From June 11 through June 14, 2007, the Jacobs K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY was crowded with engineers, quality control specialists, manufacturing executives, and others for the Medical Design & Manufacturing East Conference and Exposition.
Attendees had the chance to see new-to-market products, as well as the latest advances in plastics/disposables; testing and inspection; packaging, labeling, and barcoding; motors, pumps, and motion control; medical electronics, and cleanroom/sterilization. Exhibits focused on assembly and contract manufacturing.
The show had six special-focus pavilions, including Drug Delivery Devices/Combination Product Solutions, LaserTec, Precision Tec, Quality, MEDPAK, and Medical Electronics Manufacturing. To kick-off the event, a conference on combination products, began on Monday, June 11, 2007 from 9 AM to 4 PM, which featured four days of networking opportunities, plus presentations and structured peer-to-peer panel discussions.
Additionally, a ticket to MD&M East also included admission to four other co-located shows: Atlantic Design Manufacturing East; East Pack; Automation Technology Expo East, and Plastec East. Exposition dates were Tuesday, June 12 to Wednesday, June 14, 2007 from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Thursday, June 14, from 10 AM to 3 PM. Registration opened at 8 AM Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8:30 AM on Thursday.
Here are a few products attendees saw at the show:
Three-axis dispensing robot
The I&J7900, a compact 3-axis dispensing robot from I&J Fisnar, Inc., has a work area of 8 x 8 in. (200 x 200 mm) and a Z axis of 2 in. (50 mm). The robot is programmed using dispensing software and step-by-step, point-and-click instructions entered through an LCD teach pendant. The robot’s data memory or Flash Card can store up to 100 programs. An optional Windows software package is available for greater storage, editing, and conversion of CAD files. Interpolation is possible in all axes. Additionally, the robot can apply dots, lines, circles, and ellipses in any point-to-point or continuous path configuration, and it is ideal for small to medium batch medical assembly applications.
I&J Fisnar, Inc.
Brushless dc servo motors
Pittman brushless dc servo motors have a slotless motor design and use Parallex coil-winding geometry for greater efficiency. Other features include NdFeB rare earth magnets, stainless steel housings for corrosion-resistance, and precision ABEC bearings and balanced rotors for smooth, quiet operation. They are suited for use in surgical instruments and hand tools, dental drills, pumps, and other medical applications. The micromotors come in five series (Size 05, 08, 11, 14, and 18), which allows for a selection of power solutions. The smallest, Size 05 Series, operates at the highest speeds with virtually no vibration. The heavy-duty Size 18 Series motor can be engineered for application-specific performance and efficiency. Sizes for micromotors are from 0.500 in. to 1.750 in., speeds to 44,525 rpm, and continuous torque to 42.6 oz-in., depending on the model.
AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products
Haydon’s 23 hybrid linear actuators come with a 0.9º step angle for higher resolution and full step linear movement of 0.0000625 in. (1.6 µ). They are available in four types: captive, non-captive, external linear, and linear rotary. The actuators suit applications that require long life, reliability, precise positioning, and rapid motion. Resolutions range from 0.0000625 in. (0.0015875 mm) to 0.003125 in. (0.079375 mm) per step, with operational thrust to 200 lb, and can be micro stepped for finer resolution.
Haydon Switch & Instrument, Inc.
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