Medical Design & Mfg. West 2001

DN Staff

January 8, 2001

14 Min Read
Medical Design & Mfg. West 2001

Medical Design and Manufacturing West (MD&M West), said to be the world's largest medical OEM exposition and conference, is expected to be even bigger this year, say show managers. The event, once again held at the Anaheim Convention Center, will host 1,600 exhibitors filling four exhibition halls across seven pavilions. This boost of nearly 600 exhibitors from last year's event is not the only expected growth. Twenty thousand visitors are expected to attend the event, a sizable increase from previous years.

New to MD&M West this year is the E-Business pavillion, where medical manufacturers can find solutions to web-enable their business. More than 20 companies will showcase technology from portal hosting and Internet application software to the latest online marketplaces, exchanges, and consortiums.

Visitors can also expect to see a range of disposable-device manufacturing services from more than 800 exhibitors of raw materials, injection molding, extrusions, mold designs, surface treatments, and welding and bonding. Also exhibiting are a multitude of leading contract-service, assembly, manufacturing, CNC-equipment, packaging, and sterilization suppliers.

Similar to last year's event, FDA topics will be well represented. But this year, there will be unprecedented FDA participation-14 FDA experts, including 13 from its Washington D.C. office, will speak at the show. Their presentations will address quality systems regulations, 510(k) submissions, and biocompatibility.


A-max 0.87-inch-diameter motors utilize a patented rhombic moving coil design for long life, low electrical noise, and fast acceleration. Available with either precious-metal brushes or graphite brushes, the motors are offered in power-rating ranges from 3.5 to 6W. The maximum continuous torque from the motor is up to 1 oz-inch.

Maxon Precision Motors

Booth 358

838 Mitten Rd.

Burlingame, CA 94010

FAX (650) 697-2887

For Information, enter 617


Shore A 95 hardness polyurethane tubing functions in instrumentation line applications and mates with push-to-connect fittings. Applications that call for multiple line identification such as manifold connections, various fluid feeds, lubrication lines, or fluid circuitry, can take advantage of sixteen stocked colors. Made from ether-based polyurethane, this tubing resists attack from moisture, humidity, and fungus.

New Age Industries

Booth 515

145 James Way

Southampton, PA 18966

FAX (215) 526-2191

For Information, enter 618

Velocity controller

The OSC-462H analog speed control board features a digital oscillator for accurate velocity control with an output frequency of up to 100 kHz. This varies with the level of the 0 to 5V dc input via a 10 k(OMEGA) potentiometer. Communications simply plug into the board's 10-pin header using a communication cable to connect to a standard PC serial port.

Intelligent Motion Systems Inc.

Booth 585

Box 457, 370 N. Main St.

Marlborough, CT 06447

FAX (860) 295-6107

For Information, enter 619


A glass-fiber-reinforced polyethersulfone compound displays unnotched IZOD impact strength at 1/8 inch of 11 ft lbs-inch and heat deflection temperature of 410F at 264 psi. The material, which has FDA and NSF approvals, is ideal for use in food-industry products. The material has been used in products that require the strength of stainless steel, but also have specific color-matching requirements that can be met by thermoplastics.


Booth 1897

Box 5439

Winona, MN 55987-0439

FAX (507) 454-2041

For Information, enter 620


Couplings with 3/4-inch hose barbs are designed to facilitate the transfer of biomedia from large-capacity containers and bags used in bioprocessing applications. These low-profile couplings feature an audible click to verify a secure connection, and a thumb latch for easy disconnects. They are made of Class VI polysulfone material with a silicone seal and will withstand autoclave, EtO, Gamma, or E-Beam sterilization methods.

Colder Products Co.

Booth 1863

1001 Westgate Dr.

St. Paul, MN 55114

FAX (651) 604-0214

For Information, enter 621

Coaxial interfaces

Utilizing spring-loaded contact probes, custom coaxial interfaces provide both a mechanical and electrical connection between various components of specialized electrical equipment. Assemblies utilize more than 25 variations of coaxial probes, ranging from 70 to 200 mil centers, controlled impedance of 50 or 75(OMEGA), and 7 GHz bandwidth at 1 dB loss.


Booth 267

310 South 51st St.

Kansas City, KS 66106

FAX (913) 342-6623

For Information, enter 622


Used extensively in medical diagnostic and clinical instruments, a rollnut is designed for mechanisms where precise and repeatable positioning of small samples, products, sensors, or probes is essential. The actuator consists of a miniature rollnut screw and nut assembly manufactured to customer specifications. The linear bearing inserted into the nut body corrects for any shaft misalignment.

Norco Inc.

Booth 2331

Box 405

Georgetown, CT 06829-0405

For Information, enter 623

Irrigation pump

Handling flows from 0.06 to 1600 m(LITER)/min, a medical irrigation pump has no valves or seals that could fail. The unit is self-priming, and can run dry without damage. The system is non-contaminating and sanitary. An optional pneumatic footswitch can be employed to start and stop the pump.

Barnant Co.

Booth 1877

28W092 Commercial Ave.

Barrington, IL 60010

FAX (847) 381-7053

For Information, enter 624


Through the use of a proprietary tooling system, production-quality injection-molded parts can be developed, tooled, and molded under tight deadlines. An entire project from design development to receipt of the final molded component can be accommodated at the facility, assuring that potential delays due to design issues, manufacturing process issues, and final product validation can be quickly addressed.

Polymer Technology Corp.

Booth 2384

5617 Walton Ave. NE

Menomonie, WI 54751

For Information, enter 625


A gear pump line is suited for accurate metering, dispensing, or transferring of fluids in medical and instrumentation devices or industrial equipment. Flow rates reach to 1.5 gpm and pressures to 125 psi. Various motor options are available and pump life ranges to 10,000 hours. These gear pumps are positive displacement and self-priming. The materials bodies, gears, and seals provide a wide range of fluid compatibility.


Booth 882

31400 Aurora Rd.

Solon, OH 44139-2764

FAX 440 349 5806

For Information, enter 626


320x240 color LCDs are interchangeable with monochrome models. Featuring high contrast, both color and monochrome models employ CCT backlighting. The series includes blue-and-white STN transmissive, black-and-white FSTN transmissive, and black-and-white FSTN transflective (sunlight readable) styles. Applications include commercial, industrial, and scientific instruments.

Optrex America Inc.

Booth 577

44160 Plymouth Oaks Blvd.

Plymouth, MI 48170

FAX (734) 416-8520

For Information, enter 627

Diaphragm pumps

Dry, oil-free vacuum pumps combine a patented, structured diaphragm and high-speed check valve technologies with electronically commutated dc motors. The pump controller provides 2-wire dc power for operation, and includes an on-demand remote on/off speed control for integration into an OEM system. This pump ranges from 0.100 to 30 liter/min, featuring end-vacuums to less than 0.5 mbar up to 4 stages.

KNF Neuberger

Booth 1934

2 Black Forest Rd.

Trenton, NJ 08691

FAX (609) 890-8323

For Information, enter 628

Elastomer seals

Unlike some friction reducing processes, "F-Treat" FKM elastomer seals feature low- friction surfaces that will be present on the seal surface even as the surface abrades. The "F-Treat" process is a permanent modification of the elastomer and is present 1 to 2 mm beneath the surface of the molded part. The process does not affect the FDA acceptability of the seals.

Minnesota Rubber

Booth 590

3630 Wooddale Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55416

FAX (612) 927-1470

For Information, enter 629

Drive system

The Series 3564 BC is a completely integrated brushless dc motor, amplifier, and full-function motion control module. In addition to motion, velocity, and position control, the integrated drive is also capable of torque control, stepping mode operation to 0.18 degrees, and variable fault protection programming. It is available with a wide range of companion gearheads, as well.

Micro Mo Electronics

Booth 867

14881 Evergreen Ave.

Clearwater, FL 33762-3008

FAX (727) 573-5918

For Information, enter 630

Plastic nut

The XC Series of 1-inch anti-backlash nut assemblies has a load capacity up to 500 lbs and is available in thread mounts. The assemblies are non-corrosive because they are made from stainless steel and plastic. Using patented technology, the nut contains a rigid stainless-steel cam that automatically rotates and produces higher axial rigidity without sacrificing life, torque, or positional accuracy.

Ball Screws & Actuators Inc.

Booth 2317

3616 Snell Ave.

San Jose, CA 95136

FAX (408) 629-2620

For Information, enter 631

Dual check valves

Available in Luer-lock and Luer-slip models, dual check valves offer crack pressure of 9 and 22 psi of water at the outlet port, with an inlet port crack pressure of 1.5 to 5 psi. The back pressure rating is 30 psi. The latex-free valves feature a dual functioning check valve system, which enables the aspiration of fluid through one port and the injection through the other port.

B. Braun Medical Inc.

Booth 1311

824 Twelfth Ave.

Bethlehelm, PA 18018

FAX (610) 691-1785

For Information, enter 632


Inert, miniature solenoid valves come in two- and three-way isolation, injection, isolation-gradient, and proportional-mixing styles with two, three, four, five, six, or eight inlets. Valves can be utilized with miniature pumps capable of dispensing 3 to 250mu(LITER) per solenoid actuation. All products are available in various orifice sizes, operating voltages, and body materials and sizes.

Bio-Chem Valve

Booth 952

85 Fulton St.

Boonton, NJ 07005

FAX (973) 263-2880

For Information, enter 633


Clevis-to-clevis actuators are produced for industrial and miniature applications. Industrial units have a powder-coated exterior with stainless-steel lift tubes for durability and longer life. They are available in 12 or 24V dc and 110 or 220V ac. Miniature units have corrosion-resistant aluminum tubes with zinc alloy housings and built-in end-of-stroke limit switches. They are available in 12 or 24V dc.

Thomson Industries

Booth 1997

2 Channel Dr.

Port Washington, NY 11050

FAX (516) 883-9039

For Information, enter 634

Release agent

A silicone release agent delivers good thermal properties for die casting aluminum, zinc, magnesium, and other metals. Because of its compatibility with most organic coatings and adhesive systems, 204 Fluid can be used as an external release agent or internal lubricant for rubber and plastics. Supplied in bulk quantities, this product has a usable shelf life of 36 months from the date of manufacture when stored at or below 49C.

Dow Corning

Booth 1809

Box 994

Midland, MI 48686-0994

FAX (517) 496-8026

For Information, enter 635

DIN connectors

Circular DIN connectors are IP-67 rated watertight and fully shielded against EMI. Available in ten different pin configurations of up to 12 positions, the connector series is suited for applications in medical instrumentation. With a rating of 60 to 250V, the connectors offer low-contact resistance and high-current capacity of up to 5A depending upon pin configuration.

Lumberg Inc.

Booth 462

14121 Justice Rd.

Midlothian, VA 23113

FAX (607) 748-4447

For Information, enter 636

Dc pump

A dc motor-driven pump provides both vacuum and pressure and is available in 12 or 24V dc. Incorporating a cup-seal design, the pump attains a vacuum in excess of 10 inches Hg and a maximum pressure of 36 psig. It is suitable for use in gas analyzers, endoscopes, blood pressure monitors, massagers, and other types of transportable medical equipment.

Medo USA

Booth 1490

4525 Turnberry Dr.

Hanover Park, IL 60103

FAX 630-924-0808

For Information, enter 637

Motor controls

Linear motor controls use an IGBT power-base design for cool running and enhanced reliability. These are compact panel mounting units available in several versions ranging from 5 to 30A peak current output. Options include a built-in 24V power logic supply and, on some models, an internal regeneration resistor. Models are available for 115, 230, and 460V ac, 50/60 Hz supplies, and all have UL and CE approval.

Baldor Motors and Drives

Booth 531

Box 2400

Fort Smith, AR 72902-2400

For Information, enter 638


Specialized tubing integrates stainless-steel spiral wire that works to resist crushing, notching, and kinking. This results in unimpeded flow of media. Uses include a variety of catheter applications. Specifically designed for medical applications, the wire member is fitted and bonded into the tubing without the use of solvents that could possibly contaminate the product.

Vesta Inc.

Booth 1853

5400 W. Franklin Dr.

Franklin, WI 53132

FAX (414) 423-0562

For Information, enter 639


Ceramic solutions now employ a new anti-wetting surface treatment that renders surfaces hydrophobic. Ceramic solutions can be used in blood separation, implantable feedthrus, and surgery applications. Custom solutions that employ ceramics, alloys, and brazing capabilities can offer complete, tested assemblies with total material traceability.

Morgan Advanced Ceramics

Booth 444

Morgan House Madeira Walk

Windsor, Berkshire

SL4 1- 1EP, U.K.;


For Information, enter 640

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