Seven to see at MD&M West 2018

  • Exhibiting at PLASTEC West and the co-located Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West event has become a tradition for many processors and moldmakers that serve the medical technology industry. By most accounts, business was good in 2017, and the prospects for 2018 appear to be equally profitable.

    Exhibitors range from custom injection molders and moldmakers to thermoforming companies and extrusion firms that make proprietary tubing. They are some of the best in the business of plastics processing and moldmaking, and attendees needing molds and molded components might want to check out these companies at the nation’s largest annual advanced manufacturing event, which also includes shows-within-a-show dedictated to packaging, design and automation.

    The co-located PLASTEC West, MD&M West, WestPack, Design & Manufacturing and ATX event comes to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA, on Feb. 6 to 8. It also includes a comprensive conference devoted to medical design and advanced manufacturing; the complete schedule is posted on the trade show website. If you are interested in attending, please note that you can get a 20% discount by entering PLASTICSTODAY when you register.

    And now, on with the (slide) show.

  • MMD Medical (booth 2477), a supplier of moldmaking, injection molding and precision machining services to medical device OEMs based in Brooklyn Park, MN, wants your business, of course, but it also wants you to have some fun. The company invites show attendees to test their engineering and problem-solving skills at its booth in a race against the clock and fellow show visitors.

    MMD Medical is reprising a challenge it held at MD&M Minneapolis last year: Participants are given a glob of Silly Putty, three shapes and a three-minute timer, and are tasked with solving a problem. Lessons learned in Minneapolis? It takes tenacity, radical thinking and skill to solve the puzzle, said the company. Think you’ve got what it takes? Stop by booth 2477, solve the puzzle and you might win a $500 Amazon gift card. 

  • Accumold

    Accumold (booth 2844) began business in 1985 in Akeny, IA, with a mission to produce super-micro, ultra-precision plastic injection molded parts for critical components in the medical, automotive, military, aerospace and telecommunications industries. Parts produced by this micro-molding specialist can be found in miniature electronics, cell phones, connectors and much more. Accumold welcomes volumes from prototypes to millions of parts per year, and prides itself on maintaining consistent, precise tolerances unique to the industry. 

  • Natvar (booth 2027), a Tekni-Plex business unit headquartered in Wayne, PA, will showcase recent medical tubing innovations and share news about its new manufacturing plant in China at MD&M West.

    The company’s new micro-extrusion medical tubing can be made from cost-effective thermoplastics and other highly engineered materials. Because it can consistently hold tight tolerances, it is an ideal alternative to more expensive materials such as glass and fluoropolymers, according to Natvar.

    Natvar can micro-extrude monolayer, co-extruded and multi-lumen tubing or profiles in a variety of thermoplastics in wall thicknesses ranging from 0.003 to 0.005 inches. Up to four layer co-extrusions are available. 

    Natvar’s latest products are also being supported by the company’s new China manufacturing plant. Production for micro-extrusion and silicone tubing is scheduled to go on stream in February.

  • Mack Medical/Mack Molding (booth 2615), headquartered in Arlington, VT, had a banner year in 2017. Earlier in the year, the company announced an investment of more than $1 million in new equipment to increase capabilities in the areas of sheet-metal fabrication, machining and laser marking. This is in response to customer demand to “keep our services relevant in an ever-changing market,” said Jeff Somple, President of Mack. The company also added a 2,360-ton Haitian injection molding press at its Cavendish, VT, molding facility, with a shot size of 268 ounces and the ability to handle 40,000-lb molds. The truck it rode in on is pictured here.

    “We are breaking new ground for Mack in terms of capabilities and capacity,” Somple said. “It is exciting, and the time has never been better to see how Mack can help meet medical device manufacturing needs.”

  • AMA Plastics (booth 2511), an employee-owned custom injection molding company located in Riverside, CA, operates 95 molding machines ranging from 35 to 720 tons in a 165,000-square-foot facility that the company purchased in 2011. AMA also offers a 6,000-square-foot Class 8 cleanroom that houses 18 electric and hydraulic machines ranging from 35 to 300 tons, and a smaller Class 7 cleanroom for more stringent applications. AMA offers two-shot, vertical, insert and over molding, as well as a variety of secondary operations for the medical device industry.

  • Injectech LLC (booth 3944), based in Ft. Collins, CO, is introducing a new line of barbed female luers at the show. The connectors feature winged grips to enable easier mating.

    The company was founded in 1998 as a custom molding and assembly enterprise. It has become a trusted source for medical device OEMs, biomedical/pharmaceutical manufacturers and veterinary suppliers.

  • Premold Corp. (booth 1922), based in Oconomowoc, WI, is one of the largest custom reaction injection molders (RIM) in the United States, supplying parts that range from small enclosures and covers to large front bezels for medical diagnostic equipment. The company opened a second facility in Monterrey, Mexico, a year ago.

    “Establishing a sister company [in Mexico] is a continuation of the company’s growth and offers numerous advantages to customers,” said Premold Corp. President Ken Schweitz. “Our Monterrey factory will allow us to produce lower-cost parts with the same quality and delivery [time] for our customers who need this option.”

    Pictured is a laboratory machine cover measuring 41 x 27 x 8 inches and weighing 17 lbs. The aluminum mold was built in house by Premold.

  • Many more exhibitors offering an array of plastics-related services, products and equipment to the medical device industry will be exhbiting at the co-located MD&M and PLASTEC West tradeshow and conference coming to the Anaheim Convention Center (pictured) in Anaheim, CA, on Feb. 6 to 8. If you sign up for a conference session, be sure to enter PLASTICSTODY to receive a 20% discount.

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