TOPAS Advanced Polymers

Sodick to Mold COC Microfluidic Components at MD&M West

Molding Demonstration is Planned at Booth 4071

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., January 27, 2017 – Sodick injection molding machines from Plustech Inc., Schaumburg, Ill., a leading supplier of precision injection molding machinery, will showcase the unique capabilities of its equipment by injection molding microfluidic chips made of TOPAS® cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) from TOPAS Advanced Polymers, Florence, Ky., (Booth 662) at the MD&M West 2017 show Feb. 7-9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. At booth 4071, Sodick will feature the Sodick GL30 micro-injection molding machine producing a microfluidic part incorporating micro details.

The live molding demonstration includes a mold supplied by Plas-Tech Engineering Inc., Geneva, Wis. (Booth 541), a leading custom molder of medical devices and diagnostic components. Automation will be provided by Star Automation with a side-entry robot that will remove the part from the mold.

The prototype application demonstrates the growing use of COC in diagnostic products such as microfluidics and microplates. TOPAS COC delivers superior purity, chemical resistance and UV transparency compared to competitive thermoplastics like polystyrene (PS), PMMA (acrylic), and polypropylene (PP), while being much easier to manufacture in volume via simple injection molding compared to alternatives like glass and silicones. With the exceptional (92%) clarity and mold detail of TOPAS COC, well counts are maximized, flow channels can be incorporated, and analyses are optimized.

Due to its ultra-high purity, TOPAS COC has lower leachables and extractables than competing materials, resulting in the most reliable and repeatable results. The inert nature of the material prevents interference with reactions and analyses. Other important features include the best available UV transparency of any plastic, heat resistance suitable for PCR or sterilization, and low autofluorescence.

TOPAS COC is making strong inroads in these microfluidic applications including a unique crystallization microplate from MiTeGen LLC, Ithaca, N.Y., a provider of innovative consumables for X-ray diffraction, crystallography, and protein crystallization for academic, pharmaceutical, industrial, and government research. MiTeGen’s new In-Situ-1TM crystallization plate uses TOPAS® COC for its superior moisture vapor resistance and x-ray transparency compared to competitive thermoplastics.

The strong capability of TOPAS COC for fine detail is a key benefit for advanced microfluidic designs. One customer has used TOPAS 5013S-04 to create a line of products featuring thousands of highly consistent 3-micron diameter wells. Others have developed microfluidic discs for medical analyses, modular kits for microfluidic device development, and a 3D printer that utilizes TOPAS 8007S-04 for prototyping of microfluidic designs. Some customers have taken advantage of the strong dimensional stability and low shrinkage of TOPAS COC grades. In one example, a customer has created cylinders with a zero draft angle.

The Sodick GL30 is a high-performance model that offers excellent repeatability and accurate plasticization. The machine provides advanced injection for micro features with extremely tight tolerances. It includes Sodick’s V-Line two-stage plunger system, which separates the plasticization and injection processes for consistent measurement and injection of the melt stream. The 30-ton machine incorporates a true hybrid clamping mechanism utilizing an upgraded servo motor-controlled hydraulic pumping system.

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About Sodick
Sodick, with headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, is a global supplier of high-precision injection molding machines. The company developed its own design of V-LINE Two-Stage Plunger Style injection molding machines in 1988 through its experience with Sodick (www.sodick.jp), the largest EDM manufacturer, and its relationships with tool makers. Sodick’s entire line-up of high-precision injection molding machines are designed and built in Kaga, Japan. The company offers horizontal injection molding machines (thermoplastic, LSR) from 5 ton-650 ton and vertical injection molding machines (thermoplastic, LSR) from 20 ton-150 ton. More information is available at www.plustech.com. 

About Plustech, Inc.
Plustech, Inc., the North American branch of Sodick, Inc., is located in Schaumburg, IL. Sodick injection molding machines are exclusively sold and serviced by Plustech in North America. Sodick is a global leader in the manufacturing of precision injection molding machines and has had a presence in North America since the 1990s. Sodick is known for their patented V-Line, two-stage plunger injection system, horizontal 10- to 650-ton, and vertical 3- to 150-ton injection molding machinery. The company offers its customers the support they need to compete and succeed with new technologies and unmatched reliability.

About Plas-Tech Engineering Inc.
Plas-Tech Engineering, based in Lake Geneva, Wis., serves the medical device, biopharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries by providing distinctive plastic parts and first-class molds. The company specializes in sophisticated molding processes, medical grade materials for injection molding, intricate tooling, and highly engineered components for the medical device and pharmaceutical delivery and packaging markets. Through early design involvement, Plas-Tech focuses on optimized design for manufacturability, design for assembly, and material processing to help customers meet cost targets. The company is ISO 13485 and FDA registered, and offers Class 6-8 clean room manufacturing. For more information, visit www.plastechengineering.com.

About TOPAS Advanced Polymers
TOPAS Advanced Polymers is the world’s leading maker of cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), a glass-clear and incredibly pure plastic for healthcare, optics, packaging, and electronics applications. From insulin delivery, to food contact films, to tablet and smartphone displays, TOPAS COC is the high-performance material of choice. The broad global regulatory compliance of TOPAS COC can make your next development a simpler task. Learn more at www.topas.com.

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Joseph Grande
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About TOPAS Advanced Polymers

TOPAS Advanced Polymers is the world’s leading maker of COC (cyclic olefin copolymer), a glass-clear and extremely pure plastic for healthcare, optics, packaging, and electronics applications. From insulin delivery, to food contact films, to tablet and smartphone components, TOPAS COC is the high performance material of choice. The broad global regulatory compliance of TOPAS COC can make your next development a simpler task. 

TOPAS Advanced Polymers also supplies the chemical raw material norbornene. A joint venture of Polyplastics Co., Ltd., and Daicel Corporation, the company is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, with a U.S. subsidiary in Florence, Ky. It operates the world's largest COC plant in Oberhausen, Germany. For more information, click on the links at the top of this page.

TOPAS® is a registered trademark of TOPAS Advanced Polymers for its family of cyclic olefin copolymer resins.