Building a Learning Culture to Support Your Greatest Asset: People

employee attraction and retention

The orthopedic device industry must attract and retain employees who are engaged, feel valued and take pride in the quality of their work. Orchid has taken a project management approach to employee training and development processes at our largest manufacturing facility. This presentation reviews our efforts and the impact they’ve had on employee attraction, retention and customer service.

Which Additive Manufacturing Platform is Best for Your Project?

additive manufacturing in orthopedics

This presentation will answer questions repeatedly asked by orthopedic OEMs: Which AM platform technology — EMB or laser — is right for my product? Which laser platform — EOS, 3D Systems, GE Additive or another — is best? Which has the most FDA clearances, and what regulatory considerations do I need to consider relative to the processes?

Antimicrobial Calcium Phosphates for Orthopedic Applications

antimcirobial resistance project

Many orthopedic companies have prioritized commercializing solutions to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR). CAM Bioceramics is designing and developing antimicrobial strategies based on calcium phosphates (CaPs) for hard and soft tissues. The company aims to research new technological solutions that prevent AMR.

Considerations for Sterilization of Orthopedic Devices with X-ray

sterilization of implants and instruments

Implantable orthopedic devices have an extensive history with gamma irradiation. This presentation will compare gamma to x-ray, describe similarities and differences, showcase the benefits of adding x-ray sterilization, and discuss considerations in validation and transfers from one radiation technology to another.

The Next Big Thing in Additive Manufacturing: Multi-Metal Printing

additive manufacturing orthopedic devices

Additive manufacturing is now accepted as a manufacturing method for orthopedic implants, but it remains limited to one material for each printing process. This presentation will review state-of-the-art multi-metal printing, including the technical challenges, potential applications, and ways that Amnovis is advancing the technology for the orthopedic industry.

Surface Finishing Methods for Joint and Trauma Implants

finishing of orthopedic implants

Surface finishing of joint and trauma implants is key to achieving the final performance of your products. Understanding the various finishing methods and their applications is critical because they can impact your production costs and labor needs. This session covers different surface finishing methods and how they can help you optimize your manufacturing process.

A Next-Generation Material for Medical Devices: Tantalum

tantalum material for orthopedic applications

Tantalum (Ta) metal has the potential to revolutionize next-generation materials for orthopedic applications. Croom Medical and Global Advanced Metals (GAM) have partnered to establish a new Ta-based medical device manufacturing capability. This presentation will review and summarize the results of the demonstration device designs alongside initial testing data from the manufactured Ta parts produced from GAM’s high-purity powders.

2D Barcode Compliance for EU 2017/745 MDR: Are You Ready?

UDI Barcode compliance EU MDR

2D barcode requirements for UDI pertaining to EU MDR compliance is on the horizon for most instrument manufacturers. The process involves the validation of the verifier unit, the review and grouping of affected materials and the internal validation of existing part marking processes. In addition, each material and surface treatment has its own critical parameters that must be considered. Metal Craft will share its experience and overview of the implementation.

Call To Action: Trade Skill Shortage and How to Overcome the Challenge

manufacturing floor worker

Companies must reach young minds and educate them on the benefits of working in manufacturing, including high levels of job satisfaction and earning potential. MB&A plans to make trade skill options more accessible through outreach, partnerships and apprenticeships. The efforts will include competency evaluations and a potential to gain certification.

Streamlining Orthopedic Implant Inspection with AI Techniques

artificial intelligence in quality systems

Artificial Intelligence (AI) enhances the efficiency of dimensional inspections of orthopedic implants. This presentation will highlight the benefits of AI in the quality control process, including increased efficiency and the improved safety and performance of orthopedic implants.