Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 20 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree.
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.
“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).
The devil, as always, is in the details. Jessica Lee, PhD, Director of Quality at Boston Scientific (Marlborough, MA), digs into the “content deviations” of the risk management standard for medical devices.
Prime Minister Theresa May has unveiled a 25-year plan to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste. The British Plastics Federation said that it was “disturbed” by the tone of the speech, which “does not recognize the important benefits that the plastics industry brings to the UK.”
Ekaterina Tkatchouk, Principal Chemist at Edwards Lifesciences (Irvine, CA), shares her thoughts on how institutional and regulatory processes are hindering the development of smart biomaterials that could revolutionize medical technology.
Full-service contract manufacturer Key Tronic (Spokane, WA) specializes in PCB assembly, plastic molding, precision metal stamping, fabrication and finishing, and full product assembly. The company also offers tool building services in Spokane and China.