Raumedic blends small engineering triumphs with big ambitions

A longtime supplier of thermoplastic and silicone extrusion and injection molding services to medical device OEMs, Raumedic AG (Helmbrechts, Germany) is asking attendees of MD&M West and PLASTEC West to “think small.” Under that theme, the company will exhibit a number of tiny plastic parts produced to exacting tolerances that allow minimally invasive medical devices to work their magic and accelerate patient recovery. While the company’s engineers focus on these “small” achievements, its C suite has big ambitions when it comes to the overall business, as evidenced by its first U.S. facility, which opened a little more than a year ago in Mills River, NC. Clearly, there’s plenty to talk about with Raumedic (booth 1828) at the co-located MD&M West and PLASTEC West trade shows, part of North America’s largest annual design and manufacturing event, which returns to Anaheim, CA, on Feb. 7 to 9.

Raumedic micromolding

One of the highlights at the booth is a gynecological device that illustrates Raumedic’s expertise in several processes. The tubing set used with the Colpotransilluminator device consists of various components that are manufactured in multiple production steps.

The first step is extrusion of the tubing. In a second step, the tubing is cut to length and assembled to various connectors. A 100% bond-strength test is performed to ensure that the tubing and connectors are correctly linked together.

All components are produced in-house requiring processing techniques that include extrusion, molding, cutting and assembly.

An easy fit connection between the Colpotransilluminator and standardized suction port facilitates handling in the OR. With the help of a minimally invasive procedure, the tubing set ensures hygienic and residue-free suction of wound secretion, which is important for an optimal healing process, adds Raumedic.

Visit Raumedic at booth 1828, along with hundreds of other suppliers serving the medical technology industry, at MD&M West. The medical manufacturing trade show is co-located with PLASTEC West at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, on Feb. 7 to 9, 2017. For more information and to register to attend, go to the PLASTEC West website.

German engineering made in the USA

Raumedic inaugurated its first molding and extrusion plant outside Germany in Mills River, NC, in January 2016. It has been an unqualified success, according to Jared Sunday, Technical Sales Manager.

“Progress has surpassed expectations. All of the equipment was installed, validated, and certified to ISO [standards] within 90 days of our doors opening. In three months, we went from an empty building to a world class medical manufacturing center and are now running 24/7 operations, Sunday told PlasticsToday.

The Mills River facility currently employs 54 people, and Raumedic hopes to be at more than 60 employees by the middle of this year. One of the factors driving growth is OEMs consolidating their supply chain, which benefits companies like Raumedic that offer a breadth of services.

“We see larger customers moving to consolidate their supply base into a more right sized group of strategic supplier partners. Raumedic is able to fit this mold more than most because of our combined manufacturing technologies that include injection molding, extrusion and lay-flat tubing, as well as silicone molding and extrusion,” said Sunday. Increased on- and near-shoring in the United States and the movement toward one-stop shops in Europe point to a bright future for Raumedic on both sides of the Atlantic, he added. 

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