Medical

Schreiner Medipharm receives best supplier award for Needle-Trap device

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 30th, 2014

Schreiner MediPharm (Oberschleissheim, Germany), a global supplier of specialty pharmaceutical labeling solutions, has received the Best Supplier Award 2013 from Leo Pharma (Ballerup, Denmark). Schreiner MediPharm supplies the pharmaceutical company with its Needle-Trap device, which is applied to heparin syringes to protect users from needlestick injuries.

Mold-Tech expands capabilities with new equipment; awards scholarship

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 30th, 2014

Mold-Tech Inc. (Albertville, MN) has strengthened its capabilities with the addition of several pieces of new equipment. The custom designer and builder of close-tolerance prototype and precision production molds added a new Makino U3 wire EDM. The machine will complement the existing machines in its wire EDM department and bring the latest technology to the shop floor. The new EDM will also allow the company to increase production and be more responsive to customer needs in meeting lead times.

Evco celebrates 50 years of molding innovations

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 28th, 2014

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, global injection molding company Evco Plastics threw a party on Aug. 22 to thank its 900 global employees, customers, and the community in DeForest, WI, that has supported Evco during the past half century.

How will first FDA-approved 3D-printed facial implant affect industry?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 27th, 2014

Earlier this month, Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM; South Windsor, CT) received 510(k) clearance from FDA for its 3D-printed OsteoFab Patient-Specific Facial Device (OPSFD). It is the first and, thus far, only 3D-printed polymeric implant for facial indications cleared by FDA, says OPM. The announcement follows FDA clearance in February 2013 of OPM's OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device.

Emerging medical LSR molding technology enables single-step process, improved product functionality

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 26th, 2014

Molded capillary tubing used in a range of medical and diagnostic applications, including drug delivery, is typically fabricated from thermoplastics. The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, both located in Aachen, Germany, are exploring a process that would optimize the micromolding of tubing with integrated functional features using liquid silicone rubber (LSR). The technology could offer a better alternative to thermoplastics, say researchers.

Netstal features medical molding application at Fakuma

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 25th, 2014

Summer is winding down, alas, and since 2014 is not a K year, some of you can look forward to trooping off to Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing in Friedrichshafen, Germany, come October. Exhibitors have started sharing information about what they will be presenting at the sold-out event, and it's no surprise that medical applications will be prominently featured, as they afford companies with an opportunity to show their technical expertise and ability to meet rigorous customer requirements.

MEDevice San Diego highlights medtech innovation

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 25th, 2014

The MEDevice San Diego Conference & Technology Showcase returns for a fourth time to California's second largest city in September with a two-day educational program that explores a host of issues of deep importance to medical device manufacturers and developers. The event will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina on Sept. 10 and 11.

Misfit Medical Lead Matthew Diamond on the transformative power of digital health

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Despite the remarkable technological advances in medicine of the last few decades, the practice of healthcare continues to lag behind many other industries, says Matthew Diamond, MD, PhD, Medical Lead at wearable technology company Misfit (San Francisco, CA). Recording and storing reliable patient data, which can be easily done through the use of digital health and wearable devices, is a missed opportunity, he adds.

Polyurethane foam enables medtech manufacturers to meet broad range of requirements

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Plastic materials used in medical applications must meet rigorous performance specifications, but increasingly they also must satisfy ergonomic and aesthetic requirements. And then there are cost considerations. Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) has published a press release describing how its polyurethane integral skin foam materials meet functionality, design, strength, and fire protection requirements in a specific medical application.

Researchers make case for using more plastic in acupuncture

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 19th, 2014

Plastics have enabled countless advances in modern medical technology and made the practice of medicine safer and more cost efficient. Now, researchers in Australia have published a paper recommending that the ancient practice of acupuncture could also benefit from more widespread use of plastics. Specifically, they make the case that replacing the copper coil handles in disposable acupuncture needles with plastic ones would prevent needles from buckling and be more environmentally friendly.

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