The trouble with tooling LSR and how to get molding costs down

Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is great for medical device applications, but is the tooling worth the trouble? Dave Theiss, Robin Industries Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a sought-after material for medical applications. But there are tooling challenges and expenses associated with LSR that need to be understood by medical manufacturers looking to use the material.

Study: artificial ‘skin’ could improve robot sensing

Researchers have found a material that can mimic human skin and improve robots’ sensing capabilities. Usually rigid semiconductor materials that create robots’ circuits limit the machines’ movement or sensing, either because they are not flexible or don’t permit electrons to flow efficiently. But the rubber electronics and sensors tested by a University of Houston team…

Rubbery, implantable fibers used to study the spinal cord

New rubber-like fibers can match the flexibility of the spine as they deliver optical impulses to study spinal cord neurons, thanks to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Scientists use implantable fibers to study the brain, giving them the opportunity to stimulate specific parts of the brain to monitor electrical responses. Before the rubber fibers,

MIT creates gentle robot that works using water

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a robot that is made of hydrogels and powered by water that has the potential to be used in surgical applications. Tough, rubbery and mostly water, these robots can perform an array of tasks including kicking a ball or grabbing and releasing live fish. The transparent robots move

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics presents new high purity EPDM, FKM and NBR materials for the medical and pharma industries

Quadion, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MRP) introduces a new portfolio of materials formulated for Medical and Pharma applications. Using only the most high purity ingredients, these comply with existing and proposed regulations around elastomeric products. These materials have certified compliance to the European Commission framework regulation EC 1935/2004, US FDA Title 21 CFR and NSF Standard

Film-grade medical TPEs provide elasticity and tactile qualities of latex yet are non-allergenic, odor-free, more economical

A new family of medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for cast film provides the same elasticity, durability and “feel” of latex without concerns regarding allergic reactions, odor or residual curing agent. As thermoplastics, they make possible cost savings over latex and other thermoset rubbers. Teknor Apex will introduce the compounds at MD&M West 2017 in booth

Solvay qualifies Quadion plant in Suzhou, China as a certified injection molder of Torlon PAI

Solvay, a global supplier of specialty polymers, has qualified the manufacturing site of Quadion (a sub-division of Minnesota Rubber and Plastics) in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, as a certified injection molder of Solvay’s ultra-high performance Torlon polyamide-imide (PAI). This is the second certification for Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, a global developer in the design and supply of

Medical gets a new material: Reviewing optical LSR

Here is a sentence you don’t see everyday: A new material has hit the streets and it could change the rules of medical manufacturing. Optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that has been replacing PC, acrylic and occasionally glass in many optical applications. The characteristics of optical LSR may also have

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics receives 2015 Best Quality Award From Xiamen Runner Industrial Corporation

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics has been awarded the 2015 Best Quality Award From Xiamen Runner Industrial Corporation of China. The annual award is presented to suppliers meeting the highest quality standards in a year and best among Xiamen’s thousands of suppliers. “Minnesota Rubber and Plastics has demonstrated its commitment to quality excellence with outstanding performance

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics introduces new family of permanent, highly lubricious materials

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics developed Quniton to meet a market need for a high-performance lubricious product with permanent, low coefficient of friction (CoF) surface properties. Quniton is suitable for a variety of applications in markets such as water, power, transportation, medical, and pharma Quniton is designed to have a low CoF, and resists bonding or

U.S. Based Qure Medical Acquires UK-Headquartered Silicone Altimex

Qure Medical, with corporate headquarters in Twinsburg, Ohio, has acquired UK-headquartered Silicone Altimex, announced Randy Ross, President and CEO of Qure Medical. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Qure Medical provides integrated elastomer solutions to medical device manufacturers. Silicone Altimex is one of Europe’s leading independent manufacturers of cleanroom-produced silicone tubing components and

Fluid connectors and quick disconnects for IVD equipment from CPC

Colder Products Company (CPC) offers thousands of tubing connectors, quick disconnects and fittings for smart fluid handling in IVD and analytical equipment. Non-spill connectors speed testing throughput by eliminating drips, preventing air inclusion and increasing operator safety. Panel mount connectors can be added to existing equipment or bottle caps to provide secure, leak-free connections. Puncture

Simple rubber washer prevents shaft collars from getting stuck on shafts

Amacoil has introduced the Elasto-Ring washer for use with U-Clip quick release shaft collars. Elasto-Ring installs by hand with no tools required and assures easy removal of the U-Clip collar. Amacoil is the exclusive U.S. distributor for Elasto-Ring washers, Uhing U-Clip and EasyLock shaft collars and for Uhing rolling ring traverse drives. When a U-Clip

Gain access to various tips and tricks to planning component and assembly designs with the new Design Guide

Design engineers will find Minnesota Rubber and Plastics’s latest “Design Guide” useful in planning their component and assembly designs. Available in handy USB business card format, this Design Guide has hundreds of useful ideas for designing and manufacturing custom-molded rubber and plastic parts. The purpose of this 115-page Design Guide is to better understand processes, materials

Offering more options and flexibility, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics present custom miniature components

Enhanced component or assembly performance often requires advanced polymers including custom blends. This is particularly true designing fluid delivery systems, or for many static or dynamic applications. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics molds miniature components for these devices using custom blends of polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polycarbonate, polysulphone, Nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene, FKM and EPDM elastomers. Many