Reinforced silicone tubing: 6 things you need to know

Biocompatibility, flexibility and durability make extruded silicone a top medical device tubing choice. Keep these six things in mind when reinforcing it. Dan Sanchez, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions When it comes to their use in medical device, silicone tubes are getting even better –enhanced with a variety of reinforcements and coatings that help manufacturers meet the

Zeus touts extremely thin-walled extrusions

Zeus Industrial Products announced that it has launched its new PTFE Sub-Lite-Wall Streamliner extrusion series. The Sub-Lite-Wall adds to Zeus’ line of extremely thin-walled extrusions and represents the latest breakthrough in the company’s catheter line. The product line further advances the company’s catheter design that improves patient care and clinical outcomes. Zeus’ Sub-Lite-Wall StreamLiner XT

The ins and outs of microextruded medical tubing

Microextruded medical tubing could enable increasingly smaller surgical and home care products, according to Tekni-Plex’s Natvar.  Surgical and home care products including catheters are becoming increasingly complex and smaller in size. Neurovascular interventional therapies and surgical procedures also require tight tolerances for those small sizes. Until now, options for these components were limited to glass

Comar acquires ProPlas Technologies

Packaging and dispensing provider Comar recently announced that it is enhancing its offerings through its acquisition of ProPlas Technologies, in yet another example of consolidation in the medical device contract manufacturing space. “Comar’s recent investments in a class 8 cleanroom and new innovation design center, combined with the acquisition of ProPlas, will position the business to

11 companies with interesting technology at MD&M East

Thousands of engineers and executives are expected to descend on the Javits Center in New York next week for MD&M East, the largest medical device manufacturing event on the East Coast. Fun attractions include Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak delivering a keynote speech, the 19th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards, robot battles and a 3D printed

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Tekni-Plex announces new $15 million China manufacturing facility

Tekni-Plex said today that it has invested $15 million in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Shanghai, in Suzhou, China. The new facility is meant to meet the growing needs of the Asia-Pacific medical device and pharmaceutical market, according to Wayne, Pa.–based Tekni-Plex. Some production is already underway at the more than 140,000-square-foot facility. Tekni-Plex is

Silicone and medical devices: 7 things you should know about it

Drew Rogers, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. Silicone’s popularity for use in medical devices has been growing.  This is due to its compatibility with bodily fluids and strong chemical structure. Advancements in medical polymers are also part of this push toward next-generation single-use medical devices, implants and packaging technology. In order to get the right material, configuration and

Navtar expands medical tubing portfolio

Natvar, a Tekni-Plex company, has launched thermoplastic microextrusion tubing. The technology is used in neurovascular interventional therapies and surgical applications. Microextrusion tubing offers a replacement for glass and fluoropolymers, and the company promises short development lead time. The new tubing option could help drive innovation in these therapeutic spaces. Microextruded options include monolayer, coextruded, multi-lumen tubing or profiles

Shin-Etsu Silicones launches Sil-X-Shintm extrusion series for tubing applications

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America (SESA) has recently announced the launch of their newest HCR (High Consistency Rubber) product line Sil-X-ShinTM Silicone Elastomers. The platinum, addition-cure series includes two distinct HCR extrusion versions: Methyl-Vinyl and Phenyl Silicone specifically engineered for extruded tubing and profiles and designed for use in healthcare, beverage and architectural glazing applications. Both

10 companies with interesting technology at BIOMEDevice Boston

Updated May 5, 2017 BIOMEDevice Boston provided an opportunity for over 4,000 engineers and executives and 400 suppliers in New England’s design and manufacturing industry to connect. It annual event is an industry showcase created by UBM in partnership with Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC). The event – which ran May 3–4 at the Boston

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Maguire vacuum resin dryer handles more molding, extrusion applications

A new vacuum resin dryer enables more molding and extrusion processors to obtain the substantial advantages of vacuum dryers over conventional desiccant systems, including lower operating cost, increased efficiency and greater control over the drying process, according to the vacuum dryer’s maker Maguire Products. The VBD 300 vacuum dryer from Maguire (Aston, Pa.) achieves throughputs of

New Raumedic CEO appointed in the U.S.

Germany-based Raumedic AG announced that it has appointed William F. Gearhart as CEO at its U.S. operations. He will be responsible for developing the Raumedic brand in North America. “After a thorough search, we concluded that Bill’s leadership and experience in the medical engineering industry, along with his considerable track record of success in the

Micro-manufacturing: 5 things you need to know

The health outcomes that minimally invasive surgical devices provide – shorter hospital stays and recovery periods – are as remarkable as the micro-manufacturing methods that produced the devices. Micro-manufacturing involves more than making conventional tooling smaller. Micro-extrusions and micro-molding also involve ultra-fine wires and electronic components. Helmbrechts, Germany-based Raumedic, which has its U.S. headquarters in

Raumedic showing off tiny tubing, multilayer tubing at MD&M West

As a polymer component system provider for the medical technology and pharmaceutical industry, Raumedic will be exhibiting at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, Califoria in February. The company will be demonstrating its ability to implement customer ideas in products that expertly combine functionality and cost-effectiveness. This year, the themes guiding Raumedic’s presence at MDM

Vention Medical expands PEEK extrusion offerings online

Vention Medical has expanded its extrusion offerings to their online store, offering 25 new and different configurations of PEEK extrusion tubing. It offers 30 different sizes of extrusion tubing, with PEEK’s extrusion sizes ranging from 0.5 FR to 13 FR, an OD of 0.051 mm to 4.267 mm and wall thickness ranging from 0.424 mm