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Aspire Bariatrics receives FDA Approval

On June 14, 2016 the FDA approved the Aspire Assist® from Aspire Bariatrics for treatment of obesity.  Pelham Plastics provided development efforts for several of the component parts through the FDA approval process and continues to provide product for the Aspire Assist® .

The device drains the contents of the stomach, before entering the small intestine, through a silicone tube connected to an external port on the skin surface of the abdomen.  Click the link below for details.

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm506625.htm

Pelham Plastics goes pro-active to slash power costs

John Mackey, president of Pelham Plastics, could have spent less money to upgrade his production equipment in an installation process that was wrapped up about six months ago.But with help from Liberty, the electric utility serving Pelham, the company decided to spend more to acquire the most energy-efficient system available, hoping to cut one of its highest costs – electricity. In the process, Mackey has become an advocate for investing in energy efficiency as a way to boost the bottom line.

A supplier of precision plastics to medical device manufacturers, Pelham uses machines for injection molding.”It’s a fairly large piece of equipment,” he said, “with big motors, lots of hydraulics, and we were in the market to sell one of our old ones and replace it with a larger, more capable machine.”

The choice came down to the conventional hydraulic machines or newer all-electric models.”The seven we currently have are hydraulic machines,” said Mackey. “The all-electrics are higher-end, a little more expensive, more precise and much more energy efficient. You’d think all-electric means more electricity, but actually they use 30 to 40 percent less.”

A $20,000 rebate from Liberty made the proposition even more attractive.”We would have gotten nothing on a hydraulic machine purchase,” he said, “so even though the machine cost more money, with the rebate from Liberty that basically offset the higher cost, we are saving immediately on our monthly electric bill in the hundreds of dollars per month.”

The new machine has been in production for the past four months.

While investing in new manufacturing equipment can be a costly proposition, changes in lighting are something almost any business can do and amortize the cost through savings fairly quickly.

Pelham Plastics is soon going to replace all of its lighting throughout the 33,000-square-foot building, internal and external, with LED technology and motion detectors in office space that will shut lights off when people aren’t around.

While the initial investment is in the $65,000 to $70,000 range, the company is getting a rebate between $5,000 and $6,000 from Liberty, and expects to save more than $1,000 a month on its electric bill.

“The spreadsheet shows it will take 2 1/2 years to recover the initial investment; then it’s pure savings after that,” Mackey said.


Embedded Mark Band Samples

With 100% encapsulation on both the ID & OD the marker band will never move.  Samples are on display at the MD&M West 2014 show this week in Anaheim, CA.

 

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Pelham Plastics partners with Capsule Pen

Pelham Plastics has partnered up with Capsule Pen on it’s new pill container idea of which the Vancouver Sun Blog Network/Staff calls it “A cool little business idea: simple and sweet”.   The Huffington Post calls it “The Pill Case James Bond Would Love.”

Capsule PenJoseph Cote invented the Capsule Pen, a pill container that arranges pills lengthwise in a tube shaped like a pen.  The Capsule Pen allows you to carry your medication with you all the time, and take it on-time, every time.    

 

 

 

TPEs Meet ‘Real World’ Requirements for Replacing PVC in Tubing

While PVC has long been the material of choice for medical tubing, issues such as those focusing on the phthalate plasticizers used to make PVC flexible are causing some Tubing-Assemblymanufacturers to look for alternative materials. Until now the proposed replacements have failed to fully duplicate the advantages of PVC. Teknor Apex Company set out to develop Medalist MD-500 TPEs as the first fully practical alternative to PVC for tubing, providing equivalent or better performance at every stage of production and end use.

To demonstrate the capabilities of Medalist MD-500-based tubing in post-extrusion processes, Teknor Apex worked with prominent medical device manufacturers Dunn Industries, Inc., which specializes in medical tubing, and Pelham Plastics Inc., with expertise in assembly techniques. 

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Embedded Marker Band technology introduced at MD&M West 2013

Question: What is this? Answer: Embedded marker band Why swage when  you can embed? With 100% encapsulation on both  I.D. & O.D., your marker band will never move.

Phase One Medical Contracts with Pelham Plastics

 Phase One Medical, LLC announced on March 14, 2012 that Pelham Plastics has been contracted to produce the company’s new Reversus™ Hemodialysis Catheter.  Intended to provide long-term vascular access for hemodialysis treatment the Reversus™ is designed to offer high flow rates, low recirculation and no loss of performance upon reversal of the hemodialysis lines. 

“We are excited to be working with Pelham Plastics to scale-up production of our hemodialysis catheter”, said Don Woods, partner Phase One Medical.  “We have worked with Pelham before and it was an easy choice to go back.  They offer highly trained and experienced manufacturing engineers who have historically provided high quality and reliable products at a competitive price.  This also aligns with our commitment to select and work with US based manufacturing partners.”

Click here to read to entire article.

Teknor Apex – Pelham Plastics News Release

In a news release on February 15, 2012 from Teknor Apex, Pelham Plastics was a key provider of fabrication services in demonstrating the ease and precision  with which tubing made from Medalist MD-500 series of TPE material from Teknor Apex can be fabricated in diverse post-extrusion or “downstream” processes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In production runs by Pelham Plastics Inc. and Dunn Industries, Inc., Medalist-based tubing exhibited outstanding performance when subjected to in-line cutting to length and secondary operations including hole punching, tipping, printing, and insert molding, according to Elliott Pritikin, senior medical market manager for the Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex.
Tubing samples assembled in these processes were exhibited at the recent MD&M West booth.  Shown to the left Steven Lee, Business Development Manager and Molding Specialist and John Mackey, President. 
 Click here to read the full article.
 
 
 

QMC Team Wins at Plastics Expo with Pelham Plastics Support

The 8th Annual HighSchool Plastics Expo, sponsored by Quinebaug Valley Community College, its College Career Pathways Program and Quinebaug Manufacturing Institute, was held in late May in Danielson, Connecticut. The Plastics Expo is held each year to expose high school students to the opportunities that are available in the plastics and other manufacturing industries, and to promote future innovation.

This year, the 11-student QMC team won two awards for their “QMC Spartanwear” collection of plastic bracelets; their first was for “Best Design and Documentation;” their second, for “Best Craftsmanship and Aesthetics.” EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), worked throughout the year in partnership with local plastics companies to develop, manufacture and market products made from various types of plastics. Participants were judged for their “imagination, ingenuity and innovation” in the development of their products. Each school won a prize.

Students visited Pelham Plastics Inc. on May 13th to watch their planning and design come to fruition with their collaborating partner, Foster Corporation, a Putnam-based plastics manufacturing company.  The “QMC Spartanwear” bracelets were molded, stamped, and readied for sale at the QMC Student Store.

During a visit on June 7th to Quinebaug Middle College and Foster Corporation, the Pelham Plastics Engineering team involved in the project were presented with an appreciation plaque for their role in the manufacturing of the “QMC Spartanwear” bracelets.

 Quinebaug Middle College offers an alternative high school experience for disengaged students who might not otherwise complete school. Once their academic standing is established, students may take college courses at Quinebaug Valley Community College. Students can graduate with both their high school degree and college credits.

Pelham Plastics developes custom-made catheter for Harvard School of Public Health

Akira Tsuda, principal research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health watch fluorescent nanoparticles move through the respiratory system, an advance that could lead to better drugs.  Pelham Plastics developes a custom-made catheter to deliver the nanoparticles into a rat lung.  Click on the below link to read the full article.

http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/26719/page1/

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