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
• 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
Key event figures, courtesy of AAOS:
Materialise | Booth #3781
Headquarters: Leuven, Belgium
• 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.
Nordson Medical | Booth #1009
Headquarters: Saint Paul, Minnesota
• 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.
Lowell | Booth #3805
Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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.