The Controlled Fluidics Plastics Blog

September 14, 2023

Flow Circuits & Controlled Fluidics Establish New Partnership for Plastics

Revolutionizing Fluidics Design A New Dynamic Partnership Flow Circuits & Controlled Fluidics  In the world of technology and innovation, partnerships between companies from different sectors can often yield groundbreaking results. Such collaborations can spark creativity, pool resources, and drive the development of cutting-edge solutions. Today, we’re excited to unveil an exciting new partnership between Flow…

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September 13, 2023

Plastic Machining with ABS Plastic

Pete Poodiack of Controlled Fluidics talks about ABS plastic and what makes it a popular material for plastic machining and fabrication. ABS stands for Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, but it’s more commonly known by its acronym ABS. This is a very popular thermoplastic used in a wide variety of applications. At Controlled Fluidics, we see this…

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February 17, 2023

Ultem Plastic Manifolds (Podcast)

Ultem can be a great choice for manifolds that need thermal strength, thermal resistance, and chemical resistance. Check out the podcast to learn more.

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February 10, 2023

Polycarbonate Plastic Manifolds (Podcast)

Polycarbonate is slightly more expensive than acrylic but has more thermal and chemical resistance. It can also come in medical-grade quality. Learn more on the podcast.

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February 3, 2023

Common Concerns of Bonded Manifolds (Podcast)

When designing bonded manifolds, you have to be aware of stress-cracking risks, cost, threading, and material choice. Listen to the podcast to learn more.

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January 27, 2023

COC and COP Plastic Manifolds (Podcast)

COC and COP plastics offer advantages over other amorphous materials. They are chemically resistant with great light transmission capabilities. Check out the benefits.

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January 20, 2023

Acrylic Plastic Manifolds (Podcast)

One of the most popular materials for a wide variety of applications, acrylic is low cost and offers high light transmission. Check out the podcast to learn more.

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January 13, 2023

Drilled Manifolds (Podcast)

Tom Rohlfs looks at the pros and cons of drilled manifolds. He explains the production process and outlines designs that are ideal for drilled production methods. John Maher: Hi, I’m John Maher. I’m here today with Tom Rohlfs, President and Principal Engineer at Controlled Fluidics, a plastics machining company specializing in precision manifolds. Our topic…

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January 11, 2023

Injection Molded Manifolds (Podcast)

An injection molded manifold features injection molded components bonded together to make a manifold. Look at the production process and pros/cons of injection molded manifolds.

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January 6, 2023

Microfluidic Manifolds (Podcast)

Microfluidic manifolds are manifolds with very small channels, typically below a half millimeter. Look at the manufacturing process for microfluidic manifolds.

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January 4, 2023

Multi-Layered Bonded Manifolds (Podcast)

Multi-layered bonded manifolds offer advantages over drilled manifolds with plugs. Multi-layered bonded manifolds allow you to create complex channel routing.

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December 30, 2022

Plastic Manifold Design (Podcast)

In this podcast, Tom Rohlfs talks with John Maher about the plastic manifold design process. He explains what customers should expect when they work with a manifold manufacturer through the design process. John Maher: Hi, I’m John Maher. I’m here today with Tom Rohlfs, President and Principal Engineer at Controlled Fluidics, a plastics machining company…

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December 28, 2022

Plastic Manifolds Overview (Podcast)

In this podcast, Tom Rohlfs provides an overview of manifolds. He explains their function. Then, he talks about which industries use manifolds, how they’re manufactured, and the materials used. John Maher: Hi, I’m John Maher. I’m here today with Tom Rohlfs, President and Principal Engineer at Controlled Fluidics, a plastics machining company specializing in precision…

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Triple-layered polycarbonate laminated manifold used on BioSentinal
May 11, 2022

Talking One-on-One with NASA

Recently, Controlled Fluidics had the opportunity to interview the chief technologist for small payloads at NASA Ames, Dr. Antonio Ricco, and Mr. Matthew Chin, systems engineer at Ames. Controlled Fluidics produces machined plastic fluid supply manifolds for experiments conducted by NASA Ames. Dr. Ricco and Mr. Chin were kind enough to tell us more about…

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April 8, 2022

Guest Interview: Bay Advanced Technology

We’ve got some fun news: Controlled Fluidics will now feature content exploring our work with our clients and referral partners. This is an exciting opportunity for everyone. We show how our products work, what problems they solve, and where they are used. Our partners get more exposure, and our connection strengthens. Today, we’re featuring an…

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engineer calibrating 5-axis cnc machine to create a custom plastic manifold
January 5, 2022

Plastic Machining vs 3D Printing: Which Is Better for Plastic Parts?

Controlled Fluidics is very selective about the technology, procedures, and materials we use to serve our clients. Our clients use plastic components in the healthcare industry, aerospace, scientific research, and more. Often critical to the proper functions of the device, our parts perform in high heat, high pressure, and chemically aggressive environments.   For these reasons,…

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October 28, 2021

Questions About Plastic CNC Machining

Your Questions on Plastic CNC Machining, Answered Controlled Fluidics practices precision and excellence from quote to finished product.  We use 5-axis CNC machines to produce customized plastic bonding and assembly work for each client.  We maintain our place at the forefront of utilizing the newest technologies and practices for precision plastic machining and manifold fabrication. …

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A collection of turned plastic parts used primarily in the life science industry
August 24, 2021

Plastic Manifolds for Medical, Research, and Life Science Applications

If your company produces medical,research, or life science devices, you should consider the advantages of components that utilize plastic manifolds. Bonded manifolds are uniquely capable of meeting the precise requirements of healthcare and life sciences, providing control of gas and chemicals. In addition, you can build many system components into manifolds, such as pumps, flow…

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Clear layered bonded manifold made from polycarbonate
July 27, 2021

Choosing the Best Plastics for Bonded Manifolds

Bonded manifolds offer a variety of benefits. Ease of design flexibility means manufacturers like Controlled Fluidics can create intricate channels in almost any configuration. Controlled Fluidics’ low-pressure bonding technology means channels retain their shape throughout the bonding process. The strength of the bond itself is another advantage. Capable of handling pressures to 150 psi, the…

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Amber-colored bonded manifold created from ultem plastic
July 16, 2021

What is a Bonded Manifold?

If you’ve spent time on our website, you are likely to encounter the term “bonded manifold.” But what exactly are those, and do you need one?  The field of fluidics, like electronics, requires smaller and smaller components.  These are items such as hand-held on-chip detection devices, nano-pumps for continuous drug delivery, and micro-power generators, and…

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Machined plastic parts can be complex to manufacture
March 15, 2021

Problem Solving with Difficult Plastic Parts

At Controlled Fluidics, we pride ourselves on solving our customers’ problems, no matter the challenge. Sometimes that means figuring out how to manufacture complex plastic parts involving tight tolerances, complicated geometries, and unstable materials. In fact, we have pushed the boundaries of plastic machining to help our customers design and create some of the world’s…

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Photo with several different micro machined parts.
February 16, 2021

Micro Manufacturing

Controlled Fluidics is a world class manufacturer of micro machined plastic components. We have the capabilities to produce micro components (in large or small quantities) to customers’ specifications and hold to tolerances of +/- .0005 or better.  When you are micro manufacturing plastic parts as tiny as .0005 in diameter, the parts can actually be…

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November 18, 2020

Controlled Fluidics Helps Fight COVID-19

*Updated May 27, 2021. When a global pandemic hits, there are some professions you expect to become essential: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery store clerks, helpdesk workers at Zoom, and…the employees at Controlled Fluidics. That’s right. You may not have realized it, but COVID-19 created a demand for plastic machined products, particularly those that go inside…

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September 1, 2020

Introducing the New Controlled Fluidics Website

Have you taken a spin around the Controlled Fluidics website lately? If not, it’s worth a minute of your time to see what’s new. With the following a new website design project, visitors can now enjoy three websites for the price of one. Controlled Fluidics has two sides to its business: bonded manifolds and machined…

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March 19, 2019

Controlled Fluidics: A Look Behind the Curtain

A lot can change over thirty years, and plastic machining and manifolds are no exception. To say Controlled Fluidics engineers have seen the precision plastic machining industry change is a gross understatement. Today, we use cutting-edge technology, innovative design, and new polymers to create components destined for applications that were still in the realm of…

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January 30, 2019

Extreme Operating Conditions and Plastic Components

You can find plastic machined parts and manifolds as critical parts of devices in almost any environment: from cell counters in a climate-controlled lab to components on the International Space Station. When machining components that must perform under extreme operating conditions, a good engineer understands that selecting the right material is a critical step.  One…

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clear plastic machined product
December 7, 2018

Three Ways a 5-Axis CNC Machine Improves the Plastic Machining Process

Advances in technology depend on increasingly complex components. Plastic machined components and manifolds are no exception and must perform accurately and consistently in more demanding environments than ever before. Some components can only be produced with 5-axis machines, such as items used in the aerospace, medical, or space flight industries.    While expert engineers can design…

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Clear COP manifolds
October 31, 2018

Polymer Medical Components: Making the Medical Industry Safer

When engineering devices with medical applications, it’s critical to keep patient safety at the center of all design choices. Fortunately for the engineers working on medical components, polymers combine the favorable properties of glass and metal with unique properties that create better, safer components. As a result, increased use of polymers in medical applications –…

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purple gloves holding up an unpolished plastic part and a polished plastic part for comparison
September 10, 2018

A Guide to Plastic Polishing

When a project calls for optically clear or smooth components, it’s simple to turn to glass or quartz as a material solution. However, while either material will produce an optically clear or smooth product, polished plastic may be the better choice. Polished plastic offers all the benefits of plastic polymers. It offers durability, lightness, or…

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Blue transparent plastic fluidic manifold
July 31, 2018

Why Choose Plastic Machined Parts Over Metal Components

When your manifold or precision component project is in its early stages, material selection is just as critical to success as the design itself.  Unfortunately, narrowing down your options to the ideal choice can be challenging. It might be tempting to simply choose a material that has worked fine in the past. However, a fine…

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plastic machining part made from COP
June 19, 2018

Plastic Machining Projects: Five Plastics that Can Take the Heat

A successfully completed high-performance plastic machined part or manifold performs consistently well under even the most stressful conditions. In addition, professional machining and polishing prevent dangerous, costly malfunctions.  While final success depends on many factors falling into place, selecting the right material for the job is essential to get you on the right track. The…

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Clear manifold designed for medical devices
May 1, 2018

4 Signs You Need Controlled Fluidics for A Plastic Machining Project

Are you in the beginning stages of planning a plastic machining or manifold project? You’ve clarified what kind of product you need, the specifications it needs to meet, and the environment in which it will need to perform. Now it’s time to wade into the world of design, material selection, and production. The expert team…

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