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Supplier Stories for the Week of April 28

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of April 28

  • Qosina will highlight its ISO 80369-7 compliant products along with its thousands of stock components at Booth #1529 during MD&M East at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City June 11-13. ISO 80369-7 specifies dimensions and requirements for the design and performance of small-bore connectors intended to be used in intravascular or hypodermic applications and replaces ISO 594-1 and ISO 594-2, Qosina explained in a news release.

    Founded in 1980, Qosina is ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and ISO 14001 certified and operates a 95,000-sq-ft facility with an ISO Class 8 cleanroom. Its catalog features more than 5000 products.

    [Image courtesy of QOSINA]

  • Contract manufacturer Cadence Inc. has acquired the assets of Arcor Laser Services LLC, a provider of laser welding, laser cutting, machining, marking, and micro-drilling services. Located in Suffield, CT, Arcor was founded by Gary Francoeur in 2004 and consists of two facilities totaling 30,000 square feet. 

    “The addition of Arcor’s laser expertise represents our latest investment in building a broad platform of precision technologies and supply chain services for our customers,” stated CEO Alan Connor in news statement. “We continue to accelerate our efforts to provide our customers with highly technical solutions to help improve their products and are extremely pleased with the industry-leading laser processing portfolio that Arcor brings to our team.” 

    Said Francoeur: “We are very excited to join the Cadence team and expand our business. Cadence is a great complement for our current manufacturing capabilities and we serve similar medical device and industrial markets. We see strong opportunities for growth and believe that Cadence has the team and the resources that will enable us to do so.” 

    Cadence offers advanced products, technologies, and services to medical device, life science, industrial, and defense companies worldwide, employing approximately 575 people with its corporate headquarters in Staunton, VA, and additional locations in CT, PA, RI, and WI. 

    [Image courtesy of CADENCE INC.]

     

  • Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) will be showcasing its PostPro3D system at Booth #656 at the upcoming RAPID 2019 show, including two new products—the PostPro3DColor and the PostPro3DMini. Like the original PostPro3D, these systems feature the proprietary Boundary Layer Automated Smoothing Technology (BLAST), a non-line-of-sight, physio-chemical process that can smooth surfaces and complex internal cavities of polymer 3D printed parts. The process is highly controllable, allowing reproducible results with no degradation of the mechanical properties of parts, the company claimed in a news release.

    According to Joseph Crabtree, CEO of AMT, "parts processed in the PostPro3D machines do not show a cytotoxic effect in accordance with ISO 10993-5, ISO 10993-1, and ISO 10993-12, which means they can be certified for medical use."

    The PostPro3D hardware system reportedly can achieve a surface quality equal to or better than injection molding on parts printed using laser sintering, HP Multi Jet Fusion, high speed sintering, or fused deposition modeling technology, the company stated in the release. It achieves such surface quality through a series of pre-defined parameter sets and algorithms.

    All of the PostPro3D systems can reduce lead-times and overall cost of manufacture, the company reported, adding that they could eliminate the extensive and expensive manual post-processing steps required for many 3D printed parts.

    “We are excited to be exhibiting and presenting for the first time at RAPID in Detroit," said Crabtree. "We have been operating in semi-stealth mode in the US, but our system has been commercially available for the last 8 months. We are scaling up production both domestically in the US and globally and we are eager to share the progress we have made with our post-processing solutions. We invite anyone interested in solving their post-processing issues to come and see us at RAPID and we can arrange to post-process your samples free-of-charge.”

    [Image courtesy of ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES]

     

  • BOLD Laser Automation Inc. has announced a production UV DPSS laser process for drilling atomizing nozzles down to Ø1.0 μm exit hole diameters. These nozzles are used for the atomization of various fluids including pharmaceuticals for pulmonary drug delivery, diagnostic reagents, water, and cologne/perfume, the company reported in a news release.

    “The formation of a one-micron diameter hole is not as spectacular as how it was accomplished," stated Todd Lizotte, CEO of BOLD Laser Automation, in the release. "Using a UV DPSS laser, beam shaping, and a lens developed and built by Sill Optics allows us to achieve excellent hole quality. The one-micron diameter was produced within a 25-micron thick polyimide film, with a grain structure that allowed the exit hole to be resolved.” 

    BOLD Laser Automation reports that has found in testing that it produces these nozzles to the same quality and production consistency in comparison to Excimer based processes. 

    [Image courtesy BOLD LASER AUTOMATION]

  • Gowanda Components Group is merging REM-tronics Inc., a contract manufacturer of high-reliability products for the medical, aerospace, industrial, and military industries, with the GCG family.  

    “The merging of REM-tronics with GCG will further enhance our capability to design and manufacture high- reliability magnetic components and systems to address the needs of electronic design engineers in high-performance markets and applications around the world,” said Don McElheny, CEO of Gowanda Components Group, in a news release. “Their proximity to GCG’s headquarters facilities in Gowanda, New York, will enable us to readily nurture and pursue opportunities that leverage our combined strengths, to help our customers be successful.”

    REM-tronics will maintain its operations in Dunkirk under the new name Gowanda REM-tronics. In addition to Dunkirk, GCG has five other production facilities located within the United States.

    “We are extremely excited to join the Gowanda family,” added Clayton Spaeth, General Manager of Gowanda REM-tronics, in the release. “The benefits to our employees and customer base are substantial and will allow us to continue to deliver on our goals and objectives for many years to come,” Spaeth added.

    [Image courtesy of GOWANDA COMPONENTS GROUP]

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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