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Hurricane Harvey's Disruption and Ongoing Impact to Film Supply Chain

In Brief

Almost six months after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Houston, Texas metro area, countless business and economic sectors are still trying to recover. How quickly they recover has been in large part due to the repair and continuity of the supply chain.

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Functionalizing Foams Used in Medical Applications

In Brief

Many factors drive the advancements in wound care and the use of flexible materials in the medical field. Three major sectors are the aging population, increased incidences of type 2 diabetes, and emerging global economies. According to a new report published by Zion Market Research, global demand in the advanced wound care management product market is projected to grow at a rate of 6.4% through 2022. This will result in an estimated revenue of around $15.8 billion USD.

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Technical Primer - Nonwovens


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Nonwoven fabrics have a long history. Even nature has examples of nonwoven fabrics: silk cocoons and spider webs, for example. Sumerians have been described as creating felt using wool as early as 4000 BC. The modern nonwovens industry, however, arose in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1938, artificial leather was created and sold for the first time. 1942 saw the introduction of the term “nonwoven fabric” and its wide use across the industry. By 1947, disposable diapers had been produced using nonwoven technology.

 

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Choosing the Best Medical Tape - Silicone Vs. Acrylic

In Brief

Wound care presents many challenges to the medical professional. From the sheer variety of wound types to the differences among patients, a critical factor in all successful wound management is the correct selection and application of dressings. Additionally, the wound management plan encompasses treating the wound itself while also seeking to prevent infection and protect skin health and integrity.

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New Challenges to The Shrinking of Medical Devices

In Brief

The sizes of medical devices are consistently trending smaller, a trend that is making a huge difference in the healthcare industry. These devices, including pacemakers, stents, lenses, cochlear implants, implantable glucose monitors, and infusion pumps create substantial improvements to patient care. Advanced flexible materials have powered these product improvements, however, there are some trade-offs and a few challenges with this trend. The following are a few things to consider about the shrinking medical device revolution.

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