Spectrum Plastics announced fundamental business platforms

Spectrum Plastics Group today announced three fundamental medical business platforms as it seeks to better explain the breadth of services the new company can provide the medical device industry. Spectrum (Alpharetta, Ga.) is just six months old – formed from the merger of Pexco and PPC Industries. “From component manufacturing to packaging and finished device assembly,

9 exhibitors to check out at MD&M Minneapolis

MD&M Minneapolis is an event that brings together more than 5,500 medtech professionals and more than 600 suppliers together at one of the largest medical device industry hubs in the United States. Here are nine exhibitors showcasing some of their latest technologies and services at the show, which takes place Nov. 8–9 at the Minneapolis

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Virtual tubing model analysis can accelerate complex catheter shaft design

Michael Holt, Integer Virtual tubing model analysis optimizes catheter design to help engineers reach final design freeze faster and shorten time to market. As medical procedures become more complex, engineers are challenged to develop smaller, thinner-walled catheters to keep pace with high-performance clinical demands. Conventional catheter prototyping relies on a manual, time-consuming trial-and-error process involving

Incorporating steerability into your catheter: Here’s what you need to know

Here are seven key design and development considerations you need to keep in mind for catheters with steerability. Anthony Appling, Freudenberg Medical As medical technology continues to advance, physicians who specialize in minimally invasive procedures also have advancing expectations. They want better performance and improved functionality in the catheters and delivery systems they use. One

Sensirion completes development of single-use liquid flow sensor

Sensirion has announced that product development for its single-use liquid flow sensor LD20 has been completed and is ready for production. The flow sensor is designed to quickly and precisely measure the lowest flow rates and has already received a number of international awards. The sensor is compact and cost-effective and can be used for

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