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Oct 30 2008
The "High-tech for Medical Devices" product market is set up by the IVAM (International Association of Companies and Institutes in Microtechnology) and its associated forum. Totalling 40 companies and institutes, this year`s IVAM joint booth will set a new exhibitor record. âWith the new âElectronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) for Medical Devicesâ field, we`re tapping into a current industry trendâ, says Dr. Uwe Kleinkes, IVAM`s CEO. Many manufacturers now outsource their production to specialists, some of which will be exhibiting components and systems in the EMS area.
Thin films are also continuing to increase in popularity; amorphous carbon films are now being used in urological stents and carbon coatings have been used for hip and knee implants, artificial heart valves andelectrodes. âCarbon coatings were originally used on metal tools to prevent them wearing out so quickly. Their biocompatibility was discovered at the beginning of the 1990sâ, says Lisa Kleinen, Since then, the coatings, which are just a few millimeters thick, have been used for knee and hip implants, artificial heart valves and electrodes. âIt is possible to add surface coatings to materials and to vary these to improve the way implants knit together with bone or to prevent them from growing into blood vesselsâ, explained Lisa Kleinen, a physicist at the Institute for Thin Film Technology at the University of Kaiserslautern. The Institute is currently collaborating with the University Hospital in Bonn in using amorphous carbon films to prevent bacteria films from forming on urological stents.
With around 500 exhibitors from 30 nations, COMPAMED 2008 (Nov 19 -21) will once again stage high-tech solutions for use in the medical technology industry â from new materials, components, preliminary products, packaging materials and services through to complex microsystem technology and made-to-order production.
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