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Materials in Medicine: Hemodialysis and Prosthetic Vascular Grafts

Posted on March 20th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

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Depiction of an ePTFE Arteriovenous Fistula Graft in a Human Arm (left); and Needle inserted in a Graft (right) (Source: W. L. Gore & Associates, www.goremedical.com)

Human kidneys are very important because they keep the composition, or makeup, of the blood stable, which lets the body function normally Continue reading “Materials in Medicine: Hemodialysis and Prosthetic Vascular Grafts” »

The Innovation Sequence

Posted on January 5th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Innovation can be a new idea, a new product, or a new process. An innovation needs to solve a problem in a new way, saving time or money or creating a new opportunity, otherwise it’s only a novelty.  With this in mind, what role can chemicals and materials play in the innovation process? Continue reading “The Innovation Sequence” »

Can You Save Money Safely?

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

A definitive analysis of history’s worst industrial disaster provides important insight into the disparity between process safety and saving money. Ask the average person what caused the Bhopal disaster and he or she will likely tell you that it all came down to economics. Continue reading “Can You Save Money Safely?” »

Start By Defining The “What” Instead Of The “How”

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

We know that the best way to kick off any design or development work is to get to grips with the problem we’re trying to solve. As we looked at last time, understanding who the key stakeholders are and what they’re most interested is an important first step in finding the right solution. Continue reading “Start By Defining The “What” Instead Of The “How”” »

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