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New material developments and improved automation in injection moulding are expanding the role of plastics in the healthcare sector. Mark Holmes finds out more


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Increasing use of plastics in the medical sector has been an ongoing trend for many years, driven to a great extent by new material developments and the flexibility and versatility that polymeric materials provide. However, advances in automation for injection moulding and the advent of Industry 4.0 are also now playing a significant role in accelerating that trend. “We are aware of an increase in the automation of production processes in the medical technology sector through the integration of downstream processing steps and requirements for 100% control,” says Sven Kitzlinger, Application Technology Consulting, Medical Technology at Arburg. “Another key area is the use of high-speed, high-performance machines for pharmaceuticals packaging and complex moulds, including cube-mould technology. There are increasing synergies with the packaging sector.” Geographically, Arburg continues to view the US as a major market for medical technology, with China and


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Asia rapidly expanding in the areas of health care and diagnostics. “The general desire among people to monitor their health gives rise to an increased demand for pipette tips in diagnostics,” says Kitzlinger, who adds that health and fitness monitoring is also a major growth trend in Europe and beyond. “This includes smart watches and other measuring devices that can be used to check and evaluate functions such as pulse, calorie consumption, movement and sleeping patterns at any time. This is another market where the demand for plastic products is appreciable,” he says. Arburg is currently looking at how it can use its Free-


former additive manufacturing system in medical technology applications. “Geometric freedom, combined with material freedom, will enable completely new plas- tic applications to be achieved, including use within the human body,” Kitzlinger explains. “We have already demonstrated that in principle the Freeformer can process medical PLA, based on the example of facial


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