24 November 2009

IMPORTANT INFORMATION _ Medical Device Manufacture - Fine cutting / Precision Manufacturing

  • Sector: Medical Sector
  • Location: The Core Technology Facility of the University of Manchester, Incubator Company Ltd., Manchester, M13 9XX
  • Attendees: All welcome






In view of the importance to the UK of medical product manufacture, the Photonics and Plastic Electronics KTN have generously extended their support for this event so that it can be opened up to as wide an audience as possible. As a result we have been able to greatly reduce the delegate registration fees as follows:

New Delegate rate: £30 plus VAT
New Concessions and Student rate: £25 including VAT
fee for exhibitions now includes admission to the presentations







This workshop offers the opportunity for “supply chain” networking in the design and manufacture of stents and indeed all medical devices. It also addresses key technical and clinical issues in micron-scale laser processing and in the manufacture and qualification of medical products in general.

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Chair: Martin Sharp Liverpool John Moores University.

08:30 - 09:15 Registration and Coffee

09:15 - 09:25 Welcome to Manchester
Zengbo Wang, University of Manchester

09:25 - 09:30  Welcome to meeting
Martin Sharp, Liverpool John Moores University

09:30 - 10:10 Coronary Stents - Current requirements and future needs
Tao Wang, University of Manchester

10:10 - 10:50 Sponsors presentation: Stent Cutting Machines
Alan Boor Swiss Tec Ag

10:50 - 11:20 Tea and Coffee and Exhibition

11:20 - 11:45 Automated manufacturing of stent-grafts using lasers
Arvind Patil, TWI

11:45 - 12:10 The art of stent cutting
Wolfgang Hemmer-Girod,  Lasag AG

12:10 - 13:00 Tour of the Photon Science Institute - Stent cutting demonstration
David Whitehead, University of Manchester

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH and Exhibition

14:00 - 14:25 Fibre laser cutting for medical devices
Louise Partridge, SPI Lasers

14:25 - 14:50 Innovation and medical devices - working with the NHS
Paul Hanmer, TrusTech

14:50 - 15:15 Finishing of laser cut medical devices
Tony Duell, Anopol Ltd

15:15 - 15:35 Tea and Coffee

15:35 - 16:00 Testing of Stents and other Medical Devices
Mark Turner, Medical Engineering Technologies

16:00 - 16:25 Coating of stents and medical devices
Aaron Clark, Specialty Coating Systems

16:25 - 16:45 LJMU Review, Forum and Closing Remarks
Martin Sharp, Liverpool John Moores University

16:45 CLOSE

About this workshop

The scale of many medical devices, particularly those that are implanted into the body is such that the laser is a tool that is ideally exploited in their manufacture. In particular the ability of the laser to perform precision fine cutting is well known.

There is perhaps no better example of this than in the manufacture of stents, where intricate patterns have to be cut from fine tube leaving behind a fine wire like structure.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the major cause of illness, disability and death worldwide. One in every four men and one in every six women die from the disease in the UK alone. Balloon Angioplasty and Stenting provides a lower pain, less risk, quicker recovery and lower cost treatment than open heart surgery. This has generated a large demand for stents, and a sizeable manufacturing sector has been built in the last decade.

While laser cutting is a key operation in their manufacture, it is not the only process. This is true of many medical devices, so this workshop looks at some of the major key processes in the stent supply chain. And these processes are often required for the manufacture of many other medical devices, indeed many other products.

This workshop offers the opportunity for “supply chain” networking in the design and manufacture of stents and indeed all medical devices. It also addresses key technical issues in micron-scale laser processing and in the manufacture and qualification of medical products.
This supply chain begins with the clinicians needs, and we are pleased to have a presentation outlining the clinical basis of stents. It ends with the supply of product to the healthcare providers, and we will have an insight into how innovation is promoted within the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), and even a little indication of how to become an NHS supplier.

Who should attend

The wide scope of this event means that there is something for everyone in the medical device community, from innovators and designers through to production engineers. We would particularly welcome input from the clinical area. This workshop would also benefit students in laser processing to see the “bigger picture” and the positon of a laser process in a supply chain.

The workshop nature of the meeting provides many opportunities for delegates to discover the interests and concerns of others in the medical area and to establish valuable links.
This event provides the opportunity for delegates to meet with the presenters and with one another: a comfortable environment, generous lunch and refreshment breaks, a table top exhibition and a clinic.


The pre-lunch tour will take delegates to the Photon Science Institute of the University of Manchester. The institute is home to several photonic research groups, including the Laser Processing Research Group. This group has a Swiss Tec stent cutting machine and this will be demonstrated. Other research groups study Measurement, Imaging, Spectroscopy and Complex system dynamics.

Workshop Information


The workshop will be held in the Core Technology Facility of the University of Manchester Incubator Company Ltd., The Incubator Building, 48 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9XX. Learn more about the Centre here.  Download a map here.


Delegates will receive a delegate pack containing a name badge and essential notes for the day, including a detailed programme and a delegate list. The pack will also include a name and password for downloading PDFs of the presentations, which will be made available on the AILU web site as soon as possible after the event. A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) will be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.


To register for the event AILU members need only give their name by phone or email ( Non members should return a completed registration form (download from here).

AILU members and members of supporting organisations for this event receive a registration discount. Delegates who pay the full price and who decide to join the Association within 10 weeks of the event will receive this discount on their first year’s corporate membership subscription. For further information on membership go to and look for the link to ‘about us’.


The exhibition, together with lunch and mid-morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, will take place in an area close to the lecture theatre named the "street" and the "dining Room". This brochure explains the two areas available - click here. Four exhibitor places will be available in the room where lunch and refreshments are served. Seven other places will be along “The Street” – a wide corridor running between the lecture room and the refreshment area.

Temporary parking is available outside the conference area for loading and unloading and there are several public car parks nearby. Access to the site is available from 07:30 on the day. You can bring your own display stand and backboard; however, you can opt to have a table and backboard provided. 240V mains power will be available.


As part of the mission of the Photonics and Plastic Electronics KTN, AILU Secretary Mike Green will be available throughout the day to arrange informal introductions with appropriate experts at the workshop, for discussions on any technical or business matters that delegates would like to raise.


Full address: The Core Technology Facility of the University of Manchester Incubator Company Ltd., The Incubator Building, 48 Grafton Street, Manchester, M13 9XX.
Air: The nearest airport is Manchester Airport - catch a connecting train to Piccadilly Station
Rail: The nearest railway station is Oxford Road Station, Piccadilly Station - approximately 10 minutes taxi ride away.
Car: The site is just south of the junction of the A34 and the A57(M). For full directions by road click here. Car Parks are available in Grafton Street, Booth Street West and Booth Street East.


The Palace Hotel, Churchgate House, Oxford St, Manchester, M60 7HA. Tel: 0844 824 6171‎, web:

The ibis Manchester, Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DG. Tel: 0161 2725000, web:

The Days Hotel, Weston Bldg, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB. Tel: 0161-9558400, web:

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG. Tel: 0844 879 9088, web:

Registration Fees

* Delegate rate: £30 plus VAT
* Concessions: £25 incl VAT (retired, unemployed)
* Full time students: £25 incl VAT

* Dining Room Exhibitor:
       * AILU and supporting organisation members: £150 plus VAT
       * Non-members and others: £175 plus VAT
* "Street" Exhibitor:
       * AILU and supporting organisation members: £135 plus VAT
       * Non-members and others: £175 plus VAT £150 plus VAT
          Exhibitor fee includes admission to the presentations

Fee includes a delegate pack.

Download a registration form here

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

To book (we will invoice, send no money) e-mail:

For more information please contact us.

AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates.

Read the Article: Photonics KTN support helps establish key UK facility in stent development:

By bringing together Swiss Tec AG (a Swiss manufacturer of high-end laser micromachining systems for precision cutting, drilling and welding of complex and intricate work pieces) and the Laser Processing Research Centre at Manchester University, the Photonics KTN has assisted UK academia gain its first laser stent cutting facility; a facility that offers unique clinical and technical services for testing new stent designs and processing technologies and provides researchers in the UK with new opportunities to conduct research in the bourgeoning medical product sector. ...more


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