they are used to keep the outside environment from getting in. They are typically used in any industry where small particles can negatively affect the manufacturing process or product. According to an article in Clean Air Technology, Inc, “Typically used in manufacturing or scientific research, a cleanroom is a controlled environment that has a low level of pollutants such as dust, airborne microbes, aerosol particles, and chemical vapors.” Cleanrooms help reduce particulate contamination and control temperature, humidity, and pressure through special filters that work with the room’s HVAC system. High...

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