medicine&technology P2/2018

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<p>On Guidelines, Fairs, and Market Developments</p>

What plastics are suited for use in medical technology? What exactly do manufacturers mean when they call their materials medical-grade plastics? So far there has not been a clear definition. A medical-grade plastics guideline from the VDI Association of German Engineers is set to change this…

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<p>On Guidelines, Fairs, and Market Developments</p>

<p>VISIONS</p>

Printed Heart Tissue Bioprinting could be a solution to understand better complex organs like the heart, to find new treatment approaches, and even to generate transplantable tissue. Biolife4D, a Chicago-based company that specialises in bioprinting and tissue engineering, recently reported the…

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<p>VISIONS</p>

<p>NEWS </p>

From Networking to Revolution Deloitte study | The Internet of Medical Things does not yet have enough acceptance and trust from the healthcare sector. The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), which collects, organises, and transmits data, could revolutionise healthcare, at least in part. Yet to what…

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<p>NEWS </p>

<p><b>“MEDICAL SPECIALIST EXAMINATION” FOR AI WOULD ASSURE QUALITY</b></p>

Artificial intelligence in medicine | “The healthcare system will not be able to get by without artificial intelligence in the medium term,” says medical professional and information scientist Prof Klaus Juffernbruch. Frameworks have to be established in order for the technology to benefit people…

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<p><b>“MEDICAL SPECIALIST EXAMINATION” FOR AI WOULD ASSURE QUALITY</b></p>

<p><b>Buddha Statues, Temples, and Tourists</b></p>

Market opportunities | Thailand wants to become the medical hub of South East Asia. Healthcare expenditures and demands are rising;however, the private sector is the main force driving the demand for medical technology. More than 80 percent of the demand is imported. Buddha statues, temples, and…

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<p><b>Buddha Statues, Temples, and Tourists</b></p>

<p><b>“COMMITMENT PAYS OFF ONLY IN THE LONG RUN”</b></p>

Market entry | With double-digit growth rates Thailand is an exciting market for international manufacturers of medical technology. Being successful means having the right strategic approach, says Torsten Führer from Implantex, a consulting agency specialising in Southeast Asia. Mr. Führer, what is…

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<p><b>“COMMITMENT PAYS OFF ONLY IN THE LONG RUN”</b></p>

<p><b>EXCHANGING IDEAS FOR NEW PRODUCT GENERATIONS</b></p>

Compamed/Medica | You can expect to find a future-oriented exchange about innovative solutions for better health care again this year among roughly 800 Compamed exhibitors and more than 5,000 exhibitors at Medica. Attendees can get a picture of this from 12 to 15 November. Manufacturers and their…

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<p><b>EXCHANGING IDEAS FOR NEW PRODUCT GENERATIONS</b></p>

<p><b>RELIABLE PACKAGING PROTECTS MEDICAL DEVICES</b></p>

Plastic technology | Primary packaging for pedicle screws, biocompatible tip covers for surgical instruments, or individual solutions for kinesiology tapes with dispensing function—Rose Plastic relies on medical-grade plastics and process solution expertise for its packaging in the medical sector. …

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<p><b>RELIABLE PACKAGING PROTECTS MEDICAL DEVICES</b></p>

<p><b>ATLAS AND CLARC ASSIST IN REHABILITATION AND NURSING</b></p>

Robotics | Robots are taking on more and more rehabilitation and assistance tasks, relieving nursing personnel and doctors. The EU project Echord++ will present some of these applications at Medica. Spinal muscular atrophy is an inherited disease in various manifestations, which doctors have not…

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<p><b>ATLAS AND CLARC ASSIST IN REHABILITATION AND NURSING</b></p>

<p><b>PRINTING MODELS SHAPE TITANIUM IMPLANTS</b></p>

3D printing | University Hospital Basel uses 3D-printed, patient-specific surgical guides to shorten surgery times by up to 33 percent and lower the risk of complications. The hospital also saves up to CHF 2,000 per surgery. University Hospital Basel contracted manufacturer Stratasys to install a 3D…

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<p><b>PRINTING MODELS SHAPE TITANIUM IMPLANTS</b></p>

<p><b>MOUSE WORKS ON GLASS</b></p>

Hygiene | If the computer mouse moves without lag, the surface it is on is usually not suited for use in the medical environment. So manufacturer Gett developed a new generation of silicone-sheathed mice for hygienically sensitive tables and surfaces made of glass or stainless steel. Classic desks…

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<p><b>MOUSE WORKS ON GLASS</b></p>

<p><b>Controlled Dosing in Small Amounts</b></p>

Solutions for fluidics | Isolating stem cells and micro-dosing: These two tasks can be solved using a system of micro-valves and controls. To measure, control, and regulate the flow of gases and fluids in practice, fluidics experts at Bürkert put priority on the system concepts in their projects. At…

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<p><b>Controlled Dosing in Small Amounts</b></p>

<p><b>Reliable Adhesion, Flexible Application</b></p>

Adhesives | New trends in material and processing technology require new adhesive solutions. Henkel introduces LED-curing adhesives, pressure-sensitive adhesives, and conductive inks for smart-health products. Based on the experience with Loctite products for medical technology, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA…

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<p><b>Reliable Adhesion, Flexible Application</b></p>

<p><b>NEW WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY SAVES ENERGY</b></p>

Wireless foot switches | A new series of battery-operated wireless foot switches uses the latest generation of wireless technology developed for medical devices. They consume small amounts of energy, which allows them to use standard batteries instead of rechargeable ones. What type of energy source…

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<p><b>NEW WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY SAVES ENERGY</b></p>

<p><b>SPECIAL CABLE SUPPORTS NEW TYPE OF WOUND HEALING</b></p>

Medical cables | Coldplasmatech’s Plasmapatch wound dressing can treat chronic wounds that are difficult to treat. The active agent is “cold” plasma. The energy needed for this is supplied from the power generators to the wound dressing through a special, highly flexible, autoclavable cable made by…

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<p><b>SPECIAL CABLE SUPPORTS NEW TYPE OF WOUND HEALING</b></p>

<p><b>Stress Test for Medical-grade Plastics</b></p>

Materials | Whether devices, disposable plastic items, or implants—plastics have a fixed place in medical technology. Yet every application needs a material that meets the specific requirements on the product. Having an overview of current developments in thermoplastics and elastomers helps in the…

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<p><b>Stress Test for Medical-grade Plastics</b></p>

<p><b>What External Electrical Influences Can Trigger in Medical Devices</b></p>

Power adapters and EMC | For medical device manufacturers and for providers of power adapters, the 4th edition of IEC 60601–1–2 (2014) plays a role: This standard describes what needs to be done to prevent interference also in the face of more and more IoT applications in the environment. Alarm! A…

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<p><b>What External Electrical Influences Can Trigger in Medical Devices</b></p>

<p><b>Injector Platform for Many Requirements</b></p>

Mechatronic system for auto-injectors | Flat motors, which are made in large quantities for the automotive industry, are one of the core elements in a platform for medical injectors. On this basis, various devices can be developed that administer drugs reliably and as prescribed by a doctor. Many…

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<p><b>Injector Platform for Many Requirements</b></p>

<p><b>Etching and Adhesives as an Alternative to Welding</b></p>

Connection technology | A new process developed in Kiel that works at room temperature is suited to join aluminium with aluminium—or with plastic. The surface is changed specifically for this process. The hook-like structures plus adhesive ensure a stable connection. The thought of an infusion bag…

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<p><b>Etching and Adhesives as an Alternative to Welding</b></p>

<p><b>Tungsten on the Pacemaker</b></p>

Labelling with tungsten | On the patient’s x-ray image you can read the name of the manufacturer, technical specifications, or the model number of the pacemaker—if the device was printed in a special process using a tungsten paste. Tungsten can do more—more than serve as a filament in a light bulb…

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<p><b>Tungsten on the Pacemaker</b></p>

<p><b>When Standard is No Solution</b></p>

Modified ethylene oxide sterilisation | DMB modifies the parameters of its Sterivit process for medical devices with special requirements. According to the provider, this process is interesting especially for sensitive products, such as collagen-based products or flexible optics even in small…

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<p><b>When Standard is No Solution</b></p>

<p><b>Printing UDI Codes Directly on Tyvek</b></p>

Labelling and UDI | Tyvek is a material offering many advantages for the packaging of medical devices. It needs to be printed so that the marking is permanent and easily legible, which introduces a number of challenges. A high-speed thermal transfer printer lives up to this task, however. If you…

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<p><b>Printing UDI Codes Directly on Tyvek</b></p>

<p><b>Robots Move Syringes into Position</b></p>

Syringe handling | In a fully automated system, 600 syringes are separated, filled, and conveyed to a testing station every minute. Cleanroom-compliant Stäubli six-axis robots do most of the work. Inspecting injection vials, filling syringes or ampoules, and testing cell cultures: These are typical…

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<p><b>Robots Move Syringes into Position</b></p>

<p><b>Real-time Information to Advance Product Quality</b></p>

Data-driven EDM | What happens in the bath during the erosion process, influences the quality of the machined part. Until recently, only the finished part could be assessed. Now a new procedure can take measurements during the process. In this way, the quality can be specifically influenced during…

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<p><b>Real-time Information to Advance Product Quality</b></p>

<p><b>The Capitalisation of Knowledge</b></p>

Research in Israel | The country is known for its lively and successful start-up scene which it supports with various programmes. However, Israel also wants to become attractive for the research and development work of large companies in the long term with its diverse offers. When it comes to…

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<p><b>The Capitalisation of Knowledge</b></p>

<p><b>Robots with a Licence to Mill</b></p>

Milling kinematics | Much more efficient than a machine tool, but very precise: This is the concept for a new type of robot that Fraunhofer researchers are developing in the Flexmatik project. Three Fraunhofer institutes are working on a new generation of industrial robots intended to allow for…

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<p><b>Robots with a Licence to Mill</b></p>