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Articles from 2004 In June


Metal Fabricator Die-Casts High-Resolution Ultrasound Housing

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

PRODUCT UPDATE

Metal Fabricator Die-Casts High-Resolution Ultrasound Housing 

Other providers offer cutting, photolithography, and laser technologies

Susan Wallace
Chicago White Metal Casting chose hot-chamber magnesium die-casting for 
an ultrasound 
system housing.

More than 10,000 hand-carried all-digital ultrasound systems are in use worldwide, according to Chicago White Metal Casting Inc. (CWM; Bensenville, IL). In designing these products, several objectives must be met. The machines must be lightweight, durable, and offer fail-safe shielding against the ultrahigh EMI noise levels of hospital environments. Other material and process considerations for such devices include design freedom and the ability to produce intricate features with minimum assembly.

CWM was involved in the development of a next-generation cart-based ultrasound system. The heart of the device was an 11.9 ¥ 10.9 ¥ 3-in. housing with self-contained display and keypad. It had to be instantly removable from its mobile docking system for total flexibility. 

The company first rejected a resin-based design because it would require thicker walls, had lower drop strength, and presented some difficulty in ensuring EMI/RFI shielding. CWM then considered magnesium die-casting and thixotropic metal molding. While metal molding could meet the shielding advantages and ruggedness of die-cast magnesium, it could not meet the minimum wall thicknesses required. The company determined this could only be achieved with advanced die-casting.

The new housing consists of four hot-chamber die-cast parts produced by CWM in high-purity magnesium alloy. The parts consist of an internal shield and three external panels--the display backing, keypad, and enclosure cover with self-contained handle. The total magnesium part weight is 1.725 lb. 

Special circuit board design, tight-fitting die-cast housing joints and the inherent shielding characteristics of magnesium provide total EMI/RFI isolation without the use of additional plating or EMI gasketing. A total of 155 holes and openings are cast in the four housing parts, 139 are die-cast to size. Postcasting machining by CWM consists of drilling, tapping, and milling to final specifications. A conversion coating is applied and external parts are powder coated in one or two colors, silk-screened, and pad printed. The handle receives a special clear coating. 

Tubular Components Can Be Cut at High-Speeds 

Popper & Sons specializes in metal fabrication of tubular components such as these.

Popper & Sons (New Hyde Park, NY) uses advanced technologies for cutting metal tubular components. Its high-speed precision electrochemical cutters and grinders achieve consistent burr-free results at minimum cutting lengths of 0.100 in. Gauges are as small as 30 g, with 0.31 mm OD. Materials include all varieties of 300-series stainless steel, titanium, Inconel, and other alloys.
 
The company also specializes in metal fabrication of tubular components including swaging, bending, flaring, tip reducing, coiling, EDM, CNC turning, and laser welding. Other services include laser engraving, surface finishes such as electropolishing, micropolishing, grit blasting, wire bending, and forming and general machining. 

Precision Photolithography Services Available for Testing Applications

Core technologies of a company include high-resolution photolithography, microminiature 2-D and 3-D electro-forming, thin-film vacuum deposition, and ion-beam etching. Dynamics Research Corp. (Wilmington, MA) uses precision electroforming to produce a wide variety of devices for control, test, and measurement applications in medical and analytical instrumentation on glass, quartz, and other substrates, both coated and uncoated. 

The company offers linear scales in frequencies up to 125 lp/mm and in lengths up to 2 m. Encoder disks are provided in glass with line counts from 20-12,000 cycles. Typical products are slits, grids, targets, reticles, gratings, linear scales, encoder disks, and other optical components.

Metal Fabricator Offers Contract Wire EDM Services

Contract wire EDM services are available in quantities from prototype to production volumes. Test cuts on medical parts and drawings are also offered. Xact Wire EDM Corp. (Waukesha, WI) works with titanium, tungsten, nitinol, and medical-grade stainless steel. Workpieces can measure up to 16.0 in. thick and taper angles to 30°. Small wire diameters, down to 0.004 in. can be accommodated. Closed-loop glass scales on all five axes of the company's machines offer positional accuracy of 0.000020 in.

Stents can be precision cut with laser technology from MeKo Laserstrahl-
Materialbearbeitung.

The company's quality control department is compliant with ISO 9000, and equipped with statistical process control. Advanced CAD/CAM equipment with file transfer and translation capabilities is also provided.

Stents Are Precision Cut with Laser Technologies

A contract manufacturer specializes in high-precision material processing using laser technologies. A specialty of the company is the precision cutting of stents.
 
MeKo Laserstrahl-Materialbearbeitung (Sarstedt, Germany) provides laser cutting of steel, aluminum, copper, ceramics, nitinol, magnetic alloys, and others materials with tolerances of ±0.0001 in. Holes with diameters as small as 0.001 in. can be drilled as well.

Laser welding capabilities include vacuum-tight welding and joining of dissimilar materials. In addition to its laser processing, the company provides postprocessng operations such as electropolishing, annealing, surface finishing, and bending.

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Molding

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

Outsourcing Outlook

Molding

Precision Cleanroom Molder Expands Its Manufacturing Facility

An additional 60,000 sq ft of capacity, including a certified Class 100,000 cleanroom, was added to a scientific molder's facility in Irvine, CA. The company now operates more than 50 molding machines at two sites with room to increase its medical business while pursuing new customers. Its recently developed product realization package (PRP) offers flexible, custom-tailored process optimization, which touches on details associated with part, mold, process, and quality data. The PRP program complements ISO 9000:2000 and expedites the approval of a qualification protocol by OEMs. The company's capabilities encompass two tooling facilities, two molding operations, assembly services, and a partnership with a contract manufacturer to deliver a single-sourced molding and manufacturing solution. C. Brewer Co., Anaheim, CA www.cbrewer.com  


Contract Firm Specializes in Thermoplastic Materials

With a specialty in molding engineering-grade thermoplastic and elastomeric materials, a supplier offers micromolding, machined metal-component fabrication, and liquid-silicone injection molding. The company's capabilities include complete design and engineering services, in-house CAD- and CAM-based tooling design and fabrication, insert molding, overmolding, and cleanroom molding. In addition to Class 10,000 and Class 100,000 cleanroom assembly, contract manufacturing services are available for machining, welding, and packaging. Donatelle Plastics, New Brighton, MN www.donatelleplastics.com 


Pressure Forming Produces Detailed Parts

Pressure forming produces sharp details, precise surface textures, and tight radii, previously possible only through plastic injection molding, according to a thermoforming firm. In conventional vacuum forming, pressure up to 22.5 psi draws heated plastic into the cavities of the mold. In pressure forming, positive air pressure up to 100 psi pushes the back surface of the material into the recesses of the mold. This combination of negative vacuum pressure and positive air pressure produces crisp details. Pneumatically activated molds feature movable sections to facilitate the removal of parts with deep undercuts from the mold. Grained or textured surfaces, logos, and insignias can be formed into the exterior of the pressure-formed parts. Kintz Plastics Inc., Howes Cave, NY www.kintz.com 


Supplier of Injection Molding Services Offers Automated Assembly

A single-source supplier of cleanroom injection-molded products and services also provides full-service secondary operations and automated assembly. Mold design and fabrication capabilities include multicavity, hot-runner, and high-speed tooling. Scientific cleanroom molding is performed on all-electric, servo-driven machines with routine production tolerances of ±0.0005 in. The company also specializes in biosorbable polymer and Teflon products. Infinity Plastics, Ventura, CA www.infinitymolding.com


Precision Techniques Complement Injection Molding

A company's molding capabilities include small shot sizes, fast cycle times, and the processing of either virgin or reground material. Operating under Class 100,000 cleanroom conditions, the company works with conventional thermoplastics, high-temperature glass-filled polymers, ceramic, ferrite, and stainless steel, and most metals. Two standard mold frames offer platen areas of 1¼2 and 3¼4 in. square. Sprue sizes down to 0.020 -in.-diam help to reduce material usage. Picomolding, Tyngsboro, MA www.piconics.com 


Closed-Loop Process Minimizes Micromolding Lead Time

A process for small-part micromolding minimizes time to market, according to an injection molding and mold-making company. A closed-loop manufacturing process conveys raw material to molding machines via a miniature material-handling system. Mold changes can be performed in less than 10 minutes, and part runners and residual regrind are eliminated. With a force of 14 to 30 tn, the machines are suitable for medium to large quantities with shot sizes ranging from 0.33 to 1.31 oz. In addition to micromolded parts, the company provides functional prototypes and production of midsized parts on larger molding machines with from 90- to 500-tn clamping forces. The company's in-house tooling operation includes the experience of 30 toolmakers, standard mold bases, and unit-mold frames. PTI Engineered Plastics Inc., Clinton Township, MI www.teampti.com 


Vertical and Horizontal Molding Machines Produce Mechanical Components

With more than 20 vertical and horizontal molding machines, a contract manufacturer produces molded mechanical and electromechanical components and assemblies. The company's production capabilities include injection molding, insert molding, cable extrusion, precision electromechanical system and subsystem assembly, and surface-mount-technology PCB assembly. Additional services include wire crimping and terminating, ultrasonic welding, solvent and adhesive bonding, UV curing, pad printing, and bar code labeling. Sanbor Medical, Allentown, PA www.sanbor.com 


Manufacturer Develops Molds for Product Designs

A manufacturer produces medical devices and develops molds for product designs. With the ability to mold flexible and rigid polyurethanes, urethane elastomers, and self-skinning foams, the company's specialty department supports customers from the design to the finished product. High-impact prosthesis parts, instrument and electronics casings, device holders, medical pads, and rehabilitation equipment are on a list of items that the company has provided to customers. FMS, Cerritos, CA www.foammolders.com 

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Laser Processing Equipment and Services

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

SPOTLIGHT

Laser Processing Equipment and Services


Micromachining services


Contract UV laser micromachining services for a variety of applications range from semiconductor wafer processing to biomedical and blue LED scribing. The company's core capabilities include expertise in processing materials at UV wave-lengths of 355, 351, 308, 266, 248, 193, and 157 nm. A fully equipped applications development laboratory is staffed with laser scientists. To accommodate prototyping to high-volume production, a contract manufacturing facility is equipped with industrial excimer laser workstations. Applications include microfluidics, LEDs, sensors, ink-jets, chip-scale packaging, device-scale packaging, wire stripping, optic waveguides, and biosensors. Micromachining of plastics, ceramics, hard dielectrics, glass, and metals is also available. The company provides high-resolution marking and microlithography to 1-µm resolution. JPSA Laser, Hollis, NH www.jpsalaser.com 


Precision laser cutting

High-speed laser technology serves as an alternative to using custom dies in some short-run applications. The process produces specialty-cut sheet metal up to 0.125 in. thick from cold-rolled or stainless-steel stock. The laser technology is suitable for prototyping and other applications where the cost of dies cannot be amortized over long product cycles. According to the company, work typically subject to long delays and high costs associated with custom tooling can be completed in days instead of months. The Artus Corp., Englewood, NJ www.artuscorp.com 
  


Package scoring

Contoured laser scoring produces easy-tear tracks in polymeric medical packaging films. The AcuTear process offers flexible shapes or contours, and maintains the integrity of the barrier layer at manufacturing speeds up to 1000 ft/min. The scoring accommodates cross web or web direction converting. The basic system configuration consists of one or more CO2 lasers ranging in power from 50 to 1000 W, a laser chiller, controller, and galvo or fixed beam. Featuring software and user interface, the machinery can be integrated into the customer's existing production line. Preco Laser Systems, Somerset, WI www.precolaser.com 


Cutting and welding capabilities

Around-the-clock, in-house laser cutting, welding, and marking services produce materials as thin as 0.005 in. A multidisciplinary precision component manufacturer uses technology such as the Mazak Turbo CNC laser equipped with dual pallets. Complete laser services are housed under one roof to handle medical manufacturing projects. Peridot Corp., Pleasanton, CA www.peridotcorp.com 


Laser marking

A fiber laser can be used to mark a wide range of production components. Each station provides a touch screen operator interface and a laptop PC to input the marking program. Sliding component drawers are locked during operation, and a photoelectric touch button activates the process. Some models include automatic component unloading once a cycle is completed. Each laser marker features a fume extraction unit. Operational control with an interlock safety circuit is integrated with the machinery to provide turnkey, production-ready marking. Invotec Engineering Inc., Miamisburg, OH www.invotec.com 




PCB-processing system

A UV laser system is designed to perform a number of tasks in the production of printed circuit boards. The MicroLine Cut 350 can cut both flexible and rigid boards, skive cover layers, drill microvias, and machine precise pockets in microwave boards. The laser can be used for on-demand chemical-free production of polytetrafluoroethy- lene circuits directly from design data. With a working area of 151¼2 ¥ 12 in., the machine uses the same scanner and high-power UV laser source as found in the company's higher-end models. LPKF Laser & Electronics, Wilsonville, OR www.lpkfusa.com 



Microfabrication services

A combination of laser processing technologies support miniaturization in medical devices. Services include solid-state UV micromachining, precision welding, pulsed laser deposition, surface texturing, and precision marking and engraving. The company's experience includes fabricating and joining medical components comprised of metals, ceramics, and polymers. Mound Laser & Photonics Center Inc., Miamisburg, OH www.mlpc.com 


High-precision lasers

High-precision lasers and workstations can be used to process plastics, glass, ceramics, thin-film coatings, and thin metals with sizes down to micron levels. The firm's contract processing services incorporate lasers with both infrared and UV wavelengths. UV lasers with short pulses enable clean processing with a minimal heat-affected zone, while IR models provide economic, high-speed processing, according to the company. Custom laser workstations with machine vision, motion control, part handling and robotics, and custom software are also offered. PhotoMachining Inc., Pelham, NH www.photomachining.com 


Custom laser processing

A custom laser processing facility with more than 40 industrial machines now features excimer laser capability. The company also offers CO2 lasers to 2500 W and Nd:YAG lasers to 400 W, both in single- and multiple-beam formats. Performed on metals, plastics, ceramics, stents, and composite materials, services include laser welding and electropolishing, machining, cutting, and drilling. Custom cable and wire harness assembly services are available. A metallurgical lab, R&D and engineering capabilities, total quality management, and a just-in-time program support prototyping through production services. Laserage Technology Corp., Waukegan, IL www.laserage.com 


Laser marking system

A laser marking system is available for part and labeling identification applications. The LE-100SD uses Vanadate technology, an efficient alternative to Nd:YAG. It creates permanent, precision, sterile marks on metals and plastics. The system is suitable for any operation that needs fast, accurate marking of text, bar codes, 2-D data matrices, and logos on medical equipment and parts. The system uses a standard 110- V outlet, is completely portable, and can be used as a turnkey solution with an included laptop computer or easily integrated into existing operations or production lines. RMI Laser Div., Lafayette, CO www.rmico.com 

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Testing and Inspection Equipment and Services

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

SPOTLIGHT

Testing and Inspection Equipment and Services


Expansion-force gauge

A segmental-compression mechanism controlled by a microstepping linear actuator is at the core of a radial expansion-force gauge. The RX500 model is designed to measure the hoop force of both balloon- and self-expanding stent and stent graft products during expansion and compression. FDA requires some form of a hoop-force test prior to approval to ensure that the stent product provides enough outward force. If the product lacks force, the stent may slip within the vessel, provide a path for leakage, or collapse under the pressure of the vessel. Machine Solutions Inc., Flagstaff, AZ www.machinesolutions.org 


Dovetail slide

Slide assemblies are employed in testing and inspection fixtures, specifically for research and manufacturing gauging. The line of graduated-knob Unislide products feature dovetail slides with an accurate leadscrew and error of less than 0.0015 in. per 12 in. An engraved hand knob measures travel distance and position with a resolution of 0.001 in. The components are available in five cross-sectional widths of 1.5, 2.5, 4, 6, and 9 in. Slide travels range from 1.5 to 84 in. in 3-in. increments. English leadscrew pitches are 5, 10, 20, and 40 threads per inch., and metric pitches are 1 and 2 mm. Velmex Inc., Bloomfield, NY www.velmex.com 


Adhesion-measuring equipment

With 0.02% full-scale accuracy, a tester provides precise measurement of adhesion, tack, quick stick, and cohesion. The Lab Master probe tack tester measures force to 0.1-g resolution. Thousands of data points per test are used to generate force and distance curves that reveal material behavior during the test. Applications include adhesives, tapes, pressure-sensitive labels, glue, coatings, and seals. Users can select the contact pressure, position, separation rate, and test duration. With test results displayed as numbers and curves, the machinery can be configured for R&D analysis or one-touch automated process control. The tester's dimensions measure 535 ¥ 490 ¥ 880 mm. Testing Machines Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY www.testingmachines.com 
    


Saline testing application

A provider of testing equipment offers a system designed for materials that may be used within the human body. The system, comprising a bath vessel, screw action grips, and platens, tests skin tissue and other materials in a saline solution at body temperature to simulate internal body conditions. The bath vessel is designed with 3¼16-in.-thick Pyrex and acrylic double walls with 4- and 6-in. outer diameters, which provide thermal conductivity and thermal insulation, respectively. The translucent walls enable viewing of the specimen during testing. Screw side-action grips enable easy specimen loading and minimize damage or distortion. Both the grip assembly and platens are constructed from nonferrous materials so that they can be used in the saline vessel without rusting. Instron, Canton, MA www.instron.com 


Torque testers

A line of cap tighteners and torque testers is designed for capping, precision assembly, and small production runs of vials and bottles. The ST-Lab products offer a low-profile design and a stable platform for the lab, production floor, or a rolling cart. The components can also be modified to handle medical devices, luers, destructive tests, and fatigue testing. Suitable for batch processing, laboratory production, or quality assurance analysis, the precision heads can be mounted on robotic platforms or conveyors. Sure Torque Inc., Sarasota, FL www.suretorque.com 


Materials testing

Product development, nonroutine problem solving, and components or materials testing and analysis are among a company's device-testing capabilities. The service includes compositional stability and extractable and leachable analyses, which can be part of a qualitative or quantitative study of metals, organics, inorganics, or polymers. Other challenges addressed include stability and integrity issues, heavy-metal analysis for patient-contact areas of surgical devices, and identification and quantification of implant and device extractables. The company also offers forced degradation studies for polymeric implants and competitive product analysis. Chemir Analytical Services, St. Louis, MO www.chemir.com  



Vision sensor

An inspection system combines dual cameras and high-speed processing of 5000 items per minute. The F160 vision sensor incorporates variable-box measurement for area and defect inspection, ensuring that the optimum measurement regions are always used. This area can be set to change automatically when inspecting objects with varying sizes, such as surface-mount components. The product's functionality falls in the midrange of machine vision, between low-end vision sensors and high-end PC-based systems. Omron Electronics, Schaumburg, IL www.packaging.omron.com 



Laser microscope

The differential contrast mode on a laser microscope highlights subtle textural variations during the analysis of medical device surface treatments. The Lext laser scanning microscope is designed for submicron imaging with a 0.12-µm resolution and accurate 3-D measurement capability. The magnification power ranges from 120 to 14,4003 
to accommodate researchers working between the limits of conventional optical and scanning electron microscopes. Microscopy techniques include bright field and dark field in both video and laser confocal imaging modes. Olympus Industrial America Inc., Orangeburg, NY www.olympusmicroimaging.com 


Force gauges

Featuring a 100-Hz update rate, a series of force gauges capture high force peaks when testing sutures, puncture and blister packs, needle sharpness, medical tubing, and connections. The Dart and Javelin products offer flip displays, permitting the user to read the gauge right-side up. The products also allow users to select a display update rate of from 1 to 20 times per second. Peak compression and peak tension are displayed in real time. The all-metal construction of the Dart model permits accurate measurement of compression and tension forces up to 100 lb, while the Javelin handles 200 and 500 lb. Nidec-Shimpo America Corp., Itasca, IL www.shimpoinst.com 


Precision test stands

Suitable for quality control testing, a series of ball screw-driven stands can perform compression and tensile tests without special adapters or cages. The 700-series universal test systems feature sturdy ball screw drives for smooth operation and precise crosshead positioning. The 500-lb model has a single-screw drive while all other models are twin screw. In addition to offering a choice of speed ranges, the products support a range of load-cell capacities. 
Com-Ten Industries, Pinellas Park, FL www.com-ten.com 
  

Copyright ©2004 Medical Product Manufacturing News

Graphical User Interface Makes MR Equipment More Efficient

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

PROFILE

Graphical User Interface Makes MR Equipment More Efficient 

Susan Wallace

The graphical user interface on Medrad's MR equipment provides large numeric displays that can be read from several feet away.

In response to demands from the medical community, last year Medrad Inc. (Indianola, PA; www.medrad.com) introduced small, fast, user-friendly magnetic resonance (MR) equipment. The Spectris Solaris MR injection system has a compact design, multiphase injection control, precision timing of contrast delivery, and a large saline capacity.
 
Other innovations include an independent Keep Vein Open feature and programming capability that stores up to 32 detailed injection protocols. According to the company, the Spectris Solaris is also the first MR injection system to employ fiber-optic cables between the injector in the scan room and the control room unit. This cabling provides direct, reliable communication between the two devices.

Steve Rygg, a project engineer for Medrad, says the new features are designed to help technicians increase the number of procedures they can complete without sacrificing safety and accuracy.

"One of the major drivers in the design of this product was throughput," says Rygg. "The number of patients going through MR suites is getting higher all the time, and the protocols are becoming increasingly sophisticated."

Since one of the main goals of the system was to make MR injection procedures faster without jeopardizing safety, the company's engineers made ease of use a top priority. As a result, they saw the development of the machine's graphical user interface (GUI) as critical.

"Anyone that's worked in a hospital environment knows that the variety of equipment and the training required to use it can be overwhelming," says Rygg. "For that reason, our top priority with the GUI was to make it as simple and intuitive to use as possible." 

For help in designing the new system's GUI, the company turned to Bally Design (Pittsburgh; www.ballydesign.com). Medrad engineers and representatives from Bally Design visited hospitals throughout Japan and the United States to see precisely how their products were used. Bally Design also gathered information independently and conducted stakeholder research on its own. 

Armed with the combined feedback, the Bally Design team, under the guidance of designer Stan Mamula, created a series of prototypical GUIs, complete with electronic storyboards. 

"Despite their popularity and widespread use in many hospitals, the interfaces on Medrad's first MR injection systems were not particularly user-friendly," says Mamula. "The on-screen information was not immediately comprehensible, and it took a fair amount of experience to operate a system efficiently." 

The new GUI was streamlined to provide large numeric displays that can be read from several feet away. The displays offer at-a-glance identification of flow rates, fluid volume, scan delay, injection delay, and elapsed time. Two syringes depicted on-screen graphically show the saline and contrast agent fluid levels. 

A keypad enables users to store and recall specific injection protocols with integrated test injections. When fluid volumes have to be adjusted fractionally, the enlarged keypad allows values to be entered easily and accurately. The keypad also provides access to six user-programmable phases that let technicians design and control numerous injection protocols, from the most basic procedures to the most sophisticated.

Rygg says reports from the field about the Spectris Solaris and the new GUI have been overwhelmingly positive. "Our customers are telling us that the system is quick and easy to use, comments that match us precisely with the objectives we were aiming to achieve when we began this project several years ago."

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Web Portal Stores and Tracks Customer Calibration Records

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

E-News

Web Portal Stores and Tracks Customer Calibration Records

Melody Lee

www.mt.com/usa (click to go to site). 

Mettler Toledo (Columbus, OH) offers a 24-hour Web-based service to manage calibration certificates. DataX provides customers with access to their records, service history, and other instrument asset data. The service can be used by those signed up with the company's Direct Laboratory Service. Members can grant other individuals full or limited access to records. 

"In today's world of regulatory compliance and instrument quality management, the process of tracking, filing, and retrieving paper calibration certificates can be a drain on resources," says Hans Joerg Burkhard, lab service operations manager.

A technician compiles compliance and service records for the on-line files. In doing so, the customer avoids dealing with paper certificates, which can be lost or misfiled. The information is ready for easy viewing, printing, or downloading using the Web portal. Records are arranged by instrument model and serial number to form a certificate history. Users can search through and attach free-form text notes for detailed asset management. 

Rates for a one-year subscription are based on the number of units under the service. Nonmembers can also gain limited access to DataX for self-service printing of the records in exchange for a discount on the cost of certificate service. DataX is currently only available in the United States and Canada.

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On-Line Case Studies Demonstrate Versatility of Plastics

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

E-News

On-Line Case Studies Demonstrate Versatility of Plastics

Melody Lee

www.clearlymedical.com (click to go to site).

Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN) launched a Web site to highlight plastics suited for the medical device industry. Case studies of clients who turned to the company for its specialty plastics are featured. Each story shows how the company met its clients' needs for various levels of clarity, toughness, chemical resistance, and safety.

"[Our Web site] demonstrates the versatility that our plastics can bring to the project engineer," says Rick Noller, the company's medical market development manager. "[This could range] from molding complex shapes to retaining clarity after sterilization, and ultimately to environmentally friendly disposal."

The company will periodically roll out different versions to give users fresh content. The updates will reflect major events, such as trade shows, product launches, and new designs. Real-world stories now on-line include clients in search of plastics for a syringe, a blood recovery device, and a blood collection cartridge. 

"Because designing a medical device can be quite an involved and lengthy task," says Nicolas Voirit from Eastman's marketing communications, Digital Channels department, the site "helps drive decisions rapidly" by highlighting the company's products and applications. 

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My Favorite Bookmarks

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

E-News

My Favorite Bookmarks

Chris Watt, QA Manager
Kensey Nash Inc.

Chris Watt


The American Society for Quality site (www.asq.org) is very helpful for quality professionals. There is a dictionary, an extensive bookstore, and a listing of training courses. There are also articles to help you with quality issues. If you become a member, many additional resources are available, such as helpful articles that deal with everyday work issues and a monthly magazine. You can also join divisions that are geared to specific areas such as software or statistics.

The U.S. government's official Web site (www.firstgov.gov) covers all official U.S. government transactions, services, and information. There are links to all state Web sites, FDA, USDA, and other government sites. Being in the medical industry, which is regulated by FDA, this is a great benefit since all of the government regulations can be found there, along with guidance documents. Much of the government information that companies sell can be found on FDA's Web site for free.

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM; www.astm.org) is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations. It is a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Known for high technical quality and market relevancy, ASTM International's standards have an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing, and trade in the global economy.

Kensey Nash Corp. (Exton, PA; www.kenseynash.com) provides product development and advanced technologies in the fields of biomaterials, vascular puncture closure, and embolic protection. The company offers a complete range of products and services including design assistance, development, regulatory consulting, manufacturing, and packaging engineering.

Melody Lee

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IN BRIEF

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

INDUSTRY NEWS

IN BRIEF

Precision Concepts Costa Rica, S.A. (PC-CR; www.pc-cr.com), a contract manufacturer of medical device assemblies, has added ISO 13488:1996 registration to its ISO 9001:2000 certification. It is one of only two medical device manufacturers in Costa Rica to have this qualification... 

Adherent Laboratories Inc. (Woodbury, MN; www.adherentlabs.com) will run select customer lab trials for May Coating Technologies (St. Paul, MN; www.maycoating.com)... 

Charles River Laboratories International Inc. (Wilmington, MA; www.criver.com) has entered into a strategic alliance with the Minnesota Cardiovascular Research Institute (Minneapolis), a nonprofit research organization that specializes in cardiovascular devices and technology... 

Hommer Tool & Mfg. Inc. (Arlington Heights, IL; www.hommer.com) has agreed to purchase the assets and ongoing business concerns of Romar Mold Inc., also of Arlington Heights... 

Plexus Corp. (Neenah, WI; www.plexus.com) will spend approximately $12 million to expand its operations in Penang, Malaysia... 

Rapid Product Development Group Inc. (San Diego, CA; www.rpdg.com) has opened a prototype manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico... 

Medegen Holdings LLC (Ontario, CA; www.medegen.com) has acquired Maximus Medical Products Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA)... 

Techni-Met Inc. (Windsor, CT; www.techni-met.com) has expanded its manufacturing capabilities to seven sputtering systems, with an additional 37,000-sq ft facility located in Bloomfield, CT. 

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Marubeni Citizen- Cincom Opens New West Coast Facility

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

INDUSTRY NEWS

Marubeni Citizen- Cincom Opens New West Coast Facility

Susan Wallace

Marubeni Citizen-Cincom Inc. (Allendale, NJ; www.marucit.com) expanded its West Coast facility in Fountain Valley, CA. The company's president, Atsuya Abe, cut the ribbon on April 8, 2004, officially opening the new site for business. Key customers, vendors, distributors, and city officials from the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the ceremony.

The new facility features a large showroom to present and demonstrate the company's Swiss turning centers, fixed headstock turning centers, and CAV bar feeding machines. There is also office space and a new classroom to allow the company to continue its Swiss-type education programs. The 7000-sq ft building represents a 50% increase in floor space over the firm's previous office on the West Coast. 

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