Corona crisis brings together different kinds of companies to produce protective masks

When you think of respiratory and surgical masks, which are currently produced predominantly in Asia, ultrasonics is probably not the first thing that springs to mind. Yet ultrasonic welding plays an important roll in making these products. As an experienced technology provider for mask production equipment, Weber Ultrasonics AG now manufactures respiratory and surgical masks in Germany. This is made possible by the fast and active support of other companies as well as the huge dedication of its own employees.

FocalSpec’s UULA answers the demand for automated quality control in fast-growing medical device markets

FocalSpec, the Finnish expert in high-precision quality control devices, will launch their first 3D imaging and metrology system UULA at MEDICA Trade Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. UULA can be used both in at-line quality control and in laboratories. It works especially well in measuring 3D topography and dimensions in medical device manufacturing as well as studying seal integrity of medical packages.

Arburg medical technology experts at the Pharmapack Europe 2017

On 1 and 2 February 2017, Arburg will be represented at the Pharmapack Europe 2017 in Paris (France) at Stand D81 in Hall 4. The experts will be available there for discussions with customers and prospects who want to find out more about the extensive range of machines and solutions for plastic part production in the medical technology and packaging sectors. These range from high-speed, high-performance machines and clean-room Allrounders in stainless steel versions to the Freeformer for additive manufacturing, as well as automation and complex turnkey solutions.

Maschinenbau NRW: Positive Zahlen im September

Der Auftragseingang verzeichnete im September 2015 ein Plus von +5 Prozent (bundesweit -13 Prozent). Bei der Inlandsnachfrage gab es ein Plus von +10 Prozent (bundesweit +1 Prozent). Das Auslandsgeschäft lag bei +2 Prozent (bundesweit -18 Prozent) im Vergleich zum Vorjahresniveau.

Clariant opens Biotech Center in Planegg

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, officially opened its new Group Biotechnology Research Center in Planegg near Munich today. In a ceremony attended by Ilse Aigner, the Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology, the key to the facility was symbolically handed over to CEO Hariolf Kottmann and the Head of Clariant’s Group Biotechnology André Koltermann.


From pharmaceuticals, chemicals and foodstuffs to glass, construction materials and paper: every 18 months the POWTECH trade fair offers these key industrial segments a unique overview of the latest developments in mechanical processing technology. From 19 to 21 April 2016, international industry experts will once again have the opportunity to share know-how with their peers and forge new business contacts. PARTEC, the International Congress for Particle Technology held concurrently with the show, attracts scientists and engineers from all over the world to the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre.

Schock für europäische Unternehmen

Nach Artikel 33 der Europäischen Chemikalienverordnung »REACH« ist der Lieferant eines Erzeugnisses verpflichtet, gewerbliche Abnehmer über besonders Besorgnis erregende Stoffe (SVHC - Substances of very high concern) in ihren Produkten unmittelbar zu informieren, sofern deren Konzentration größer als 0,1 Masseprozent im Erzeugnis übersteigt. Private Verbraucher müssen auf Anfrage innerhalb von 45 Tagen Bescheid bekommen.

FachPack 2015: Marking & Labelling

In its 36th trade fair year FachPack can look back on a magnificent success story: what began in 1979 with 80 exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors, has long since become one of the leading European fairs covering everything to do with packaging. 1,439 exhibitors and 34,598 visitors at the most recent event speak for themselves. Reason enough to place the focus on “Marking & Labelling”, which can be experienced at FachPack from 29 September to 1 October in Nuremberg. In 2013, 350 suppliers already showed their solutions specifically on this multi-sector theme, which has been important right from the start.

Maschinenbau NRW: Juli schwächelt

Der Auftragseingang verzeichnete im Juli 2015 ein Minus von -17 Prozent (bundesweit +18 Prozent). Bei der Inlandsnachfrage gab es ein Plus von +2 Prozent (bundesweit +43 Prozent). Das Auslandsgeschäft lag bei -26 Prozent (bundesweit +5 Prozent) im Vergleich zum Vorjahresniveau.

Medical Area at the METAV 2016

Manufacturing technology for instruments, implants and other medical technology products will be showcased in the Medical Area at the METAV 2016 in Düsseldorf. Two of the METAV’s exhibitors report on the progressively more important role that tools are playing in this sophisticated sector.

Great Opportunities for Printed Electronics

The OE-A published the sixth edition of its roadmap at LOPEC. It describes key trends and key challenges for printed electronics technology. It is obvious, that hybrid systems will experience the most significant development in the short and medium term.

Lasers in Biophotonics and Medical Engineering

The Nobel Prize for Göttingen-based researcher Stefan Hell and his STED microscopy was a milestone in the microscopic exploration of the nanoworld. Lasers, switchable fluorescent markers and imaging techniques provide profound insights into living cells. Lasers are al-ready in the process of revolutionizing medical research, diagnostics and therapy. Biophotonics and medical engineering will again be center stage at the LASER World of PHOTONICS from 22-25 June at the Messe München site.

Maximum computing capabilities increase intelligence in the Smart Factory

Smart Factory concepts require more intelligence on machines or the entire production line, placing greater demands on the computing performance of the automation system. More and more functions with ever-shorter cycle times require more powerful centralised control technology.

Combining industrial 3D printing with free medical implant design software

C&A Tool and WITHIN have launched a patient-specific, metal-implant design and manufacturing program called WITHIN Medical. The service combines free downloadable software developed by WITHIN and additive manufacturing (AM) technology via direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) from EOS.

Deutsche Messe investing in growth in Germany and abroad

Building on success achieved in 2011, Deutsche Messe will invest in further growth and in the development of the Hannover Exhibition Center. During its meeting in Hannover on Thursday, June 28, the Supervisory Board laid the groundwork for the rebuilding of halls 19 and 20, as well as for several acquisitions in Germany and abroad.

Sandvik completes divestment of Sandvik Medical Solutions

Sandvik has completed the divestment of Sandvik Medical Solutions to Orchid Orthopedic Solutions (Orchid), owned by Altor Fund III. Sandvik Medical Solutions, part of business area Sandvik Venture, specialises on contract manufacturing of medical implants and instruments for orthopaedic and dental applications.

KUKA receives another large order from Siemens

KUKA received another large order from Siemens Healthcare for type KR 240 MED AX medical robots. The order is valued in the upper single-digit million euro range and will be delivered by Advanced Robotics (KUKA Laboratories). Over the course of this year between eight and nine medical robots will be shipped to the customer every month .Siemens Healthcare and KUKA have been working together in the field of robot-supported medical systems since 2005.


Even suppliers to the medical technology sector are benefiting from the current growth trend in the medical technology industry. This was once again impressively demonstrated by the outstanding reception shown by exhibitors and visitors alike at COMPAMED 2011 in Düsseldorf.

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GE Healthcare developed GE Breast Tomosynthesis to allow customers to perform three­dimensional imaging technology by upgrading their existing Senographe* platform. The Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is a three­dimensional imaging technology (3D imaging) that uses a low dose short X­ray sweep around a compressed breast.

Speedy 3D X-rays in the operating room

Having an operation always places strain on patients, and this is especially true of complicated operations. Surgeons use 3D X-rays to check the results before the patient has left the operating room. This does help to avoid possible complications, but it also means interrupting the surgery. Fraunhofer researchers are now developing a 3D X-ray system that can be integrated seamlessly into operating procedure – with no more forced interruptions.

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