Exhibitors at the co-located PLASTEC West and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West event 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 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.
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.
The North American automation market set new records through the first nine months of 2017, and the market for collaborative robots is forecast to grow more than 50% through 2023. What this means for the human labor force is among the topics that will be addressed at PLASTEC West in February.