ARBURG Summit: Medical 2020

Medical technology summit

ARBURG Summit: Medical 2020 on 19 November attracted over 400 participants from more than 40 countries. They use the summit to find out about current developments, innovative applications and visions in the medical sector. The interactive onrush was correspondingly high. The event was presided over by Guido Marschall from plastics news channel Plas.TV.

Sophisticated digital event
Thanks to the summit's digital format, twice as many guests as at last year's comparable physical event were able to attend. "We broke new ground with this event, which was extremely sophisticated both in terms of content and technology. And the feedback has confirmed it. Our ARBURG Summit: Medical 2020 was 'the place to be' for medical technology," commented Gerhard Böhm, Managing Director Sales at ARBURG.

Exciting keynote and panel discussion
A particular high point of the event came with the keynote speech delivered by Prof. Dr-Ing. Marc Kraft, Head of the Medical Technology Department at the Technical University of Berlin and Chair of VDI's "Technologies of Life Sciences" association. With the help of a few examples, Professor Kraft highlighted current trends in medical technology for the coming decades thereby laying the foundation for the subsequent panel discussion. Prof. Ute Schäfer (University of Graz), Dr Andreas Herold (B. Braun) and Niklas Kuczaty (VDMA, Medical Technology Working Group) and Gerhard Böhm (ARBURG) discussed "Medical Technology Challenges and Perspectives for 2050".

Expert presentations – something for everyone
The twelve specialist presentations – four each in the "Solutions", "Innovations" and "Visions" areas – offered a broad spectrum of topics: from concepts for the production of LSR injection moulded parts and microfluidic systems to challenges faced by the healthcare industry, details of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and digital methods for integrated parts documentation, as well as application examples of innovative high-performance moulds and the additive production of customised implants. Throughout the entire event, participants were able to ask questions of the relevant experts via the chat function.

Live: exchanges with experts and presentation of exhibits
ARBURG Summit: Medical 2020 was rounded off with three so-called "live breakout boxes", where issues surrounding clean rooms, LSR processing, and additive manufacturing were each discussed with two ARBURG experts. Camera teams also accompanied them to the exhibits so that they could present the applications live. On show were the production of LSR masks on an electric ALLROUNDER 570 A and the efficient production of needle holders for insulin pens on an electric ALLROUNDER 370 A in stainless steel version in the clean room. In addition, the manufacture of resorbable implants was demonstrated on a freeformer 300-3X.
Those wishing to know more could also book an appointment with one of the ARBURG medical technology experts in the online meeting lounge for the following days.

Positive conclusion all round
"Prestigious speakers from science and industry as well as our own medical technology and application experts didn't just present trends and innovations," said Gerhard Böhm, Managing Director Sales at ARBURG, reviewing the virtual event. "They also answered fascinating questions in the live stream and, by ensuring that the ARBURG Summit: Medical 2020 was a highly topical event, very successfully created an 'accessible' experience."
Juliane Hehl, Senior Partner for Marketing, was also extremely impressed by the online event. "We successfully tried out something new here. We weren't interested in putting on a clinical, fairly well-organised alternative for a cancelled trade fair – people are already finding that increasingly boring," said Ms Hehl. "And this boredom factor will quickly multiply as we move forward. In contrast, we are consistently focusing on the added value for our customers. And we will certainly continue down this path using smart formats."