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Supplier Stories for the Week of August 12

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of August 12.

  • 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 the 11th Congress of the Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (CAOS) held in partnership with the North American Spine Society (NASS), Fule Science & Technology Development and Invibio Biomaterial Solutions partnered to demonstrate the new Uplifter Expandable Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Device. The Uplifter's constituent materials are Invibio’s PEEK-OPTIMA Natural polymer and titanium. Indications for use of the Uplifter include degenerative disc disease (DDD) of L2-L5, nerve root-canal stenosis, and lumbar spondylolisthesis.

    According to Fule, clinical features of this hybrid implant include:

    • Minimized impaction contributing to preservation of endplate integrity.
    • Controlled expansion and anatomical fit helping to maximize indirect decompression through disc height restoration.
    • Continuous expansion that can maintain stability by optimizing the fit.

    Guoping Fan, technology director at Fule Science & Technology Development Co., commented in a news release: “To drive advances in orthopedics we partner with a variety of experts ranging from material and technology experts to orthopedic surgeons treating patients. The in-depth technical cooperation with Invibio for example allowed the development and introduction of this first hybrid PEEK-titanium expandable cage in China for DLIF and OLIF procedures. Now we are working full speed to develop the spinal fusion devices with PEEK-OPTIMA HA Enhanced.”

    The company´s PEEK-OPTIMA implants now have more than 15 years of clinical history, and approximately nine million PEEK-OPTIMA devices have been implanted worldwide, Invibio reported in the release.


  • AG has developed a compact data logger for temperature-controlled shipments featuring Sensirion’s STS3x high-accuracy, calibrated digital temperature sensor. 

    Sensirion’s calibrated temperature sensors are combined with blockchain technology. Upon receipt of a package, the receiver downloads the cryptographically signed measurement data from the temperature logger and the signed metadata such as the individual Sensirion serial number for end-to-end traceability, Sensirion reported in a news release. All data is wirelessly transmitted and checked by shipment-specific “smart contracts” on the blockchain.

    “By combining calibration of each component during production, performance verification during final inspection, and full traceability of each component, Sensirion provides temperature sensors able to fulfill stringent GDP requirements in pharma. The temperature sensors provide a digital output and have an outstanding accuracy of up to ±0.1 °C, guaranteed by a 100% test coverage of each sensor that leaves the factory,” stated Dr. Maximilian Eichberger, Sensirion's product manager, in the release.

    Added Dr. Stefan Weber, responsible for modum’s IoT (Internet-of-Things) strategy: “Reliable sensors that provide accurate data are one of the key elements for meaningful real-world interfaces to blockchains. As a fully automated wireless solution, significant cost savings can be achieved over current industry practices. Using the data collected by modum’s services, the opportunities for improving the supply chain in many sectors in terms of efficiency, cost reduction, environmental impact, customer service and regulatory compliance are limitless.”

    Sensirion’s STS3x products come in a compact form factor of 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.9 mm3 and are suited for many battery-operated IoT applications, given its low power consumption and wide supply voltage range of 2.15-5.5 V.

    [Image courtesy of SENSIRION]

  • Norman Tool Inc. offers the Norman Tool 2-Axis Motion Pro Tester (MPT-2) for simulating both finger pushes and finger swipes to test for coating durability, switch reliability, and more. The Motion Pro line of machines can test all types of buttons and switches as well as monitors, screens, displays, and anything that may get wear from human fingers, or other similar types of rubbing, pushing or sliding. Scott Norman told MD+DI that "medical companies are very focused on this type of button cycle testing and the resistance to abrasion of printed/coated labeling. These are the key interfaces between human operators and the equipment. Simply put, without a properly operating interface, a product cannot be utilized or controlled. Medical companies and vendors that supply components to them should find these products very interesting." The products are designed to test millions and millions of cycles, he said.

    In addition to the new MPT-2, Norman Tool also offers the original MPT-1, a single-axis tester.

    [Image courtesy of NORMAN TOOL INC.]

  • This year AWT Labels & Packaging celebrates its 10th anniversary of receiving the Printing Industry Midwest Great Printer Certification, having been certified annually since 2008. By participating in the voluntary program, printers are described by PIM "as demonstrating their commitment to minimize their impact on human health and the environment while producing quality printed products."

    “Year after year, AWT demonstrates its commitment to sustainability. As a zero-landfill facility, we work closely with recycling and waste repurposing companies to ensure we are utilizing processes that support both the future of our company and the environment,” stated Doreen Praschak, Director of Quality at AWT Labels & Packaging, in a news release.

    [Logo courtesy of AWT LABELS & PACKAGING] 

  • MSM Solutions has partnered with Advanced Poly-Packaging to offer complete bagging solutions.  

    “Thanks to the recently formed partnership between MSM Solutions and Advanced Poly, manufacturers now have the superior packaging options, combined with RFID and bar code technology, for food packaging, medical parts, hardware, automotive, and retail purposes,” stated Eric Timmons, MSM Solutions Sales Manager, in a news release.

    MSM Solutions sells the Advanced Poly Printer, called the T-1000-S14 "Vertical" Next Bag Out Bagger, as well as the T-1000-S14H Horizontal Bagger. These machines are designed for both long and short runs, and the T-1000 has the ability to cycle more than 100 bags every minute, making it fast enough to keep pace with automatic in-feed equipment such as infeed conveyors, scales, and vibratory bowl counters.

    The T-1000 Advanced Poly-Bagger is also suited for running in-line with stamp or punch presses, blister machines, injection mold machines, and other continuous-feed manufacturing equipment used for inline bagging.

    “It's possible for companies to find innovative solutions that weren't available in the past. Saving time and money helps companies grow and reach higher levels of success than ever before. Our partnership is important to implement the machinery and service equipment which will lead to higher rates of customer satisfaction and quality packaging options for any business or industry that purchases bagging machines and equipment from MSM Solutions,” added Paul Orosz, director of sales at Advanced Poly-Packaging.


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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