MD&M West: Here’s what you may have missed

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to lose your way on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the February 2018 event, you may have missed a lot. From Omron to Micromo to MedPlast to Apex Motion Control, WTWH Media

Rethink Robotics wants to make advanced manufacturing smarter: Here’s how

Rethink Robotics is touting a value-add to its Sawyer manufacturing robots: a new feature called Intera Insights that displays key performance indicators (KPIs) on a customizable on-robot display, as well as on smart devices on the same network. Think easy access to metrics including cycle time, part count, speed and force. “Instead of just having it be ones and

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

MasterControl thinks it can speed up validation: Here’s how

MasterControl officials are touting cloud-based software-as-a-service as a way for medical device manufacturers to speed up validation processes. Their first validation excellence tool (VxT) involves risk-based software validation. The VxT — which MasterControl (Salt Lake City) showed off last week at MD&M West in Anaheim, Calif. — is a value-add on top of MasterCloud’s software solutions.

4 ways to make sensors work for mobile health

Healthcare systems in the U.S. and around the world are increasingly turning to mobile health – keeping people out of expensive hospitals and instead treat people’s health problems from their homes. Sensors have a major role to play in enabling the shift. Sensor technology can help make up for the fact that the home, unlike

MD&M West 2018: Medtech supplier innovations you need to know

Updated Feb. 5 More than 20,000 engineers and executives are expected to gather and network for the annual MD&M West – one of the largest annual medical device manufacturing events. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 6–8, and houses an array of industry suppliers showcasing their latest technologies and manufacturing advancements. Think medical

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Check out Henkel’s flash cure system for medtech assembly

Henkel has developed a system of flash cure for medical devices, disposables, and fiber optics. The products include two LED cure lights and two adhesives that offer instant cure. The EQ CL28 LED Curejet—on display last week at MD&M West in Anaheim, California—is a high-intensity spot cure device with wide cure area. The intensity reaches

Dow Chemical’s silicone business play: what it means for medtech

Heather Thompson, Senior Editor Dow Chemical as of mid-2016 became 100% owner of Dow Corning’s silicones business. The move created both an opportunity and challenge because it represents a marriage of organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. How can the two complement each other and drive innovation? And how will the deal affect the medical device

How Trelleborg is getting the most out of its acquisitions

Heather Thompson, Senior Editor As is the case with many medical device industry suppliers, Trelleborg has engaged in a spate of acquisitions to broaden its offerings and better serve the growing needs of its OEM customers. Last year, Trelleborg, Sweden–based Trelleborg announced the acquisition of Tustin, California–based Specialty Silicone Fabricators. They’ve made three other acquisitions

How Covestro polycarbonate is enabling better ventilators

The respiratory needs of individuals can vary greatly. Some people with respiratory insufficiency can go about their daily activities with simple oxygen therapy. Others have more serious conditions that require mechanical ventilation that is administered by qualified, trained personnel under the direction of a physician. Breathe Technologies offers respiratory therapies intended to improve people’s quality of

Cool precision: 5 medtech micro products with a big impact

In the world of medtech, the smallest products can make a big impression. Some of the products at MD&M West—held this week in Anaheim, Calif.—celebrated the grandeur found in tiny things. Engineer Oliver Rapp, of NN Inc.’s Precision Engineered Products Group (Booth #2311), shared some of the more exciting high volume devices that have features at

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6 huge things you could have learned at MD&M West

A greater willingness to embrace failure and innovate—and a “yuge” elephant in the room named Donald—those are some of the major themes this week as 20,000 medical device engineers and executives meet in Anaheim, Calif., for the annual MD&M West conference and expo. Here are six things one could hear echoed throughout the expo floor and conference

5 Golden Mousetrap winners and finalists you need to know

Updated February 8, 2017 Some of the latest and greatest design and manufacturing innovations were highlighted this week at Design News’s annual Golden Mousetrap Awards,  held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Here are five award winners and finalists that medical device industry insiders should especially pay attention to: Next>>

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Bluestar Silicones touting long-term implant silicones

Bluestar Silicones is at MD&M West in Anaheim, Calif., this week (Booth #2209) to promote its expanded Silbione Biomedical product line for long-term implant applications and its new primerless skin adhesive. Silbione Biomedical long term implant silicones offer outstanding physicals and lot-to-lot consistency, optimizing product design in an easy-to-process formulation, improving cycle time and part quality. The company

Clariant to expand Maine medical device materials plant

Specialty chemicals company Clariant will expand its Lewiston, Maine, plant as it installs a new compounding line to meet the growing demand for pre-colored medical plastic compounds that Clariant supplies under the Mevopur brand name. Clariant officials expect the new line to open during the fourth quarter of 2017. Company officials touted the news this