Supplier Stories for the Week of April 8

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of April 8.

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

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  • Tekni-Plex Inc. has acquired Dunn Industries Inc., a manufacturer of specialty extrusion tubing for medical device applications. Dunn's product line, which includes both standard and custom-engineered tubing solutions, will complement the microextrusion tubing manufactured by Tekni-Plex’s Natvar business unit. The company will now be known as Dunn Industries, a Tekni-Plex business.

    “Tekni-Plex already has a significant stake in the medical device market via its Colorite medical compounds and Natvar medical tubing business. We are now looking to grow the number of solutions we provide by expanding our product offering and manufacturing capabilities. With speed-to-market a critical concern in this market sector, as well as the desire for additional support from suppliers, this acquisition will help make Tekni-Plex an even stronger partner to medical device companies around the world,” explained Paul J. Young, president and chief executive officer, Tekni-Plex, in a news release.

    Dunn’s former president Duane Dunn, who will now serve as its general manager, said that “because of Tekni-Plex’s existing global manufacturing footprint, including its new production capability in China, Dunn’s technology will now reach new geographic regions. This will help medical device companies find faster solutions and bring their products to market via reduced timelines.”

    Dunn produces medical tubing with outer diameters as small as 0.008 in. (OD) x 0.004-in. (ID) and as large as 0.480 in. for a wide variety of applications. Products include single and multi-lumen, coextruded, striped, or braided. 

    [Image courtesy of TEKNI-PLEX INC.]

  • Oliver Healthcare Packaging announces the opening of a new 68,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility in Suzhou, P.R. China. All manufacturing in this facility will occur within an ISO-7 certified cleanroom environment, and capabilities include pouch making, roll stock converting (including slitting and printing), die-cut lid manufacturing, and mounting card production, Oliver reported in a news release.

    “On behalf of the global team at Oliver, we are thrilled to open our new facility in Suzhou," stated Mike Benevento, CEO of Oliver Products Co., in the release. "Our customer base has grown significantly in the Asia Pacific market, and we are doing all we can to help drive and support their success, including opening this facility in addition to a regional office in Singapore. It’s important to me that every Oliver customer, regardless of their location, experiences the same level of technical support and customer service. Investments like these are critical to delivering what our customers need from a global supplier.”

    Brady Tong, General Manager of Asia for Oliver, added that “with quality healthcare in such high demand, there is significant growth for our customers in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Packaging suppliers like Oliver must be prepared to meet this increased demand. This new facility enhances our ability to serve the Asian market with rapid production, and an unwavering commitment to high quality and customer service.”

    The new facility will also include a testing lab and technical service center, a microbiological lab, and warehouse and distribution facilities. All equipment has been built and validated to meet or exceed ISO 13485 quality specifications.

    Oliver is also opening a technical service center and lab in Galway, Ireland, later this year, as part of its global expansion.


  • Qosina offers in-stock medical-grade tubing for prototyping and large-scale production, including popular brands such as Tygon, PharmaFluor, and C-Flex. Packaged in small coils, the tubing is available in a diverse range of sizes and materials including PVC, silicone, FEP, HDPE, or DEHP-free PVC. Also available are platinum-cured silicone tubing, which can withstand repeated compression, and peroxide-cured silicone tubing for increased resilience and durability, the company reported.

    Qosina can customize tubing to exact specification with cut-to-length, multi-lumen, and multi-layer configurations, along with custom durometers, sizes, colors, and materials. Medical tubing sampling kits are available for all project needs.

    Qosina will be exhibiting at Booth #515 at BIOMEDevice Boston April 18-19 at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center.

    [Image courtesy of QOSINA]


  • Ultrasonic Systems Inc. (USI) has installed its PRISM-500 high-speed, high performance spray coating system at a European-based medical company that sells instruments used to perform medical diagnostic tests, USI shared in a news release. The tCAT ultra-Thin Coating Application Technology was selected for applying an activation agent (coating) to the surface of a biomedical diagnostic instrument carrier that holds multiple test samples.

    “Our systems provide a superior solution for a variety of medical applications ranging from implantable devices to diagnostic tools. Applied coatings include drug eluting coatings, reagents, protective coatings, and more,” said Stuart Erickson, President of USI, in the news statement. “We meet the real-world needs of medical device manufacturers.”

    The system deposits an ultra-thin, uniform, and defect-free coating to the test substrates, which are about the size of a playing card and contain multiple test locations used for diagnostic testing. It achieves a coating transfer efficiency of up to 99% and finished film thicknesses as low as the sub-micron range, suiting it for high-precision applications. The nozzle-less design delivers a much thinner and uniform coating layer than is possible with nozzle-based spray coating systems, USI stated.

    [Image courtesy of ULTRASONIC SYSTEMS INC.]

  • Midwest Thermal-Vac has purchased a TITAN vacuum furnace with 12-bar gas quenching suitable for processing parts that need to comply with medical industry requirements such as MedAccred. Made by Ipsen USA, the TITAN furnace features an all-metal hot zone measuring 18 x 24 x 18 in. (455 mm x 610 mm x 455 mm), with a 1000-pound (450 kg) load capacity. It is capable of operating at temperatures ranging from 900 °F to 2400 °F (482 °C to 1,316 °C) with ± 10 °F (±6 °C) temperature uniformity, Ipsen reported. This system also includes PdMetrics software platform for predictive maintenance and Ipsen’s startup service performed by local field service engineers.

    Ipsen’s TITAN vacuum furnace is available in several sizes with horizontal or vertical configurations, nitrogen or argon quench, and graphite or all-metal hot zone construction. They are easy to operate and handle a variety of common heat-treating processes.

    The TITAN is MTV’s second Ipsen furnace; the first is a horizontal furnace used primarily for processing tool and die work, Ipsen reported.

    [Image courtesy of IPSEN USA]

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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