Plastics Saving Lives (Includes Video)

Our industry impacts people in ways that might not be obvious from the day-to-day experience of working at a mold shop or molding operation. We recently covered one example, and organizers of NPE will showcase another.


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I like to think that at least a few of the articles I’ve written for MoldMaking Technology have had some positive impact on someone’s business, however minor. Although a regular paycheck is a necessary (and welcome) condition of my employment here, inspiration requires more than just that. I need to feel like I’m making a contribution to something outside myself.

I don’t think I’m alone in that respect. Nor do I think I’m alone in the sense that it can sometimes be difficult to connect day-to-day experience with any broader impact on the world. That’s why I was intrigued to see news about a special demonstration at the upcoming NPE show called “Vinyl Saves Lives.” The demonstration will showcase medical isolation units, protective garments and other products to show audiences what PVC in particular does for the medical industry. Read the press release to learn more.

That news, in turn, reminded me of a video we just released that also highlights a life-saving application in the plastics industry. Developed as a recruiting tool, it focuses on a young team of plastics industry professionals that helped create an IV tube check valve.  Our hope is that it shows promising career opportunities for creative, technology-minded youth who want to make a difference in the world. Check it out here.

(Congratulations to our editorial director, Christina Fuges, for her directorial debut, and many thanks to the various industry players that helped bring the video together, including the American Mold Builders Association, the Society of the Plastics Industry, the Mold Making and Mold Design Division of the Society of Plastics EngineersProject Lead the WayCreative TechnologyNyproMold, and Nypro ).