A breakthrough technology now enables the manufacture of plastic exterior components with complete interior coverage of pure glass. Attendees of the 2015 AACC Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo (July 26–30; Atlanta, GA, USA) are invited to visit Booth 3615 to learn about how the broad range of products envisioned from the application of this technology could provide numerous benefits, including for clinical science.
“This breakthrough will allow us to provide products that have the best of both worlds: the lightweight, break resistant properties of plastic with the barrier qualities and inert inner surface of pure glass,” said Wayne Brinster, president and CEO of Wheaton (Millville, NJ, USA), a leading provider of innovative plastic- and glass-based solutions for research, diagnostic, and specialty pharmaceutical industries. “For 126 years Wheaton has been an innovator in glass as well as plastic for laboratories. Customers look to us to solve their needs and this technology will allow us to develop purpose-built products that blend the features of both glass and plastic into a single innovative solution,” he added.
The technology is broadly applicable across the bulk of the company’s product range. Benefits of a pure glass interior include the elimination of compounds from the container contaminating the contents as occasionally occurs with plastic products, while also providing an interior surface with less vapor transmission and higher resistance to solvents. This is combined with the benefit of the lightweight plastic exterior protecting the glass from cracking and breakage.
“We understand that there are many applications where using a plastic product or a glass product are appropriate,” said Mr. Brinster, “But we also know that there are applications where having both materials in one product has long been needed. These premium products will fill those needs as none have been available until now. The tooling needed for broad production of the glass and plastic products is being built now and we expect to begin delivery of these products to customers in the fourth quarter this year.”
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
AACC 2015 Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo