As a vaccine for COVID-19 is released and distributed worldwide, we have begun to see some countries re-open, while other countries have needed to introduce more stringent lockdown measures. The economic, political, and social effects of this virus have been unprecedented and the need for advanced manufacturing of life saving devices has never been as important as it is today.

At Joining Technologies, we have seen a wide variety of innovation across all industries including Aerospace, Energy, Firearms, Automotive and now more than ever the Medical industry. In the last year we have witnessed an array of new devices and technologies launched to support and heal people affected by COVID-19. Not only is COVID-19 an unprecedented pandemic but it is also a driver of technology, development, collaboration, and innovation in ways that may not have otherwise come to fruition without this deadly driver.

We are proud to say that we have been able to play our small part in fighting COVID-19 through the development of various medical devices and components for our customers. Many medical device manufacturers are looking more and more to materials like aluminum, which presents various challenges that some laser welding companies would steer clear of. Aluminum is known for reflecting the photon radiation emitted by laser welding equipment. This can cause damage to the focusing optics, auxiliary equipment mounted near the machine, burn the fiber lines themselves and in the worst-case harm the operator. Aluminum has high thermal conductivity which makes it a great choice for making heatsinks. Aluminum also needs very high energy and narrow beam size to ensure the material absorbs enough energy to coalesce (come together) effectively. Joining Technologies has the technology and techniques to overcome these challenges.

The post COVID-19 world will be different from the one we knew before it. There remains a real urgency to develop insights, processes and technology that will continue to manage and reduce the impact COVID-19 has had on the world. We are here to help and will continue to support the growth and evolution of the medical device industry in the global fight against COVID-19.


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