A number of companies introduced new materials, equipment, products and processes at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West show aimed at increasing their presence in the health-care market or improving the efficiency of products in the marketplace:
* Molex Corp. of Lisle, Ill.: MediSpec Hybrid Circular MT Cable and Receptacle system, an integrated optical and electrical connector system that reduces the number of connectors required in medical equipment and devices.
* MacPherson Medical Inc. of Acton, Mass.: Multipurpose Stat-Mat Minor surgical tray made of Radel polyphenylsulfone resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers. Designed to protect surgical instruments from damage and to reduce instrument setup time.
* Flexpak Corp. of Phoenix: Thermoformed, 44- and 50-inch-long catheter trays made possible by an investment in new equipment.
* LTL Color Compounders Inc. of Morrisville, Pa.: 10 new ColorRx NB (non-biodegradable) grades for use in enclosures for medical equipment such as monitoring and imaging devices.
* Teknor Apex Co. of Pawtucket, R.I.: Under-development flexible vinyl compounds for uses in tubing and pouches that incorporate Ecolibrium phthalate-free, bio-based plasticizers manufactured by Dow Chemical Co. Also, three patent-pending systems that can bond tubing made from its Medalist medical elastomers to conventional connectors.
* Bayer MaterialScience LLC of Pittsburgh: Bayblend M750, its fourth medical grade of polycarbonate/ABS. Designed for use in medical electronics and drug-delivery devices requiring ductile material.
MD&M West was held Feb. 14-16 in Anaheim.