Bayer Polymers LLC (www.bayer.com/polymers-usa) has come out with a new materials system that helps manufacturers get back to nature. Called Baypreg F, it features a polyurethane chemistry optimized for use with natural fiber reinforcing mats and a related processing technology from
Bayer's Hennecke Machinery Unit. Parts made from the system—which can be found in Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz interiors—typically use a natural fiber mat made from flax and sisal. Hemp mats are another possibility. Bayer has also used the technology to create sandwich-panel composites-in which natural fiber mat and polyurethane surround a honeycomb core made from paper or aluminum.
Cost, product development rigor, the patient-as-a-user movement, and consumer electronics that include wireless connectivity are just a few hot topics swirling around medical devices. Each brings challenges that create innovation opportunities. If we briefly look at each one, we can see that one common need will be innovation in simplicity.
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
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