Everything you need to know about medical device creation

Medtech development is hard. Medical device creation can require manufacturing know-how in areas as wide-ranging as electrical components, high-performance polymers, molding and machining – and that doesn’t even include the required expertise in design, regulatory requirements and achieving reimbursement. The good news is that the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts. Through

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How to make kink-resistant tubing work in smaller medical devices

Today’s implantable medical devices require bio-friendly silicone that keeps fluids flowing even when space is tight. Dan Sanchez, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Combining highly biocompatible silicone with the elasticity and durability of nylon creates a class of durable, crush- and kink-resistant tubing that’s ideal for today’s small yet highly complex medical devices. That’s because small is the

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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Foster touts extrusion technology and more at DeviceTalks Boston

For over 25 years Foster Corporation has been serving medical device manufacturers with technology and service in custom biomedical polymer compounding. Within two ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, Foster offers expert formulation development and production of polymer enhancements including radiopaque fillers, custom colors and other specialty additives. Featured technology: ProPell Compounds, PureEase, Medibatch Color Concentrates

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

Medical extrusion conference to be held outside Minneapolis

The Spotlight Medical Extrusion & Secondary Operations Conference will be held Nov. 7 at the Marriott Minneapolis West in St. Louis Park, Minn., according to its organizer Steve Maxson, Graham Engineering Corp.’s director of business development for extrusion. “The focus of our Spotlight conferences is on medical extrusion and secondary operations such as over-molding and tipping for catheters 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

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