MATERIALS: Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MR&P) provides medical device manufacturing of complex medical assemblies made of molded rubber and plastics. Operating an ISO 13485:2003 certified quality management system, MR&P is experienced at manufacturing and assembling medical devices in Class 10,000 and Class 100,000 clean rooms and is equipped to provide assistance with design and materials engineering.
MR&P molds and assembles medical devices requiring high tolerance components that facilitate device function. Device designs include seals that isolate fluids, internal bosses for aligning actuating mechanisms containing washers and springs, and snap-fit designs that lock the assembly together without the use of adhesives.
MR&P’s precision molding capabilities comprise silicone molding and bonding, processing of high-performance rubber and plastics, rubber-to-plastic conversions, and metal-to-plastic conversions. The company molds a variety of materials, including compounds compliant with ISO 10993, USP Class VI, and FDA requirements. It produces needle-free injection devices, surgical instruments, diagnostic instruments, valves, pumps, connectors, diaphragms, plunger tips, seals, laboratory equipment and disposables, among other devices.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.