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Fiber laser process targets medical plastics welding

from Plastics Today

A powerful laser technology originally developed for the telecommunications industry now is targeting plastic welding and has significant implications for medical markets because it eliminates use of dyes and other additive extractables. It also may expedite the welding of polyolefin elastomers that are bidding to replace polyvinyl chloride for intravenous tubing and bags. The technology, developed in Russia in the 1990s by academic researchers, was introduced at NPE2012 and discussed in a presentation at Antec by IPG Photonics of Oxford, Mass., which had never exhibited at NPE before but now views nonmetallic welding as one of its biggest growth areas. more

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