“We use our network to offer all-in-one solutions directly at our booth: from standard medical components to custom parts. Our spectrum covers high-performance polymers, biomedical compounds and alloys as well as custom metal components, thermoformed parts and precision blades. Our newest partner, Arkema, a leading producer of high-performance polymers, also supplies bio-based and recyclable polymers," says Heinz. Arkema will also hold an informative presentation on this topic at the COMPAMED SUPPLIERS FORUM, since the importance of sustainability is growing for medical technology as well.
Highlights at the shared IVAM booth
The professional association IVAM is not only responsible for the program of the COMPAMED HIGH-TECH FORUM, but also organizes the shared booth and the product market "High-tech for Medical Devices". The focus here lies on innovations in the key sectors of microtechnology, nanotechnology, photonics and new materials. International companies and research institutes are regular participants at the shared booth with its more than 600 square meters. This year, the IVAM area is home to almost 50 companies and institutes from nine nations. There is an especially strong presence of Swiss companies specializing in optics and precision technology. On site, there are many different microcomponents (microelectronical, optronical, microoptical, microfluidic), sensors, actuators and sensor systems, micropumps, coatings, smart textiles as well as manufacturing and processing procedures to be seen. Overall, optical components and procedures are becoming increasingly important.
No defect undetected, no matter how small
The company MABRI.VISION will be present at COMPAMED for the first time via IVAM, bringing automated systems for optical quality assurance to Düsseldorf. Using a variable lighting system, transparent and opaque materials, like microfluidic chips, can be checked for defects, scratches, particles or cracks and their geometrical properties evaluated. The evaluation system "MV.EYE MI1" for microfluidic chips is an inline-capable solution for automated 100-percent inspections of large-surfaced and microstructural components. Rapid, high-resolution image generation, paired with an analytical software powered by AI, allows any defects to be reliably detected and evaluates the dimensional accuracy of the chips.
Optical components and procedures gain importance
Several Swiss companies are presenting microoptics for use in medical technology and life science applications. Among them is the company FISBA, which offers high-precision microlenses starting at a diameter of 0.3 mm. At COMPAMED, the company wants to focus on their competence as a provider of all-in-one solutions. Their motto is: "From engineering to volume production. All from one source. All from FISBA." SUSS MicroOptics presents refractive and diffractive microoptics for imaging, sensor or focused beam applications. Mikrop presents miniaturized optics for high-tech applications, e.g. spherical lenses, optical assemblies and high-quality miniature objective lenses for medical technology.