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Arburg's medical summit welcomes over 400 industry experts 
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:30.Nov.2020

The Arburg Summit: Medical 2020 took place on 19 November. The digital format of this summit meeting enabled twice as many guests to attend as were at the comparable, physical event in the previous year.


Over 400 participants from more than 40 countries were there to inform themselves about current developments, innovative applications and visions, and to exchange views at high level with many medical technology experts.


Martin Neff, head of the Arburg Plastic Freeforming department, presented many practical examples at the Arburg Prototyping Center during The Arburg Summit: Medical 2020.

The interactive response was intense and vibrant. The twelve lectures focusing on "Solutions", "Innovations" and "Visions" were accompanied by a high-calibre panel discussion. This special event was enhanced yet further by interactive breakout sessions with expert discussions and live presentations of exhibits in the Customer Center in Lossburg.

"With this digital format, exceptionally challenging in terms of content as well as technology, has taken us down new paths. And feedback confirmed this: Our Arburg Summit: Medical 2020 was ‘the place to be’ in the field of medical technology," pointed out Gerhard Böhm, Arburg Managing Director Sales.


Keynote speech highlighted medical technology's future


A particular high point of the event came with the keynote speech delivered by Prof. Dr-Ing. Marc Kraft, Head of Department Medical Technology at the Technical University Berlin and Chair of VDI's "Technologies of Life Sciences" association.


On the basis of a few examples, he highlighted current trends in medical technology that are set to continue in the coming decades, laying the bedrock for the ensuing panel discussion.



(From the left): Gerhard Böhm, Niklas Kuczaty, Dr. Andreas Herold, Prof. Ute Schäfer and presenter Guido Marschall joined the high-calibre panel discussion.

In this context, Prof. Ute Schäfer (University of Graz), Dr Andreas Herold (B. Braun), Niklas Kuczaty (VDMA Working Group Medical Technology) and Gerhard Böhm (Arburg) discussed the topic of "Medical technology – challenges and prospects for 2050".


Everyone agreed that, by 2050, technology-driven companies would have a clear advantage. By then of course, many products would no longer come from factories but would instead be manufactured individually and close to the patient, e.g. directly in the hospital or even in the operating theatre. Nonetheless, quality would remain Job One.


Twelve informative lectures with detailed sharing


Earlier in the summit, four concurrent panel sessions were held, each containing three lectures. The topics ranged from concepts for the production of LSR injection molded parts and microfluidic systems to the challenges faced by the healthcare industry, details of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and digital methods for integrated parts documentation.


Each of the connected speakers answered questions from the participants after their lectures.

Also, application examples of innovative high-performance tools and the additive manufacturing of customized implants were on the list. Many participants used this opportunity to ask their questions during the event using the chat feature.


Three interactive live discussions and presentations


The Summit was rounded off with three "Live Breakout Boxes". Topics such as cleanroom, LSR processing and additive production were discussed, with two Arburg experts in attendance for each topic.


Arburg expert Sven Kitzlinger, Senior Application Manager Medical, answered questions from the participants about cleanroom technology.

In addition, they were accompanied to the exhibits by camera teams to present the applications live. Things to see included the production of LSR masks on an electric Allrounder 570 A. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arburg and its partners got this project off the ground in record time and developed the face coverings themselves.


A stainless steel version of the electric Allrounder 370 A was used to show how clean-room technology can manufacture mass products such as needle holders for insulin pens. And lastly, a Freeformer 300-3X was used to demonstrate the additive manufacturing of resorbable implants.



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