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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

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Single-Use Medical Disposables Smarten Up

In Brief

As a result of the demand for sterilized materials, increased data, and high quality health care, the medical industry has an enormous demand for single use disposables. This focus on quality and health has had enormous implications. For example, the rate of central line infections has decreased by over 70% across the country over the last decade. A big reason for this decline is utilization of single use disposables that are less prone to contamination.  Now medical facilities are taking this one step further by incorporating highly sophisticated flexible materials into their applications. There are a few specific areas where these advances are particularly exciting.

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Emerging Foil Applications: Medical Industry, Wearables, Electronics & More

 

Foil can be used to hold, protect, decorate, or dispense a wide range of materials and applications. Its unique properties facilitate its use for storage, distribution, and marketing of many consumer and industrial products. Foils are commonly used as an impermeable barrier layer between two environments and are available in thickness ranging from 6 to 200 microns. From applications in the medical industry, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, wearables, and electronics, foil provides a wide range of uses.

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Polymer Basics for Polyurethane


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Polyurethanes are polymers made up of long chains, with the base monomer being composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. There are various types of polyurethanes, with each individual type yielding different properties. Polyurethanes may come in the form of rigid or flexible foams, adhesives, coatings, or as a thermoplastic polyurethane.  Overall, polyurethanes have excellent toughness, clarity, low-temperature flexibility, and are biocompatible. Polyurethanes are used in applications such as blood bags, pacemaker leads, body and limb prosthesis, and acetabular cups.
 
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Forex & Commodities Report: October 2017


In Brief

Trends in the prices of commodities and major currencies can help supply chain managers understand how prices of their sourced materials may change in the immediate future. This overview is a quick look at how the pricing for common commodities and major currencies have changed over the last month. 

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Polymer Basics for Polystyrene


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Styrene is primarily used in the production of polystyrene plastics as well as many other specialty plastics and synthetic rubbers. Polystyrene is produced by free radical vinyl polymerization from the styrene monomer. Polystyrene has a low cost, low density, clarity, and dimensional stability. This material comes in two forms; crystal polystyrene and high impact polystyrene. Polystyrene is used in applications such as petri dishes, sterilization trays, and pipettes.
 
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