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Supplier Stories for the Week of April 15

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of April 15.

  • This is a compilation of the latest news from suppliers in the medical device industry.

    If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in this weekly roundup, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”


  • Oberg Industries

    Oberg Industries, a contract manufacturer of precision machined and stamped components, has acquired X-L Engineering Corp., expanding Oberg's headcount to a total of more than 900 skilled employees worldwide at production facilities in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Costa Rica. 

    Originally a grinding services company, X-L Engineering now staffs more than 90 skilled machinists primarily focused on the medical device and aerospace markets. It provides thin-walled turning and Swiss machining as well as additional services in engineering, new product development, and prototyping. It will be re-branded externally as "Oberg Medical – XL Division."

    "The culture and passion that X-L's management and employees embrace for precision and advanced manufacturing is a perfect fit for Oberg Industries," states David Bonvenuto, Oberg's CEO, in a news release. "We believe both Oberg's and X-L's customer partners will benefit from our consolidated ability to provide enhanced manufacturing capacity in core areas of our business while now having new manufacturing capabilities in house that were previously limited in capacity or outsourced."

    [Image courtesy of OBERG INDUSTRIES}


  • Heraeus Noblelight America LLC

    ChemQuest Technology Institute (CQTI), in partnership with Heraeus Noblelight America, is scheduling trials on its newly installed microwave-powered and UV LED wide-format curing systems deployed on its automated flat line in South Boston, VA. 

    “No other independent facility provides microwave-powered and 30-inch wide UV LED flat-line curing systems," stated Kevin Joesel, Director of Sales, UVP, Heraeus Noblelight America LLC, in a news statement. "Comparing different UV curing methods – UV LED, microwave-powered, or arc lamps – is now easily achievable on one line. Heraeus Noblelight America LLC sought to partner with ChemQuest not only to advance UV coating processes but to make hard data collection easier for proving the performance/cost advantages of converting to UV curing.”
    At CQTI, coatings can be applied to any flat substrate (e.g., wood, glass, metal, composite, or plastic) measuring up to 50 in. wide, 12 ft long, and 4 in. thick. After an automated spray application of a coating, the substrate can be exposed to several curing methods for R&D testing, including infrared curing; convection curing; and three types of UV curing: traditional mercury arc UV, Heraeus Semray UV LED, and Heraeus Light Hammer 10 Mark II microwave-powered UV. Curing variations of different UV spectra can be compared by switching out the bulb in Heraeus’s Light Hammer 10 system.


  • Fujipoly

    Fujipoly offers the Carbon Zebra Connector, which when placed between a printed circuit board and an LCD display makes reliable electrical contact using 140 conductive pads per inch. The connector offers a current carrying capacity of 50 mA per 0.040 x 0.040 pad and can be specified in custom lengths up to 9-in. (230 mm). The low-cost interconnect device is made from alternating layers of conductive carbon-filled and non-conductive silicone, suiting it for devices with pad spacing as close as 0.020 in. (0.50 mm).

    To accommodate as many applications as possible, the connector is available in any width from 0.015 in. (0.38 mm) to 0.118 in. (3.0 mm) and has an operational temperature range of -40°C to +100°C.

    [Image courtesy of FUJIPOLY AMERICA CORP.]

  • Anitoa Systems

    Anitoa Systems is announcing volume production of its single chip Ultra-low-light CMOS bio-optical sensor, ULS24. Capable of 3x10-6 lux low-light detection, ULS24 suits low-cost, low-power, rapid, and precise screening devices, such as portable point-of-care molecular testing instruments.

    Traditionally, molecular testing such as DNA or RNA and immunoassay testing (e.g., ELISA) has relied on Photon Multiplier Tube (PMT) or cooled CCD technologies. "Following the trend of CMOS image sensors replacing CCDs in consumer cameras, many customers are exploring this CMOS Bio-optical sensor to replace CCD or PMT designs for new products," stated Anitoa SVP Yuping Chung in a news release. Given its ultra-low-light sensitivity, the ULS24 can replace PMTs and CCDs used in molecular and immunoassay testing devices. ULS24 achieves this high level of sensitivity through the innovation of temperature compensated dark current management algorithm, the company reported.

    [Image courtesy of ANITOA SYSTEMS]

  • Testing Machines Inc.

    Testing Machines Inc. (TMI) has enhanced its 32-76e coefficient of friction (COF) tester with added peel testing capabilities. The system uses advanced digital force signaling and high-speed data acquisition software for precision and repeatability in COF testing on plastic and film according to ASTM D1894 or F88 and for paper according to TAPPI T549. Improved features include a color touchscreen display, GraphMasterPro PC-software package, and intuitive software user interface for easy navigation and test method storage, the company reported in a news release. The new peel testing capabilities include 180° peel and T-peel measurements and meets ASTM D3330.

    Features include: 

    • 7-in. full-color digital touchscreen display.
    • High-speed data collection and analysis for precise measurement of static COF with 500 readings during the first second.
    • Selectable units (COF or grams).
    • Selection of test type-COF/Friction, T-peel, and 180° peel.
    • Selectable units (COF, g, N, kg, lbs, and ounce).
    • Selectable load cells from 5 to 100 N.
    • Automatically reports static and kinetic friction results after measurement.

    [Image courtesy of TESTING MACHINES INC.]

Daphne Allen

Daphne Allen is editor-in-chief of MD+DI. She previously served as executive editor of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, which serves as the pharmaceutical and medical device channel of Packaging Digest. Daphne has covered medical device manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and regulatory issues as well as pharmaceutical packaging and labeling for more than 20 years. She is also a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals's Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee. Follow her on Twitter at @daphneallen.


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