Technology Highlights Theater


Theater Schedule

Tuesday, April 16 Wednesday, April 17
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Find the latest solutions available from industry leaders by attending one of the many sessions at the Technology Highlights Theater on the show floor. Presentations will include key technology updates like…

Error Optimization of Stent Laser Manufacturing Using Combined Scanner and Servo Motion
Scott Schmidt, Aerotech
Stent fabrication via laser micromachining has traditionally used multiple servo axes (typically one rotary and one linear). The traditional approach has centered on maximizing throughput (typically by optimizing path and acceleration profiles) while maintaining form error within a pre-defined limit. Recent advances in closed loop control of galvanometer scanners — along with controller developments allowing seamless combination of both scanner and servo axes in the same motion system — should permit faster cycle times in stent production while maintaining acceptable error margins.

ShaPix S150
Michael Mater, Coherix
The ShaPix S150 is an integrated non-contact 3D metrology sensor. The S150 sensor produces high-resolution 3D images of planar surfaces, capturing over four million 3D data points with micron level accuracy. Coherix can provide a complete metrology system, or the sensor for OEM applications. The ShaPix S150 uses the proven ShaPix software platform for comprehensive date analysis, reporting, and visualization.

Achieving High Quality Surface Finish Through Micro Grinding
Jerry Mraz, SmalTec International
Achieving high quality surface finish using Poly Crystalline Diamond (PCD) tools will be presented. Additionally, Ra values as low as 5 nanometers and features sizes of 6 microns will be discussed. Specific application of this technology is being realized in micro molding as well as micro tooling. The process of creating and validating the tools will also be presented. Multiple tool shapes will be explored. Several applications will be displayed along with the benefits and/or improvements micro polishing with PCD can provide.

Microfluidic Technologies for the Point of Care - Beyond Lateral Flow
Leanna M. Levine, PhD
The cost constraints and needs in the point of care market require technology solutions that provide the sophistication for multiple analyte addition, quantitation and multiplexing, while offering a path to low cost high volume manufacture. Roll to roll processes provide low cost of manufacture at high volume and are currently used for glucose sensor manufacture. Yet proof of concept and development work is not suited to roll to roll processing because of tooling and set-up costs. In this paper we discuss a batch process that provides the on-board microfluidic functions for complex assays, and which has the reliability and manufacturability to meet the need for low cost high volume manufacture.

Engineered Plating Solutions for Plating Low Volume, Small, Fragile Parts
Craig Ingalls, Professional Plating Inc.
An Engineered Plating Solution that provides Medical Device OEM’s and fabricators with a transformational method of plating small parts at the speed and cost efficiencies of reel to reel technology will be presented. Context for the challenges the Medical Device industry faces with the handling and plating of these small fragile parts will be discussed. Unlike consumer products, the volumes for parts in the medical device industry are lower and often times cannot take advantage of the productivity and cost efficiencies of reel to reel technology. An “Engineered Approach” to solving these challenges and delivering finished parts without damage in the entire plating process, from dock to dock will be shared. Insights into the steps Medical Device OEM’s and fabricators can take to avoid long delays and cost overruns in receiving finished parts will be explored.

Document Control: An Integral Component of Quality and Compliance Management
Corey Candela, M-Files
Companies that produce products with rigorous quality requirements face numerous challenges associated with meeting quality objectives — ranging from the need to comply with quality standards to operating in highly regulated and frequently audited environments. Organizations of all sizes and across all industries can easily fall prey to quality issues without effective information controls as a core component of their quality management systems. The result can range from organizational inefficiencies and poorly allocated resources to negative brand perception, non-compliance with standards and regulations, lost revenue, and increased liability. Without a centralized and organization wide approach to managing their content, companies leave themselves vulnerable because of the difficulty and complexity of managing critical and sensitive information and processes that affect quality and compliance.

This session will provide best practices for establishing document and data control processes within a quality management framework to improve manufacturing and production processes, enhance collaboration, better utilize existing resources, and drive organizational efficiencies that affect a company’s bottom-line business objectives.

Speaking Spots are still available!
All exhibitors are welcome to submit a topic to present at the new Technology Highlights Theater on the show floor. This is an excellent opportunity to provide a quick update on the latest technology you have available throughout the show.

  • Each presentation time slot will be a total of 10 minutes
  • Exhibitors will be scheduled to provide varied and valued content for event attendees
  • All submission will be reviewed for scheduling