The EPMA, organiser of the Euro PM2012 Congress & Exhibition, Basel, Switzerland, 16-19 September, has announced it is to increase the number of optional delegate tours from two to four. In addition to the two original tours to Kennametal AMSG GmbH and Hartmetall AG, there will also be tours to the Institute for Medical and Analytical Technologies, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and the RMS Foundation.
The Institute for Medical and Analytical Technologies carries out research and development in the field of medicine, industry and academia in the areas of in vivo diagnostics and therapeutic systems. Their work is focused on patient-specific solutions and the analysis of medical data. In co-operation with their partners they tackle issues in the field of medicine and develop innovative solutions, from the first idea to functional models. The industry experience of the staff results not only in innovative research, but is also integrated in the teaching program. The tour will cover:
- A demonstration of selective laser melting device for production of net shaped implants made of Ti and NiTi including a look at prototypes of implants manufactured by this new technique.
- Material Science: Materialographic and surface analysis.
- Demonstration of application of computer technology in modern medicine (patient specific design of implants, use of computer for planning of operations).
- Modification of implant surfaces. Static and dynamic mechanical testing of implants.
The RMS Foundation is a research and testing institute offering services, in particular testing services, in the fields of medical and materials technology as well as mechanical process engineering.
The employees of the RMS Foundation research and develop new technologies and improve their practical know-how by promoting internal and external research projects in the fields of biomechanics, properties and biocompatibility of materials and surfaces, the evaluation of implant systems, as well as materials technology and innovative process manufacturing. An additional focus is on the research of the potential of tissue substitutes, especially of bone substitutes and scaffolds for cartilage-tissue.
The RMS tour will provide an introductory presentation of RMS with a short overview on research activities and interests, followed by a laboratory tour looking at mechanical and materials testing and surface analysis.
The two new tours will provide an insight into how new PM related materials are being used in the medical industry.
For further information on this year’s Euro PM2012 Congress & Exhibition Technical Programme, including a full list of the tours, technical content and registration details, visit www.epma.com/pm2012
Posted by: Paul Whittaker, Editor ipmd.net, [email protected]