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Medical manufacturing: the new Eldorado

Medical applications will be one of the highlights of the next Micronora 2014 trade show. Products with high added value and complex to manufacture, implants and other prosthesis, all require dedicated solutions that many exhibitors will offer. (Vous pouvez télécharger cet article en français ici).

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Attracted by a burgeoning market, manufacturers of equipment for the manufacture of implants, prostheses and other medical products offer solutions to an industry that leaves no room for improvisation. The global medical devices market, whose annual turnover exceeds EUR 200 billion, records a growth of more than 6% per year.

The complementarity of skills is to be seen at Micronora
The machining of implants and prostheses, both for dental and orthopedics applications requires machines and programming softwares adapted to the specific requirements of the medical industry. A near-perfect surface quality is essential for implants, condition to be tolerated by the human body. In addition, workshops that work for this area are facing machining of very hard and difficult materials as cobalt-chrome alloys, titanium, stainless steels, ceramics. Those require extremely rigid machine tools and resistant cutting tools. High speed machining centers or automatic lathes have automated means of loading and unloading of parts. Those production means are therefore able to work 24 hours a day and can be controlled by operators without specialist knowledge in medical manufacturing.

Custom solutions
Users can use intelligent solutions, such as roughing and finishing by shift of forms, end machining or machining on 5 axes. These approaches simplify the programming of complex geometries, ensure a high quality of surfaces and reduce machining time. Painful, long and costly finishing operations are reduced to the bare. The use of shorter tools and therefore more stable, allows machining high walls and steep parts. Other manufacturers offer original solutions, such as machining by laser or ultrasonic. The arrival of sources with short pulses opens new avenues in the field of machining. And indeed the well-known machining by removal of material like high precision turning has not yet said its last word.

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Growth Opportunities for Swiss Medical Device Companies in Thailand

Are you already active in the ASEAN market or do you plan your first steps? Are you aware of the potential of its medical technology market?
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Thailand’s medical device market was worth more than $850 million in 2012 and is set to expand at 7.5 percent annually. The harmonization of the regulatory practice gives access to the ASEAN market with a population of over 610 million.

Date and venue
Tuesday, 18. February 2014
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Limmatquai 54, 8001 Zürich

Registration
Sign up until 17th February under www.medical-cluster.ch/thailand_seminar and get insights on the Thai medical device market and meet local experts.

For more information, download the info-sheet here.
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Call for Abstracts: [MEET THE EXPERT] Implants, 2014

Next spring the Medical Cluster and RMS Foundation will bring you the conference [MEET THE EXPERT] Implants. This event will take place on April 28-29, 2014 at the Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken, Switzerland.
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The goal of the conference is to offer a platform for discussion and knowledge transfer between individuals active in the implant field. The organisers’ company partner 2014 is DePuySynthes. The company will give an introductory talk about the current trends and challenges from their perspective.

Submit your abstract
The two-day conference is divided into keynote lectures and speaker presentations. Speaker presentations will be given by selected individuals who submit an abstract on their particular focus in the industry. Abstract submission is now open and all interested parties are urged to apply.

Download the whole set of information here (in English/Auf Deutsch).

In addition to keynote lectures, short presentations (15 min.) of current projects from select companies will be given and discussed. To ensure a broad range of topics and presenters, we would like to invite you to submit an abstract for one of the select short presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is January 31, 2014. Registration is fast and can be completed online at www.medical-cluster.ch/mte_speaker.

You can already register today as a visitor or a tabletop exhibitor by using the link:

www.medical-cluster.ch/mte_participant

The conference [MEET THE EXPERT] Implants is internationally oriented. The presentations will be held in German and English with a simultaneous translation into the respective language.

Medical Cluster
Wankdorffeldstrasse 102
Postfach 261
3000 Bern 22
Tel.: +41 31 335 62 53
Fax: +41 31 335 62 63 –
www.medical-cluster.ch
[email protected]

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Call for Abstracts: [MEET THE EXPERT] Implants, 2014

Next spring the Medical Cluster and RMS Foundation will bring you the conference [MEET THE EXPERT] Implants. This event will take place on April 28-29, 2014 at the Congress Centre Kursaal Interlaken, Switzerland.
Implants 2014
The goal of the conference is to offer a platform for discussion and knowledge transfer between individuals active in the implant field.

Submit your abstract
The two-day conference is divided into keynote lectures and speaker presentations. Speaker presentations will be given by selected individuals who submit an abstract on their particular focus in the industry. Abstract submission is now open and all interested parties are urged to apply.

Download the whole set of information here (in English/Auf Deutsch).

In addition to keynote lectures, short presentations (15 min.) of current projects from select companies will be given and discussed. To ensure a broad range of topics and presenters, we would like to invite you to submit an abstract for one of the select short presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is January 31, 2014. Registration is fast and can be completed online at www.medical-cluster.ch/mte_speaker.

You can already register today as a visitor or a tabletop exhibitor by using the link:

www.medical-cluster.ch/mte_participant

The conference [MEET THE EXPERT] Implants is internationally oriented. The presentations will be held in German and English with a simultaneous translation into the respective language.

Medical Cluster
Wankdorffeldstrasse 102
Postfach 261
3000 Bern 22
Tel.: +41 31 335 62 53
Fax: +41 31 335 62 63 –
www.medical-cluster.ch
[email protected]

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Sliding-head machines for machining medical components

Medical devices have and are undergoing rapid change, generating pressure on the manufacture of components. Even some of the more basic parts such as screws have evolved as regards type, design, quality demands and delivery demands.

In the machining of medical parts, batches are generally smaller, with shorter delivery times and more demanding materials and designs. The sliding-head machine is advantageous, efficient and flexible for this area but how well optimized are the machining operations, how many operations are needed and how long are the stoppages? Today there are new solutions for titanium machining and quick-change tooling concepts that make a huge difference to performance and results.
In the machining of medical parts, batches are generally smaller, with shorter delivery times and more demanding materials and designs. The sliding-head machine is advantageous, efficient and flexible for this area but how well optimized are the machining operations, how many operations are needed and how long are the stoppages? Today there are new solutions for titanium machining and quick-change tooling concepts that make a huge difference to performance and results.

In response, machinery, methods and tooling are developing to meet demands from a growing industry. The sliding-head machine provides an advantageous basis for very efficient machining – where parts are small but the differences in degree of utilization is large.

A difference to a great extent determined by tooling and methods application
As far as small-part machining goes, making medical parts is often different. Batches are generally smaller, with shorter delivery times, materials more demanding and designs. Tooling and methods need to be closely suited to features to achieve satisfactory results. Long, slender screws in titanium is one example. Complete solutions are needed with the right tool and process know-how which needs to include measures ranging from the cutting edge to the way tools are held and changed.

To plan carefully
These solutions are especially critical in achieving high efficiency of the multi-functional sliding-head machine. Here it is vital to prioritize not only the cutting process but also the non-cutting part of the cycle time to maximize output during the available production time. How long does the in-cut machining take, how many operations have to be involved and how long to change tools?

Three typical kind of parts
In a further issue we will describes three typical medical components made on sliding-head machines with examples of machining operations and modern solutions that optimizes machining and make a marked difference to productivity:

  • dental screws
  • bone screws
  • tulip heads
With bone screws being long, slender titanium parts, the thread-making process needs to be especially secure and efficient to result in a –high-quality part. Thread whirling is ideal, being a productive, reliable process that avoids bending and vibration tendencies. Correct selection of tools, cutting data, programming and setting of the process is important to achieve optimum results but the productivity is superior.
With bone screws being long, slender titanium parts, the thread-making process needs to be especially secure and efficient to result in a –high-quality part. Thread whirling is ideal, being a productive, reliable process that avoids bending and vibration tendencies. Correct selection of tools, cutting data, programming and setting of the process is important to achieve optimum results but the productivity is superior.

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We will come back on the subject soon, meanwhile you can fetch a lot of valuable information on how to produce medical parts in visiting: www.sandvik.coromant.com/medical
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There is a general imbalance between the cost development and what the market is willing to pay. In order to bridge that gap, there is a need to continuously increase efficiency and productivity. The Sandvik website focus on learning how to machine medical components (amongst other).

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Medtech expert platform establishes itself

According to the organisers the second World Medtech Forum Lucerne (WMTF), held from September 17 – 19, has been a complete success. The mix of international suppliers, latest developments in Swiss medtech research and inputs from the medical technology sector was enthusiastically received.
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3,200 medtech specialists from science, the supplier industry and manufacturers, plus doctors and hospital specialists came together at the World Medtech Forum in Lucerne. 100 top speakers, 250 exhibitors and a wide variety of special exhibits, workshops, expert and cluster meetings brought a unique breadth and depth of subject matter that met with unanimous approval according to the visitor survey.

Top infrastructure – tailored to the needs of the World Medtech Forum
Ensconced in the new infrastructure of the Messe Luzern exhibition centre, with its new halls and integrated congress center, 300 management participants met at the congress held simultaneously with the WMTF to learn about the latest developments in the markets of Europe and North and South America. “The WMTF is the ideal platform for sharing ideas, developing new strategies and forging partnerships at international level”, says Dr Rubino Mordasini, President of the sector organization Medical Cluster.

Highlights of the second WMTF
The supplier industry surprised the international audience with innovative new products. Once again, the Center of Attention attracted the interest of industry, academia and hospitals as they made the most of the opportunity to listen to presentations by selected specialists and discuss them with the speakers. The reorganized Expert Park was also favorably received: this is where specialists in milling, cutting, laser marking, injection molding and coating showed how process chains in medtech production can be skillfully exploited in order to create more added value.

September 15 to 17, 2015
The WMTF’s partners and the medtech industry expressed a clear wish to see the WMTF return in 2015. The current challenges faced by the sector are many and varied. The effects are perceptible and measurable. Thus, for example, innovation-led activity in the Swiss medtech industry has declined significantly according to a KOF study. The organizing partners have taken this state of affairs on board. Now that the first two WMTFs in 2012 and 2013 have established the event’s position in the market, the next World Medtech Forum Lucerne will be held from September 15 – 17, 2015.

The exhibitorsexchanging valuable information at the end of the day.
The exhibitors exchanging valuable information at the end of the day.
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Many visitors expressed their satisfaction to see a trade show so focused where everything can be discovered on small quality booths in a friendly atmosphere.

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You can read all we published on the World Medtec Forum Lucerne here.

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Swiss Pavilions at international Medtec trade fairs

Medtech Switzerland proposes many possibilities to exhibit in international Medtech shows. Moreover some Swiss Cantons offer great possibilities to reduce the cost of these exhibitions for companies active in their areas.
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Did you ever consider exhibiting your products and services at an international trade fair but hesitated due to the time and cost requirements? If so, then the Swiss Pavilion might be the answer you are looking for. The Swiss Pavilion is a turnkey solution offered by Medtech Switzerland and its partners which gives your company an opportunity to exhibit at the world´s most important trade fairs while remaining under the Swiss umbrella.

Upcoming locations of the Swiss Pavilion

  • November 20 –23 – MEDICA Dusseldorf, Germany
  • December 9 –13 – Zdravookhraneniye Moscow, Russia
  • January 27 –30 – Arab Health Dubai, U.A.E.
  • February 11 –13 – MD&M West Anaheim, USA
  • April 3 –6 – expoMED Istanbul, Turkey
  • April 9 –10 – MEDTEC France Lyon, France
  • April 9 –11 – MEDTEC Japan Tokyo, Japan
  • June 3 –5 – MEDTEC Europe Stuttgart, Germany

The Swiss Pavilion gives you

  • Swissness – Distinct layout and organization assert Swiss quality
  • Recognition – Well placed and consistently designed booths secure participant interest
  • Efficiency – Proven on-site infrastructure allows a cost effective solution to spending more time with customers

For more information about all Swiss Pavilions and the possibilities of help from the Cantons, you can download the Medtech-Switzerland Flyer here.

To participate as an exhibitor in one of the new Swiss Pavilions, please contact
Jonas Frey
Phone+41 31 335 62 41
[email protected]

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