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Multilayer manifolds for MedTech, lab automation

By DE Staff   

Automation Fluid Power Medical

Festo is expanding its portfolio to include manufacturing multilayer manifolds made of plastic to be able to offer manufacturers of medical and laboratory equipment complete microfluidic solutions from a single source.

Festo is taking over the production systems and processes for manufacturing these bonded manifolds from U.K.-based Carville. This will enable Festo to produce these complex manifolds according to the specific requirements of customers in the medical technology and laboratory automation sectors.

Multilayer manifolds are key products for the connection of fluidic components and the distribution of liquids and gases in fluidic systems. Compared to conventional tubed or machined systems, they offer the possibility of significantly increasing integration density and process reliability.

The highly specialized HADB technology (high accuracy diffusion bonding) used here enables the precise production of manifolds made of acrylic and Ultem and, thanks to the high geometric precision, also allows microfluidic applications to be implemented intelligently. HADB technology leads to competitive advantages, particularly in medical technology, diagnostics and the life sciences. In combination with the media-separated valves of the VYKA, VYKB and VYKC series, Festo will be able to offer complete microfluidic solutions from a single source.

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