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Year: 2021

Plastic Has The “Mettle” For Medical Devices

Glass. Rubber. Metal. For hundreds of years, these materials were the only options open for medical device manufacturers.  Look at an old medical supply catalog and you’ll see glass IV bottles, rubber tubing, metal surgical instruments, metal carts, etc. That all began to change in 1940s when the first plastics entered the scene. Slowly, then…

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Bio-Assimilation: The ‘Holy Grail’ That Could Save The Planet

Let’s face it: plastic pollution — in the form of litter on land and in the sea or other marine environments — is a serious problem. And while recycling has been part of the solution, it’s complex, time-consuming and, most importantly, costly. Recent estimates show that perhaps only about 10% of plastic is actually recycled….

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Bio-Assimilation: One More Step Toward Greener Plastics

Are “green” plastics about to get greener? The short-answer is “yes,” but not through recycling alone. (More on that later.) Plastic injection molding companies in Illinois and elsewhere are experimenting with “bio-assimilation,” a process by which plastics which are not recycled can safely breakdown and disappear over a period of 6-42 months in landfills, compost…

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Medical Plastic Injection Molding: The AdvanTech Way

While the skill and dedication of healthcare professionals is undoubtedly vital to the succesful delivery of medical services, the design and manufacture of the medical devices themselves also play a decisive role.  As a plastic medical device manufacturer, AdvanTech Plastics is absolutely dedicated to the “zero-defect” quality of each plastic-injection molded product we deliver to…

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Silicone: Is It Right For Plastic Injection Molding Medical Devices?

Let’s cut to the chase: yes. In fact, silicone may even be ideal.  Blasephemy, right? Not really. Because, like carbon-based polymers, silicones, which have a backbone of silicon, offer temperature resistance, flexibility, clarity, malleability and water resistance.  And also just like plastics, they can be formed, shaped, then softened or hardened into practically anything — but…

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Get the Skinny On Plastic Injection Micro-Molding

Plastic injection micro-molding, as its name would imply, is an extremely specialized manufacturing process for producing astonishingly small, high-precision thermoplastic components and parts with micron tolerances.  It’s become something of a buzzword in plastic injection molding because it pushes the boundries of that manufacturing process to an extreme — a very tiny extreme. The micro-molding…

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Medical Plastics: Let’s Leave Them To Their Own Devices!

Medical plastics are a hot topic these days. The reason is obvious: they’re the right perscription for a wide range of plastic medical devices. The last few years have been particularly productive for plastic medical device designers, who have explored the benefits of using specialty plastic compounds in medical applications. Taking their cue from other…

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The Lowly Plastic Specimen Container

It’s really hard to get excited about plastic specimen containers — or cups as they are often called. At first glance they are a simple, utilitarian object designed to do one thing, and only one thing:  safely collect, then seal urine, stool or tissue samples for later testing. Easy peasy, right? Not so quick. Manufacturing…

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Plastic Obturators: “Guiding” Plastic Medical Devices For Years

Tracheotomies have been used by doctors for over a hundred years for patients that have trouble breathing normally, have blocked airways or to remove fluid from the lungs. There are four major pieces of this vital plastic medical device: the tracheostomy (trach) tube itself the outer cannula the inner cannula the obturator The fact that…

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