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AAOS 2016: What to Expect, Suppliers to Meet

In seven weeks, more than 30,000 orthopaedic industry professionals will head to Orlando to attend this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' (AAOS) Annual Meeting. Nearly 700 exhibitors will display their technologies and attempt to capture the latest trends shaping the industry.

As you and your fellow orthopaedic device manufacturers prepare for face time with surgeon customers, keep in mind the ability to meet dozens of industry suppliers and service providers that might offer solutions for your 2016 challenges. Below, we present 31 of those exhibitors, selected based on their status as a Featured Player in the ORTHOWORLD/BONEZONE Supplier Directory.

More information on the education program can be found on the AAOS website.OEMs that seek additional perspectives should take note of the new education formats, featuring surgeon and expert views and debates on topics such as hip, shoulder and elbow, fracture healing and bearing surfaces. AAOS also plans to feature its first specialty track to advance surgeons’ skills and knowledge on spine. More specialty tracks are planned for next year’s meeting.

Now, we present select suppliers that will be on hand to showcase their offerings.

3D Printing

3D Systems | Booth #1015
Headquarters: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Founded: 1986
• Core capabilities: 3D printing, personalized surgery, surgical simulation, virtual surgical planning, digital medical imaging and medical image processing

• 3D Systems recently launched two new training modules for its Simbionix ARTHRO Mentor™ arthroscopic training simulator: Hip Diagnostics and the Advanced Knee. Together, these 3D virtual reality training solutions support improved surgical preparedness and planning for complex orthopaedic procedures.

Arcam | Booth #4008
Headquarters: Mölndal, Sweden
Founded: 1997
• Core capabilities: 3D printing through EBM (Electron Beam Melting) technology, custom implants
• The company recently announced new executive appointments and business development efforts to increase activity in the U.S.

   
 
 
Key event figures, courtesy of AAOS:
 
Exhibitors 
  • 747 total companies
    • 584 Domestic, 78%
    • 163 International, 22%
  • More than 135 first-time exhibitors are expected to attend, an increase of about 7% from 2015. The total number of exhibitors is up 2% over 2015.
Attendees 
  • 30,650 expected total attendance
    • 15,100 expected surgeons and medical professionals
    • 30% of surgeon and medical professional attendance is international

Materialise | Booth #3781
Headquarters: Leuven, Belgium
Founded: 1990
• Core capabilities: 3D visualization and planning tools, 3D-printed anatomical models, surgical guide design and 3D-printed implants
• Materialise recently collaborated with Lima Corporate using its 3D surgical planning software in conjunction with Lima’s partial knee implants.
• The company also partnered with Arcam in 3Q15 to create the Arcam Build Processor.

Delivery Systems

Nordson Medical | Booth #1009
Headquarters: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Founded: 1954
• Core capabilities: biomaterial delivery systems setup for orthopaedic and spine applications
• At NASS 2015, Nordson launched the OsteoPrecision™ bone graft delivery system, designed to simplify delivery with an all-in-one configuration, available in vented and non-vented options with 5cm, 10cm and 15cm cannulas.

Implants

Lowell | Booth #3805
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Founded: 1964
• Core capabilities: machining and assembly for orthopaedic implants, including spine, trauma, CMF, extremities; CNC mill/turn, CNC multi-axis milling, CNC lathe turning, wire EDM, finishing, micro-drilling, threading and tapping, packaging, marking, grinding and lapping
• Lowell recently appointed Edward Jaeck as Vice President of Operations and Udaya Joshi as Quality Assurance/CI Leader.

Norman Noble | Booth #1452
Headquarters: Highland Heights, Ohio
Founded: 1946
• Core capabilities: orthopaedic and spinal implants and devices, through proprietary services such as electropolishing, CNC tumbling and titanium anodizing; also, micromachining of materials, such as PEEK and NiTinol, 7-axis contour milling machines, Swiss turning, wire EDM, laser welding and cutting, laser marking, passivation, prototyping, assembly and packaging.
• In March 2015, Norman Noble opened a process development center in Naples, Florida, doubling the company’s capacity for manufacturing implant and device prototypes, with a focus on screws and plates.
• In October, Norman Noble introduced SynchroFlash, a new machining capability that synchronizes Swiss turning & milling and laser machining into one operation.


Implants and Instruments

Autocam Medical | Booth #2615
Headquarters: Kentwood, Michigan
Founded: 2008
• Core capabilities: instrument and implants for orthopaedic and spine applications via CNC milling, turning, mill/turn and cutter-grinding of all surgical-grade materials, from titanium to high-performance specialty alloys and plastics
• Autocam acquired Southeastern Technology in December 2014, creating a global medical device contract manufacturing supplier.

Jade Precision Medical Components (JPMC)| Booth #4181
Headquarters: Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
Founded: 2005
• Core capabilities: multi-axis Swiss turning and five axis milling in titanium, stainless steel (including 316L and 455), PEEK and cobalt chrome, anodizing, passivation, EDM, stamping, various blasting finishes, laser marking and assembly
• JPMC provides spinal implants including cannulated polyaxial pedicle screw, cervical and lumbar plates, bone screws, oral maxillofacial and micro components.

Metal Craft and Riverside Machine & Engineering | Booth #2719
Headquarters: Elk River, Minnesota
Founded: 1978
• Core capabilities: CNC milling, machining and grinding, laser etching and passivation, welding, wire EDM, turning/Swiss/gun drilling, assembly, prototype services, aluminum vacuum furnace brazing, PFMEA (Risk Management)
• In 2014, Metal Craft announced that it would more than double its current square footage from 120,000 to 250,000 and increase manufacturing capacity by 20 percent.

Orchid Orthopedic Solutions | Booth #3061
Headquarters: Holt, Michigan
Founded: 2005
• Core capabilities: implants and instruments via casting, forging, machining and plastic injection molding, cutting, complex instrument assemblies, implant coatings and surface treatments, packaging, customs, prototyping, quality and regulatory consulting
• In 2015, Orchid enhanced it coatings capabilities globally with the acquisition of Switzerland-based Alhenia and Cam Bioceramics’ coating facility and operations in China.
• In April 2015, Orchid opened a 28,400-square-foot facility in Pune, India to serve the Asian market and global customers seeking additional manufacturing options.

Paragon Medical | Booth #3244
Headquarters: Pierceton, Indiana
Founded: 1991
• Core capabilities: reusable and single-use instruments and implantable components; cutting instruments (broaches, reamers, drills), polymer trials (polymer and metal), cutting blocks and guides, handled instruments, cannulated and con-cannulated instruments, cases and trays, femoral knees, hip stems, bone plates, screws, anchors, rods, hooks, nails and pins
• Paragon’s Chairman, President and CEO, Tobias Buck, recently weighed in on changes in instrument demands in BONEZONE.

Phillips Precision Medicraft | Booth #1510
Headquarters: Elmwood Park, New Jersey
Founded: 1969
• Core capabilities: orthopaedic implants, instrumentation cases, trays and sterilization delivery systems
PPM recently profiled a custom solution that it created to support a customer’s additive manufacturing initiatives.

Seabrook International | Booth #2924
Headquarters: Seabrook, New Hampshire
Founded: 1973
• Core capabilities: orthopaedic instruments and implants, custom surgical instruments
• Seabrook’s PilotCell® was created to facilitate seamless transfer to production, and ensure reliability and shorter lead times for follow-on production orders.

Tecomet | Booth #3531
Headquarters: Wilmington, Massachusetts
Founded: 1964
• Core capabilities: implants and instruments, specializing in net shape forging, casting, multi-axis CNC machining, product finishing, photochemical etching, surface texturing, direct material laser sintering (DMLS), vacuum brazing, laser and electron beam welding and rapid prototyping
• Tecomet appointed Mark Kemp as President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2015.
• In 2014, Tecomet acquired Symmetry Medical’s OEM Solutions business, creating the largest orthopaedic contract manufacturer in the world, with 18 facilities in five countries on three continents. Earlier in 2014, Tecomet acquired 3D Medical Manufacturing.

Tegra Medical | Booth #4073
Headquarters: Franklin, Massachusetts
Founded: 2007
• Core capabilities: reusable instruments, single use devices and implants for orthopaedics and spine through Swiss-style turning, gun drilling, CNC machining, needle pointing, insert and injection molding, grinding, EDM, stamping, electrochemical machining and electropolishing, laser cutting, welding, drilling and marking, citric passivation
• Tegra expanded its sales efforts in 2014 by partnering with a manufacturing representative firm to strengthen the company’s presence in the Midwest, Texas and Puerto Rico.

Triangle | Booth #3309
Headquarters: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
Founded: 1955
• Core capabilities: engineering and manufacturing support for hip, knee, shoulder and spine implants, modular implants, spinal instruments, powered drill and shaver systems, non-powered instruments, navigation devices, customs, impactors, bone files and trials
• Triangle has a partnership with Passaic County Technical Institute in Wayne, New Jersey, which focuses on manufacturing technology and engineering programs. The company also collaborated with Bergen Community College to offer a scholarship for its Manufacturing Technology Program.

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