This technology allows package sterilization of silicones with in-situ curing

New methods of sterilization have made customizable implantable silicones a possibility. This exciting technology advance could allow better sealing, occlusion and repair or support within a patient’s body. Avantor has developed packaging to sterilize the silicone so that the material can be cured in-situ. Julie Cameron, VP of business development and marketing for the Nusil

IME Technologies relocates R&D and production facility

IME Technologies has relocated its R&D and production facility in the Dutch town of Geldrop to a larger facility in Waalre, near Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The new building will allow the IME Technologies to make its electro spinning machines autonomously as well as the actual extracellular matrices or scaffolds that are needed for medical

4 ways medical device industry suppliers can save their clients money

Count Spectrum Plastics Group (Alpharetta, Ga.) among the medical device industry suppliers adding capabilities and expertise in order to add value to what they provide their customers. Long gone are the days when medtech contract manufacturers simply made orders to spec. As four recent case studies out of Spectrum highlight, it’s all about branching out

Polyplastics rolling Topas Advanced Polymers into Polyplastics USA

Engineering thermoplastics supplier Polyplastics said today that it will merge its affiliate Topas Advanced Polymers (Florence, Ky.) into Polyplastics USA, effective April 1. The merger will add Topas‘s cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) resins to Polyplastics USA’s existing portfolio of POM (acetal), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), and polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) engineering polymers. The combined business have its headquerters

Henkel introduces new medical device adhesives that cure in seconds

Henkel Corp. recently introduced Loctite AA3951 and Loctite AA3953 — two new high-elongation, high-flexibility, LED-curable adhesives specifically designed for use on flexible medical devices made of TPE and TPU. Both TPE and TPU are substrates that medical device manufacturers are increasingly specifying, according to Henkel. The new adhesives have a fixture time of 1 to 3 seconds

Designing wearables: How to make sense of your material options

The medical device industry’s knowledge base continually evolves regarding what works — and what doesn’t — for wearable applications. Gain insight into some material selection considerations for skin-worn wearable design and development. Deepak Prakash, Vancive Medical Technologies In the dynamic wearables sector, medical device makers are searching for ways to translate their expertise into mobile,

Covestro releases new polycarbonate with resistance to solvents, cleaning agents

Covestro has released Makrolon Rx3440, a material designed to withstand solvents found in oncology treatments — as well as cleaning agents. The medical polycarbonate offers durability and chemical resistance to help prevent cracking so that healthcare professionals can more safely deliver oncology drugs to patients. Cancer treatments are hard on plastics, noted Lauren Zetts, North America

Why PEEK is so hard to extrude

PEEK — a popular material for catheters and minimally invasive tubing — can trip up novices when it comes to extrusion. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is known throughout the medical device industry for its toughness, strength and high heat thermal characteristics. It’s often used to replace metal components in medical devices; because it’s a thermoplastic it can be injection-molded

Hydrofera co-founder buys back business from Hollister

Hydrofera co-founder Tom Drury and a group of investors have bought back the Hydrofera business from Hollister. The sale closed Jan. 31, according to a news release out yesterday. Financial terms were not disclosed. The company ‘s Hydrofera Blue offerings are polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) foam products for medical applications. Drury had stayed on as Hydrofera’s COO after

Zeus to spend $75 million on South Carolina expansion

Advanced polymer extrusion, material science and tubing company Zeus plans to spend $75 million on an expansion of its Calhoun County, S.C., operations — with plans to add 350 jobs in coming years. The expansion will take place about 2 miles from Zeus’ existing Gaston, S.C. facility, the Orangeburg, S.C.–based company announced Feb. 2. When

MD&M West: 10 technologies you should know

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to get lost on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the event last week, you may have missed a lot. From a new robotics insights display from Rethink Robotics to a disinfectant-resistant plastic

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Spectrum Plastics Group buys Apex Resource Technologies

Spectrum Plastics Group (Alpharetta, Ga.) is expanding its specialty products and design engineering offerings through its acquisition of Apex Resource Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in today’s announcement. Apex has more than 60 people at its 45,000-square-foot facility in Pittsfield, Mass., and is a full-service design engineering, tooling and injection molding operation.

Could this Eastman polymer improve medical device housing durability?

Specialty plastics provider Eastman used the recent MD&M West to tout the ability of its MXF221 copolyester to hold up to repeated application of hospital disinfectants. Eastman officials think MXF221 could be a new option for medical device manufacturers – especially because a cracked housing could endanger the electronics inside expensive equipment including ultrasound and

Dow touts versatility in latest LSR grades for overmolding

Dow Medical Solutions, a business unit of the DowDuPont Specialty Products Division has introduced two new liquid silicone rubber (LSR) technologies to support a broader range of rigid plastic substrates for overmolding applications. These new elastomeric products give designers and manufacturers greater options for creating differentiated devices with improved safety and durability. The two grades include

Secant Group officials think they’ve cracked vascular regeneration: Here’s how

Secant Group today announced what it described as game-changing technology to advance vascular regeneration, solving problems that surgeons presently have when it comes to vascular harvesting and the non-resorbable synthetic graft compliance mismatching. The technology, which Secant (Telford, Pa.) developed in partnership with its sister company SanaVita Medical, involves a synthetic small bore vessel with a hollow