Supplier Stories for the Week of August 19

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of August 19.

  • 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.”

    [Image courtesy of STUART MILES/FREEDIGITALPHOTOS.NET]

  • Adam Spence, a Spectrum Plastics Group Co., and Biocoat Inc. have partnered to allow Adam Spence to offer complete reinforced catheter shafts with hydrophilic coatings.

    “Biocoat has deep experience in the application of low-friction hydrophilic coatings for catheters used in the cardiovascular, neurovascular, peripheral vascular, and structural heart markets,” said Steve Maxson, vice president of marketing and sales at Adam Spence, a Spectrum Plastics Group Co., in a news release. “The collaborative partnership will enable Adam Spence to offer Biocoat’s HYDAK hydrophilic coating technology with our braided and coiled catheters and delivery systems.”

    Braid- and coil-reinforced delivery systems will be developed and manufactured at Adam Spence in Wall, NJ, and Biocoat will apply and test its low-friction HYDAK topcoat at its nearby Horsham, PA facility.  The two organizations will work to provide expertise in coated delivery systems from development through full commercialization.

    “Biocoat is excited to be working with Adam Spence and collaborating to provide a seamless solution for delivering hydrophilic coatings for their braided and coiled catheters and delivery systems,” said Jim Moran, president and CEO at Biocoat, in the release.  “Our unique Hyaluronic (HA) hydrophilic coating provides superior lubricity and durability with the benefit of low particulates.”

    Adam Spence will be exhibiting at Medtec China with Spectrum Plastics Group on September 26-28 in Shanghai, China, at Stand #H002.

    Biocoat will be exhibiting at Booth #1941 at MD&M Minneapolis 2018 October 31-November 1.

    [Logo courtesy of ADAM SPENCE, A SPECTRUM PLASTICS GROUP CO.] 

  • SYNEO, a designer and manufacturer of machine and cutting tool products for the medical device and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industries, has been issued a patent from the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China granting the company exclusive rights to the utilization of its two-stage force-measuring system in manual electric press and automatic electric press (Press-fit) machine applications. 

    “This patent is another step in solidifying SYNEO as the leader in Press-fit applications, bringing significantly higher force resolution required for today’s most demanding compliant pin connectors,” said Trent Steckler, SYNEO VP of engineering, in a news release. 

    SYNEO maintains two manufacturing facilities in the United States and has deployed sales and service teams in Europe and Asia. 

    SYNEO will be exhibiting at Booth #1615 at MD&M Minneapolis 2018 October 31-November 1.

    [Logo courtesy of SYNEO]

  • Scapa Healthcare has been granted a European patent for a hydrocolloid adhesive composition featuring coconut oil, which promotes skin moisturization. Scapa’s adhesive composition is fully moldable and can support the topical delivery of active ingredients that may aid in the healing or skin conditioning process, the company reported in a news release.

    “The medical adhesives market continues to evolve and adapt to the latest market needs,” said Michael Muchin, Scapa Healthcare’s VP of product development, in a news release. “At Scapa Healthcare, we strive to remain at the forefront in offering our customers the most innovative compositions for skin-contact applications.”

    Unlike silicone adhesives, the patented hydrocolloid design incorporates a water absorbent to actively absorb and gently transport sweat and moisture away from the skin. Gamma stable, the composition can be used in devices that are gamma sterilized versus silicone adhesives that can only be sterilized with EtO.

    Applications include skin-fixation devices, wound dressings, ostomy fixation devices, and products for second-degree burns, pressure ulcers, and superficial wounds that could benefit from moisture management and skin hydration.

    [Image courtesy of SCAPA HEALTHCARE]

  • Dynamic Automation Inc. announces a precision gear that works with standard machine screws or long-length threaded rods and adapts to rotary or linear motion applications. Design engineers at a medical equipment manufacturer employed the gear to solve one of their toughest mechanical engineering problems, in a minimum available space, Dynamic Automation reported. This gear has been used to drive artificial arms and legs, laser alignment in an oncology department of northwestern hospital, X-rays, infrared cameras, an F16 fighter jet, and many other medical and industrial applications, it was reported.

    The gear is available in a variety of standard sizes and can be made-to-order for custom needs. It is capable of fine adjustment and positive positioning, at a cost considerably less than special order mating worms, the company stated.

    [Image courtesy of DYNAMIC AUTOMATION INC.]

  • Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. has introduced Pak/iQ designed to improve the performance and lower the total cost of deploying smart packaging machines. The platform includes a modular programmable automation controller that combines several automation disciplines into a single, simplified architecture. Pak/iQ is suitable for bottling, pillowing, and wrapping machines to reduce unscheduled downtime and increase production.

    The company described the following benefits of Pak/iQ:

    • Highly integrated automation: controls and robotics coordinate seamlessly.
    • Machine performance: high response, high accuracy and fully synchronized servo motion control maximize productivity.
    • Reduced development time and improved production quality: validated function blocks, sample programs and HMI templates are available for most cut-and-seal applications.
    • Easy setup and reliable tuning: machine learning algorithms allow quick and dynamic optimization of the mechanical system.
    • Secure remote access: allows real-time machine status check and operation from any location.
    • Single software environment: user-friendly experience with fully integrated PLC and motion configuration, programming, and diagnostics.

    “By offering a single solution to end users and OEMs in the packaging industry, we not only provide the latest technology and best-in-breed products, we offer the convenience of a single-source supplier, resulting in better inter-connectivity in the system configuration,” said Elaine Wang, product marketing engineer for servo and motion control, Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc., in a news release. “For example, the vibration suppression capabilities of our servo amplifiers allow for faster production due to reduction in unintentional movement in the mechanical components of the machine.”

    [Image courtesy of MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC AUTOMATION] 

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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