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Ensuring Adhesion on Medical Devices Made with Hard-to-Bond Plastic Substrates

For medical devices such as catheters, prefilled syringes, vials, test tubes, and injector pens, many manufacturers are turning to plastic substrates that are specifically formulated to resist harsh chemical and environmental end-use conditions. Growing in popularity are thermoplastic materials including nylon and nylon derivatives like polyether block amides (PEBAs) as well as cyclic olefin polymers and copolymers (COC/COP). These materials soften and become pliable on exposure to heat, hardening when cooled to room temperature. They are valued in medical device manufacturing because of their strength, sterilization/chemical resistance, superior mechanical and dynamic properties, and their ability to sometimes replace glass.

 

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Ensuring Adhesion on Medical Devices Made with Hard-to-Bond Plastic Substrates


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UV Broad-Spectrum & LED-Curable, 100% Solids, Very Low Viscosity Conformal Coating

Very low viscosity formulations are often required for very thin conformal coating applications. Solvents are used to reduce viscosity of the formulations and accommodate dispensing needs. Solvent-free coatings are attractive due to their environmental friendliness and ability to allow faster processing for coating lines. Until recently, efforts in developing very low viscosity, 100% solids coatings were not successful due to performance requirements such as chemical, heat, and humidity resistance. We have developed a technology that results in 20-30 cP viscosity 100% solids UV-curable coatings.

 

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Ensuring Adhesion on Medical Devices Made with Hard-to-Bond Plastic Substrates


Ensuring the Reliability of Disposable Syringes with Light-Cure Adhesives

Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of disposable medical syringe production involves permanently and safely attaching the stainless steel cannula to the plastic hub. This joint is critical to the safety of syringes found on hypodermic and biopsy needles, syringes, winged infusion sets, blood lancets, and a variety of other devices. In all these applications, poor hub-to-cannula assembly could result in leakage of bodily fluids and medication or catastrophic device failure, situations that could be dangerous to the patient and the medical professional. Mechanical failure of a syringe can cause painful insertion or extraction, seal failure during use, cancellation of a procedure, or other unsafe complications.

 

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Ensuring the Reliability of Disposable Syringes with Light-Cure Adhesives


Protecting Automotive Electronics with Conformal Coatings

Once a lagging market segment, automotive electronics has gained significant importance in recent years as the industry, the culture, and consumer expectations have changed. Safety and regulatory requirements for vehicles have increased, manufacturers have new warranty requirements, and what used to be “luxury” features are now expected to come standard with a new car. Features like lane keeping, rear-facing cameras, automated parking, and other types of assisted driving are becoming commonplace as manufacturers look toward a self-driving car. Full “infotainment” systems, with software for navigation, playing music, communication, and a number of less-typical apps, are gaining market traction as well.

 

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Ensuring Success When Switching From Conventional Lamp to LED Light Curing Sources


Ensuring Success When Switching From
Conventional Lamp to LED Light Curing Sources

LEDs, or light emitting diodes, continue to gain popularity as a replacement for traditional light bulbs, not only in homes and public buildings, but also for use with light-curable materials (LCMs). The rise of LEDs is attributed to the notable benefits attached to them, and some advantages are associated specifically with light curing.

Because of the differences in the technology, however, making the switch from broad spectrum to LED curing energy sources is seldom a matter of simply replacing conventional lamps with LED units and leaving all else the same. To ensure success in curing LCMs with LED light sources, the chemistry of the material must be compatible with the specific LED system chosen, and any necessary application-specific adjustments must be made. What makes LEDs different? Is it really worth switching? What must be addressed during the migration process? Is the change possible? These questions are answered here.

 

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Ensuring Success When Switching From Conventional Lamp to LED Light Curing Sources


Achieve Better Process Controls with
Light Cure Technology

In manufacturing, process controls are used to ensure that products are made to the highest standard possible. When effective procedures are laid out for each step in the manufacturing process, it's much easier to reduce the risk of damage, failure, and loss. Employees are able to understand what to do, when to do it, and how to do it well.

Good process controls help a company turn out the best version of its product and have fewer headaches along the way. But some technologies lend themselves to smoother processes than others.

New white paper explains how light-curable materials in the manufacturing process actually allow for better process controls than other adhesive options, what the benefits of using them are, and what those process controls look like.

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Achieve Better Process Controls with Light Cure Technology


Dispensing Light-Curable Materials
Process Controls & Troubleshooting

Set Up and Maintain a Trouble-Free Dispensing System for Light-Curable Materials

Light-curable adhesives rapidly bond glass, metal, and plastic by curing upon exposure to energy of the proper wavelength. Many factors can affect the controlled dispensing and processing of these materials. A new white paper "Dispensing Light-Curable Materials: Process Controls & Troubleshooting" discusses substrate compatibility, temperature and viscosity, how to set-up a dispense system, syringe dispensing challenges, air bubbles and cavitation in syringes, using cartridges and pressure pots, and preventive maintenance.

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Dispensing Light-Curable Materials - Process Controls & Troubleshooting


Optimizing an LED Curing System

An Optimized LED Curing System is Essential for Process Efficiency

LED-powered curing systems continue to evolve with the goal of replacing conventional lamp-style curing systems that have been the industry standard for more than twenty-five years. Driving this growth are promises of lower operating costs and "green" benefits. New white paper describes why an optimized LED curing system is essential for process efficiency and discusses the key technical variables to consider for properly evaluating and incorporating LED technology into a manufacturing process.

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LED Light-Curing Technology


Optimizing the Assembly Process with Cure-On-Demand UV/Visible Light-Curable Adhesives

Reduce costs without sacrificing product quality! Optimizing assembly process efficiency and minimizing material consumption are viable pathways to significant reductions in assembly manufacturing expense. A new white paper describes how light-curable materials offer significant advantages over traditional two-part slow-cure adhesives, thermal-cure adhesives, and solvent-based adhesive systems and help manufacturers increase productivity and reduce waste.

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Optimizing the Assembly Process with Cure-On-Demand UV/Visible Light-Curable Adhesives

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Environmentally Safe, UV Curable Masking Resins Reduce Aircraft Component Processing Costs
Optical Paper Title
Telcordia (Belcore) Testing - Useful Guidelines for Reliability Assurance of Passive Optical Components
Advances in Light Curing Adhesives - German Version
Movement Between Bonded Optics
Stress in Bonded Optics
Advances in Light Curing Adhesives
Advances in Light Curing Adhesives Appendix
Adhesives Deliver Low Shrink, Low Stress Bonds and Fast UV Cure

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