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 Medical supply chain demands are met with accuracy and speed by Mazak
 From orthopaedic devices such as knee or hip replacement parts, to surgical instru- ments and orthodontic implants, an increasingly ageing demographic is play- ing an important part in driving growth across the medical equipmenting sector.
Yet, sustained innovation – driven by the use of increasingly advanced metals, such as titanium or cobalt chrome – is in turn impos- ing a great demand on the supply chain. Such materials require high-performance, agile cutting technology to deliver the superi- or surface finishes mandated by the sector.
While accuracy is paramount, so too is speed; with subcontractors needing metal cutting solutions that can accurately cut small, complex parts from tough materials using high-speed spindles. Given many machined parts will find themselves inside
the human body, there is zero room for error.
Machine tools from Yamazaki Mazak’s INTE- GREX i-series have become the trusted choice of medical equipment manufacturers across the world, thanks to their Multi- Tasking full 5-axis capabilities.
As such, operators can produce a broad range of contours and shapes from one machine, in one set-up. For difficult-to- machine materials – such as titanium and
non-ferrous metals – involved in the produc- tion of orthopaedic parts including knee and hip replacement joints, Mazak’s VARIAXIS i- 500 machining centre delivers exceptional levels of productivity.
With spindle variants available up to and including 25,000rpm, manufacturers can add even the most complex materials into their product portfolio.
However, not all machined parts used in the medical industry require full 5-axis machining. For commodity products needing a high- powered turning solution, Mazak’s QUICK TURN 250 MSY boasts a second spindle
and Y-axis capability that offers ultimate accuracy and high parts turnover from a low footprint.
   Design and manufacture of precision injection mould tools
tool & die
Sprint Tool and Die Ltd, Unit 1, Stafford Park 12, Telford TF3 3BJ T: 01952 587060
       • Producing mould tools for the medical industry for over 25 years
• Multiply Plastic Industry Award Winner
• Established 1989
• Unscrewing and collapsible cores, multi cavity,
two-shot moulding, in-mould decoration • Pilot and development
• Skilled apprentice trained workforce
• In-house mould design
• Self-contained modern workshop • State of the art production
• On-line progress monitoring
• CMM Measuring facility
• Tool trial facilities
• First class service – design and
after sales

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