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Supplier Stories for the Week of August 26

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of August 26.

  • 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.”


  • Tech-Etch offers complete prototype-to-production facilities for etching extremely intricate parts from polyimide film. For instance, it can laminate polyimide for insulation and spacing. Polyimide can be die-cut and directly bonded in place or full sheet laminated and then photo etched for extremely accurate positioning, the company reported in a news release. Parts can be formed after lamination of insulation. Tech-Etch also photo etches polyimide film into flat parts including non-conductive washers, screens, gaskets, insulation layers and liners, as well as haptics for intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery.

    For flexible circuits, the coverlay is the insulating layer of polyimide placed over the exposed conductors. It is typically constructed of a pre-cut piece of polyimide film laminated over the conductors using either acrylic or epoxy adhesive. Polyimide’s material characteristics exhibit excellent physical, chemical, and electrical properties over a wide temperature range, the company reported. 

    Tech-Etch will be exhibiting at Booth #1437 at MD&M Minneapolis October 31-November 1.

    [Image courtesy of TECH-ETCH]

  • Nelson Laboratories, a business unit of Sotera Health LLC, is launching a completely redesigned website that includes improved navigation, enhanced search capabilities, and what the company calls "an overall more-engaging customer experience." Clients are now able to order testing as well as complete and submit sample submission forms online. The new site navigation enables customers to search for a test by name, customer industry, or testing category.

    The new site covers the global services offered at Nelson Labs 11 global lab facilities, including the services offered by Nelson Labs NV based in Leuven, Belgium. The site also showcases Nelson Labs’s global expert advisory services and other educational events and resources.

    “We created a new Nelson Labs website with our clients in mind,” stated Jeffery R. Nelson, president of Nelson Labs, in a news release. “We listened closely, reviewed user behaviors, and incorporated the functionality and solutions that customers desired. We always strive to put our clients at the center of everything we do, and I’m confident that this new website will make exploring our services and testing with us an even better experience. 

    “With the newly designed website, we wanted to meet the needs of our global customer base by providing more intuitive navigation to our testing services while highlighting the educational and scientific resources we provide to the MedTech and Pharmaceutical industry,” continued Nelson. “The design of the website improves the user experience and the ease of doing business with Nelson Labs. The website has also been moved to an all new platform that will allow the site to be localized for global customers in the near future.” 

    Nelson Labs will be exhibiting at Booth #2128 at MD&M Minneapolis October 31-November 1.

    [Logo courtesy of NELSON LABORATORIES]

  • ALIO Industries has just received a U.S. patent on the next-generation Hybrid Hexapod technology. Hexapods are devices in which six links or actuators (which extend and retract) join a stationary bottom plate with a top plate that performs coordinated motion in 6 Degree of Freedom (6-DOF). A sample, fixture, sensor, or any device can be mounted on the top plate and can be manipulated to be in any location and orientation in the available range of travel.

    ALIO’s Hybrid Hexapod takes a different approach to traditional 6-DOF positioning devices and exhibits higher performance at competitive prices, the company reported in a news release. Rather than 6 independent legs (and 12 connection joints), ALIO’s approach combines a precision XY monolithic stage, tripod, and continuous rotation theta-Z axis.

    "With the exponential demand across industry for sub-micron levels of miniaturization and the requirements for process applications motion systems that move from micro to nano levels of precision, traditional hexapods cannot achieve the desired results," the company stated in a news release. "This is due to performance limitations inherent in traditional hexapod designs that require the accurate coordination of the movement of all six axes to accomplish a motion profile, even if the requirement is only for a simple single-axis motion. In addition, despite the fact that the general perception is that hexapods exhibit good stiffness compared to serial stacked multi-axis systems, this is really only in the vertical “z” axis, with weaknesses in the “xy” plane."

    ALIO’s Hybrid Hexapod has less than 100 nm 3-D 6-axis point precision repeatability, suiting it for applications in the laser processing, optical inspection, photonics, semiconductor, metrology, and medical device sectors, and micro-machining projects.

    [Image courtesy of ALIO INDUSTRIES]


  • QuickPouch announces its second-generation QuickPouch Vertical ACS, a stand-alone model specifically designed for medical device, pharmaceutical, IVD, and healthcare companies requiring high-integrity, high-quality packaging in a compact, validatable, automated machine. The on-demand form-fill-seal system employs a pair of heated dies to form pouches from rollstock. It uses integrated sensors, Allen Bradley PLC, and a color touchscreen HMI to monitor vital machine parameters such as heat sealing temperature, pressure, and duration, along with printer status, pouch length, and more. If any parameter falls out of pre-set ranges, an alarm is triggered and displayed on the operator display, preventing the machine from making pouches until settings have been restored and the alarm has been cleared.

    The Vertical ACS can be integrated into UDI track and trace systems as well as upstream and downstream automation, the company reported in a news release.

    Additional features include standard external validation ports, separate pneumatic and electrical control panels, a single exhaust output port, QuickChange hot swappable dies, leveling casters, PLC ethernet connectivity, integrated status light, low maintenance sealed web brakes, and more.

    QuickPouch will be exhibiting at Booth #630 at MD&M Minneapolis October 31-November 1.

    [Logo courtesy of QUICKPOUCH]

  • Bear Power Supplies has designed a CF-rated medical power supply for surgical instruments and other medical applications. The rugged 9-Watt AC/DC converter is sealed and encapsulated to withstand wash down and rigorous drop testing. Designed to meets UL60601-1 and UL60601-2 standards for medical equipment, this compact power supply has less than 10 µA leakage current and measures less than 4 cubic inches. It has 120 VAC input and +9.1 VDC output. Other voltages are available on request.

    BEAR Power Supplies designs, manufactures, and sells power supplies for commercial, industrial, and medical equipment. Products include rugged, encapsulated AC/DC and DC/DC power converters and full-custom power supplies. Capabilities range from fast-turn prototypes to high volume production.  

    {Image courtesy of BEAR POWER SUPPLIES , A UNIT OF Z-AXIS INC.]

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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