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This Week In Brief: September 22, 2010

Orchid Orthopedic Solutions (Southfield, MI), a supplier and technology provider for the orthopedic industry, expanded operations for cleaning and packaging at its facility. Cleanroom capabilities include product cleaning and assembly conducted within an ISO Class 7 controlled environment; product packaging, including pouch or blister sealing, boxing, labeling and shrink-wrapping; and additional services that produce a product ready for sterilization.

Compounder Teknor Apex Co. (Pawtucket, RI) has agreed to purchase the worldwide Sarlink (Leominster, MA) thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) elastomer business from Royal DSM N.V. While the acquired business will operate as an integral part of Teknor Apex, it will continue to sell its TPVs under the Sarlink name. Specialty grades made by Sarlink are employed in medical applications.

Sandvik Coromant (Fair Lawn, NJ) has released a free Machining Calculator App designed to provide engineers and machinists with a convenient resource for calculating cutting data. Once downloaded and installed, the App helps users optimize performance of turning, milling, and drilling applications by calculating optimal setting based on a job's unique parameters. It can be downloaded to iPhone and Android models.

Medical device and packaging testing house Medical Engineering Technologies (Ashford, Kent, UK) has launched a new Web site specifically developed for the medical device industry. The site offers user-friendly navigation, technical advice, and articles on such topics as biocompatibility, leak and flow testing, packaging strength and integrity, shelf-life validation, production, and sterility.            

Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries (Southampton, PA), which serves the medical device industry, has been awarded a $1 million solar energy program grant from Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development to help fund the purchase and installation of a 1-mW rooftop solar panel system. Within the past year, the firm has taken steps to go green by replacing its outdated warehouse lighting with energy-efficient styles, installing screens on all dock doors to increase ventilation and reduce exhaust fan usage, seal coating its warehouse floors to eliminate concrete dust and dirt, and reorganizing its waste disposal to include recycling and compacting.

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