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Supplier Stories for the Week of April 29

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of April 29.

  • 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.”


  • At MD&M East Booth #539 Minnesota Rubber and Plastics will showcase its newest technologies for supporting the design, function, and toxicity requirements of the medical device market. Using advanced elastomers, engineered plastics, and integrated plastic and elastomer over-molding processes, the company provides custom components and sealing solutions for the minimally invasive and drug-delivery markets.

    Contract manufacturing and custom kitting are available in orders ranging from 10,000 to 10 million units.

    Visit Minnesota Rubber and Plastics at MD&M East Booth #539, June 12-14 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, in New York City.


  • Systech Illinois introduces the fully automatic OxySense Model 8100e Oxygen Transmission Rate Analyzer to provide full compliance with ASTM D3985. The system accurately and quickly measures OTR for a wide range of barrier materials and packages, the company reports in a news release. Featuring an eMetric coulometric sensor that provides a range from 0.01 to 432,000 cc/(m2 ∙ day), the system offers fully automatic testing at the touch of a button. Its film loading system, Q-Seal, allows simplified film loading and reduces operating cost with no gas-powered cell closure system, the company reported.

    The system can be expanded to a total of thirty-two cells, and each satellite can be configured to meet the testing lab’s precise testing needs, allowing them to cost-effectively add capacity as needed while at the same time lowering their cost per test.

    [Image courtesy of SYSTECH ILLINOIS]

  • Vancive Medical Technologies, an Avery Dennison business, offers six advanced wound care materials for private labeling by medical device original equipment manufacturers. The company will highlight these products at the European Wound Management Association (EWMA) annual conference.

    “We will be available to discuss how our advanced wound care materials can help OEMs to broaden their own ranges,” said Deepak Prakash, senior director of global marketing, Vancive Medical Technologies, in a news release. “We also welcome opportunities to meet with global distributors and discuss how we can partner with them to deliver innovative wound care technologies that can benefit healthcare practitioners and patients.”

    Vancive describes the products as follows:

    ●       Silicone wound contact layer (shown above), a low adherent, non-irritating, porous, nonwoven fabric coated with a soft silicone adhesive that can remain on a wound for several days.

    ●       Thin, absorbent wound dressing featuring Thin Absorbent Skin Adhesive technology for lightly to moderately exudating wounds.

    ●       Odor-absorbing hydrocolloid made with a next-generation adhesive formulation; this hydrocolloid remains intact on the wound, aiding in removal. 

    ●       Superabsorbent dressing designed to handle moderate to heavy wound exudate. 

    ●       Silicone adhesive coated polyurethane foam available for use in flat foam dressings or bordered dressings for management of moderate to heavily exudating wounds.

    ●       Barrier film spray and swab; this barrier film is applied on the skin and then dries quickly to form a breathable coating. 


  • VitalDyne Medical has expanded its facilities and personnel to meet the growing demand for precision manufacturing services for the medical device industry.  “A 4500-sq-ft Class 7 cleanroom was added bringing VitalDyne Medical’s cleanroom manufacturing to over 12,500 square feet, and provides expansion space for our new medical projects in the ramp-up stages,” stated Michelle Zuelzke, vice president of sales, in a press release. The company manufactures complete device assemblies and packages them in Class 7 cleanrooms.

    The expansion included the addition of three YAG laser tube cutting systems including a 6-axis laser system. With a total of 13 laser-cutting systems, VitalDyne Medical offers both very large- and small-volume capabilities for radius cutting as small as 0.002 in. diameter in tube sizes from 0.020 to 0.230 in. with holes as small as 0.0005 diameter. Medical materials processed by these systems include Nitinol, cobalt, stainless steel, chromium, plastic silicone and medical polymers including Teflon, PVC, Acrylic, Delrin, PTFE, and others.

    “As we phase in our new processes and equipment, new personnel have been added in our manufacturing and scheduling departments,” stated president David Timmersman. “We will continue hiring to meet customer demand with additional systems including automated processes. These are exciting times for VitalDyne Medical as we continue to grow and supply the dynamic medical device industry with high quality components and assemblies.”

    [Image courtesy of VITALDYNE MEDICAL] 

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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