Medical Extrusion Technologies loses trademark bid

A U.S. trademark board last week shot down a bid by Medical Extrusion Technologies to trademark its name, ruling that the name is not distinct enough to trademark. MET applied to trademark its name for “polyurethanes in the form of sheets, films, pellets, granules, and tubes for use in the manufacture of medical devices, medical diagnostic devices,

Fluoropolymer medical tubing: What you need to know

Here are some important considerations when it comes to extrusion equipment and safety related to processing fluoropolymer medical tubing. Steve Maxson, Graham Engineering Corp. Medical tubing processors are showing more interest when it comes to venturing into the world of fluoropolymers – and for good reason. Materials such as FEP, PFA, PVDF and ETFE are

Tekni-Plex touting tubing and compounds at Medtec China

Tekni-Plex’s business units will be presenting its latest medical device tubing and compounds at Medtec China. The event is scheduled to take place Sept. 20–22 in Shanghai, China. Natvar is touting its full line of precision-crafted tubing solutions. It will include Natvar’s newest microextrusion alternative for neurovascular interventional therapies and surgery. The microtubing capabilities also

Qosina offering plastisol Y connectors

Qosina is touting the variety of Y connectors it stocks that are made from plastisol, a material used to make flexible components. Plastisol, also known as liquid polyvinyl chloride (PVC), offers great flexibility, according to Qosina. The material is Class VI approved and BPA- and latex-free. The Y connectors are made through dip molding rather than traditional injection

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

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

TE Connectivity acquires MicroGroup

TE Connectivity has acquired MicroGroup, a Medway, Mass.–based provider of precision metal shafts for medical devices. The deal, which TE Medical SVP and general manager Paraic Curtis announced in a message to customers on May 1, is but the latest in a number of acquisitions TE has made in recent years to strengthen its medical device

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