Expanding design horizons with gas-assist molding

Gas-assist molding, the process of using nitrogen gas pressure to fully form a part, increases design and manufacturing options for injection molded components. Scott Rishell, Mack Molding Traditional plastic processing brings design and manufacturing benefits through repeatable, high-volume and high-quality part production coupled with cost reductions, but its versatility can be expanded in certain scenarios

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

These speedy BD robot arms store and retrieve medications in seconds

It’s not difficult to see hospitals and pharmacies challenged by dispensing thousands of drugs with speed and accuracy. As the number of drugs rises, so do security issues. To address both, the Rowa Division of BD in Germany has introduced two machines. The Rowa Vmax provides for the automatic storage and retrieval of boxed pharmaceuticals

Clippard announces newest high flow proportional electronic valves

Clippard (Cincinnati) recently announced its newest DVP series proportional solenoid valves, which the company describes as precision-built two-way control valves. The valves use a unique, patented valving principle and were designed as the next generation of the original EV line of Clippard “Mouse” valves. The newest valves have a life of over a billion cycles; a

Invuity is back with its PhotonBlade

Invuity has reintroduced its PhotonBlade to the market, more than three months after it recalled the minimally invasive surgery light due to “unintended energy discharge” during procedures. The new and improved PhotonBlade includes what Invuity officials describe as enhancements to improve energy delivery and provide optimized illumination performance.  The new PhotonBlade will ship to customers

Raumedic to present at CPhl Worldwide

Raumedic will be present at the pharma tradeshow CPhl Worldwide in Frankfurt, Germany, for the first time in several years. The event is scheduled to take place from Oct. 24-26. The company will showcase a variety of polymer products and components to trade show attendees as well as drug delivery systems and packaging solutions. Raumedic

Gerresheimer gets new CEO

Gerresheimer (Düsseldorf, Germany) recently announced that Christian Fischer is its new CEO, effective September 1. Fischer succeeds Uwe Röhrhoff, 55, who left the company as of Aug. 31. Fischer joined Gerresheimer’s management board as a regular member on Aug. 1; he was previously president of performance chemicals at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany, where he spent 24 years. “The supervisory

Peter Hahn appointed new business area president at Trelleborg Group

Peter Hahn has been appointed new Business Area President of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions as of January 1, 2018. He succeeds Claus Barsøe and will like his predecessor be a member of Group Management. Claus Barsøe will become EVP within Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, focusing on the transition to the new president and future business development. Peter […]

Insights into fastener torque auditing and certification

An improperly torqued screw can mean the difference between passing certification and product failure. A new technical article from Futek outlines the importance of gasket and seal integrity validation, as well as third-party repair certification, and standards compliance and traceability in this fastener validation process. Requirements for tool verification are similar, whether the end product is

Cell stacking technology creates living human organs

Research engineers at Brown University have figured out a way to build tiny versions of human organs one micro-level at a time, and Igus technology helped enable the innovation. Using cells that are shaped as microscopic honeycomb-like patterns, Jeffrey Morgan, a professor at the university, created a method that consists of precisely stacking molded cells and

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

MW Industries launches MW Industries Medical Solutions

MW Industries – a maker of springs, specialty fasteners, machined parts and other precision components – today announced the launch of a medtech-focused MW Industries Medical Solutions. MW Industries (Rosemont, Ill.) will be touting its capabilities this week in New York at MD&M East (Booth 721). MW Industries Medical Solutions’s business involves precision metal components

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

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