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Articles from 2004 In July

More Than Just General Motors

Originally Published MPMN July 2004


More Than Just General Motors

Motion control devices fulfill a variety of needs

Susan Wallace
The dc tachometer from Servo-Tek provides a square wave output.

Motors are the heartbeat of many medical devices. They come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, and are capable of varying speeds to power a myriad of products. In this article, MPMN takes a look at the latest in the world of motors and motion control devices. 

Tachometer Uses Both Analog and Digital Signals 

A tachometer encoder combination offers both analog velocity and digital position signals in one device. The dc tachometer from Servo-Tek (Hawthorne, NJ) has an encoder that uses high-quality optical sensors and electronics to provide a square wave output. Having the tachometer and encoder on one common shaft reduces mounting and coupling requirements. The tachometer generator can provide an analog signal from 12,000 rpm down to zero speed. Since the unit reverses polarity from clockwise to counterclockwise rotation, direction can be sensed almost instantaneously. 

Brushless Motors Minimize Cogging Torque

Emoteq Corp. offers brushless torque motors 
for direct-drive applications.

Intended for direct-drive applications in large inertia and high torque load systems, brushless torque motors deliver stall torque ranging from 2 to 1490 lb/ft. Motor diameter sizes range from 6.7 to 31.2 in. Megaflux motors from Emoteq Corp. (Tulsa, OK) can be provided with special mounting features to ease integration into the user's machine. The company also offers high-resolution encoders that are incorporated directly into the motor and are capable of delivering rotary precision to sub-arc-second levels. Although engineered to maximize output torque, the motors also minimize cogging torque, thereby enhancing their precision in applications sensitive to parasitic torque perturbations.

Optical Linear Encoders Are Made for Speed

Noncontact linear position encoders use low-mass, ultra-low-profile design and self-tuning electronics to bring 5-µm to 10-nm resolution to machine applications. The encoders from Renishaw Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL) are engineered for high-speed, short-travel processing where space is at a premium. They can achieve speeds up to 300 mm/sec at 20 nm, and 150 mm/sec at 10 nm. A noncontact, no-wear design eliminates hysteresis and friction for reliability and repeatability. The machine's read head measures 36 ¥ 14.3 ¥ 12.5 mm and weighs 22 g. Patented filtering optics provide immunity to dust, scratches, and light oils on the tape scale to ensure signal stability. The 20-µm pitch scale is made of gold-plated steel tape, lacquered to protect against dirt. It provides linearity better than 1 µm.

Noncontact linear encoders from Renishaw Inc. are made for high-speed, short-travel processing. 

The scale's adhesive backing mounts to all common material types, including granite, ceramic, steel, aluminum, iron, and invar. By mounting directly to the machine, the scale thermally replicates the base material, eliminating the need to compensate for multiple coefficients of expansion. The tape can be applied quickly and easily at any stage of machine building, with a special applicator ensuring parallelism with axis guideways. No drilling is required.

The RGH25F is available with either digital or analog outputs. Digital read heads produce differential line-driven quadature signals to industry standard EIA/RS422. Differential line driver outputs offer noise immunity in harsh electrical and magnetic environments. It is enhanced by self-tuning adaptive control and double-shielded, highly flexible cable. 

A signal condition monitoring circuit drives an integral two-color LED and an alarm signal for remote monitoring at the control. The LED facilitates quick installation with visual confirmation of optimum scale alignment, while the alarm signal alerts the control of low-signal amplitude, eliminating the danger of unrecognized encoder-count loss.

Encoders Are Suitable for Light Applications

Moons' Industries America Inc. offers a variety of hybrid stepping motors.

Optical rotary incremental encoders are designed for light industrial applications that require high resolution in a small package. Available from Gurley Precision Instruments (Troy, NY) in either shafted or blind-hollow shaft versions, the models R112S and R112B measure 12 ¥ 25 mm long with resolutions up to 8000 c/rev. The encoders are suitable for miniature robots, precision pumps, and fine instrumentation. 

Hybrid Motors Are Suitable for High-Speed Applications 

To satisfy requirements of high-speed applications, Moons' Industries America Inc. (Elmhurst, IL) offers the 17HE 3.6° hybrid stepping motor series. Compared with the company's 0.9°and 1.8° motors, the new unit has a higher running speed, making it suitable for high-speed applications. The company is also introducing a new Series 3 phase stepping motor. Smooth running makes this motor useful for micro step systems.

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Originally Published MPMN July 2004

Outsourcing Outlook


Manufacturer Customizes Tubing for Customers

A manufacturer of disposable tubing and molded fittings offers extruded corrugated and collapsible plastic tubing, injection-molded fittings, and contract manufacturing and assembly for respiratory, anesthesia, and additional medical applications. In collaboration with customers, the company establishes tool requirements, selects materials, specifies durability and weight, and offers low- and high-volume manufacturing. Product samples and descriptions are available on the Web site. GlobalMed Inc., Trenton, ON, Canada 

Services Added to Fluoropolymer Extrusion Technology

Leveraging its core fluoropolymer extrusion technology, a tubing manufacturer expanded its value-added services and operations. Among the additions are special fillers, drilling, etching, flaring, flanging, retractable coiling, shrinking over mandrels, light product assembly, scoring, and slitting. Thermoforming, skiving, tipping, tube bonding, heat sealing, cuffing, and product analysis are also available. The company has delivered engineered tubing solutions such as fluoropolymer heat shrink for electrical and mechanical applications, high-purity tubing for critical fluid handling, and multilumen tubing for catheters and high-performance data cables. Zeus Industrial Products, Orangeburg, SC 

Products Extruded from Most Engineering Plastics

A company specializes in custom extrusions for medical devices with experience in design and engineering. In conjunction with customers, the company produces a variety of precision extrusions from most engineering thermoplastics, polyurethane, and nylon. The finished products are delivered to specification, deadline, and meeting ISO 9001:2000-quality standards. Microspec Corp., Jaffrey, NH 

Tubing Manufacturer Expands Production Plant

The expansion of a manufacturing plant added a Class 100,000 cleanroom to house medical tubing extrusion lines. This enables the Pexco medical products division to better serve the West Coast and Southwestern medical OEMs with a range of medical tubing products. Currently, the Pexco line is produced at two plants in Massachusetts and include single- and multilumen tubing, coextruded tubing, and a PVC alternative, Pex-PF tubing. Products are manufactured from a variety of FDA Class VI plastic materials, including PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon, and latex-free alternatives. Bunzl Extrusion, Athol, MA 

Silicone and Multilumen Tubing Are Custom Made

Manufactured in a cleanroom environment, custom silicone extrusions are customized for use in peristaltic pump systems, surgical drains, catheter systems, vessel marker loops, and intravenous drug delivery. Tubing is produced with diameter ranges from 0.010 to 1 in. with tolerances as tight as ±0.0005 in. Multilumen tubing is produced using the company's custom-built extrusion head. Custom color matching and barium mixes are also available. Silicone profiles can be produced, and silicone tape as thin as 0.005 in. is offered. 
Medical Elastomer Development Inc., Twinsburg, OH 

Extrusion Process Eliminates Breaking Point in Catheters

A tubing supplier introduces its total intermittent extrusion (TIE) process, enabling the continuous extrusion of rigid-to-soft catheters without bonding. Engineers can design catheters with a smooth transition point of polymers with hardness levels ranging from 75 D to 80 A. According to the company, TIE reduces breakage at the rigid-to-soft point when compared with standard bonding technology. Suitable for use in applications that require a stiff shaft and flexible tip, the tubing is used in urology, radiology, neurology, and cardiology applications. TIE tubing is also available in multilumen form, composed of thermoplastic medical polymers. The level of radiopacifier can be customized to illuminate specific sections of tubing. Putnam Plastics Corp., Dayville, CT 

Contract Fabricator Changes Durometers with Silicone Extrusion

A contract fabricator of custom components offers the capability to change the composition of a durometer with single unitary silicone extrusion. The company recognizes the need for hybrid extrudables with unitary construction to function in versatile, custom configurations. For example, the inserted tip of one peripherally inserted central catheter is soft and flexible, while the proximal end is robust and kink resistant. In another application, unitary catheters can feature radiopaque markers to determine distance. The company also offers calendaring, dip coating, and molding. Specialty Silicone Fabricators Inc., Paso Robles, CA 

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Printing and Surface Treatment

Originally Published MPMN July 2004


Printing and Surface Treatment

Viscosity controller

A viscosity controller continuously monitors the ink inside a sealed ink cup within pad printers. If the viscosity varies outside a preset range, solvent is automatically added to bring the ink back to its proper setting without operator intervention or production interruption. The VC-1 can be retrofitted to most sealed-cup pad printers. It is mounted directly in the ink cup, eliminating the need for off-printer ink reservoirs. The product works with single- or two-component inks. Automated Industrial Systems, Erie, PA 

Drug-eluting surface coating

Coating technology provides a polymeric matrix on the surface of medical devices or as part of a drug-delivery device for use as a reservoir. Therapeutic or antimicrobial agents can then be released from the matrix at a controlled rate. The company's drug-eluting coating delivers a variety of pharmaceutical agents for durations ranging from minutes to months. SurModics Inc., Eden Prairie, MN 

Programmable pad printer

A distributor of surface treatment equipment prints depth-mark bands 360° around tubing. Programmable pad printers make it possible for various artwork to be placed on one print plate. By entering different settings, the user can work on jobs with varying diameter sizes without any manual adjustments. Automatic pad-cleaning systems are also offered on most models. 
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, East Dorset, VT 

Air plasma surface treater

A 3-D air plasma surface treater generates a blown arc discharge suitable for high speeds and demanding applications. The Dyne-A-Mite HP improves surface adhesion for printing, painting, coating, bonding, and labeling applications. With the ability to create clear readable markings, the equipment can treat polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethylmethacrylate, PVC, and other thermoformed and thermoset plastics. Operator-guided front-panel controls feature start- and stop-treatment buttons. Enercon Industries Corp., Menomonee Falls, WI 

Corona treating system

Many 3-D plastic parts can be handled by a compact, self-contained Corona treating system. According to the company, FlexiDyne enhances pad printing, bonding, coating, and tissue-culture growth. Different sizes and shapes can be treated without changing the setup. Nonmetallic items that fit through the machine's 150 ¥ 30-mm opening can receive uniform Corona treating on all exposed areas. The FlexiDyne systems can be operated as stand-alone workstations or integrated into existing or new production lines. 
3DT, Germantown, WI 

Thermal transfer printer

A thermal transfer digital printer is suitable for marking porous surfaces directly on the production line. The Coditherm process marks and codes paper, bags, and containers, as well as rubber, fabrics, and scratch-proof and solvent-resistant plastic. The equipment uses a double ribbon to create a positive image electronically on the inked thermal ribbon in an initial print phase. The image is then transferred to the designated surface. Print speed is approximately 1 c/sec depending on the message size, with a maximum marking area of 3.74 ¥ 8.66 in. Matthews International Corp., Pittsburgh, PA 

Parylene coating

The construction of a 1700-sq-ft cleanroom added Class 10,000, Class 1000, and Class 100 areas for part fixturing and examination as part of a company's coating capabilities. The facility allows incoming products to be received into a filtered environment, parylene coated, examined, and repacked for shipment. Laminar-flow air-handling and HEPA filtering, gowning, and masking help to control the bioburden, which minimizes the required sterilization doses prior to medical use. The controlled environment includes the company's PDS 2035CR parylene deposition system for fully automated cleaning and device loading and unloading. Specialty Coating Systems, Indianapolis, IN 

Gas plasma surface modification

Designed for continuous treatment of membrane, film, fabric, web, and foil, a low-pressure gas plasma system offers surface modification, ultrapure cleaning, and coating. Typical applications for the V160-RT system include increasing wettability or bondability, attaching chemical functional groups for surface receptivity, or cleaning to remove organic contamination. In addition, an optional thin-film coating permits deposition of polymerized thin-film coatings. Microprocessor control, stored recipes, mass-flow controllers, and operator lockout guarantee consistent processing. A variable speed winding and rewinding mechanism permits 
in situ multistep processing of rolls with up to 12 ¥ 16-in. diameters. Plasmatech Inc., Erlanger, KY 

Plasma bonding technology

Environmentally friendly technology enables plasma to be used in the atmosphere for surface treatment. Designed to replace vacuum plasma and batch processing, the Flume technology is mainly used to microclean and activate the surface of materials like polypropylene, polyethylene, polycarbonate, silicone, glass, and ceramics. The results include adhesive joining, coating, printing, and overmolding. It also enables two-shot injection molding of dissimilar materials like polycarbonate and silicone. Settings are adjustable to application needs, and all process parameters are monitored. Current applications include bonding membranes within oxygenators, bonding catheters and needles to polypropylene hubs, cleaning glass, and hydrophilizing test strips within metallic inserts. PlasmaTreat North America Inc., Mississauga, ON, Canada 

Pad-printing machines

Using a programmable logic controller touch screen panel, a series of pad-printing machines can be adjusted to variable heights for ink pick-up, delivery, and pad cleaning within the same cycle. The servo-driven X3 series uses three servomotors, enabling high, repeatable positional accuracy for tight tolerances. Between the plate holder, which controls the x- and rotation axes, and the pad stroke's horizontal and vertical motion, movement on all axes is allowed without additional adjustment devices. A pad-cleaning device is integrated into the design and can be added or removed. The machines are available in both open-well and sealed-cup 
inking systems. Teca-Print USA Corp., Billerica, MA 

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Testing and Inspection Equipment and Services

Originally Published MPMN July 2004


Testing and Inspection Equipment and Services

Medical pouching machine

Capable of packaging a range of medical devices, a machine seals pouches on four sides at speeds up to 100 units per minute. The 4SS 100 model offers the same sealing stations and servo controls as prior units, but is a compact version at a lower price. The equipment includes a pusher-type in-feed, tension-control web unwinders, multiaxis servo drives, a full-function programmable logic controller, and an integrated quality system with an automatic reject station. Doyen Medipharm, Lakeland, FL 

Band sealer

A continuous dual-heat band sealer validates temperature, speed, sealing, and cooling bar pressure. With the VBS-DH-3/8-10-V model, pressure validation is achieved through the use of self-contained compressed air. Uniform pressure on all sealing and cooling surfaces creates consistent quality validatable seals. Quad-digital temperature controls maintain consistent heat, generated from rear and front heaters. The unit is equipped with 10-in.-long heating and cooling zones. The machine is designed to handle materials such as Tyvek, Mylar, nylon, polyethylene, polypropylene, and foil. All Packaging Machinery Corp., Ronkonkoma, NY 

Vertical and horizontal cartoner

With a footprint measuring 40 ¥ 38 in., a cartoner handles blisters, bottles, vials, and small medical devices at rates up to 60 units per minute. The Carton King uses a rotating turret and modular design components to accommodate a range of carton blank sizes. Options for printing, embossing, labeling, and leaflet insertion are possible. Hot-melt or tuck-in closures are provided, and bar code verification can also be incorporated. Various degrees between semiautomatic hand feeding of the product to fully automatic in-feeding are available. Both vertical and horizontal models accommodate a range of products. Technik Packaging Machinery, Covington, GA     

Instrumentation carrying case

Soft-sided carrying cases for the packaging and transporting of portable instrumentation are available in 18 sizes with a modular divide system. The sizes range from small handheld designs to large cases that take two people to lift. Using different types of fabric and foam, the manufacturer works with drawings or sketches to build a case to customer specifications. A line of hard cases made from blow-molded and injection-molded pick-and-pluck foam is available. Fieldtex Products Inc., Rochester, NY  

Packaging services

A designer and manufacturer of finished, disposable medical devices offers packaging services as a part of its full product life-cycle management from design to sterile goods. The company's facilities include Class 10,000 and Class 100,000 cleanrooms for complex device assembly, as well as controlled manufacturing environments. A variety of packaging options include form-fill-seal, rigid tray, and flexible pouch packaging, as well as filling of liquids and gels in syringes, tubes, bottles, cups, and foil pouches. Custom packaging design and validation are also available. Avail, Fort Worth, TX 

Filling and capping machine

A system is designed for filling vials, inserting lyophilization or injection plugs, and overseal capping of aluminum caps. With an output of up to 85 units per minute, the FMB210 is suitable for sterile filling of liquid volumes between 0.1 and 100 ml with an accuracy of ±1%. All format parts are mounted by finger screws to enable fast and easy machine clean-up. An operator can complete a format change in approximately 1 minute. A color touchscreen on the control box selects the desired function from up to 30 stored recipes. The equipment is suitable for clinical trials, small-batch production, and filling of shear-sensitive products. Flexicon America Inc., Burlington, VT 

Sterilization indicators

A manufacturer of color-changing sterilization throughput indicators offers self-adhesive paper dots to apply to products prior to gamma, E-beam, steam, and EtO sterilization. During the process, the products change colors upon exposure to a specific sterilant. Biological indicators challenge the sterilizer with highly resistant bacterial spore indicator organisms. The process is considered to be successful if all the indicator organisms are killed. Etigam b.v., Apeldoorn, The Netherlands 

EtO sterilization technology

An EtO sterilization technology combines all-in-one processing, parametric release, and electronic data interface. According to the company, EO Express makes possible the sterilization and release of product to market within one day. Products can be sterilized in chambers from 1 to 28 pallets in size. Services are available in each of the company's eight sites nationwide. Cosmed Group Inc., Queensbury, NY 

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Redesign Reduces Packaging Costs and Increases Safety

Originally Published MPMN July 2004


Redesign Reduces Packaging Costs and Increases Safety

Clear, extrudable material is suitable for packaging surgical instruments

Melody Lee

Linvatec's surgical instruments are housed in a redesigned package incorporating Eastman Chemical's copolyester.

Surgical instrument maker Linvatec (Largo, FL; recently introduced a line of blades. However, the company knew it would need new packaging for its products since they feature sharp cutting edges that would most likely abrade and puncture the current thermoforms.

A new package had to be geared to consolidate old tray designs and suitably house the new blades along with the company's existing Hall Blade and Bur line, which are used in orthopedic surgical applications for the resecting of human tissue and bone. With the right material and the advice of packaging experts at Perfecseal (Oshkosh, WI;, the finished product reduced costs by 16% and increased manufacturing capacity by 15%. 

"We wanted to keep the tray as small as possible, but house a wide variety of parts," says Tara Martin, Linvatec's senior packaging engineer. "The new tray design needed to be compact to reduce the overall size of the carton."

Linvatec set the ground rule for Perfecseal that the new design must keep the same footprint as the old package. Other guidelines included being able to seal to the existing lid stock and meeting the same sterilization requirements.

"Linvatec wanted us to look at combining the current designs that used four different trays into one tray and one insert that would cover a line of 800 items," says Tad Kinyon, Perfecseal's project engineer. "With our new design, all the products use one tray. Approximately half the products require an additional insert for added protection."

Perfecseal chose Eastar copolyester 6763 by Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN; to use in the packaging 
redesign. Eastman's clear material passes shipping tests and gamma sterilization while keeping its clarity. With its toughness and melt strength, it is useful in sheet and film extrusion. 

"Linvatec has always had such good results with Eastar copolyester 6763," says Martin. "We did not consider using anything else. Plus, our thermoformers find it easy to process. We were confident in Eastar's ability to maintain package integrity for the shelf life of the product."

According to Kinyon, all requirements of the material and the function of the trays were discussed with Linvatec. Knowing the sterilization method, material quality specifications, and the worldwide regulatory requirements, the copolyester was the obvious choice, he says.

The final design included an inner protective clamshell for the blades and an outer tray to house both the blades and burs. The inner portion was formed with an intricate interlocking grid pattern to stabilize the blades during shipping. Containing large blades, the clamshell provides a protective sheath around the sharp teeth, while the tray is a sterile barrier. The outer pouch of the previous design was eliminated to reduce stock. 

"The design itself reduced the number of packaging items Linvatec needed to inventory," says Kinyon. "This results in cost savings in warehousing and reduced package costs due to purchasing trays in higher quantities. Combining five trays into one eliminated the need for additional setups of sealing equipment."

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On-Line Service FacilitatesClinical Investigations

Originally Published MPMN July 2004


On-Line Service Facilitates Clinical Investigations (click to go to site).

Rita Emmanouilidou

An on-line service enables subscribers to access the latest regulatory information for medical devices in European countries. The Regulatory Intelligence Centre (RIC), launched by d-Target (Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland), helps clinical and regulatory managers develop the right strategies for their products and conduct clinical investigations in compliance with applicable directives or standards. 

The Web site lists the appropriate standards applicable to all classes of devices in terms of quality system or risk assessment. The user can query the RIC to find information about a variety of key issues, such as which competent authorities need to be notified for any intended clinical investigation, which investigational plan requires ethics committee approval, and which documents need to be reviewed as a basis for determining device safety and performance. 

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Site Provides a Single Resource for Multiple Industries

Originally Published MPMN July 2004


Site Provides a Single Resource for Multiple Industries (click to go to site).

Melody Lee

Providing content for more than 30 industries, Knovel Corp. (New York City) offers engineers and designers a Web-based desktop research tool. Relevant topics include plastics and rubbers, adhesives, coatings, sealants, inks, electronics, and metals. The service uses a search engine that allows users to access textbooks, reference materials, databases, and academic papers. 

The interactive infoware feature enables the use of live tables, graphic applets, and equation solvers. These tools can assist product designers in narrowing down options for materials based on design parameters. About 15,000 pages are added to the service per month. 

According to Knovel's CEO, Christopher Forbes, the service reduces research and analysis time by 75%, saving up to seven hours a week. Costs start at $500 per desktop workstation. The firm currently has more than 21 million engineers subscribed, with users in more than 30 industries. 

Knovel is offering a seven-day free trial to qualified members of the plastics and rubber industries. These individuals include product designers, engineers, and polymer scientists. 

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My Favorite Bookmarks

Originally Published MPMN July 2004


My Favorite Bookmarks

Shala Overstreet

Shala Overstreet,
Design Engineer 
Calmont Wire & Cable

EngNet (  is where you go to find anything that has to do with engineering. It has a number of resources, such as a dictionary of technical terms, links to industry standards, and conversion 
calculators. I use it to find suppliers in the industry.

Engineeringtalk ( and Manufacturingtalk ( are great places to read about the latest news and innovations from suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors. Users can browse the site by date, supplier, or product.

EEVL ( stands for Enhanced and Evaluated Virtual Library. I use this site as a tool for finding mathematical formulas and AutoCAD tutorials. Users can access the top 100 links of the site's catalog. The target audience is students, staff, and researchers in the mathematical, engineering, and computing industries.

Engineering Tool Box ( is a tool for finding basic information. The site covers pumps, control valves, electrical calculations, and material properties. It is very useful as a refresher for basic technical concepts.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( is an excellent site with a large amount of technical information. You can even find links to detailed instructions on performing measurements and calculations. On-line forums also connect users to each other. This is a resource where I find most of my technical needs. Information about joining IEEE or attending its events is also on the site.

Calmont Wire & Cable (Santa Ana, CA; is a manufacturer of wire and cable for medical and other precision applications requiring a custom design. The company specializes in wire and cable that is ultraflexible and miniature. A two-week rapid prototyping service is offered.

Melody Lee

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In Brief

Originally Published MPMN June 2004

Industry News

In Brief

Moll Industries (Dallas, TX; a custom plastics injection molder, has purchased the assets of Creative Plastic Molders Inc. (Lexington, NC; www. Moll will dedicate the new facility solely to medical production and assemblies... Synrad Inc. (Mukilteo, WA; has partnered with Laser 2000 (Vinkeveen, The Netherlands; to handle the distribution of its CO2 lasers and marking heads in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg... Doyen Medipharm (Lakeland, FL; and J-Pac (Somersworth, NH; have announced the merger of the two companies. The companies will be held under a new parent know as Medipharm Manufacturing Group and will remain focused on the medical and pharmaceutical industry... Steris Corp. (Mentor, OH; announces the expansion of its current Steris Isomedix Services operations in Chester, NY by adding a second high-volume gamma irradiator to its existing facility. The new equipment allows for on-site back-up, increased throughput, and improved turnaround time.

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Cardinal Health to Acquire Alaris Medical Systems

Originally Published MPMN June 2004


Cardinal Health to Acquire Alaris Medical Systems

Susan Wallace

Alaris manufactures SmartSite needle-free valves that comprise only three parts for a streamlined design.

Cardinal Health, (Dublin, OH; a provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry, has agreed to acquire intravenous safety products maker Alaris Medical Systems Inc. The transaction is valued at approximately $2 billion, including the assumption of outstanding debt. 

With complementary operations, production lines, distribution networks, and geographic presence, the acquisition will help Cardinal to broaden integrated product and service offerings. In 2003, Alaris launched 19 new products and expects to launch at least 20 more this year. The same hospital and provider customers that use Cardinal's products use these highly automated proprietary systems.

"Alaris has an excellent reputation in the acute-care marketplace and will further expand Cardinal Health's product and service offerings to this very strategic market," says Robert D. Walter, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health. "The company is a terrific fit with Cardinal Health and we see a significant opportunity for marketing, sales, and operational synergies in the combined company."

"The market for the IV medication safety products we pioneered is vast and growing worldwide," says David L. Schlotterbeck, president and chief executive officer of Alaris Medical Systems. "Our senior management and employee teams are looking forward to the important role we will play as part of Cardinal Health." 

Upon completion of the merger, Alaris will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Cardinal Health. The agreement has been unanimously approved by both companies' boards of directors. The transaction is expected to be completed in Cardinal Health's fourth quarter of its fiscal year, ending June 30, 2004.

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