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Beyond Surfaces #8 - Medical Technology

Biocompatible: what links scalpels, dental crowns and hip joints. The test quest: Tim Horn on testing and quality control in AM. Montia Nestler and Nancy Shepard: passion for challenges.

Beyond Surfaces #8 - Medical Technology

The world is home to around 7.75 billion people — and the number is constantly increasing. At the same time, the world’s population is aging. This is pushing healthcare systems worldwide to their limits: costs are exploding, and too few doctors and nursing staff must care for too many people. Innovations are being used to address this trend. The goal is to treat patients more sustainably and efficiently.

Oerlikon covers solutions along the entire process chain in the highly regulated and complex medical technology market. At the same time, our individual health is also a very personal issue. With the new issue of our magazine BEYOND SURFACES, which is dedicated to medical technology, we consider both these aspects.

Coatings and additive manufacturing (AM) are becoming increasingly important in medical technology. Both Andy Christensen, AM pioneer in the medical sector, and our internal medical technology expert Canet Akcigoz are convinced of this. Lucas van der Merwe, CEO of Bächler Feintech, explains the role quality awareness plays in the coating of dental implants, while Nancy Shepard, Director of Business Development at Oerlikon AM Medical, explains in a very personal way how she became a patient herself.

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Biocompatible coatings for the benefits of patients

People in blue surgical gowns hurry around, their faces half covered by masks. There are hoses and cables in a variety of colors everywhere. Sterilized stainless steel scalpels, tweezers, bone drills, clamps and other surgical instruments are neatly lined up on a cloth at the ready. Nothing is left to chance.

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For a strong bite

How quality, transparency and trust provide the basis for Bächler Feintech’s long-term customer relations

An abutment is the connection between a dental implant – the artificial tooth root – and the visible part of the prosthesis, called the crown. For Bächler Feintech, however, it is much more: an “overall trust package for patients.” This is why the traditional Swiss company works together with Oerlikon Balzers.

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How nitrogen makes steel especially hard

Ever more cost-effective production, but without compromising quality; ever higher legal and social requirements; ever greater customer demands for environmentally friendly and sustainable products: the metalworking industry is facing many challenges.

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Shaping the future of aerospace

In focus: the Institute for Ceramic Research (IRCER)

Oerlikon has long had a connection to the central French city of Limoges and its university. Now that relationship is at the start of a new era. In focus: the Institute for Ceramic Research (IRCER, from the French Institut de recherche sur les céramiques). We met director Philippe Thomas and Head of Research for thermal spraying activities Alain Denoirjean.

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Petra Ammann

Petra Ammann

Head of Communications Oerlikon Balzers

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