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extrusion machinery in 2012. Since then, the company's Bessemer Series has targeted primarily non-medical pipe, profile and tubing applications. Novatec's foray into medical was spearheaded by the appointment in August of Bob Bessemer as v.p. of extrusion tech- nology. Bob, the younger of the Bessemer brothers, has a long career innovating downstream systems for medical and other markets. One example was the introduction of the first- ever servomotor-controlled cutter. Bob Bessemer joined Novatec following a 25-yr stint at Conair, where he was most recently senior tech- nical advisor for downstream extrusion. By spring of this year, the younger Bessemer says Novatec will have a fully operational extrusion/development lab at its Baltimore headquarters for both internal equipment and process development and customer trials. "We felt it was about time to rewrite the rules that have governed downstream extrusion systems for medical tubing," says Bob Bessemer. "There have certainly been incremental improve- ments made to this equipment over the years, but what we are bringing to the market are game-changing ideas that are intended to replace a lot of the 'black art' I see regularly with science. I've been out in the field in the 36 years I've been in this business, and I've seen lots of customers with the same kinds of problems. So, I started with a clean slate, considered the problems and issues I have seen at medical-tubing plants over the years, and set out to engineer the very best tank, puller, and cutter for medical tubing that address these issues. We're offering many brand-new features as standard because we think they are vital to the process. You can't get into this market in a meaningful way with a product line that is 'as good' as what's already out there. It will be our plan—starting with this series—to be dramatically better, and at a better price." Throughout the product-development cycle Bessemer consulted regularly with "elite" processors such as Larry Alpert, At next month's MD&M West Show in Anaheim, Calif., Novatec will take the wraps off a new line of downstream machinery aimed at tight-tolerance, microbore medical tubing. Water tanks, vacuum tanks, and puller/ cutters feature an array of altogether new features that will be offered as standard and priced competitively. Novatec will be exhibiting its new product offerings in Booth 3868 in the Plastec West section of the show, to be held Feb. 5-7 at the Anaheim Convention Center. With roots in downstream extrusion technology that go back to the late 1970s, Novatec president and CEO Conrad Bessemer diver- sified the firm—known mainly for conveying, drying and predic- tive-maintenance technology—into the business of downstream By Jim Callari Editorial Director Downstream System 'Rewrites the Rules' for Medical Tubing Extrusion Extrusion downstream expert Bob Bessemer joins Novatec to enter medical tubing market with innovative line of tanks and puller/cutters. Bessemer brothers Bob (l) and Conrad lead Novatec's charge into downstream systems for medical tubing. "Tri-clover fittings and valves are standard in the wine, beer, and dairy industries, but not for tanks that produce catheters for the heart and brain." 10 JANUARY 2019 Plastics Technology M E D I C A L T U B I N G Close -Up On Technolog y Close -Up On Technolog y

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