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An Austrian company active in the diagnostic healthcare business wants to reduce production time of their products. This should be done by improving the bonding step of the plastic housing parts. They are looking for alternatives to currently used silicone, new methods and/or an automated process. Partners from industry or academia are sought under commercial agreement with technical assistance, license agreement, technical cooperation or research cooperation.
The Austrian company is developing and manufacturing diagnostic devices for healthcare professionals.
The housings of medical products have to fulfill many requirements. They have to be cleanable, chemically stable, biocompatible, optically high-grade and robust against mechanical impacts. Additionally they have to comply with the regulations of medical technologies especially concerning electrical and hygienic safety.
For the different housings of the diagnostic devices, which the company is producing, various parts made of plastic have to be glued together. At the moment this bonding and sealing is mainly done by using moisture-curing 1K silicone.
A big disadvantage of silicone is its long curing time (approx. 8 hours).
In the current production process of the company silicone is applied manually. In order to guarantee tightness of the final diagnostic device it is applied abundantly. The diagnostic devices have to be cleaned after the bonding step, which costs extra time.
The company is looking for ways to improve the process step of bonding the required plastic parts by applying other bonding materials or methods and/or by automation of this process. They are searching for partners from industry or academia that could offer a solution under a commercial agreement with technical assistance, license agreement, technical cooperation or research cooperation.
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