August 1, 2005

10 Min Read

Originally Published MPMN August 2005



Aerotech has been involved in collaborative design efforts with leading medical device manufacturers for well over 30 years. The company's team-driven approach to solving complex motion control problems in the medical field has produced systems that far outperform component-based nonintegrated approaches. This approach has been successfully deployed in applications such as stent cutting, IOL/contact lens manufacturing, DNA sequencing, hermetic seam welding, catheters and endoscopes, haptic mills and drills, and x-ray/MRI/CT machines. In addition to system-level solutions, Aerotech offers a full line of motion control and positioning components such as multi- and single-axis controllers in stand-alone and PC-based configurations, a full line of linear and rotary motors, and direct-drive or screw-driven linear and rotary positioning tables.

Colder Products

Colder Products Co. is a provider of quick disconnect couplings for medical device applications. The firm's couplings are used anywhere a fluid connection needs to be made - connecting a DVT pad to a pump, attaching a cannula to a coronary artery bypass circuit, connecting a blood pressure cuff to a monitor, or connecting an endoscope to a reprocessor for cleaning and sterilization. The coupling and fitting technologies allow flexible tubing to be quickly and safely connected and disconnected. Special product features include built-in shutoff valves to prevent product spills and an easy-to-use, push-button thumb latch for quick connecting and disconnecting. Founded in St. Paul, MN, in 1978, the company has direct sales and distributor representation in North America, Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Asia.


Donatelle offers component manufacturing through device assembly, packaging, and sterilization management. The company operates under ISO 9001- and ISO 13485-certified systems and is FDA registered. Current capabilities include complete engineering services, quick turn-around prototyping, in-house tooling design and fabrication, expert processing capabilities for the entire range of engineered resins. Molding capabilities include insert molding, overmolding, micromolding, white room molding, and Class 10,000 liquid silicone injection molding. The firm also offers Class 100,000 clean room assembly, Class 10,000 cleanroom molding and assembly, extensive contract manufacturing services, and machined metal component fabrication.

Epson Robots

Epson Robots offers PC-controlled precision factory automation with a product line of hundreds of SCARA, Cartesian, and six-axis robots. The company's EPSON RC+ PC-based software and integrated options, such as vision guide, conveyor tracking, Active X controls, force sensing, DeviceNet, Profibus, and security option help reduce development time, improve system performance, and save money. Building on a 21-year heritage, Epson delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in several industries, including biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, medical devices, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunications.


Filtertek is a filtration and fluid control device manufacturer specializing in the development of innovative devices for the medical marketplace. The company specializes in contract manufacturing for medical device and pharmaceutical customers with high volume or critical requirements for precision molding and advanced automation. The firm is capable of working with every type of filter media in order to meet customer requirements. With its global manufacturing capability and focus on efficient production and continuous improvement, Filtertek provides high quality, cost-effective products to customers worldwide.

Fischer Connectors

Fischer Connectors, an ISO 9001-certified company, engineers and manufactures circular connectors for use in demanding medical applications; offering more than 30 sealed and unsealed body types for cable and panel mounting. Contact configurations include multipole, coaxial, triaxial, mixed, high voltage and thermocouple, in standard or custom designs. Made from precision-machined shells of brass, stainless steel, or aluminum, as well as high-performance plastic, the connectors feature high chemical resistance and high level of EMI/RFI signal shielding. The connectors can withstand operating temperatures of 200° C and are safe for all medical sterilization procedures, including autoclave and liquid germicide. Sealed connectors are rated at IP68. Plugs can be sealed for use in moisture-laden or gaseous environments. A full range of accessories is available, including cable strain reliefs, sealing caps, and crimp contacts.

W. L. Gore & Associates

Gore's fluoropolymer products provide innovative solutions in consumer, industrial, electronic, medical, and surgical markets. Device manufacturers depend on the company's medical industry experience and fluoropolymer innovations to develop products that improve clinical outcomes. The company's portfolio encompasses implant biomaterials, unique cable and tubing products, and membranes for critical venting and filtration applications. Gore partners with companies that share its passion for medical device innovation.

Interpower Corp.

Interpower Corp. is a supplier of power system components for companies that wish to export products overseas. The company carries a full line of hospital-grade power cords, medical power entry modules, isolation step-up and step-down transformers, plugs and sockets, accessory power strips, power distribution units and various other power system components. All power system components are suitable for use both internationally and domestically with all necessary agency approvals. Interpower Corp. has no minimum order quantity and stock items are available for same-day shipment.

Liquid Control

Founded in 1975, Liquid Control designs and manufactures a complete line of precision meter, mix, and dispense equipment for single-component, two-component, and other multiple-component resin systems. Available metering technologies range from piston and rod positive displacement pumps and valves to continuous flow rotary pumps, including gear and progressive cavity designs. On January 1, 2005, Liquid Control and all of its affiliated companies were purchased by Graco Inc. Liquid Control will continue to operate in all existing facilities and retains its name and brands while becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Graco. Graco, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a world leader in fluid handling systems and components. Graco's products move, measure, control, dispense, and spray a wide range of fluids and viscous materials used in commercial and industrial settings. Founded in 1926, Graco has over 75 years of experience serving more than 40 industries.


MicroMo and the FAULHABER Group specialize in the design, assembly, and application of high-precision, miniature DC drive systems, components, and controls. This includes everything from highly customized dc motion control systems to versatile, standardized, off-the-shelf products. MicroMo Electronics Inc. is ISO 9001 certified and has CNC machining facilities, a 12,000-sq-ft cleanroom assembly operation, online product acceptance of both finished product and incoming goods, and R&D facilities. All applications work is carried out by an in-house engineering staff that assists more than 3,000 customers in the design, specification, and after-sales support of standard and custom motion control products.

Mitutoyo America Corp.

Mitutoyo America Corp. offers metrology products, software, service, and support. Products include calipers, micrometers, indicators, quality control software, form-inspection instruments, CMMs, digital readout systems, hardness testing instruments, height gages, optics, vision inspection systems, precision-measuring microscopes, profile projectors, toolmakers' microscopes, and more.

Moll Medical

Moll Medical supplies injection molding and logistics solutions. The company is a full-service contract manufacturer of Class 1, 2, and 3 medical devices and components with worldwide locations. Its Class 10,000 and 100,000 cleanrooms run continually optimized production, deliver outstanding quality, and supply all-inclusive program administration. From parts procurement through molding and assemblies, including management of sterilization, overseeing audits, preparing ready-for-final-use packaging and into distribution, the company offers contemporary, turnkey services to meet global healthcare demands. Moll Medical is FDA registered, ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 certified, and QSR compliant.

Pneumadyne Inc.

Pneumadyne Inc., an ISO 9001:2000 registered firm, designs and manufactures a broad range of miniature pneumatic components including manual and solenoid valves, flow controls, needle valves, fittings and manifolds for medical and industrial equipment and instrumentation. With more than 20 years experience in fluid handling and precision machining, the firm specializes in the design and manufacture of custom products.

Precision Concepts Costa Rica

Precision Concepts Costa Rica S.A. is a vertically integrated contract manufacturer of disposable medical devices and electromedical assemblies using Class 100,000 and environmentally controlled cleanrooms. The company produces high-quality, custom-packaged, finished devices produced at a lower cost, offering a competitive market advantage to its medical device customers. Its engineering group and highly skilled work force offer a comprehensive set of manufacturing capabilities, including injection molding, US welding, microgrinding, electropolishing, flow and leak testing, and electrical testing. Precision Concepts is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13488:1996 certified and FDA device registered.

Rietschle Thomas

With annual sales of more than two million units into more than 70 countries, Rietschle Thomas is the world leader in the manufacturer of OEM air compressors and vacuum pumps. Its product line of pumps and compressors are used for air, gas, and liquid applications. The company's manufacturing philosophy is to match its product exactly to the requirements of its OEM customers to achieve an optimal design that delivers the best possible product at the lowest possible cost. This is accomplished by using computerized manufacturing cells and dedicated "single product" assembly lines.

Teel Plastics

Teel Plastics specializes in the custom manufacture of close-tolerance plastic tubing and profile products. From plastic cores to medical tubing, the firm's plastic tubing comes in a range of sizes and materials. The company can manufacture plastic tubing from 0.05- to 9.0-in. diam and has experience processing more than 50 types of thermoplastic resins. With more than 50 years of experience, the company has the expertise to continually develop processes and value-added services.

Tripp Lite

Enhanced service and industry-exclusive products have been Tripp Lite trademarks for more than 80 years. Company innovations include the world's first UPS system designed specifically for personal computers, and the Isobar surge suppressor. Tripp Lite maintains a ready-to-ship inventory of more than 1,000 different products, including UPS systems, surge suppressors, line conditioners, power inverters, cables, connectivity products, and network management accessories.

Universal Air Filters

Universal Air filters are custom-designed to exact medical equipment standards for blood analyzers, CT and PET scanners, MRI units, x-ray machines, ultrasound devices, and many other medical products. Each design maximizes air flow and lowers air resistance to extend the life and dependability of medical electronics components. A free, round-the-clock prototype service is available to design engineers worldwide at the company's Web site.

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