Exhibitors at the co-located PLASTEC West and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West in Anaheim, CA, next month range from custom injection molders and moldmakers to thermoforming companies and medical plastics extrusion firms. This slide show features some of them.
Medical device manufacturers are unwilling to share as much information with their materials suppliers as they have in the past, creating a trust gap that is deferring innovation. Ekaterina Tkatchouk of Edwards Lifesciences explores some of the root causes of the communication breakdown.
At the Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) stand, attendees can get to know some of the company’s “smart” factory products by taking its CC300 machine controller on a test run. KraussMaffei (Munich) will showcase a machine from its crowd-pleasing all-electric PX series.
The court will hear oral arguments in Laredo Merchants Association v. The City of Laredo. The merchants association is arguing that a ban on single-use bags by the city is illegal because of an existing state law regulating solid waste disposal.
The week between Christmas and New Year’s is typically a slow time for manufacturing. So what should we make of online sourcing for prototyping services hitting an all-time high on Thomasnet.com during the last week of December?
“Collaborative robotic systems are seeing strong growth in the blowmolding industry due to the need for greater efficiency and automation,” said Siva Krish, VP of Sales at Proco Machinery Inc. (Mississauga, ON, Canada).
“By 2021, 25% of surgeons will practice on 3D-printed models of the patient prior to surgery,” according to a report on 3D printing and additive manufacturing from business research and advisory company Gartner (Stamford, CT).