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Top 3 Upcoming Trends in the Medical Device Manufacturing Industry

The medical device manufacturing industry is in a period of transition.

For many years, the entire medical industry has been undergoing a shift from invasive, large-scale procedures to laparoscopic and catheter-oriented treatments. The factors that contribute to today's medical device landscape began to appear in the 1990s, with major consolidations and a new focus on global partnership.

These trends show no sign of slowing down – but they will pivot around important upcoming technological advances. At the same time, regulatory and ethical issues surrounding these new advances will influence the choices healthcare providers make when delivering care.

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The Difference Between Heat Staking and Swaging

Manufacturers in a wide range of industries rely on heat staking and heat swaging to assemble and join plastic parts. In the past, technologies like ultrasonic welding and hot plate welding were some of the most popular, but modern advances in thermal press technology and materials have made both heat staking and swaging more attractive than ever.

As consumer electronics, medical devices, and automotive parts got smaller and more complex over the years, the processes manufacturers use to join them have become more advanced. Heat staking is one of these processes, and heat swaging is another.

Both processes address the..

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Food Product Packaging – Heat Sealing or Ultrasonic?

For food packaging manufacturers, vertical fill form sealing (VFFS) technology is an important area for cost-saving innovation.

During procurement, most companies look to this tightly regulated process for improvement because modern technologies have already improved throughput for the rest of the manufacturing line.

For many, VFFS bagging remains a bottleneck process.

Unsurprisingly, this leads manufacturers currently using heat sealing equipment to consider ultrasonic solutions, and those using ultrasonic equipment to consider heat sealing.

The old adage, “the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence,” is just as true here as it is anywhere else.

However, advances..

USP Class VI Medical Packaging – How to Ensure Compliance when Heat Sealing

When it comes to regulatory compliance, medical devices are in a league of their own.

Since lives are routinely on the line, manufacturers of medical devices have to plan for every possible use case scenario and create products that address those situations.

This means that before manufacturing even the simplest medical device, you need to carefully define the situations and environments it is to be used in. Then, you have to ensure that even in the case of product failure, the risk of endangering lives is as small as possible.

To this end, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention..

Quick-Change Tooling Improves Auto Infotainment Display Production

Auto instrument clusters and infotainment systems are undergoing great changes.

Starting in the mid-2010s, automakers found that the worldwide push towards mobile touchscreen technology seen in smartphones and tablets applies directly to auto instrument clusters and infotainment systems.

Now, the auto industry has fully embraced the touchscreen as part of a consolidated instrument cluster solution that removes the bulky knobs and buttons of the past with a sleek, new, integrated appearance.

For manufacturers of auto instrument clusters, this represents a potentially disrupting development. Nonetheless, experts predict that now-advanced features like internet connection will be standard on all in-car infotainment..

Why Implement Heat Sealing in the Manufacture of Wearable Medical Devices?

Wearable medical devices are taking off.

From glucose monitors to medicine dispensing pumps, patients' ability to comfortably and consistently wear medical devices on their bodies is expanding treatment options and improving the patients’ quality of life while treating many medical conditions. Thanks to new technologies – adhesive patch technologies, in particular – experts predict that the wearable medical device market will grow to $27.8 billion by 2022.

Importantly, most of these devices' underlying technology remains largely the same.  New advances in these technologies have made these devices smaller and much easier for patients to wear. New technology means wearable..

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Featuring its biggest program yet, the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West conference will deliver four tracks of expert-led medtech education you won't..

Heat Staking Improves Component Quality for Taillight Manufacturers

Durability is of chief importance to auto component manufacturers.

When engaged in high-volume production of taillights for consumer automobiles, manufacturers need to engineer the process to minimize the chance of accidentally damaging delicate inner components. This is especially true when building taillights, where the two leading welding methods produce less-than-ideal results from a quality control perspective.

Auto manufacturers have tried using many different welding processes over the decades – General Motors famously adopted ultrasonic welding in the 1970s, but gave up on the process when new technology made better, more consistent results possible.

Now, most automakers and component manufacturers rely on..

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Plastic Assembly History – Heat Staking vs. Ultrasonic Welding of Threaded Inserts

Historically, plastic assembly projects have always relied on the most reliable, repeatable, and consistent method of joining plastic parts available to them. Half a century ago, this meant using ultrasonic welding tools which at the time seemed like a sci-fi welding solution of unlimited potential.

Heat staking machines, on the other hand, were largely seen as inconsistent machines best used for installing metal inserts in to plastic bosses or housings. However, the forward march of technology continues unabated, and heat staking has taken strides in new directions beyond what ultrasonic welding machines are capable of.

One of the most obvious..

Thermal Press International is a Member of the Plastics Industry Association

TPI is proud to be a part of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS).

The Plastics Industry Association is the only organization that represents every segment of the plastics supply chain to make members more globally competitive.   Since 1937, PLASTICS has been providing education and advocacy to its members.


About Thermal Press International:

Thermal Press International manufactures precision heat staking machines, heat sealing machines, custom and automation systems, as well as custom tooling packages used in the medical, automotive, consumer products,..