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Medtech Supplier Innovation on Tour at MD&M West in Anaheim

Join our Medtech Innovation Tour at MD&M West February 6 to meet the top medtech innovators in the industry. Below we share the five exhibitors selected for the tour by the MD+DI editorial team.

  • Our Medtech Innovation Tour of these five innovative companies will take place at MD&M West 2018 on February 6 from 3 pm to 4 pm. To join the tour, please meet Editor Daphne Allen at Booth #313, where you'll be given a headset and tour map. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the tour starts.

    [Image source CoolKengzz/Shutterstock]

  • At MD&M West 2018, Eldon James is launching a new line of Quick Disconnect Couplers called Series Lock. The line features a spring-free flow path, which allows a larger volume of fluid or air to pass reducing restriction, turbidity, foaming, and bubbles. Options for the couplers include open-flow and shut-off capability in one or both sides.

    The couplers are designed with recessed connection surfaces, minimizing  contamination. An ergonomic design promotes comfort and ease of use even when wearing gloves. The product is launching with polypropylene and PVDF materials widely used for chemical resistance and purity.

    Join us at MD&M West to visit Eldon James at Booth #680

    [Image courtesy of ELDON JAMES CORP.]

  • FUTEK has developed a new miniature load sensor suited for autoclave and sterilization environments. These sensors are designed for integration into small medical tools that undergo countless autoclave/sterilization procedures, explained Richard Walker, technical director, FUTEK.

    "For years, medical device manufacturers have faced challenges with the integration of sensors due to limitations such as size and exposure to moisture (caused by sterilization or an autoclave procedure)," he told MD+DI. "The typical approach has been to design the sensor outside of the tool; however, this limits the scope of measurements and introduces unreliability. Our new approach allows the sensor to survive this process not only one, two, or three times, but upwards of thousands of times. The product size also allows manufacturers to integrate the sensor within the tool, improving measurement results."

    FUTEK reports that this approach will help support smart medical tool usage rates and allow them to be sterilized hundreds of times, helping reduce per-operation costs.

    Join us at MD&M West to visit FUTEK at Booth #1897

    [Image courtesy of FUTEK]

  • At MD&M West 2018, H.B. Fuller will be highlighting its customizable medical adhesives for meeting the diverse needs of medical device manufacturers. "Customized adhesives allow medical device manufacturers to get the performance they want while balancing processing and material limitations," Heather Walch, global director, medical adhesives, told MD+DI.

    For the tour, H.B. Fuller will invite at least two or three people to participate in a UV-bonding technology demonstration. There will also be a brief discussion on the company's experience with bonding dissimilar substrates (e.g., technical polycarbonate to an anodized aluminum).

    Join us at MD&M West to visit H.B. Fuller at Booth #2291

    [Image courtesy of H.B. FULLER]


  • M.R. Mold & Engineering will be showcasing its partner RDAbbott’s new technical service employing a patent-pending Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) 3D printer developed by German RepRap GmbH and Dow Performance Silicones. Using Dow Performance Silicones’ 3D Printable EVOLV3D LC 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR), the LAM 3D printer can produce functional prototypes and small manufacturing trials of complex parts. M.R. Mold reports that the material’s properties closely match those of molded LSR, allowing an easy transfer into injection molding processes for high-volume manufacturing.

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    Join us at MD&M West to visit M.R. Mold & Engineering in Booth #1346

    [Image courtesy of GERMAN REPRAP GMBH]

  • Zeus Industrial Products Inc. will showcase two technologies on our tour: its new PTFE Sub-Lite-Wall Streamliner series and its Liquid  Crystal Polymer Monofilament. 

    The Sub-Lite-Wall StreamLiner XT tubing (shown above) is the first offering in the StreamLiner series, featuring a maximum wall thickness of 0.00075 in. (0.01905 mm). 

    “Zeus customers have leveraged the unsurpassed capability of our Sub-Lite-Wall products for decades of catheter design and development, from guide sheaths for varying flexibility and strength down to the smallest microcatheter,” explained Bob Jennings, senior vice president of medical sales and marketing at Zeus, in a statement. “The StreamLiner series goes a step further in that the products enable device engineers to increase catheter lumen space and effectively lower the overall profile of the device. This makes it an exciting addition to a portfolio of design options for next-generation minimally invasive therapies.”

    Zeus's LCP monofilament fiber can be used as catheter braiding reinforcement in catheter construction. This fiber contains no metal and thus is MRI-compatible; it also eliminates the need for radio-opaque contrast material or expensive platinum marker bands typically used in x-ray procedures, the company reported.

    "Our LCP fiber braiding can be used in lieu of metals such as stainless steel, nitinol, and tungsten that are typically used in catheter construction. Our LCP fiber possesses excellent tensile strength, is Class VI approved, and can be autoclaved," the company stated.

    Join us at MD&M West to visit Zeus at Booth #3001

    [Image courtesy of ZEUS INC.]

Daphne Allen

Daphne Allen is editor-in-chief of MD+DI. She previously served as executive editor of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, which serves as the pharmaceutical and medical device channel of Packaging Digest. Daphne has covered medical device manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and regulatory issues as well as pharmaceutical packaging and labeling for more than 20 years. She is also a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals's Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee. Follow her on Twitter at @daphneallen.


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