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Supplier Stories for the Week of December 16

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of December 16.

  • 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.”


  • Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business, is expanding its Cellene thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds for healthcare and other applications. Twelve grades are being added to the previously available 28 TPE formulations.

    “Changes in regulations and market conditions are prompting medical device manufacturers to look for solutions via other materials," said Heath Schmid, director of business development, Colorite, in a news release. "The Cellene TPE compound line is ideal for medical device manufacturers and others looking for alternatives to PVC, phthalate-plasticized compounds and various rubber materials. The line expansion will assist in reducing the development cycle and provide manufacturers with greater options to obtain the durometer rating required for their applications.”

    Cellene TPE compounds are available in four series: 1000 (extrusion grades for IV therapy with high clarity, improved bonding and kink resistance); 2000 (injection molding and extrusion grades targeting cost-driven IV therapy solutions; 3000 (injection molding and extrusion grades for general purpose healthcare, foodservice, caps, liners, gaskets/seals, syringe stoppers, profiles); and 4000 (injection molded grades for high-clarity applications such as drip chambers.)

    The compounds are formulated to be free of silicone, latex, phthalate, halogen, and PVC using FDA-compliant raw materials to meet USP Class VI and ISO 10993 standards.

    Visit Colorite at Booth #1832 at MD&M West 2019 February 5-7 in Anaheim.

    [Image courtesy of COLORITE, A TEKNI-PLEX BUSINESS]

  • OK Sealer has added The Supersealer SB20 Medical to its line of pouch sealers. This unit has been designed to bring more automation to the bar sealer user without requiring a large amount of floorspace. The SB20 monitors all parameters, such as heat, speed, and pressure, and it has external ports for easy calibration. Its touchscreen can accommodate up to 64 recipies. An optional coder is available for UDI codes.

    OK Sealer will be at Booth #1955 at MD&M West 2019 Feb 5-7.

    [Image courtesy of OK SEALER]

  • B&R offers mapp Temperature for temperature control and monitoring in extrusion. Using powerful control algorithms, mapp Temperature allows users to define zones and groups for temperature control. The company defines a zone as a unit consisting of an actuator, a temperature process, and a sensor for measuring the temperature. Multiple zones can be combined into a physical group and controlled and optimized together, giving users maximum flexibility and scalability to meet any temperature control requirement. 

    mapp Temperature also offers a multi-stage autotuning process, allowing users to define several operating points and optimize them individually. The integrated simulation capability enables simple virtual commissioning without any hardware. This option makes it possible to test the application's logic, error handling, and HMI system in advance to significantly accelerate on-site commissioning, the company reported.

    The system monitors the current of the heating elements, making it is possible to react to a fault at an early stage without stopping the entire process. 

    B&R will be exhibiting at Booth #4701 at ATX West 2019 in Anaheim, Feb. 5-7.

    [Image courtesy of B&R]

  • Dunn Industries, a Tekni-Plex business, will showcase its acetal Catheter Core mandrel technology used to manufacture minimally invasive catheter shafts at MD&M West 2019.  The cores can be used to retain critical lumen tolerances during extrusion, braiding, coiling, and jacketing processes. Low-friction material properties and ultra-smooth surfaces allow these cores to be easily removed after catheter shaft assembly, the company reported. They are available in diameters ranging from 0.020 to 0.250 in. with tolerances as low as +/- 0.0005 in.

    Dunn uses a proprietary process to precision extrude a solid acetal rod supplied on continuous spools for ease-of-use during catheter processing operations. The cores maintain critical inside wall dimensions during initial extrusion of the inner polymer layer.

    The company also makes custom medical tubing for diagnostic and interventional devices from a wide range of thermoplastics, including polyether block amides (PEBAs), thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs), thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), polyamides, polyolefins, and much more. Tubes are available with diameters as small as 0.008 inches (outer diameter) x 0.004-inches (inner diameter), and diameters as large as 0.480 in. Configurations include single and multi-lumen, coextruded layers and stripes, and longitudinal wire or fiber reinforced.

    Visit Dunn Industries at Booth #2033 at MD&M West 2019 Feb 5-7.


  • Vision Engineering has announced that it is doubling the manufacturer’s warranty from 12 months to 24 months for all new Mantis eyepiece-less stereo microscopes. Purchases from December 1, 2018, are covered by the new 2-year manufacturer’s global warranty. The Mantis range includes Mantis Compact, Mantis Elite, and Mantis Elite-cam. Launched in 1994, Mantis has since undergone numerous innovations in appearance, capability, and applicability.

    “We are delighted to announce the extension of our manufacturer’s warranty on Mantis systems," said Mark Curtis, managing director of Vision Engineering, in a news release. "It is a significant declaration of our confidence in the quality of our product and our commitment to remaining at the forefront of inspection technology quality.”

    Vision Engineering will be at Booth #2841 at at MD&M West 2019 Feb 5-7.

    [Image courtesy of VISION ENGINEERING]

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