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Supplier Stories for the Week of August 4

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of August 4.

  • Biomerics, a contract manufacturer for the interventional medical device market, has announced a merger with Northeast Laser & Electropolish (NLE), a provider of contract manufacturing, laser processing, machining, and metal finishing services. The merger will create a metals division of Biomerics, called Biomerics NLE, to provide full-service metal processing to the interventional and surgical medical device markets.

    “This merger is the next step in our vision to become a vertically integrated leader in the attractive minimally invasive interventional and surgical medical device market,” stated Travis Sessions, CEO, in a news release. “We welcome NLE employees to the Biomerics family and look forward to the new capabilities we can offer customers.” Biomerics's  manufacturing capabilities include materials, extrusion, injection molding, balloon manufacturing, braiding, metal processing, and device assembly. 

    NLE has more than 25 years of experience in the medical device industry and has been committed to providing outstanding quality, excellent customer service, and a superior work environment, it was stated in the news release. “It is that commitment to customer service and our employees that have been at the core of this company,” expressed Rich Rosselli, president, East Operations. “We will stay focused on bringing that high level of service and employee commitment into this partnership. We are excited about what the future holds and are confident the partnership will advance our growth strategy while providing additional services for our customers.” 

    Biomerics will merge its Advanced Laser processing operations located in Brooklyn Park, MN, into the newly formed Biomerics NLE division with plans to expand services and capabilities. “Biomerics NLE will be the ‘Center of Excellence’ for Biomerics metals operations,” added Dave Liebl, president of Biomerics Advanced Laser. “The addition of NLE capabilities to the Biomerics Group fills an unmet need for our customers. We are committed to growing this division geographically as well as adding additional metal processing capabilities including CNC machining, Swiss machining, grinding, wire processing, and secondary metal finishing.” 

    [Logo courtesy of BIOMERICS]

  • Fox River Associates LLC has launched an interactive product selection tool for potential and existing customers to use to find a release liner for their projects. 

    According to the company's Web site, the company offers solutions for electrode, ostomy, transdermal patch, wearable devices, wound care, and securement-to-skin applications.

    [Image courtesy of FOX RIVER ASSOCIATES LLC]

  • Qosina offers open-bore syringes suited for applications involving viscous substances. These syringes have a larger inner diameter and higher flow rate compared with traditional male luer syringes, and they’re easy to handle as minimal force is required to dispense, the company reported in a news release. These syringes may offer less clogging and buildup than with conventional fluid delivery systems.

    Each open-bore syringe offers distinct dosing and dispensing options. Features include ring and wing grips, removable tip caps, dispensing volumes up to 20 ml, vented plungers, internal tip threads, palm pads, and versions with or without graduations.

    Qosina is ISO 13485, ISO 9001, ISO 22301 and ISO 14001 certified and operates in a 95,000 square-foot facility with an ISO Class 8 Clean Room.

    [Image courtesy of QOSINA]

  • To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Bunting Magnetics Co. is unifying all of its divisions under the single brand name, “Bunting.” The company provides magnets, magnetic assemblies, and magnetic equipment, including custom magnets used in medical device manufacturing.

    Having acquired several different companies over the years since its beginnings in 1959, Bunting Magnetics Co. has grown from a small company in Chicago to a global one with multiple locations in the United States as well as abroad. The acquired companies had retained their original names and were designated as being “A Bunting Magnetics Company.” Now each division will be described as Bunting—Newton, Bunting—Redditch, and so on.

    [Image courtesy of BUNTING]

  • Sarcon GR-Ae is thermal-interface material with gel-like consistency that can be die cut to fit almost any shape electronic component. This gap filler pad is available in multiple thicknesses ranging from 0.5 mm to 5.0 mm and can be ordered in full sheets up to 200 mm x 300 mm, reported Fujipoly America Corp. According to a spokesperson, it can be used in medical device design and development but cannot be used on the human body for medical treatment.

    When sandwiched between heat-generating components and a heatsink, the soft Sarcon GR-Ae material fills air gaps that reduce the cooling performance of the heatsink. Once installed, this TIM delivers a thermal conductivity of 1.3 W/m•K with a thermal resistance as low as .50 °C•in2/W.

    [Image courtesy of FUJIPOLY AMERICA CORP.]

  • Europlasma, a provider of low-pressure plasma technology, has named Jody Paulus Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Paulus previously ran Europlasma’s business development operations.

    “As Europlasma has been quickly advancing nanocoating technologies the past decade, the company needed a leader who not only knows the company, but the industry like no other,” said Rex Whitehead, president of Global Zendustry, and Europlasma’s North America business development agent, in a news release. “Jody possesses both of these qualities as well as the earned respect among company officials, which makes him the ideal choice to lead Europlasma for years to come.”

    Stated Paulus: “Europlasma possesses world leading technology, a strong technical knowledge, and a long and successful history in the plasma industry. There are many new and growing opportunities across many different markets. I am honored to be named Europlasma’s CEO and help meet these challenges and grow the company to new heights.”

    Europlasma’s nanocoating solutions are marketed under the “Nanofics” brand name. In electronics, Nanofics technology is used to corrosion-protect or splash-proof handheld devices and wearable electronics. Nanofics oil-repellent nanocoatings can improve the efficiency of filter media for HVAC and respirator masks.

    [Image courtesy of EUROPLASMA]

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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