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This Week In Brief: October 19, 2010

Electronics manufacturing service provider SMTC Corp. (Toronto, ON, Canada) has achieved ISO 13485:2003 certification for its facilities in Toronto, San Jose, and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company specializes in engineering support, material supply-chain design and advanced procurement support, prototyping and product qualification, PCBA assembly through final product and system manufacturing, global distribution, and product life cycle management.
 
Diversified Plastics Inc. (Minneapolis) has expanded its component-production capabilities with the addition of an 85-tn Toshiba EC85 electric plastic injection molding machine. This machine will enable the company to produce high-precision parts for the medical device industry that weigh as little as a few grams up to 3 oz.

Balloon catheter manufacturing specialist Interface Catheter Solutions (Laguna Niguel, CA) has completed the initial phase of a three-phase facility expansion plan that includes a renovated and expanded equipment assembly operation, an expanded extruded balloon tubing cleanroom, and an expanded balloon production cleanroom. The company's offerings include balloon design and development, extruded balloon tubing, balloon contract manufacturing, and balloon catheter production and testing equipment.

Vision metrology company Quality Vision International Inc. has moved into a larger, more-modern facility in Tempe, Arizona. The 12,500-sq-ft technical center houses the sales and service operations of Optical Gaging Products, View Micro-Metrology, and the Quality Vision Services divisions of the company.

The NanoFabrication Systems Div. of NanoInk (Skokie, IL) will present free workshops focusing on tip-based patterning for bio- and nanoengineering at Georgia Tech on October 25, and Princeton University on November 2. The workshops will feature technical talks, discussions, and product demonstrations, in addition to highlighting the most-recent applications and protocols related to deposition of biomaterials using the company's NLP 2000 desktop nanolithography platform.

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