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Polymer Basics for Polyvinyl Chloride
Understand the basic properties of Polyvinyl Chloride, how it is produced, and applications in industry.
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Polyvinyl chloride is the most widely used plastic material in medical applications. It has a low cost, is easy to process, and can be tailored to yield the desired properties.

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Polymer Basics for Polyurethane
Understand the basic properties of Polyurethane, how it is produced, and applications in industry.
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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...

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Polymer Basics for Polystyrene
Understand the basic properties of Polystyrene, how it is produced, and applications in industry.
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Styrene is primarily used in the production of polystyrene plastics as well as many other specialty plastics and synthetic rubbers.

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Polymer Basics for Polyolefins
Understand the basic properties of Polyolefins, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Polyolefins are polymers composed of simple alkenes, with the most notable being ethylene and propylene. With both polyethylene and polypropylene different grades are available...

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Polymer Basics for Polyesters
Understand the basic properties of Polyesters, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Polyesters are typically crystalline thermoplastics with excellent chemical resistance, relatively low water absorption, and excellent tensile and electrical properties.

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Polymer Basics for Polycarbonates
Understand the basic properties of Polycarbonates, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Polycarbonates are composed of a Bisphenol A part and a carbonate group. They are typically known for their characteristics of toughness, transparency, and having...

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Polymer Basics for Polyamides
Understand the basic properties of Polyamides, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Polyamides are polymers in which the repeating units are held together by amide links. They are more commonly referred to as nylons, and the specific nomenclature...

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Polymer Basics for High Temperature Thermoplastics
Understand the basic properties of High Temperature Thermoplastics, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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High temperature thermoplastics are characterized by their high heat resistance (>200 °), strength, long-term durability, and biocompatibility. In their molecular structure...

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Polymer Basics for Fluoropolymers
Understand the basic properties of Fluoropolymers, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Fluoropolymers are amorphous or semicrystalline fluorine-containing polymers. Due to the very strong, polar bond of carbon and fluorine, fluoropolymers have low surface energy...

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Polymer Basics for Elastomers
Understand the basic properties of Elastomers, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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A silicone polymer has a chemical composition that is made up of silicone, hydrogen, and oxygen. A silicone elastomer has somewhere between 3,000-10,000 repeating units...

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Polymer Basics for Biopolymers
Understand the basic properties of Biopolymers, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Biopolymers are materials that either occur naturally (i.e. proteins, sugars) or are synthesized from naturally occurring biological materials like sugars, fats, oil, and starch.

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Polymer Basics for Acrylics
Understand the basic properties of Acrylics, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Acrylic plastic is a family of synthetic, man-made materials that contain a derivative of acrylic acid. Acrylic plastics are form-able...

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Polymer Basics for Acrylate Polymers
Understand the basic properties of Acrylate Polymers, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Acrylates are the salts and esters of acrylic acid. The acrylates readily form clear plastics due to a double carbon bond...

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Polymer Basics for Acetals
Understand the basic properties of Acetals, how they are produced, and their applications in industry.
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Acetals are high molecular weight, highly crystalline plastics. They are produced by the polymerization of formaldehyde or its derivatives.

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Sterilization Compatibility for Natural Polymers
The effectiveness and suitability of sterilization methods depends on the specific properties of each material being sterilized.
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The FDA regulates four critical forms of sterilization: autoclave, dry heat, ethylene oxide, and irradiation.

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Sterilization Compatibility for Synthetic Polymers
The effectiveness and suitability of sterilization methods depends on the specific properties of each material being sterilized.
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The FDA regulates four critical forms of sterilization: autoclave, dry heat, ethylene oxide, and irradiation.

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Sterilization Methods Reference Guide
Understanding FDA regulated sterilization techniques, their impact on polymers, and applications in industry.
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The FDA regulates four critical forms of sterilization: autoclave, dry heat, ethylene oxide, and irradiation. Irradiation includes both gamma ray and electron beam methods.

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FDA Regulated Sterilization Methods
Understanding FDA regulated sterilization techniques, their impact on polymers, and applications in industry.
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The FDA regulates four critical forms of sterilization: autoclave, dry heat, ethylene oxide, and irradiation. Irradiation includes both gamma ray and electron beam methods.

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Wearables Stretching Innovation & Imagination
Advanced flexible materials are driving innovation and improving our quality of life with wearable devices.
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Wearable technology is not new. What is new, however, are the number and types of flexible materials and material combinations enabling a new generation of wearables...

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Standard Testing Methods for Flexible Films
ISO and ASTM standardized test methods commonly applied in the flexible films industry.
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Material testing that conforms to international standards is a means by which a products’ integrity is maintained throughout the supply chain. Though there are sets...

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Technical Primer: Flexible Films
The history, technical attributes, manufacturing methods, and configurations of flexible film materials.
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A film is a semi-permeable material that is self-supporting, yet is thin enough to be flexible without breaking. Thickness is generally less than 0.003 inch...

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Technical Primer: Membranes
The history, technical attributes, manufacturing methods, and configurations of membrane materials.
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Membranes are a permeable or semi-permeable matrix made of metal, polymer or other materials. These materials are capable of separating micron and sub-micron size particles from...

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Webinar: Material Sourcing Paradigm Shift
The convergence of demographic and technical changes has dramatically impacted the B2C market, the impact on B2B markets is just beginning.
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Global connectivity and access to technology has given rise to the Millennial population. Millennials are the world's largest population group, larger than Baby Boomers...

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The Material Sourcing Paradigm Shift
The convergence of demographic and technical changes has dramatically impacted the B2C market, the impact on B2B markets is just beginning.
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Global connectivity and access to technology has given rise to the Millennial population. Millennials are the world largest population group, larger than Baby Boomers...

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The FDA Regulatory Pathway for 510(k)
Learn the six basic steps to the FDA regulatory pathway for Premarket Notification 510(k)
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Class II devices are more complicated and require special controls for labeling, guidance, tracking, design, performance standards, and postmarket monitoring.

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Unleash the Power of Parametric Search
Querying numeric values and similar parameters within a search index dramatically improves search effectiveness.
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The typical material sourcing cycle takes three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half months, with 52% of the time dedicated to material research and discovery, according to a study by...