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Supplier Stories for the Week of December 3

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of December 3.

  • 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.”


  • The Optima MDC300 Advanced machine can produce island wound dressings and non-border wound dressings in different sizes. After manufacturing, the dressings are packaged into four-side-seal pouches. These pouches are collated and packaged into cartons. The automated lines measure about 30 meter long lines and can operate at a web speed of up to 50 m/s, Optima reports. 


    All unwinding processes are built with redundancy in mind and are fitted with automatic splicing devices. Any elements that could be in danger of running empty or could reach capacity limits are also provided as redundant units, Optima reports, addding that in such situations the machine automatically switches to “Reserve” without stopping the machine.


    [Image courtesy OPTIMA]

  • Foster Corp. is now the exclusive distributor of Resirene CET styrene methyl methacrylate (SMMA) copolymers for the United States and Canadian medical markets, and the company will also offer custom compounds based on SMMA copolymers, including custom colors and impact-modified grades.

    Resirene’s CET SMMA offers ease of processing,  a high degree of chemical resistance, crack resistance, and temperature performance not available with styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) or polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Foster reports. Applications for CET SMMA copolymers include intravenous (IV) connectors and luers, dialysis filter housings, surgical kits and trays, and labware.

    “Our customers are always looking for transparent material options that can help them to meet performance requirements and regulatory approvals,” said Larry Johnson, Executive Vice President for Foster Corp., in a press release. “Resirene CET SMMA copolymers contain no bisphenol A (BPA), which makes it an excellent alternative to BPA-based polycarbonates used in medical devices.”

    [Image courtesy of FOSTER CORP.]

  • ABB is sharing details of its newest collaborative robot with a single arm, which will officially launch in 2018.

    Like its small-parts-assembly robot called YuMi, the new compact robot has a payload of 500 grams and can be integrated into existing assembly lines. It features lead-through programming, eliminating the need for specialized training for operators.

    “The success of YuMi has exceeded expectations; it was originally designed for small-parts assembly, but it has turned out to be exceptionally versatile – it can solve a Rubik’s Cube, make sushi, wrap gifts and conduct an orchestra. Based on YuMi’s enormous success, we fully expect our new single-arm robot to be equally well-received, especially since it was developed at the request of customers,” said Sami Atiya, President of ABB’s Robotics and Motion division, in a news release.

    Per Vegard Nerseth, Managing Director, ABB Robotics, added: “The newest robot is a much anticipated addition to the ‘factory of the future,’ enabling our customers to grow and thrive in the age of mass customization. Combining this robot with our ABB Ability digital solutions will allow our customers to take efficiency and reliability in their factories to the next level.”

    [Image courtesy of ABB ROBOTICS]

  • Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security, a provider of industrial cyber security technologies, has released a new study showing industrial companies are not moving quickly to adopt cyber security measures to protect their data and operations. "Putting Industrial Cyber Security at the Top of the CEO Agenda" was conducted by LNS Research and sponsored by Honeywell.  

    Among the findings shared in a press release were:

    • More than half of respondents reported working in an industrial facility that already has had a cyber security breach.
    • 45% of the responding companies still do not have an accountable enterprise leader for cyber security.
    • Only 37% are monitoring for suspicious behavior.

    “Decision makers are more aware of threats and some progress has been made to address them, but this report reinforces that cyber security fundamentals haven’t been adopted by a significant portion of the industrial community,” stated Jeff Zindel, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security, in the release. “In order to take advantage of the tremendous benefits of industrial digital transformation and IIoT, companies must improve their cyber security defenses and adapt to the heightened threat landscape now.”

    Honeywell alos shared the study's suggestions: 

    • Making industrial cyber security part of digital transformation strategies.
    • Driving best practice adoption across people, processes, and technology, from access controls to risk monitoring, and tap external cyber expertise to fill gaps.
    • Focusing on empowering leaders and building an organizational structure that breaks down the silos between IT and OT.

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    [Image courtesy of Honeywell]

  • FocalSpec's new 3D imaging and metrology system UULA can be used in at-line quality control and in laboratories. The company reports that it can be used to measure 3-D topography and dimensions in medical device manufacturing and to study seal integrity of medical packages. For instance, It can be used to inspect a variety of medical devices and components where the parts must be designed on a micron scale, such as chips used in microfluidic analysis and biosensors. 


    “We are very proud of the product, as it allows us to answer our clients demands even better. UULA is the embodiment of our development so far, and it opens up opportunities for us to act even in the most cutting edge and fast-growing industry sectors,” states Sauli Törmälä, CEO, FocalSpec, in a news release.


    [Image courtesy FOCALSPEC]

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