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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6XL)

11/02/2020 - 13/02/2020

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Industry 4.0 Summit

Manchester Central Convention Complex(M2 3GX)

31/03/2020 - 01/04/2020

The UK’s leading conference gathering of senior level executives from the UK manufacturing industry (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2020

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes(MK1 1ST)


Vision solutions have been applied in almost any industry you can think of. Food, beverage, pharmaceutical, (more)

PPMA Show 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

29/09/2020 - 01/10/2020

PPMA Show 2020 is the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and packaging (more)

Advanced Engineering 2020

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

04/11/2020 - 05/11/2020

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

Fasteners for shoulder joint implant

TFC recently helped an orthopedic company in search of a circlip needed for a reconstructive shoulder joint. Biomet (UK) designs bespoke implants to help a range of mobility issues for clients with hip, knee shoulder and elbow conditions. Usually these are caused by degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and specific bone and musculature ailments. Nick's search ended when he contacted TFC after finding the exact circlip on the TFC website. "I had spent quite a lot of time looking for a low profile circlip which met the specific dimensions required, and was pleased when TFC offered to send me samples which I could use as a template for my prototype shoulder joint." The first stage in development for the shoulder joint began as soon as Nick received the circlips from TFC. He set about tooling an exact replica in titanium. Titanium is as strong as steel and 45 percent lighter, making it ideal for use with surgery, especially with implant joints because of its non-corrosive nature. This makes it non-toxic and therefore unlikely to be rejected by the body. The stresses and strains exerted upon joints is enormous in healthy people, but for people with diminished musculature or bone density, the effects of gravity and exerted force means that any artificial joint must be able to withstand the stresses and wear of everyday life. It was imperative that every aspect of Nick's design matched the original specifications of the patient and the individual components, such as the circlip.

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