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Janice Hawkins

Janice Hawkins is a Process Engineer at Boyd Technologies, focusing on the development and scale up of new projects as well as continuous improvement on the production floor. Prior to joining the Boyd Technologies team, she worked as an engineer in the photovoltaic and lithium ion battery industries. Janice holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and volunteer work.

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Medical Technologies Emerging from the Technical Textile Industry

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Technical textiles encompasses a vast array of textiles manufactured for strictly nominal purposes where utility is the primary principle.  Technical textiles are non-aesthetic, they include medical textiles, geotextiles, agro textiles, textiles for automotive applications and protective clothing, such as bulletproof vests.

 

The technical textile trade is booming with a myriad of complementary industries who heavily rely on these products. The market provides innovative goods and services, with novel materials technologies, driven by a plethora of innovative minds.

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Bio-inspired Next-Generation Textile Laminate

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Biomedical Engineers at the University of New South Wales have successfully created the prototype for a new functional textile based on the interwoven complexity of periosteum tissue architecture. Periosteum is the naturally “smart” tissue serving as a communication link between bone and muscle, giving the bones more strength under impact. This tissue's collagen and elastin complex composite architecture imparts direction and flow-rate dependent permeability to increase bone strength and maintain structural alignment of tissues during applied stress and strain.

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PVC Films Used in Medical Device Applications

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Anyone who lives in a part of the world that has access to running water, electricity or sanitation services, has enjoyed some of the benefits of polyvinyl chloride film (PVC). Well-researched and versatile, this plastic, made from oil and salt, is also one of the most sustainable materials on earth. As a result, PVC is also now found in numerous medical devices, the two most common of which are containers and tubing. 

 

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How Archived Projects in Sourcebook Save Time


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We’ve all been there - you’re the new person on a research team and you need to get up to speed on the past and present projects, but the information you need is either missing or difficult to parse. Anyone familiar being the new member of a team knows this initial background research slows the progress of all your current projects. Luckily there is hope. If your team subscribes to Sourcebook Premium Commercial, all the past material sourcing projects are available right at your fingertips.

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How Online Videos Have Optimized Researching Manufacturing Equipment


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Technology is developing at a rapid rate in the Life Science and Medical Industries. Processes that were once carried out by hand, or developed with slow and tedious technologies, are being replaced and improved with the spread of automation equipment. One of my jobs as a Process Engineer is to find and purchase new equipment to increase our current capabilities, bring in completely new capabilities, and replace old systems we have in place. But how do I narrow down the ever-growing list of machines and their specifications?

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