Silicone: Expanding the horizon for modern medical devices

Editor’s note: This article comes from Albright Technologies a manufacturer of custom silicone prototypes and provides volume production for medical, pharmaceutical, industrial, and other applications. Silicone materials have been around for more than 70 years. Beginning in the 1960s, silicones have played an important and evolving part in products designed for the medical field. Since that time,

Albright Technologies expands their silicone offerings

Albright Technologies, a rapid silicone prototyper, has added silicone injection molding tooling and services to its product lineup. Liquid silicone injection molding became a suitable product offering as Albright expanded its offerings to better serve the silicone molding market. While silicone prototypes are commonly manufactured with low volumes in mind; injection molded liquid silicone rubber parts are

BRAEBON and SomnoMed combine products to combat sleep apnea

BRAEBON Medical Corporation announces that the DentiTrac oral appliance compliance system has passed a regulatory hurdle and is now FDA cleared in the USA for use with the SomnoDent oral device. BRAEBON congratulates SomnoMed for being the first company to achieve this milestone. “We are pleased DentiTrac is launching in the US market. Accurate oral appliance

Anomet Platinum-Clad Tantalum wire designed for Implantable medical devices

Anomet Products custom manufactures a special clad composite wire that is biocompatible, strong, and corrosion-resistant for use in fabricating implantable medical devices. Anomet Platinum-Clad Tantalum Wire combines the properties of each alloy to provide a biocompatible, high-strength, and corrosion resistant radiopaque wire for use in short-term and long-term implantable medical devices. Suitable for coils, electrodes, leads,

Strategic patents can strengthen your innovation

In today’s innovation economy, a medical device company’s success depends on the strength and value of its patent portfolio. Recent statistics from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) show the issue rate for new medical device patents is exploding. In fact, the number of medical device patents issued by the USPTO has increased each

Interface Catheter Solutions unveils an automated balloon inspection system

Interface Catheter Solutions recently announced that its new Auto-i 360 balloon visual and dimensional inspection system upgrades significantly reduce cycle times. Interface completed recent Gage R&R (repeatability and reproducibility) analyses of the Auto-i 360. Results show that the system is accurate, consistent and reliable for balloon inspection processes. Furthermore, the Auto-i 360 significantly reduces inspector-to-inspector

Cicor now prints circuits on ceramic, glass and more

Cicor Advanced Microelectronics & Substrates (AMS) division has capabilities to provide the medical market with complex printed-wiring boards (PWBs), thin-film and thick-film circuits on ceramics, glass, silicone, polyimide, liquid crystal polymer foils and more. To complete the portfolio, micro assembly is also offered, including all assembly technologies like SMT, flip chip bonding, gold, platinum and

Conair equipment simplifies cleanrooms

The Conair Group is introducing MedLine, a range of auxiliaries to help medical plastics processors select, install, commission and start up white rooms and cleanrooms faster and with less paperwork than previously possible. The company has 170 units in all for molding and extruding of medical parts. The units combine features of ISO Class 7

Teleflex Medical OEM adds balloon catheter capabilities

Teleflex Medical OEM announces the addition of balloon catheter manufacturing technologies to its extensive portfolio of in-house capabilities. New product offerings include non-compliant, semi-compliant and compliant medical balloons for a variety of peripheral, coronary and neurovascular applications. Teleflex specializes in components for percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) procedures. As a

New neutral curing silicone passes USP Class VI and ISO Tests

Specially formulated for medical device applications, Master Bond presents MasterSil 912Med. MasterSil 912Med is a room temperature vulcanizing silicone system for high performance bonding, sealing and coating. This system meets both USP biocompatibility and ISO cytotoxicity standards and resists a variety of sterilization techniques such as gamma radiation, EtO and some types of liquid sterilants.

Design for Manufacturability opens doors to lower medical device costs

Engineers at Norman Noble, Inc. (NNI) say that product design contributes significantly to the overall cost of the finished medical device. Therefore, medical device OEMs that have the foresight to consider manufacturing and design issues upfront, can shorten their product development time, minimize development cost and ensure a smooth transition into production for quick time-to-market.

A Brief History of Neuromodulation Devices: How Parylene coatings improve

For over 40 years, SCS Parylene conformal coatings have provided protection to numerous medical devices and components, including those used in neuromodulation. Neuromodulation, the electric stimulation of a specific nerve or set of nerves, for an intended purpose, has been successfully used for many years to improve a wide range of medical conditions. As researchers

GW Plastics introduces in-house LSR tooling

With the benefits of in-house mold design-and-build, GW Plastics announces the expansion of in-house, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) tooling at their affiliate, GW Silicones. Shortly after founding GW Silicones, the company realized that offering in-house tooling capabilities would maximize efficiency and component quality, as well as improve responsiveness to clients. Understanding the differences and complexities of

Vention video tutorials for how to use PET heat shrink tubing

Vention Medical has created an advanced polymer that generates countless possibilities and uses within the medical device world. These five short video tutorials (just 30-90 seconds each) demonstrate how to use PET heat shrink tubing, which combines incredible strength and durability with extremely thin walls. Vention provides tip and tricks for using its PET heat shrink

ApiFix reaches another milestone in AIS treatment with its new device

ApiFix Ltd. announces that the company’s ApiFix system has now been used to correct scoliosis in 50 adolescents since the system was approved for marketing in Europe on June 15, 2015. ApiFix is a commercial-stage company that has developed the CE-marked ApiFix System, a non-fusion minimally invasive treatment alternative for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. “There is