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Plastics Processing to Be Highlighted at MD&M East



Plastics Processing to Be Highlighted at MD&M East

Exposition will showcase latest manufacturing technologies

This year's Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East 99 Exposition, May 25–27, will include an Injection Molding and Plastics Processing Pavilion, which will feature more than 100 of the medical industry's top providers of plastics-processing equipment, materials, and services.

In addition to resin suppliers, the pavilion will showcase injection molding equipment, extrusion lines, hot-runner systems, robotics, software, and test and inspection devices. Mold makers, custom assemblers, and processors of medical plastic, rubber, and silicone parts will also be participating in the pavilion.

The MD&M East Conference and Exposition will be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Other featured pavilions will display packaging, labeling and bar coding, design software and rapid prototyping, medical electronics, in vitro diagnostics, and business expansion services. More than 700 suppliers and service providers will be exhibiting at the exposition. MD&M East is colocated with the Atlantic Design Engineering Show.

Product design and development firm Axiom (Charlotte, NC) will be displaying the BDProbeTec ET, an in vitro molecular diagnostic device, at the Injection Molding and Plastics Processing Pavilion. The device was developed through a design partnership between Axiom and Becton Dickinson Microbiology Systems (Sparks, MD).

Returning to MD&M East for its second year, the Medical Design Excellence Awards display will feature the finalist and winning devices for this annual medical product design and engineering competition.

The technical program will include courses on quality systems, process validation, designing effective devices, and materials and plastics processing. The Pharmaceutical and Medical Packaging Symposium will include three days of sessions focusing on validation and materials.

For more information, call 310/445-4200.

Motion Control Expo Slated for May

International Robots and Vision Show to colocate

The Cobo Convention Center in Detroit will be hosting the Motion Control Expo May 11–13. The expo will cover pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical motion control technologies. An executive-level conference track, "Automation: The Competitive Enterprise," will include tutorials and technical sessions on trends, techniques, and technologies. The American Institute of Motion Engineers will also be present and will sponsor technical courses during the expo.

Boy Machines Inc. will be showing its smallest-capacity cleanroom production injection molder at MD&M East. The 14.2-tn unit features fully closed loop microprocessor control.

Colocated with the Motion Control Expo, the International Robots and Vision Show will include 150 exhibitors and 100 conference presenters who will address improving product quality, decreasing manufacturing costs, increasing production uptime, and reducing scrap, rework, and product returns. For more information, call 800/331-5706.

Business & Acquisition News

Multinational testing laboratory NAMSA (Northwood, OH) is now being represented by Medical Engineering Technologies Ltd. in the United Kingdom. West Pharmaceutical Services (Lionville, PA) is the new name for The West Co. The new name reflects the integration of the firm's elastomer, metal, and plastic technologies into the next generation of healthcare product development. Bayer AG, Leverkusen, Germany, and DSM, Heelen, Netherlands, have reached an agreement under which Bayer will acquire DSM's global transparent sheet business. Meier Tool & Engineering Inc. has relocated to a 33,000-sq-ft facility at 875 Lund Blvd., Anola, MN. The expansion will allow the firm to offer increased production capabilities, as well as expand its design and tooling departments and rapid prototyping services. Contract electronic manufacturers SMT Dynamics and Blackfox Technology Group have combined to form Emsource LLC which will have facilities in Longmont, CO, and Anaheim, CA.


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