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Supplier Stories for the Week of April 22

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of April 22.

  • 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.”


  • Nelson Laboratories LLC, a Sotera Health company, has invested in an expansion of the operations and service capabilities at its Itasca, IL, laboratory facility. The investment includes upgrades to the laboratory facilities as well as 10,000 square feet of building expansion and renovated lab space. Also included is a BI sterility suite to support EO sterilization validations.

    New testing capabilities will be fully operational beginning May 1, 2018. These capabilities will include medical device particulate testing, healthcare reprocessing validations, sterilization for reuse validations, and genetic microbial identification testing, the company reported in a press release.

    “We are very excited about the new and expanded service offerings and laboratory upgrades that are now available at our Itasca facility,” stated John S. Bolinder, Vice President of North American lab operations at Nelson Labs, in the release. “Our customers will benefit from our enhanced quality system and expanded services, as well as the unparalleled expertise and customer service they have come to trust from Nelson Labs. In addition, we are able to offer the leading sterilization services of our sister company, Sterigenics, at multiple facilities located within close proximity to our Itasca laboratory. This allows us to more fully serve the needs of our sterilization and laboratory customers throughout the Midwestern region of the United States.” 

    The Itasca laboratory facility is now ISO 17025 accredited and adheres to the same quality system as the Nelson Labs's global headquarters in Salt Lake City. Customers can also track submitted studies and retrieve test reports via the Nelson Labs’ Secure Customer Portal. 

    The Nelson Labs Itasca facility will be hosting an open house on May 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please contact the Itasca facility directly at 630/285-9121 to attend.


  • SMAC Moving Coil Actuators debuts the MGR6 Series Micro Gripper for use as an end effector on third-party robots. The gripper features a very low moving mass with two independent axes and a Soft-Land routine for light, controlled forces. Applications have included stent/catheter handling, sample tube handling, electronics assembly, and more.

    Small-part assembly is increasing, the company stated in a news release, and these parts are often too small and fragile to be handled by most humans. SMAC electric grippers incorporate programmable speeds, positions, and forces with data feedback, and the ability to independently control each jaw allows precise force control, measurement, and positioning.

    [Image courtesy of SMAC MOVING COIL ACTUATORS]

  • At ACHEMA, Multivac will showcase a number of systems for packaging medical and pharmaceutical products. One system in particular is a thermoforming packaging machine with a single-side chain guide for packing syringes. An automatic syringe infeed transports and monitors up to 300 pre-filled glass or plastic syringes per minute in a manner that separates and orients sensitive products before being loaded into the pack cavities.

    The flexible machine handles different types of products and pack sizes reliably, the company reported. The single-side chain guide allows rigid film in various web widths to be used flexibly.

    [Image courtesy of MULTIVAC]

  • CAS DataLoggers offers the new WF-TC WiFi Thermocouple Data Logger from Accsense VersaLog for measuring and monitoring temperature from thermocouple sensors. The VersaLog WF-TC is an 8-channel, battery-powered, WiFi-enabled thermocouple data logger in a compact solution. Suitable for "almost any setting," CAS reported, the data loggers feature 7-8 channels with models to log temperature, current, voltage, and more. Eight external current sources can be recorded and data saved onto its 8MB memory. An aluminum enclosure suits even the harshest industrial environments. 

    [Image courtesy of CAS DATALOGGERS]

  • Needle-Trap needle protection labels from Schreiner MediPharm are being used for syringes of Pfizer’s epoetin biosimilar. Products featuring the newly equipped needles will debut in Germany and Austria, followed by a rollout in the broader European market. This is the first time Needle-Trap has been used for medication for the treatment of anemia; Pfizer has been using this label-based needle protection system on millions of syringes for a heparin drug since 2009, Schreiner MediPharm reported in a news release.

    Needle-Trap is an integral component of the label for prefilled syringes that secures the needle after the injection. The design can be integrated into existing pharmaceutical manufacturing processes with minor modifications of the finishing and application equipment, yet no adaptation of secondary packaging. Minimal space during shipping, storage, and disposal are required.

    [Image courtesy of SCHREINER MEDIPHARM]

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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