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What Does It Mean To Be ITAR Certified?

September 17, 2020

A discussion on the importance of ITAR registration   Whether it is distributing M16 rifles for military operatives or manufacturing landing gear components for AC-130J gunships, facilities that deal with USML Defense Articles in the United States must be compliant with and registered under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).    ITAR regulates the production, sale and transport of munitions categorized under the United States Munitions List (USML).  There... Read More

Machining Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO): A Plastics Guide

September 15, 2020

An Informational Brief on Polymer Machining   Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO), also known by its trade name NORYL™, is an amorphous engineering thermoplastic.  It is generally used commercially for electrical components, automotive parts and in medical grade sterilizable medical instruments that require high heat resistance, dimensional stability and accuracy.  Some of its benefits include being low cost, light-weight with very low moisture absorption.   AIP has over 37 years of experience... Read More

What does it mean to be FDA registered?

August 11, 2020

A discussion on the importance of FDA registration to ensure QMS in plastics machining facilities   For businesses and facilities involved in the production and distribution of medical devices, FDA Registration is a requirement to machine or manufacture any plastic material that will be used in the United States medical market.   Therefore, if your manufacturer or machining shop is not FDA registered, start looking for a new facility with... Read More

Machining Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE): A Plastics Guide

July 30, 2020

Source: Plastics Today Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is part of the umbrella of polyethylene thermoplastics. Other peers include low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Although UHMWPE embodies many similar qualities as HDPE, it is much stronger and carries a significantly higher resistance to chemicals, wet environments and withstands abrasion 15 times greater than carbon steel. This is why, among its many applications, it is the most common material... Read More

Machining Polycarbonate (PC): A Plastics Guide

July 3, 2020

An Informational Brief on Polymer Machining   Polycarbonate, one of the oldest known polymers, was first discovered in 1898 by Alfred Einhorn at the University of Munich. It was not until 1953 that Bayer patented the first linear polycarbonate and branded it as "Makrolon". Ever since then, this material has become one of the most commonly used polymers across multiple industries.   Known for its durability, stability and clarity, polycarbonate... Read More