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New CPAP Headgear Aims to Enhance Patient Comfort by Offering More Stability

Image of the DreamWear nasal mask courtesy of Philips
Image of the DreamWear nasal mask courtesy of Philips

Philips has introduced an improved headgear option for its nasal and gel pillow continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks that aims to make patients more comfortable with wearing their equipment, perhaps leading to better sleep quality.

“As CPAP masks have evolved over the years, their designs have become more minimal, much smaller in size, and much lighter in weight,” said Kevin Coldren, director of global product marketing at Philips, in an interview with MD+DI. “The challenge that comes along with that is, because they are lighter and smaller, they're much easier to move and dislodge when the patient moves in any way during the night.”

The company’s latest platform of CPAP masks, which includes the DreamWear nasal mask and the DreamWear gel pillow mask, solves some of that problem by moving the elbow of the mask from the front of the face to the top of the head.

“That removes actual torque right where the mask is sealing, but in general those smaller masks typically have less substantial headgear, so they're not as tightly strapped to the face,” said Coldren. He said these new masks do not need to be tightened as much, but they are a little less stable than four-point headgear that was commonly used with a traditional nasal mask or a full-face mask.

“So it’s kind of a tradeoff,” he said of the choice between stability and comfort. “And we don't want patients to have to make that trade-off anymore. We want to give them a nice small design that's stable as well, so as they move during the night [slippage] is not a problem.”

The company’s updated headgear has a slip-resistant design that is made from a silicone blend. The headgear arms work like eyeglass arms, sitting just behind the ears, and they are compatible with both the company’s nasal and gel pillow mask designs.

Before launching the new head gear, Philips conducted overnight trials during which patients wore the mask anywhere from 10 to 90 nights. At the same time, several other studies and trials were done with the company’s customers in either sleep labs or through the durable medical equipment provider.

Coldren explained that studies have shown that how frequently and how long patients use their masks within the first month is a good predictor of how long and how well they're going to do long-term in terms of compliance. “So what we're trying to do here is to make sure our patients get off on the right foot and make sure they have that a good positive first experience, and we think that will lead to better usage long term.”

The new headgear has just recently been released. “It's still early as far as the market goes, but we know from our internal trials and studies that patients are very happy with it,” said Coldren. “We have seen some of the reports that we’ve gotten back stating that it was more stable and more comfortable and patients are more satisfied with the overall fit and feel of the mask.”

Thermolast M compounds meet new guidelines for medical-grade plastics

Thermolast M compounds meet new guidelines for medical-grade plastics

Kraiburg TPE (Waldkraiburg, Germany) announced today that its Thermolast M compounds meet the requirements of the 2017 VDI guidelines for medical-grade plastics passed by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in July 2019. The guidelines regulate the basic requirements of medical-grade plastics, including formulation consistency, change management and the conditions and terms of withdrawing the material from the market.

Kraiburg TPE product samplesThe VDI guidelines are the result of work conducted by a committee of 20 materials suppliers, users and appointed bodies to establish a common minimum standard for medical-grade plastics. Existing norms and standards, such as the Drug Master Files issued by FDA and ISO 10993 related to biocompatibility, as well as the EU Regulation MPV 2017/745 on medical products that comes into effect in May 2020, do not establish clear guidelines involving polymers used in medical applications, said a press release from Kraiburg TPE.

“VDI 2017 is an important first step toward harmonizing the range of performance that a medical-grade plastic must fulfill, and it creates obligatory guidance in the communication between manufacturers of medical-grade plastics and OEMs and/or the manufacturers of medical, pharmaceutical and in vitro products,” said Oliver Kluge, a member of the guidelines committee and advisor for medical products at Kraiburg TPE.

One of the main consequences of VDI 2017, according to Kraiburg TPE, is a restriction on the use of certain raw materials and auxiliary agents. Consequently, some manufacturers of medical-grade plastics will have to adjust the formulations of their materials in order to meet the requirements of the guidelines.

The new guidelines also regulate the continuity of the composition of specific compounds based on a documented change control management system, which ensures that the compounds are suitable for long-term use and eliminates costly checks. The VDI 2017 guidelines also allow for longer transition periods for withdrawn materials—the original material must remain available for a minimum of 24 months in the event of a change in formulation or its withdrawal.

“Our established thermoplastic elastomers from the Thermolast M family for medical use have [complied] for a long time with the requirements for medical-grade plastics, which are now codified, so that we only need to flesh out some of the specifications,” Kluge explained in a prepared statement. “But we will continue to actively work on future revisions of the guidelines to further enhance the secured profile of medical-grade plastics.” In the context of the aforementioned MPV 2017/745, the committee is planning to revise the current version as early as 2020.

All Thermolast M compounds are free from heavy metals, latex, PVC and phthalates and are manufactured exclusively on dedicated production lines, noted Kraiburg TPE in the press release. Select material types have been tested and certified according to various USP Class VI and ISO standards, and all Kraiburg TPE materials comply with REACH and RoHS requirements.

Bottle closures tethered for convenience, recycling

Bottle closures tethered for convenience, recycling

The first cross-license registered intellectual property exchange between Nippon Closures Co., Ltd. (Tokyo) and AptarGroup, Inc. (Crystal Lake, IL) is for tethered beverage closures, an arrangement that the companies intend to expand into other areas as well.Aptar Tethered Closures Combo

This first partnership proposes to continuously improve the consumer drinking experience while also creating solutions for beverage closures that are better for the environment starting with these two:

  • Flip Lid (green closure) by Aptar is a consumer-friendly dispensing closure designed to promote post-use recycling as the closure remains together with the bottle throughout its lifecycle, making it more likely to be collected and sent through the recycling stream with the container.
  • NCC’s innovative StrapBand is also a tethered solution available for today’s flat caps that provide hinged functionality with a wide opening angle and a click sound when tethered. The StrapBand solution can be applied to flat caps and sports caps, for both still and carbonated beverages.

Flip Lid and StrapBand meet the requirements of the single-use plastics (SUP) regulation in Europe, that introduced design requirements to connect caps to bottles, thereby increasing the number of closures that are collected and recycled, and the AB 319 California proposal in the U.S., which intended that plastic closures remain attached to containers. Aptar and NCC remain committed to reducing their impact on the planet while creating top quality, sustainable products.

 “We are pleased to partner with NCC on the cross-licensing of registered intellectual property for tethered beverage closures as we look to grow our portfolio of dispensing closures that are more convenient for consumers and more sustainable for the environment,” said Marc Prieur, President, Aptar Food + Beverage. “[We] are committed to keeping beverage caps attached to the bottle to promote better recyclability and we look forward to working together to bring even more innovative solutions to market.”

“We believe that, in the future, our cooperation will allow us to further develop innovative technologies beyond tethered beverage closures to help solve social environmental problems with more eco-friendly, easy to use and resource-energy saving products,” explained Hisashi Nakajima, President, Nippon Closures Co., Ltd.

Mouser Electronics Launches New Web Series, 'Engineering Big Ideas'

(Image source: Mouser Electronics)

Mouser Electronics has launched the latest season of its web series, Empowering Innovation Together. Hosted by Grant Imahara (Mythbusters) the new four-part season, called “Engineering Big ideas,” will explore the product design and engineering process from conception all the way to commercialization.

“The people who are changing our world are starting from an idea and bringing it all the way through to finished product with the power of their intellect, training, tools, and available products,” Imahara said. “I’m looking forward to showcasing some incredible technology innovations this year.”

In the season premier, Imahara visits Nikola Motor Company, a designer of hybrid trucks, and interviews company CEO, Trevor Milton, and key team members about Nikola's design engineering processes and the challenges of making its various vehicles, including “the most technologically advanced truck in the world,” a reality. Imahara also explores how the company has implemented VR into its design process, and how it is working with partners on new hydrogen fuel solutions.

First launched in 2015, the Empowering Innovation Together series has explored a number of emerging and innovative concepts ranging from IoT and smart cities to advanced robotics. “Innovation is what drives technologists, from makers to professional designers and developers,” Glenn Smith, President and CEO of Mouser Electronics, said in a press statement. “We are inspired by the drive we see in our customers to continually create and improve the products, services and solutions that can transform our day-to-day lives.”

The first episode of “Engineering Big Ideas” can be watched below. Future episodes will be released on the Mouser Electronics website and YouTube channel.

 

Chris Wiltz is a Senior Editor at  Design News covering emerging technologies including AI, VR/AR, blockchain, and robotics.

 

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Researchers Get Closer to Design of 'Get Up and Go' Printed Robots

One of the goals of robotics researchers is to achieve 3D printing of a soft robot with self-actuation that can be fabricated and then immediately walk away from the printer as a fully functioning machine.

Researchers at the University of California San Diego believe they are a step closer to designing these so-called “get up and go robots” by embedding complex sensors into robotic limbs and grippers using a commercial 3D printer.

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A prototype of a new soft robot with embedded sensors developed using a standard 3D printer by researchers at the University of San Diego. (Image source: David Baillot/Jacobs School at UC San Diego)

However, while this is a significant milestone to their ultimate goal, the team in the university’s Jacobs School of Engineering acknowledged that they need to improve the materials used before 3D-printed robots are fully functional to their desired outcome.

Historically, a challenge to creating robots that can be printed and then self-actuate has been to develop effective sensors for soft robots, researchers said. Typical sensors are built with rigid components; however, soft robots obviously need components that are more flexible and have more complex surfaces and movements than robots made with typical metal or plastic parts.

“Sensor design for soft robots is a challenging problem because of the wide range of design parameters (e.g., geometry, material, actuation type, etc.) critical to their function,” researchers wrote in a paper published on their work in the journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI. “While conventional rigid sensors work effectively for soft robotics in specific situations, sensors that are directly integrated into the bodies of soft robots could help improve both their exteroceptive and interoceptive capabilities.”

To overcome this hurdle, researchers took a two-step approach. First, they chose a commercially available printer--the Stratasys Objet350 Connex3, which is used in many robotics labs—as their method of fabrication.

They also made a discovery to help them with their material choice, according to the paper. They observed that one of the materials used by the 3D printer is made of carbon particles that can conduct power to sensors when connected to a power source. They used this black resin to fabricate sensors embedded within robotic parts made of clear polymer, researchers reported.

Playing with Materials

Specifically, researchers used a variety of polymers, including a flexible, translucent photopolymer, TangoPlus FLX930; a flexible, black photopolymer TangoBlackPlus FLX980; a rigid, clear photopolymer, VeroClear RGD810; and a flexible, low-yield polymer, SUP705, as support material. The black resin served as the conductive traces for the sensors, they said.

“We created the geometry of the sensors using computer-aided design (CAD) software, fabricated our designs using the 3D printer, and secured the wires using silver paste and mechanical strain reliefs,” researchers wrote.

Researchers created a number of prototypes to demonstrate that their process works, including a robotic gripper and small soft robot.

The team did learn about some limitation of their materials and their process during their research. They discovered that when stretched, the sensors failed at approximately the same strain as human skin, which was not so unexpected.

However, the polymers used by the printer are not meant to conduct electricity by design, so researchers found that their performance is not optimal, they said. The robots also require a lot of post-processing before they actually can function properly--including washing to clean up impurities as well as drying—so the “get-up-and-go” characteristic was not achieved yet.

Still, the work did show how equipping 3D-printed soft robots with sensors is possible and should inform future work to create fully functional robots directly using this type of fabrication method, researchers reported.

“Embedded printing of sensors is a powerful process that could enable and enhance seamless integration of sensors into soft robots, but there does not yet exist a suitable, commercially available, easy to use platform that allows users to simultaneously print soft actuators and sensors,” they wrote.

Elizabeth Montalbano is a freelance writer who has written about technology and culture for more than 20 years. She has lived and worked as a professional journalist in Phoenix, San Francisco and New York City. In her free time she enjoys surfing, traveling, music, yoga and cooking. She currently resides in a village on the southwest coast of Portugal.

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Cost and Range Will Be The Key To EV Success

GM’s Mark Verbrugge has been a part of battery research and electrification for more than three decades. His Keynote address at The Battery Show will highlight how cost and range are key to success for the EV market. (Image source: General Motors)

The two things most commonly mentioned that are holding back the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) is range and cost. Both of those areas are the subject of intense research by battery companies and auto manufacturers around the globe. Design News spoke with Mark Verbrugge, Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory at General Motors about the automaker’s efforts to find the magic that will let EVs travel farther and cost less. Verbrugge will provide one of the Keynote addresses at The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo 2019, in Novi, Michigan. His talk, titled “Standing on the Forefront of Battery Development” will be presented on Wednesday, September 11th.

Verbrugge has been involved in battery technology and electrochemistry for his entire career. “I did my training and graduate school in electrochemistry,” he told us. “I went to UC Berkeley because they had a strong photovoltaic program—a strong clean energy emphasis in their college of chemistry,” he added.

A Long Background in EVs

When it came time to apply his electrochemistry background, Verbrugge’s timing was good. “I came directly to GM from graduate school. I worked in fuel cells to begin with, and then quickly transitioned to batteries, which were becoming more promising for (our) applications. That was the first ten years of my career, I started in 1985 and the next ten years I spent as chief engineer for our electric and hybrid electric programs,” he said. This was an exciting time for EVs as GM had just announced its first production electric vehicle, the EV-1. “I was chief engineer for the EV-1. I had the energy system management responsibilities—the propulsion system as well as the battery system,” Verbrugge said. After GM terminated the EV-1 (in 2003), Verbrugge continued development of battery chemistries and for the last ten years has been a director of research labs at GM.

With that background, Verbrugge has some well-defined ideas about how to move EVs forward. "(We need to use) earth abundant materials to get low cost, but also we have to work on fast charge, that has to be a big deal going forward—it really isn’t there today; it’s there in concept vehicles and demonstration vehicles—but in terms of high-volume pervasiveness, it’s not,” he told us.

Lower Cost With Longer Range

What are some of the lower cost materials under consideration and how can they be used? “Silicon is a major is a major emphasis for low cost materials, and it also enables fast charging. Today, all of negative electrodes are graphite. There is no pure silicon-based anode on the market. But, I think that will come in 5-10 years. Silicon is the most Earth-abundant material in the crust of the Earth,” Verbrugge said.

Silicon, at least on paper has some big advantages in replacing graphite as an anode material.  “The capacity of silicon is about 4,000 milliampere-hours per gram (mAH/gm), while the capacity for graphite is about 372 mAH/gm. So, silicon can hold much more. The number of mAH is an indication of the amount of lithium that can be held. Silicon can hold much more lithium,” Verbrugge told us.

One problem however, that researchers report with silicon as an anode has been its large volume change when storing lithium ions during the charging of a battery. “Now, if you take all of that capacity, 4,000 mAH/gm, you get pulverization and cracking and a whole lot of stress issues in the batteries,” Verbrugge said.

But there is another way. “On the other hand, if you control the voltage limits, such that you use about half the capacity, about 2,000 mAH/gm, you still are way above the capacity we use of graphite today, which is about 340 mAH/gm. So we can operate at about 2,000 mAH/gm, get a significant cost reduction and a significant increase in coulombic capacity which translates to an energy density increase. For the same size and weight, you are going to get more mileage for the customer. Or you can use the same mileage as today in a lighter battery. The main thing with silicon that people are learning is don’t try to abuse the material and get too greedy with it. Use about half the capacity, then you are in good shape,” he said.

Building Infrastructure is Key

While GM is concentrating on building new EVs, it is also working with others to help grow the infrastructure that will be needed for a truly electrified transportation system. “There are a lot of public-private partnerships. I hope to foster collaboration, especially to get the charging infrastructure up and running. This is not the kind of thing you want to take onto your shoulders exclusively. To get infrastructure to move along, people have to have confidence that there are going to be vehicles as well. I’d like to encourage collaborations and investments in the space,” said Verbrugge.

The GM research director has a long-term view of how that space will grow. “I have to think gas stations are a lot more expensive than putting up a Level 2 charger in parking lots and distributed charging stations,” he said. “I think in the fullness of time, we will be much more rational—you will be able to charge anywhere, it will be monetized for those who are providing the chargers, it will be easy to understand, and it will be paid for with technologies that link to the car directly. It will be far less cents per mile for the driver, and far more efficient for society. Infrastructure is a big piece of that long-term view when we have high-volume electrification.”

Verbrugge’s Keynote address, titled ““Standing on the Forefront of Battery Development”” will cover cost, range, charging, and other topics. The talk will be presented on Wednesday, September 11th at The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo 2019, in Novi, Michigan. He is looking forward to it. “I always get a lot of energy from these forums—I am among like-minded colleagues, typically. We are all trying to change the world and make it better. I went into this particular job area in part for that reason. So, I’ll get energy out of it. It will be fun!”

Senior Editor Kevin Clemens has been writing about energy, automotive, and transportation topics for more than 30 years. He has masters degrees in Materials Engineering and Environmental Education and a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in aerodynamics. He has set several world land speed records on electric motorcycles that he built in his workshop.

 

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Arevo to display the world’s first 3D-printed carbon fiber bike body

Arevo to display the world’s first 3D-printed carbon fiber bike body

Silicon Valley composites manufacturer Arevo will display the world’s first 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody production bike frame at the stand of manufacturing partner Oechsler AG (Messe Friedrichshafen - Hall A1 – 508) at Eurobike 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, September 4–7. The company will also display the world’s first 3D printed thermoplastic rim, designed by industrial designer Bill Stephens of StudioWest.

The world’s first 3D printed thermoplastic bicycle rim.

Arevo also is offering demonstration rides on an e-bike featuring this innovative frame and material, similar to that announced earlier this year at the Sea Otter Classic in California. Further, the company will announce next week a new e-bike frame design and a new customer for it. This customer, a bike industry leader based in the Netherlands, will display this new e-bike in the Eurobike exhibition hall. 

Arevo is making a significant impact on the bike manufacturing industry – and in areas such as urban mobility – via its Arevo DN technology, which  is unique in the additive manufacturing (AM) world as it features patented software algorithms enabling generative design techniques, free-motion robotics for “True 3D” construction, and direct energy deposition for virtually void-free construction all optimized for anisotropic composite materials. 

For instance, the Arevo DNA AM process takes the design and final manufacture of a bike frame from 18 months to just a few days at a significant reduction in product development costs.  Other benefits include:

  • True serial, volume production of AM-made composite parts that are made with thermoplastic materials, which are tougher, durable and recyclable, as compared to brittle and non-recyclable thermoset materials
  • A replacement of a laborious manual process with a fully-automated, “lights out” production model
  • Delivering on the promise of localized manufacturing or “on-shoring,” which creates greater independence for bike brands
  • A much greater “freedom of design” for bike manufacturers that creates the possibility of fully-customized bikes made on an on-demand basis.

Stephens has worked closely with Arevo for more than a year now and will elaborate upon these concepts in a presentation entitled, “3D Printing Carbon Fiber Frames for Production,” on Thursday, September 5th, 11:00–11:45 AM. 

“Arevo DNA offers a new paradigm for product designers, it forever changes how we can design and build anything,” said Stephens. “This technology allows us to push design boundaries in a way that was impossible until now.  Arevo is changing the paradigm to ‘Manufacturing for Design’.”

Milliken to make additives, colorants in Singapore

Milliken to make additives, colorants in Singapore

Milliken & Company plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art chemical manufacturing plant and knowledge center in Asia. Expected to begin operations in Q1 2021, the facility will expand Milliken’s manufacturing footprint to support increasing demand across Asia, including rapidly growing markets in India and China. The company currently operates an applications lab and technical service and sales office in Singapore and recently celebrated its 20-year presence in the region.

Hyperform, to be manufactured in Singapore, resolves many of the production issues that occur when using traditional nucleators, including shrinkage, warpage, and stiffness/impact balance.

“Milliken’s commitment to our growing markets in Asia is unwavering. With this investment, we hope to expand the positive impact innovative chemical manufacturing can contribute to the region and to the world,” said Allen Jacoby, senior vice president of the Plastics Additives business within Milliken’s Chemical division.

The new plant will have the capability to manufacture several integral Milliken plastic additives that bring sustainability and production benefits to the global plastics industry. Primarily, the location will produce the company’s Hyperform family of nucleating agents for polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE); as well as specialty colorants for a broad range of product applications, including home and laundry care, personal care, industrial and institutional cleaners, and polyurethane foams.

“This new manufacturing facility strategically positions us to better serve our customers throughout Asia,” commented Zhaolin Zhou, Asia Pacific vice president of Milliken’s Chemical division. “Localized production capabilities and increased technical expertise will allow us to rapidly customize our solutions to meet the evolving and diverse needs of the Asia market.

Toshiba’s consolidated injection molding machine plant now fully operational

Toshiba’s consolidated injection molding machine plant now fully operational

Toshiba (Elk Grove, IL) reports that its new 58,000-square-foot machine plant is now fully operational. The company began consolidating its operations from two locations less than a year ago, bringing together injection molding sales, service and assembly under one roof and doubling its footprint in the Midwest. The new facility is located just a few blocks from its North American headquarters and Midwest Technical Center.

“We started moving into our new building in May 2018,” said Project Sales Manager Mike Werner, who led the overall transition from two locations into one. “Over the past year, we’ve created one of the most efficient injection molding operations in the United States. Today, we have over 100 machines in inventory and ready to sell molders,” he added. Electric and servo-driven hydraulic injection molding machines ranging from 30 to 390 tons are available.

Among its new capabilities, Toshiba can power up machines for test runs, make software updates, handle special options on custom orders and provide complete inspections of machines prior to shipping.  As a result, new machine installations that used to take three or four days at a customer’s location can now be done in just a few hours.

Curbell Plastics acquires Nationwide Plastics

Curbell Plastics acquires Nationwide Plastics

Curbell Plastics Inc. (Orchard Park, NY) announced today that it has acquired Nationwide Plastics Inc., a full-service distributor with extensive plastic part fabrication and precision machining capabilities.

M&AThe move adds Nationwide Plastics’ 50-plus employees and three facilities—Arlington and Houston, TX, and Jackson, MS—to the national Curbell Plastics distribution network, which now totals 22 locations. Curbell distributes performance plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants and prototyping materials for manufacturing.

While Nationwide Plastics will operate as a division of Curbell for the immediate future, customers of each company will continue to receive access to both organization’s technically trained sales and business development teams, as well as the Curbell and Nationwide e-commerce websites, for their plastics needs.

“Nationwide Plastics was an excellent fit for Curbell because we share so much in common,” said Gerry Helbig, President of Curbell Plastics. “Once we spent time with their team and saw how they operated, it was clear the Nationwide team shares our emphasis on providing timely service, plus the exceptional value that comes from deep industry expertise and technical application knowledge. That’s why we’ve both been around for such a long time: Curbell dates back to 1942, and Nationwide began in 1979.”

Curbell Plastics, which has long served the Texas market from its own location in Arlington, expands its reach across the state through this acquisition by adding a physical presence in the heart of the oil-and gas-focused Houston region, said the company. The two Arlington locations will eventually combine to form the largest Curbell Plastics branch. By further expanding its footprint in the south via the Jackson location—the only plastics distribution facility in Mississippi—Curbell enhances its ability to supply the region with plastic materials and fabricated parts quickly and efficiently.

“We’re confident Nationwide Plastics customers will quickly see that the service level they’re used to will get even better as we combine our resources and talents with Curbell Plastics,” added Chris Jones, Nationwide Plastics Vice President. “One thing that was particularly attractive to me is the commitment Curbell makes to its employees, through training programs that are nationally recognized in our industry. I feel comfortable knowing that our team will take their careers to another level as they integrate into Curbell’s values-focused culture.”

The Nationwide Plastics purchase is Curbell Plastics’ largest acquisition to date, but the company said it won’t be its last, as it continues to explore opportunities for growth.