Additives

Color and additive concentrates from PolyOne, Avon Lake, NH, help manufacturers design and manufacture parts that appear to be covered with fabric, but without the hassle and cost of applying textiles. Smartbatch™ Fabric FX can greatly simplify the manufacturing process, producing an attractive part with the appearance of fabric, but much easier to clean. Molds can be textured to resemble any number of textile surfaces and effects. Fabric FX masterbatch can be incorporated into many types of polymers, including ABS and PC/ABS.

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Dual Curing Epoxy

A single-component, nanosilica-filled compound featuring a UV and heat curing mechanism is available from Master Bond, Hackensack, NJ. UV22DC80-1Med not only passes USP Class VI tests for biocompatibility, but it also meets ISO 10993-5 for cytotoxicity. It offers low shrinkage upon cure, excellent abrasion resistance, and dimensional stability with a low coefficient of thermal expansion of 30-35 × 10-6 in./in./°C. It is a reliable electrical insulator with volume resistivity of more than 1014 ohm-cm and dielectric constant of 3.85 at 60 Hz.

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3D Printing Carbon Platform

Protolabs, Minneapolis, MN, has added a carbon platform to its portfolio of production-grade additive manufacturing technologies. Carbon Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS) enables OEMs to move into production faster and more cost-efficiently, according to the company. Carbon DLS is frequently used for intricate designs that are challenging to mold and durable 3D printed components for end-use applications. Materials available are comparable to ABS and polycarbonate, which have consistent mechanical properties akin to injection molding.

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Adjustable Workstation

BOSTONtec, Midland, MI, offers an electric height-adjustable workstation for medical manufacturing. The workstation is specifically engineered for the modern medical and assembly workforce, allowing for a wide variety of physical adjustments to suit nearly any body type, and/or physical accommodation or consideration, while also adjusting to a variety of work tasks. Every station can be equipped with an array of accessories which lift, tilt, rotate, and slide to allow for optimal flexibility. Electric models allow for height adjustment at the push of a button.

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Delay Cure Epoxy

EpoxySet, Woonsocket, RI, has introduced a light-cure chemistry that allows fast processing and fixturing of parts even if both parts are opaque. UV-5608DC is one of a series of epoxy adhesives that can be activated by 405 nm light with an intensity of about 150 mW/cm2 for 5–10 seconds. Parts are mated together and aligned within 45–60 seconds of activation. The adhesive yields green strength after 30 minutes for handling. Full cure occurs over the next 16 hours at room temperature. If desired, cure can also be accomplished with UV energy or higher intensity blue light for a full cure in less than 10 seconds.

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Hydrocolloid Adhesive

Scapa Healthcare, Windsor, CT, has released a breathable, absorbent, and repositionable adhesive. The Scapa Soft-Pro® Hydrocolloid Gen II offers high absorption properties, which makes it ideal for ostomy, wound care, and consumer applications where the adhesive comes in contact with fluids. Due to the acrylic chemistry of Hydrocolloid Gen II the adhesive is highly breathable, helping the device to stay on the skin for several days. The latex-free technology is suitable for users with sensitive skin as the formulation is made of non-animal-derived ingredients.

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Vertical Machining Centers

Methods Machine Tools, Sudbury, MA, has introduced a new line of 3-axis vertical and 5-axis bridge type machining centers. Methods 3-axis vertical machining centers include four initial models: MV 800H, MV 1000H, MV 1100H, and MV 1600H, featuring a 15,000 RPM, 30 HP Big-Plus 40-taper direct drive spindle with oil-air lubrication and spindle oil chiller, providing power, speed, superior surface finishing, long spindle life, and thermal stability. Rigid box-way construction in the Z-axis utilizing Turcite B ensures exceptional cutting performance and machining accuracy.

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Mini Rack Enclosures

Metcase, a division of OKW Enclosures, Bridgeville, PA, offers mini-rack enclosures in a range of customizable options. The TECHOMET 19 in. tabletop enclosures are designed for mounting standard 19 in. sub-racks, chassis, and front panels. Applications include test and measurement equipment and control systems. Standard heights are 3U, 4U and 6U (all 15.74 in. deep). Custom heights of 5U, 7U, 8U, and 9U and custom depths are available. A ventilated base and rear panel are standard but it can also be supplied with a vented top and/or sides (or no ventilation at all).

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Power Packs

Schurter, Santa Rosa, CA, has introduced its new series of outlets designed to provide enhanced features for increased functionality, as well as ease of assembly in power distribution units and uninterruptible power supplies. Series 4751 are IEC style F outlets for two, four, or six pack configurations. The packs are prewired between outlets for speed of assembly. Common terminals are solder 4.8 × 0.8 mm or quick connect 6.3 × 0.8 mm. The line terminal can also be independent with neutral and ground terminals prewired. Snap-in mounting is standard for 1.5 mm panels, with optional 1 or 3 mm on request. The panel cutouts are keyed to ensure proper mounting and alignment for assembly.

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Microcontrollers

Lotte Advanced Materials, La Palma, CA, has introduced a novel nonsilver antimicrobial technology that offers protection against infection-causing pathogens that cause healthcare associated infections (HAI). The Evermoin technology is available in the company’s ABS, PP, and PC products. Featuring a fast-acting protection against the spread of pathogens and fungal growth, the technology has been tested to inhibit 99.9+ (3 log+) growth rate of positive and negative pathogens including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Applications include medical housings, equipment, and accessories.

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