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

Victrex opens $13 million Polymer Innovation Center

Victrex recently announced that it has opened its new $13 million Polymer Innovation Center in Thornton Cleveleys, U.K. to help accelerate innovation. Victrex currently makes high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) as well as selected parts for gears and dental discs. In hopes of developing next-generation thermoplastic solutions, the new facility is fully-operational and is dedicated to research

This orthopedic implant was originally designed for NASA

A patient at the Rambam Medical Center in Israel was recently implanted with a polymer-made ballast that was originally designed for NASA. Roxana Smarsky has a disease that causes the head of her femur to contract. She recently had to have orthopedic surgery to replace her hip that was worn and causing pain because of

Solvay releases new PEEK polymer for implantable devices

Solvay has launched its new Zeniva ZA-600 CF30 polyetheretherketone (PEEK) designed for use in implantable device applications. Zeniva ZA-600 CF30 PEEK is a 30% carbon fiber-reinforced, radiolucent polymer that offers modulus that is similar to cortical bone. The polymer helps implants minimize bone density reduction while maintaining normal stress on surrounding bone tissues. The polymer

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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ChemSpec’s to distribute Dispersix adhesives

ChemSpec is now offering Dispersix silicone processing additives following a new distribution deal with Spherix Mineral Products. The recently-announced partnership with Spherix Mineral Products allows ChemSpec to offer medical device manufacturers and suppliers with additives that can improve silicone products. Dispersix is used in high consistency rubber (HCR) silicone cure chemistries. Aluminosilicates are recovered from

Raumedic to present polymer solutions at Compamed and Medica

Raumedic will be presenting its polymer solutions for medical and pharmaceutical applications at Compamed and Medica on Nov. 13-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company is showcasing its highly flexible, high-pressure tubing that is used for angiography as well as its disposable cartridges for wearable drug delivery systems. High-pressure tubing for angioplasty needs to have optimal

Solvay adds polymer portfolio for single-use biopharmaceutical processing

Five new medical-grade polymers for biopharmaceutical manufacturing have recently been added to Solvay’s offerings. Solvay hopes to support the industry’s shift toward single-use peripherals, filtration, bioreactors and containment by adding a new portfolio of polymers to its product family. The company created its new biopharmaceutical manufacturing portfolio using five product families in its offerings including

Foster Corp. to distribute Lotte ABS and polycarbonate polymers

Foster Corp. recently announced that has won an exclusive North American healthcare market distribution deal for Lotte Advanced Materials’ Starex acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and Infino polycarbonate polymers. The distribution deal – announced Sept. 29 and effective Nov. 1 – has Foster (Putnam, Conn.) providing sales, technical and order fulfillment support to customers from their regional stocking

Resonetics adds applications development lab and nitinol processing to San Diego facility

Resonetics has announced its plans to add a Lightspeed ADLTM application development lab to its manufacturing site in San Diego. The site will offer a variety of micro manufacturing tools to service medical device and diagnostics customers and will feature various laser wavelengths optimized for polymers, glass and metals. In addition, the San Diego facility

Raumedic presenting high-quality polymer solutions at MD&M East

Raumedic will be exhibiting at the MD&M East show in New York from June 13 to 15. The polymer processor will demonstrate a vast range of high-quality components for the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries at booth 1925. Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss their project and design ideas directly with the company’s representatives

Clariant touts latest Mevopur high-temp medical fluoropolymers

Specialty chemical company Clariant is focusing on the latest additions to its compounding capabilities for high-temperature, medical fluoropolymers in Booth 620 at the BIOMEDevice 2017 conference in Boston, May 3–4, 2017. Clariant recently completed a significant expansion at its plant in Lewiston, Maine, adding equipment that increases its capacity to compound high-temperature fluoropolymers, which include

Fluence Analytics is Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies’s new name

Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies announced a comprehensive rebrand and a name change to Fluence Analytics. Fluence Analytics (New Orleans) provides proprietary hardware and software products for the industrial and laboratory monitoring of polymer and biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes and R&D applications. The company’s patented technologies improve production efficiency and quality as well as accelerate R&D. “Fluence