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01April

AIMPLAS designs a new interchangeable filter mask against COVID-19

AIMPLAS designs a new interchangeable filter mask against COVID-19

Given the health emergency situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, AIMPLAS, the Technological Institute of Plastics, makes available to the different health administrations and authorities both its knowledge of materials and its ability to design, prototype, manufacture and material resources to facilitate the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Specifically, AIMPLAS is carrying out a feasibility study to be able to manufacture masks with interchangeable filters through injection processes. For this, AIMPLAS has already made its own design and contacts have been established with companies and vocational training centers that can manufacture the molds, such as Vicedo and Escuelas San José. In addition, AIMPLAS technical personnel are cutting and supplying transparent PET sheets from a coil donated by Manufacturas Arplast to facilitate the manufacture of protective visors and distribution to hospitals, while the Madrid hospitals have been provided with the supplier contact for the supply of PET sheets.

On the other hand, and as members of the National Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters platform, the company Elix Polymers has requested the technology center to collaborate in the production of 3D ABS filaments for the printing of different types of materials such as valves, masks , etc.

Regarding its material resources, and due to the shortage of protection material for health personnel, AIMPLAS has donated a total of 5000 cuffs, 100 disposable gowns, 16 masks, 15 Tyvek suits, 15 liters of gel to health centers in Paterna. sanitizer and 10 glasses. In addition, stocks of gloves have been reported and made available to the Ministry.

Through the different groups that have been created in Telegram to manufacture protective equipment through additive manufacturing or 3D printing, AIMPLAS is carrying out material advisory tasks. Also through this platform, AIMPLAS has made available to the different Valencian hospitals its 3D printing capacity of protective visors and they are sent to the same new units every day. In addition, the center is participating with its advice in Reesistenciateam, a virtual community made up of more than 1,800 people who are developing respirators, protective screens, masks, as well as valves, all using 3D printing technology.

Publicado en Others, Innovation

30March

3D printing solutions from HP and its partners against COVID-19

3D printing solutions from HP and its partners against COVID-19

HP and its global community of digital manufacturers are mobilizing their 3D printing equipment, technology, expertise and production capacity to develop critical parts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 1,000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals.

HP 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, ​​Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production and meet the most pressing needs.

Initial applications being validated and finalized for industrial production include face masks, face shields, face mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts. HP is also coordinating with government, healthcare and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronized and effective approach.

HP's global network of manufacturing partners works to ensure that hospitals in all regions of the world can access 3D printed medical parts to the appropriate quality and safety standards.

Some of the first applications that are being validated and produced include:

· Hands-free door opener: Door handles are among the most infected objects in homes, hospitals, factories, and nursing homes. This adapter allows for an easier, healthier opening with one elbow to help slow the spread of the virus.

· Mask Adjuster: Many hospital employees must wear masks for long periods of time. This closure helps improve comfort and ease associated ear pain. covi 2· Face shields: Face shields are one of the most necessary personal protection items. The brackets to hold the protector and adjust it comfortably to the user are a critical component.

There are many more applications that are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to start producing soon, among others:

· Field Ventilator: 3D printed parts for a mechanical bag valve (BVM) mask, designed as a short-term emergency ventilation device in patients affected by CONVID-19. This simplified design allows a robust and less complex device, facilitating its rapid production and assembly.

· FFP3 Face Masks: Effective protective equipment is required for medical providers to treat the expected volume of COVID-19 patients. HP is validating several hospital-grade face masks and hopes to make them available shortly.

Part designs available to the public

HP and its partners will make validated design files for many non-complex assembly parts available to the general public on this website for download. 3D designers and innovators who want to join the battle against COVID-19 will be able to contribute new applications and ideas on this website.

Publicado en Others, Innovation

25March

Packaging industry statement

The packaging ecosystem wants to express its offer to collaborate with the highest priority in the production, distribution, development or manufacture of any material, product or strategic service that helps mitigate the effects on the health of people derived from the current crisis. health caused by COVID-19.

In this sense, the companies in the sector have organized and dimensioned to respond to the containment measures dictated by Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, which declares the state of alarm in Spain, and thus guarantee the necessary products to ensure supply in essential areas such as food, beverages, hygiene, health, as well as other essential goods.

The production of containers and packaging must guarantee the safety and quality of all products in order to guarantee both food safety and quality and the correct traceability and identification of all goods, which is achieved through the corresponding manufacturing processes carried out out to date.

For the safe production of packaging, a continuous cross-border movement between countries is essential, and it is essential that customs transit flow so as not to stop or interrupt production in the supply chain in key areas such as food, pharmaceuticals and hygiene.

Additionally, the Packaging Cluster of Catalonia, PACKNET and the Packaging Cluster of the Valencian Community, the three signatory entities of this declaration, maintaining a complete vision of the packaging cycle, want to highlight the very valuable work they are carrying out local administrations and waste managers to ensure, in these moments of exceptional situation, the service of collecting packaging waste and to carry out their work in an exemplary manner. We are sure that they will continue to apply the instructions of the competent authorities and adopt the most appropriate sanitary measures to guarantee, as they have always done, a quality and efficient waste collection and recycling service close to the citizen, as an essential service that is. For that, we encourage Spanish society to continue putting into practice its environmental commitment, separating its waste and depositing it in the corresponding container for subsequent recycling.

For this reason, the signatory entities request the relevant authorities:
- Consider the packaging sector as a whole as a strategic and systemic sector to help respond to this health crisis.
- Guarantee the supply of all raw materials and products necessary for the manufacture of packaging, such as plastic pellets, masterbatches, inks, adhesives, labels, paper and cardboard products and supports, and all kinds of materials.
- Guarantee throughout the supply chain, the delivery of finished containers and packaging (boxes, bottles, pallets, shrink wrap, among others) to the packaging companies or users of the containers. - Facilitate the movement of the necessary products in customs transit to guarantee supply throughout the chain.

And in turn, the signatory entities are at the disposal of the administrations to give quick and effective responses to the challenges and needs that are urgently needed to mitigate the effects of the current health crisis.

25March

Metsä Board designs new Arctic Blue Gin package

Metsä Board designs new Arctic Blue Gin package

Metsä Board has designed the Arctic Blue Gin package for the U.S. market with an impressive holographic design inspired by the Northern Lights.

Nordic Premium Beverages, the Finland-based wine and spirit company, tasked Metsä Board to design the  package using MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright lightweight folding boxboard.

Metsä Board designed the package structure, the original graphics, and the embossing. The Northern Lights image was created by printing on top of Envirofoil®, which is a plastic-free, holographic metalization effect created by the paper converter Hazen, and uses 1% of the aluminium of traditional foil laminates– making it economical and environmentally friendly.

Publicado en Innovation, Beverages

23March

HP, Leitat and Seat develop the first industrializable field respirator

HP, Leitat and Seat develop the first industrializable field respirator

HP, Leitat (Tecnio), Seat and the Free Zone Consortium (CZFB), together with CatSalut, through the Terrassa Health Consortium (CST) and the Hospital Parc Taulí de Sabadell -Barcelona, Spain-, have managed to create the first industrializable field respirator prepared to support hospitals and ICUs. This is encouraging news in an environment where there was concern about a shortage of medical supplies to combat the COVID-19 virus.

Leitat has designed a field respirator manufactured using 3D technology that is industrially scalable, allowing a production capacity of between 50 and 100 units per day. Magí Galindo, senior engineer at Leitat, has carried out the design, which has been medically validated by Dr. Lluís Blanch, director of Innovation at the Parc Taulí Hospital in Sabadell, an expert in mechanical ventilation.

In this field respirator called Leitat 1, its design and components have been simplified to the maximum in order to develop a useful but less complex medical device, to enable more agile production and assembly.

Leitat is a Technological Center that develops more than 215 projects in the fields of biotechnology, health, advanced materials, industrial chemistry, renewable energy and new production processes, including R & D & i solutions in packaging. Enviar comentarios

Publicado en Others, Innovation

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