Fitsco’s LiteFit plastic inserts attract medical attention

Philip Schofield Fitsco CEO, says the material offers design engineers the further advantages of lightness, durability and resistance to corrosion.

Fitsco says the fact that medical scanners can see through the new plastic inserts has attracted interest due to the potential use in or on body applications in a variety of medical devices. Medical equipment manufacturers, scanner staff and patients can all benefit from the use of LiteFit plastic inserts.

For prosthetics or in body devices, using LiteFit threaded inserts will obviates concerns on the potential material deterioration or degradation that may occur with metal inserts.

“Reducing the metal content in the scanning machines themselves is an opportunity being welcomed by the manufacturer we are currently in design discussions with,” said Schofield.

“At the same time, using our new plastic inserts for medical devices worn either in or on the person being scanned allows better imaging to be provided to medical teams, with obvious advantages to patients as a direct result.”

Schofield added: “Moreover, patients also benefit from something that is lighter and less likely to be affected by degradation. So, if they are required to wear prosthetics or have anything carried within them that requires secure mechanical threaded fastening, LiteFit can make a difference.”

Article – British Plastics & Rubber

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“Plastic Inserts”

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The ‘insert industry’ has not changed its manufacturing methods in over 50 years
so we’re very proud to have launched a totally new ‘patent pending’ threaded insert range which will be of great interest to designers, especially those who are involved in the automotive, aerospace and medical markets where weight saving is an important criterion.

We have developed an innovative process of producing plastic threaded inserts,
used predominately by compression and injection molders, that can offer a
“weight saving” of up to 80% over the traditional, brass, steel or stainless steel
product without any loss in performance.

The method of manufacture means that parts can be produced in low, medium or high volumes without the need for expensive injection moulding tooling.

Benefits:
  • Up to 80% “Weight Saving” over traditional metal inserts
  • Environmentally friendly – fully recyclable
  • Excellent Chemical Resistance
  • High Mechanical Strength
  • No plating required
  • Food Compliant
  • Electrical Insulator

New Product Launch

Interplas

Interplas’17 – NEC Birmingham

Stand A36, Hall 4    Tuesday 26th September @ 11.00am

We’ll be revealing a new ‘patent pending’ product range’ which will be of great interest to designers, especially those who are involved in the automotive market where weight saving is an important criterion.

We’re always innovating new ways of providing the best solution to suit customer demands and offer inserts in a range of materials, full technical support ensuring the best product is chosen to suit an application and the view that “anything is possible”.

 

Q: Would you like a “sneak preview” before the show?

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Fitsco at Automechanika 2016

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We will be exhibiting on the UK Pavilion stand at Automechanika Frankfurt.

You find us in Hall 4.1 on stand E63, from the 13th to the 17th of September at the Messe Frankfurt Venue.

 

As we are on the UK Pavilion stand we will be exhibiting along fellow British companies who also supply to the automotive industry. See a full list and links below.

 

There will also be an interpreter available to make it easier for customers who do not speak English to communicate with ourselves and fellow companies on the stand.

 

Our founder & CEO Philip Schofield will be on hand to discuss customers’ needs and suggest our best solution.

We’ll be showcasing the inserts we most commonly supply to the automotive industry. Along with a selection of the custom inserts we have manufactured for customers who require something more bespoke. Allowing customers to see the range of our capabilities.

 

Gold Key Media Germany GmbH have kindly provided us with copies of their ‘Best of Automechanika’ publication. Providing visitors with an informative guide to the show and highlights of this year’s Automechanika. Customers are more than welcome to pop by to collect a copy.

 

Automechanika

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Companies on the UK Pavilion: Moseley Brothers, Ranger Stork, Autins, Advanex, Silent Sensors

Contact sales: sales@fitscoindustries.com

Call: 01746 769188

 

VCR Finally Dies……

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With the announcement of the end of production of the Video Cassette Radio (VCR) player this month we look at other products made by the plastics industry that have been replaced and succeeded by new technology. We also look at some that have survived!!

First up…The VHS

The injection moulded Polycarbonate plastic, Digital Video Disk (DVD) released in 1995, meant consumers had access to a higher quality picture and sound. Coupled with the developments in TV recoding from Sky+, TiVo and Virgin Media, the need and want for Video dwindled. It was 12 years ago that Dixons phased out sales of VCR players and they are also a name to have disappeared from our highstreets. Some will never know what it was like to have a video chew up inside the player, food or other random objects being posted into the player and finally (thankfully), no small hands being pushed into the letterbox sized cassette hole.

(The VHS cassette was made from a Polypropylene plastic shell, which in the case of Sony was vacuum formed. This then housed its Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) tape)

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Image from: http://www.thevhsconverter.com/shop/4578617103/vhs-tape-to-dvd/5516569

Next up, the Floppy Disk!

The small square plastic container made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) which housed its flimsy disk and protected it from damage. In its day it was the only way to store and exchange data you had created on your giant chunky computer. This enabled you to take it with you and share it. Due to small storage space and developments in software, the creation of the re-writable CD and the rise of the USB flash drive allowed consumers to store larger sizes of data in a more portable device. The floppy disk is no longer a commonly used way to store data, although it is still used for some systems in manufacturing…..CNC machines for example. The younger generations have been heard to refer to a floppy disk as a ‘3D printed save icon’…..which to them, it is. To those of us who used a floppy disk, we know the real reason the save icon is that little square.

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For some this will bring back warm fond memories, the Walkman !! (You cool kids!) or more importantly in this case the ‘Tape’!!

A trademark of the Japanese giants Sony…..the Walkman allowed consumers to listen to their cassette tapes while on the move it offered ‘privatised personalisation.’ The cassette tape (or tape) was a small polyester type plastic case that housed the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) tape. You could buy them pre-recorded or blank versions which allowed you to record. Consumers used them in dictaphones and many used them to record their favourite radio stations. It is also where the term ‘mix tape’ originates from as many users made a compilation of their favourite songs, a popular gift to give to someone you cared about (Hands up if you made one with mushy songs for your crush). You couldn’t skip a track you had to fast forward or rewind and hope you didn’t go too far. Also it could at times get chewed up in the player so you had to rewind it by hand with a bic biro pen. Similarly, to the Video Cassette, the tape is another product that has been replaced, in this case by the Compact Disc (CD).

This then naturally lead to the creation of the Discman. The portable disc player. Which did pretty much everything the Walkman did however you couldn’t move around with it too much because the movement would move the disc inside causing it to skip. Later models fixed this but many will remember trying to be steady while playing their CD.

VCR 3

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‘I’m a survivor, I’m not gonna give up…..’

While CD’s are used less they are still being sold and used. Sometimes you can’t beat holding your music instead of downloading it.

Vinyl, the (originally Shellac) polyvinyl chloride disc was released in 1948 then dropped from mainstream markets in 1991. It has seen increasing sales year on year since 2009. It may be old but it’s still cool. With new artists such as: Adele, Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar releasing their music on Vinyl for the mainstream markets.

While our tastes as consumers may change, technology adapts and evolves, some products that were once the object of desire will become a memory. Luckily for many of our customers and us also, the plastics industry will continue to grow as new products replacing old will still need to be made from similar materials.

So it’s farewell to the VCR, hello to the new exciting products (some with the need for more inserts though….cheeky product plug!).

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Contact us today for any information or help you need with choosing the right plastic or threaded inserts for your current and future projects.

01746 769188

sales@fitscoindustries.com

www.fitscoindustries.com

FAST Exhibtion 2016

Exhibiting at the FAST Exhibition (Fastener & Assembly Solutions and Technology) in Manchester on the 21st April’16 is seen as an important move for us as it’s an area of the country we’ve not exhibited in before. As a UK manufacturer the show allows us the opportunity to speak ‘face to face’ with designers, engineers and purchasing.

A ‘free service’ we now offer to designer engineers is the ability to download CAD files, via our ‘GrabCad’ site, which will make it easier for designers and engineers to incorporate our parts in their designs.

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This year’s Fast Exhibition also includes entry to the PPM Exhibition (Plastics Prototyping and Metals). PPME is specifically aimed at OEM’s sourcing plastic mouldings, rapid prototyped parts and ancillary services. This is a sector we have recently become more involved in, supplying different types of threaded inserts in both ‘low’ and ‘high’ volumes.

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What you can expect from us at the show?

Jess Parsons (Sales – ‘New Business’) is specifically at the show to meet people who may have never dealt with us previously and is the point of contact for all of our new customers. She can help to organise any additional requirements you may have to ensure your experience with us is the best it can be and existing customers, who have any new and upcoming projects, can also contact Jess for further assistance.

Visit us at the show on Stand 29.

Please discuss any issues you are having with using inserts in plastics, wood and metals with us, as with over 30 year experience in the threaded insert business, we are sure to be able to find a solution to any problems you may be having.

Contact Jess: Jess@fitsco.co.uk

Call us: 01746 769 188