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Plasma Treatment of Medical Plastics

Posted by Dave Biering

Oct 23, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Surgical catheters can slide and maneuver more easily within the body after plasma treatment.  We’ve had many calls recently from the medical community; both medical device and pharma manufacturers seeking to modify their plastic components in their quest to deliver better patient outcomes. And it is truly amazing how simply altering the surface properties of components via vacuum plasma can enhance medical and scientific applications. Surgical catheters, for instance, can slide and maneuver more easily within the body after plasma treatment. And the timed-release of drugs via PEEK and PVC tubes can be achieved more easily after plasma.

This week on Tech Talk we wanted to help you evaluate if plasma treatment is the right choice for your medical application.

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Topics: Surface Modification, Medical, Plasma Treatment

5 Reasons Why Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal

Posted by Dave Biering

Oct 21, 2014 9:30:00 AM

3)	5 Reasons Why Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal

One of the areas of my position that I really enjoy is educating designers on the benefits of plastic bearings. There is still a widespread misconception that metal bearings have better durability and longevity, but the opposite is actually true! Plastic bearings are a tough-yet-lightweight and durable-yet-economical alternative to metal.

So what are some of the top reasons why bearings outperform metal – and should be part of your design specifications? Consider the following:

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Topics: Bearing Failure, Plastic Bearings

Common Causes of Bearing Failure

Posted by Dave Biering

Oct 16, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Common Causes of Bearing FailureWhy do bearings fail?

Unfortunately, there is not one simple, one-size fits all answer to this question. When we evaluate bearing materials for any application, we also examine why previous materials may have failed. We look at operating conditions, running temperatures, lubrication issues, fatigue factors and more to determine the root cause. It is the culmination of all of these ― plus many other factors ― that contribute to bearing service life. Here’s a quick review of common causes to help you avoid bearing failure in the future:

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Topics: Bearing Failure, Bearing Service Life

Marine Bearings Sail the Seas Corrosion Free

Posted by Dave Biering

Oct 13, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Would Christopher Columbus have chosen plastic marine options when he sailed the ocean blue?  In honor of the great explorer Christopher Columbus, this week we wanted to pay homage to the versatile marine bearing. Strong, lightweight and durable, and with the ability to resist the corrosive effects of salt water, fog and sea spray, plastic marine bearings are built to last.

But what makes for a good marine bearing? In many cases, reinforced materials are a good option. Here are just a few examples of where reinforced plastic bearings have made a difference in marine applications.

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Topics: Plastic Bearings, Marine Bearings

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