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Supplier Stories for the Week of August 5

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of August 5.

  • 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.”


  • Sotera Health has acquired NJ-based Gibraltar Laboratories, expanding the U.S.- based analytical testing capabilities of Sotera Health’s Nelson Labs business. Gibraltar Laboratories provides microbiology and analytical chemistry testing for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

    “Gibraltar Laboratories is a well-respected laboratory known for its strong customer relationships with U.S.-based pharmaceutical manufacturers,” stated Michael B. Petras Jr., CEO of Sotera Health, in a news release. “In addition to its testing expertise, Gibraltar’s facilities are located in the Northeast pharmaceutical corridor, home to many of the top pharmaceutical manufacturers in the United States. This acquisition will expand our presence in this important region and further strengthen our testing capabilities for the pharmaceutical industry. We welcome Gibraltar’s strong management and expert staff as they join our mission of Safeguarding Global HealthTM.” 

    Added Dr. Daniel L. Prince, president of Gibraltar Laboratories: “Through the commitment of three generations of the Prince family, as well as our experienced staff of microbiology and chemistry professionals, we have earned a reputation as a reliable, responsive and highly professional partner for our customers, and we know we have found the same in Sotera Health. My goal is for Gibraltar to continue to build on its long-standing reputation of excellence and continue to expand its offerings. We accomplish this by becoming part of Sotera Health, a global company whose breadth of services and expansive reach provide extraordinary value to the industries we are proud to serve.” 

    Jeff Nelson, president of Nelson Labs, stated that “Gibraltar’s offerings and the strategic location of its facilities will be a great benefit to our mutual customers, who value working with a trusted partner that can consistently deliver quality, service and expertise. The Gibraltar team is known for these values and also has an excellent reputation for designing specialized studies that help manufacturers prove the safety, efficacy, and regulatory compliance of their products. I am also personally excited to be working directly with Dr. Daniel Prince, who I consider a leading thinker in our field.” 

    Gibraltar’s facilities are FDA registered and ISO 17025 accredited. The acquisition of Gibraltar Laboratories does not include Prince Sterilization Services LLC, but Gibraltar will continue to maintain a partnership with Prince Sterilization Services to provide the testing needed to certify their products. 

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

    [Logo courtesy of SOTERA HEALTH]

  • Oliver Healthcare Packaging is opening a new office in Singapore to support its growing customer base in the Asia Pacific market. This expansion is part of Oliver’s long-term strategic plan to deliver high-quality materials and expertise to medical device and pharmaceutical companies around the world, the company reported in a news release. 

    “This new regional office allows Oliver to build even stronger relationships with our customers in the Asia Pacific market, many who are looking for a global partner with a reputation for packaging excellence,” state Mike Benevento, CEO of Oliver Healthcare Packaging, in the release. “With more than one half of the world’s population located in this region, we are already seeing a demand for higher quality healthcare, with more sophisticated devices. We are proud to offer the expertise and experience to help our customers reliably address the growing demands they are facing, compete in the global marketplace, and penetrate new markets.” 

    Added Dr. Aldin Velic, director of market development, who is heading Oliver’s Singapore office (featured above): “Our goal is to leverage our 40+ years of experience in sterile barrier flexible packaging to help our customers succeed. By utilizing time-tested materials, taking a holistic approach to cost, and designing the packaging systems that support regulatory standards, Oliver can help drive real value in the region.”

    Oliver's team in Singapore, and throughout Asia, has expanded to include local sales, marketing, and technical representatives. Earlier this year, Oliver opened a new manufacturing facility in Suzhou, P.R. China, where 100% of the manufacturing takes places within an ISO-7 certified cleanroom.

    Oliver will be exhibiting at MD&M Minneapolis in Booth #1919 October 31 to November 1.

    [Image courtesy of OLIVER HEALTHCARE PACKAGING] 


  • Acquire Automation’s new Q Series tabletop label printer and reconciliation system (LPRS) is designed to ease label printing, inspection, and accountability by integrating all three activities into one system. 

    “LabelQ is designed with the perfect balance of ease of use, robust inspection, and industry leading technology and support along with the requirements of big pharma and med device in mind," said Brian Mack, Acquire’s vice president of operations, in a news release. "We are excited to see customers improve their quality programs, minimize risk, and improve their bottom line with this great new addition to the Acquire product offering.”

    Compatible with Zebra’s Xi4 and ZT600 series printers, the system includes OCR (optical character recognition) and bar code verification as standard inspections and offers an optional full label print quality inspectionfor in-process verification of variable text, bar code, and print quality. It comes with a standard resolution camera, but offers the option of high-resolution imaging.

    Each thermal label is inspected after printing by the LabelQ vision inspection system for quality of printed text, artwork, and both 1D and 2D bar codes. LabelQ can inspect labels up to 4 x 6 inches in size, and an optional feature would accommodate label sizes to 6 x 9 in. Other options include a thermal ink jet marking device that clearly marks rejected labels to prevent their inadvertent use and Acquire’s pdf artwork import feature for importing directly from a network site.

    [Image courtesy of ACQUIRE AUTOMATION] 

  • US Digital has released the MD3 Programmable Microstepping Motor Driver for driving motors from NEMA size 14 to 42. The MD3 accepts 9-50VDC power inputs and is rated for currents up to 7A continuous duty. The company designs and manufactures motion control products used for speed and position control in a wide variety of industrial applications.

    In addition to digital input controls, the MD3 can be configured and controlled using the open MODBUS RTU protocol over a RS485 bus, the company reported in a news release. A GUI application is supplied that allows many settings to be changed, including the number of microsteps per full step, acceleration/deceleration rates, speed, and current cutback.

    The design supports multiple MD3 units on the same RS485 bus and allows for programmable motion profiles. In addition, the MD3 has a brushed DC motor speed control mode.

    [Image courtesy of US DIGITAL]


  • Panasonic offers a high safety and energy density cell, the CR-AG, for the meter market. Using Manganese-based cathode material to deliver better temperature tolerance, it replaces thionyl chloride as standard battery usage, the company reported in a news release. It is particularly suitable for long-life span uses.

    “We are proud to offer this new solution for the Meter Market,” states Tony Hehn, Director of the Energy Group, in the release. “Their production is a testimony to our ongoing dedication to supplying customers the highest quality and broadest line of battery technologies.”

    CR-AG features include: 

    •High current pulse discharge capability

    •Superior long- term reliability (Up to 10 years)

    •High safety and energy density

    Panasonic‘s product line includes lithium-ion, lithium coin, lithium primary cylindrical, nickel metal hydride, valve regulated lead acid, alkaline batteries, and battery chargers. 

    [Image courtesy of PANASONIC]

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