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Supplier Stories for the Week of February 23

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of February 23.

  • MTD Micro Molding

    MTD Micro Molding has announced that its late president, Dennis Tully, is one of six posthumous inductees into the Plastics Hall of Fame. Tully will be inducted at the March 24 ceremony during the Spring National Board Meeting of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) in Washington D.C.

    The Plastics Academy inducts individuals into the Plastics Hall of Fame every three years, and inductees are elected by the living members of the Hall of Fame after a lengthy screening process. “These new posthumous inductees proudly represent the length and breadth of our great industry, with a wealth of accomplishments in polymer science, engineering, manufacturing, equipment design, and business management," explained Jay Gardiner, president of the Plastics Academy, in a news release.

    A UMass Lowell graduate of the plastics engineering program, Tully joined his father's company, Miniature Tool & Die Inc in 1989. Two decades later, he bought the business and rebranded it as MTD Micro Molding in 2010, repositioning it exclusively for the medical device market. He made numerous investments in innovation and R&D, including state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities for producing micro medical breakthroughs. He also built the capacity to have the entire molding process, from tooling to packaging, performed in-house to optimize manufacturing for validated production. The company is recognized for its exclusive focus on bioabsorbable and drug delivery medical micro molding and can manufacture specialized medical components a fraction of the size of a sesame seed.

    Under Tully, MTD Micro Molding more than doubled its workforce, became one of the nation's fastest growing companies, and won numerous awards, it was reported. He grew the company from a $1.9 million business in 2008 to $8.8 million in 2019, an increase of 442% over a 10.5-year period, according to the release.

    [Image courtesy of MTD MICRO MOLDING]

    MTD Micro Molding
  • Evonik

    Evonik has developed what it calls the world’s first bioresorbable polymer in powder form suitable for the high-resolution printing of implantable medical devices on selective laser sintering (SLS) equipment.

    RESOMER PrintPowder is a free-flowing powder with tight specifications and an optimized particle size distribution for efficient processability, the company reported in a news release. “The free-flowing processability of RESOMER PrintPowder will, for the first time, allow medical device companies to utilize SLS 3D printing technologies to create complex bioresorbable implants with precisely tailored mechanical properties,” stated Dr. Jean-Luc Herbeaux, SVP and general manager of the healthcare business line, in the news release. “With the launch of RESOMER PrintPowder, Evonik becomes the first commercial GMP supplier of bioresorbable polymers with a complete portfolio of powders, filaments, and granules suitable for use with all core 3D printing technologies.”

    Mechanical properties and degradation characteristics of devices made from RESOMER PrintPowder can be engineered to meet key requirements such as strength, durability, and the prevention of stress shielding. Potential applications include craniomaxillofacial (CMF) plates, spinal fusion cages, scaffolds for soft tissue repair, and dental mesh.

    Evonik can also support customers by 3D printing feasibility samples on its own SLS equipment and provide other associated testing, analysis, characterization and regulatory services.

    [Image courtesy of EVONIK INDUSTRIES] 

  • NewTek Sensor Solutions

    NewTek Sensor Solutions has introduced an extended family of Spring-Loaded LVDTs for accurate and repeatable dimensional gaging of components as part of manufacturing quality assurance systems.

    Available in AC- and DC-operated versions, these sensors are used in R&D labs for quality testing, printing operations for roller alignment, and automated production lines for dimensional gaging of parts in go/no go inspection. Data collected by NewTek gaging probes are used for online quality control and post-process statistical analysis.

    The sensors featurw a stainless-steel, spring-loaded probe assembly and welded ¾-inch diameter hermetically-sealed housing. Available in ranges from ±0.050 in. (1.27mm) to ±2 in. (50.8mm), they offer near-infinite resolution and excellent repeatability.

    The gage heads operate at linearity of ±0.15% over wide operating temperature ranges of -65◦F (-54◦C) to 275◦F (135◦C). Customized versions of NewTek Spring-Loaded LVDTs operate in higher temperatures up to 400°F (204°C) and environments with radiation up to 30MRad. A high-precision gaging probe, available in 0.315 in. (8 mm) and 0.375 in. (9.5 mm) diameters, offers extremely reliable performance in measurement ranges from ±0.040 in. (±1.0 mm) to ±0.200 in. (±5 mm).

    [Image courtesy of NEWTEK SENSOR SOLUTIONS] 

    NewTek Sensor Solutions
  • Imprivata

    Imprivata has been named to the Constellation ShortList for Healthcare Medical Device Security in Q1 2020. Imprivata offers identity, authentication, and access management solutions, and the Imprivata Medical Device Access is part of a comprehensive identity and multifactor authentication platform for fast, secure authentication workflows across the healthcare enterprise.

    “Smart medical devices within the IoMT have allowed clinicians to become more efficient and mobile with patient care, but have also opened the door to increased risk and new potential points of exposure for healthcare IT infrastructures,” explained Wes Wright, Chief Technology Officer at Imprivata, in a news release. “As concerns over the security of medical devices mount, we’re thrilled to be recognized as a vendor who can alleviate these concerns by helping to ensure the safety of patient data.”

    Added R “Ray” Wang, chairman and founder at Constellation Research: “Customers often face excessive marketing hype during vendor selection. The Constellation ShortList portfolio identifies the top vendors to consider based on technology investment, use cases, strategic vision, customer value, executive leadership, and price. Combined with a time bound, accelerated vendor selection engagement, we have guided clients in successful selections and contract negotiations of disruptive technologies. The vendors on this list represent the best of the best.”

    The Constellation ShortList recognizes vendors that help healthcare providers improve patient safety, with an emphasis on IT security.

    [Logo courtesy of IMPRIVATA]

  • AZCO Corp.

    AZCO Corp. has specially designed and manufactured a pouch dispenser for controlled environments. The specific application required dispensing desiccant into bottles at a line speed of 80-90 bottles per minutes. 

    A roll of the desiccant material is placed on a motorized unwind that controls tension on the web and helps to ensure high accuracy and consistency, the company explained in a news release. The material is then guided onto cantilever dual servo drive belts and self-feeds to the proper starting position. An optic system built into the knife cartridge tracks a position on the material. Once the material is indexed to the proper location, the knife assembly is triggered, making a cut. The desiccant pouch is dispensed into bottles below, which are guided by a timing screw on an adjustable speed conveyor.

    An adjustable motorized equipment stand is included for easy mobility of the unit. A full Lexan enclosure separates the pouch from the outside environment. The unit is PLC controlled. An operator touch panel features a touch screen for easy setup and operation. The unit requires 110 VAC power and compressed air.

    AZCO Corp. designs and manufactures modules and units used to feed, cut, and place products. The company's concept is based on a building block model. Standard modules and units can be purchased alone or in combination to build a solution that meets your unique needs. Standard units are in stock and can be customized to fit specific requirements.

    [Image courtesy of AZCO CORP.]

    AZCO Corp.
  • Teleflex Medical OEM

    Teleflex Medical OEM has announced the acquisition of IWG High Performance Conductors Inc. (HPC), which includes HPC Medical Products. Together, the businesses will provide custom-engineered medical devices and wire components for a variety of applications, including but not limited to electrophysiology, drug and stent delivery, and neurovascular interventions. 

    In a letter to customers, Gregory A. Stotts, vice president and general manager of Teleflex Medical OEM, explained there would be no impact to current product development and manufacturing processes or to the delivery of products. And until further notice, all correspondence related to purchasing and payment activities would remain the same.  

    "We are excited about what is possible as we build on the success of both businesses and bring together our talented teams and impressive portfolios of in-house, vertically integrated capabilities," wrote Stotts.

    [Logo courtesy of TELEFLEX MEDICAL OEM]


    Teleflex Medical OEM
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