In 2015 Marle developed a production unit dedicated entirely to polymer machining . This investment enables complete orthopedic implant production combining components in alloys and in polyethylene. Also manufactured on this production line are parts in PEEK used in spine surgery.
In 2015 Marle invested more than a million euros in the unit entirely dedicated to machining PEEK and polyethylene parts adapted to the specific requirements of the orthopedic market.
A separate production line that is 100% dedicated to polymers
The unit dedicated to polymers covers 2150 sq.ft. and consolidates the entire process from stocking materials to final quality control. The whole operation is separate from the metallic alloy processing zone in order to eliminate the risk of contamination or pollution. The space is air conditioned to provide a constant temperature for all manufacturing elements and also to improve the dimensional stability of the parts.
The production line integrates production processes specific to orthopedics in conditions that are controlled to perfection for quality assurance purposes: non-lubricant processing, integrated installation of radio opaque markers in PEEK cages, etc.
Automated robotic cell: speed, quality and traceability
The production line includes two machining centers, a CNC lathe, and an automated machining unit that allows for production in batches and improves the traceability of parts throughout the process.
Dimensional inspection of parts is performed by CMM, laser measurement and visual camera control. The fully integrated unit is conceived to respect the most stringent tolerance levels and is specifically adapted to complex geometries.
More complete, simple and secure implant manufacturing
This development in polymer machining serves to extend the gamut of technologies Marle offers thus facilitating the manufacture of complete knee and hip implants – a true opportunity for players in the orthopedic market wishing to simplify and secure their production operations.
Polymers and metallic alloys: a range of complete implants
- Polyethylene tibial inserts in addition to femoral implants and tibial bases: posterior stabilized, fixed or mobile plates
- Prosthetic toe (microgeometry)
- Intervertebral disks (polyethylene core)
- Polyethylene hip inserts and sockets
- Patellar components
- PEEK lombar cages
- PEEK cervical cages