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Supplier Stories for the Week of February 11

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of February 11.

  • 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.”

    [Image courtesy of STUART MILES/FREEDIGITALPHOTOS.NET]

  • FLEXcon offers the dermaFLEX product line with biocompatible adhesives that are ISO 10993 certified for safe skin contact. According to the company, potential applications include electrodes, surgical drapes, medical tapes, medical dressings, and diagnostic components. 

    The dermaFLEX line includes acrylic adhesives and a new silicone adhesive. This new product, a skin-contact gel adhesive, can be used for extremely sensitive skin and repeat applications. Biocompatibility letters are available upon request by FLEXcon’s customer.

    [Image courtesy of FLEXCON]

  • Spectralytics, a Cretex Medical co., is opening  a product development center in Maple Plain, MN. The new facility, team, and equipment is intended to help customers develop concepts, validate designs, design for manufacturability, and build quick-turn biocompatible metal and polymer prototypes, the company reported in a news release.

    “Proving a medical device design quickly is critical to speed to market. Design validation and quick-turn prototypes are the best way to do that and are key to enhancing your competitive edge,” stated Jim Bartel, Spectralytics president, in the release. “With additional equipment and laser technicians, we’ll be able to accommodate two- to five-day lead times for prototypes, depending on the project and material.”

    The new 15,000-sq-ft facility will include:

    • Laser cutting, welding, and ablation machines at multiple wavelengths and speeds.
    • Laser machined components in tube, sheet, wire, sub-component, and other raw stock shapes.
    • Capacity to scale into commercial, high-volume production.
    • 100+ stocked materials, including metals, polymers, and composites under one roof.
    • Class 10,000 cleanroom.
    • Post-processing services, including marking, annealing, chemical cleaning, passivation, texturing, electropolishing, assembly, heat shrinking, and more.
    • Inspection capabilities.

    [Image courtesy of SPECTRALYTICS]

  • Gowanda Electronics has expanded its SML32S series with wirewound, shielded, molded RF surface mount inductors in the “1210” style. This expansion increases the number of individual parts in the series by more than 20% and broadens the inductance range by adding values from 120 µH to 470 µH, the company reported in a news release.

    Used for radio-frequency applications in commercial, medical, and military markets, these shielded inductors are suitable for projects in which the close proximity of circuit board components requires the inductor to be shielded to minimize interactions and ensure performance of the overall system. 

    The performance range provided by the expanded SML32S series includes inductance from 0.1 µH to 470 µH, DCR ohms max from 0.15 to 25 and current rating mA DC from 91 to 1175, the company reported. The SML32S series is the magnetically shielded version of Gowanda’s SML32 series.

    [Image courtesy of GOWANDA ELECTRONICS]

  • Sanner GmbH is working to incorporate Amiko's sensor technology into custom add-on or integrated device solutions for drug delivery. “Sanner has profound experience in moisture protection solutions and custom-made primary plastic packaging, as well as in design for manufacturing and industrialization of drug delivery systems,” stated Dirk Mähr, managing director of Sanner GmbH, in a news release. “Together with Amiko’s digital Respiro Platform and unique sensor technology, we will transform our synergies into smart solutions for true medication adherence in respiratory care.” 

    Recently awarded the CE mark for use with certain inhaler systems, Amiko’s Respiro platform allows real-time monitoring of medication use through Respiro Sense sensors attached to dry powder inhalers. “Our digital health tools assist healthcare professionals and empower patients to achieve better respiratory treatment results,” stated Duilio Macchi, CEO and co-founder of Amiko. 

    [Image courtesy of SANNER]

     

  • Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. has introduced PropaPeel STM, a steam sterilizable composite developed to seal and peel from uncoated Tyvek without fiber-tear. The multiple-layer, heat-stable composite of polyester and polypropylene copolymers maintains durability and peelability after the heat cycle. 

    The company reports that it has been difficult historically to source a film that peels cleanly from Tyvek and resists sticking to products after sterilization. PropaPeel STM was engineered to address these issues. First, modifying and controlling the surface roughness and tension of the sealant layer while maintaining clarity avoids sticking of the product to the film. Second, the crystallinity and modulus of the sealant were designed to complement Tyvek, minimizing the stress on the non-woven fibers when peeled, the company reported.

    Dwane Hahn, vice president of sales and marketing, believes that PropaPeel STM could restart the conversation about using steam sterilization. “Validation has commenced for several medical device applications,” Hahn stated in a news release.

    [Image courtesy of ROLLPRINT PACKAGING PRODUCTS 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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