Japanese Device Manufacturers Warm to Rapid Heat Molding

Rapid heat cycle molding (RHCM), which is often used to fabricate home appliances and housings for electronic products, is finding new applications in the medtech industry, according to Ono Sangyo Co. (OSK), which holds an international patent on the technology. RHCM uses elevated mold temperatures during the polymer injection cycle followed by rapid cooling to produce a high-gloss finish and eliminate some secondary operations.

MIki Anzai

August 6, 2010

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Japanese Device Manufacturers Warm to Rapid Heat Molding

OSK has begun to manufacture blood test plates using RHCM technology and supplying the equipment to manufacturers. A series of laboratory tests has also shown that RHCM can perform nanoimprinting, prompting OSK to target medtech manufacturers as a new customer segment.

To accelerate sales to the medtech industry outside of Japan, OKS in March acquired  about 16% of Fischer Tech Ltd., a Singapore-based manufacturer of high-volume precision engineering plastic components. RHCM was cross-licensed in 2001 with GE Plastics (now SABIC Innovative Plastics), which renamed the technology Heat & Cool. OSK currently holds RHMC patent rights in 14 countries around the world, including Japan, the United States, and China.

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