Supplier Stories for the Week of February 24

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of February 24.

  • GenX Medical has been awarded an ISO 13485:2016 Management System certificate by SRI Quality System Registrar for manufacturing medical-grade extrusions intended for use in medical components. GenX Medical specializes in micro-bore tubing, bioresorbable extrusions, multi-lumen tubing, and other extrusions.

    "We are pleased to acknowledge that GenX Medical LLC has demonstrated effective implementation of a management system," stated Edward L. Maschmeier, SRI's associate vice president, certification, in a news release issued by GenX Medical. "ISO 13485:2016 certification provides evidence to customers, suppliers, employees, and their community of their commitment to producing a quality product (service) and providing customer satisfaction.”

    GenX Medical can ship custom tubing within only 5-7 business days, and it designs and manufactures its own tooling dedicated to a client’s application, ensuring that the physical properties are customizable, repeatable, and predictable between various lots, the company reported in the release. “We truly believe that great business is done by building great relationships with our customers, our suppliers, and our employees, “ stated Tyler Ware, president, in the release. “Those core values contribute to the significant growth we have seen over the last few years.”

    The company had moved to a larger facility at in Chattanooga, TN, in August 2018. Equipped with a controlled white room, the location has electrical utilities and additional space for future expansion.

    [Image courtesy of GENX MEDICAL]

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  • Contract manufacturer MedBio LLC, a specialist in cleanroom injection molding of plastic components for the medical and biotechnology industries, has acquired AIM Plastics Inc., a medical device component manufacturer offering full-service injection molding and in-house tooling capabilities. Medbio is a portfolio company of Graham Partners, a private investment targeting industrial technology and advanced manufacturing companies.

     "AIM is a truly transformative add-on acquisition for Medbio," said Joe Heinmiller, managing principal at Graham Partners, in a news release. "We are looking forward to combining these two industry-leading businesses into a larger, more diversified medical device outsourced manufacturer with additional capabilities."

    Added Steven Graham, CEO of Graham Partners: "Graham is excited to increase our exposure in this attractive industry niche and leverage our resources in the industry to continue Medbio's strong growth trajectory."

    Medbio is an ISO 13485:2016-certified medical contract manufacturer providing cleanroom injection molding, assembly, and packaging. It currently serves orthopedic, cardiovascular, ophthalmology, neurology, and biotechnology OEMs and has been honored as an Edward Lowe “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch.” The acquisition of AIM adds complementary capabilities to the Medbio platform and provides additional manufacturing capacity needed to support the growth of the combined business.

    [Image courtesy of MEDBIO]

    Editor's Note: If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in future weekly roundups, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

  • JP Kummer has launched three new lines of precision dispensers suitable for medical technology, in the United Kingdom and Europe. Dispensers fromTAEHA, NSW Corp., and Poly Dispensing Systems (PDS) can all be used with robots. 

    "We are proud to be able to offer three types of dispensers for UK and European industry use," stated Rex Sandbach, director of JP Kummer, in a news release. "The unrivalled controllability of the volume of dispensing and their dosing accuracy set them apart from current dispensers used in the medical technology industry."

    The company shared the following features and benefits of each:

    • TAEHA offers a range of Pro-Pump dispensers operating on the endless screw principle. They can dispense volumes of 0.5 microlitres with repeat accuracy >99% regardless of material density or viscosity. Versions in PEEK and ceramics are available for the food, medical, and pharma industries.
    • NSW provides fully automated dispensing systems with smallest dispense volume of 5 picolitres. NSW dispensers can be used in semiconductor manufacturing, BGAs, MEMs, LED potting, conformal coating, underfill, and glob-top operations.
    • PDS offers the PreciFluid dispenser range that does not require an air supply. Syringe size is 3-30 cc and smallest dispense is 60 Nanolitres. PreciFluid offers a reproducibility rate of up to 99%. 

    [Image courtesy of JP KUMMER]

    Editor's Note: If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in future weekly roundups, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

  • High-Tech Digital Inc., a Matrox Imaging distributor, demonstrated guided welding of metal mesh used for blood vessel stents at MD&M West 2019. 

    According to a news release from Matrox, High-Tech Digital's demonstration explored the process's typical challenges: "Because of the highly reflective nature of the metal, reflective 'hot spots' caused by illumination can create erroneous positioning and thus impact production."

    Matrox Image Library (MIL) software tools can help with such challenges, Matrox stated in a news release. "The Color Projection tool converts the color image of the metal mesh to monochrome, to combat the illumination issues that cause such hot spots. Pattern recognition was used to precisely locate the welding points for laser position feedback; specifically Geometric Model Finder (GMF) to identify the position and orientation of the mesh peaks."

    MIL software tools can be used for machine vision, image analysis, and medical imaging applications. The MIL library features tools for every step in the process, from application feasibility to prototyping, through to development and ultimately deployment, it was reported in the release. 

    The demo also included a Matrox Rapixo CXP frame grabber paired with a CXP camera, namely, CP70-16-M/C-148 from Optronis, for acquiring 16 MP images at 300 fps. The Matrox Rapixo CXP’s four channels acquires those images at a rate of 50 Gbps, ensuring the high-resolution, high-speed image capture integral for the system’s performance, it was reported.

    [Logo courtesy of MATROX IMAGING]

    Editor's Note: If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in future weekly roundups, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

  • Invibio Biomaterial Solutions is releasing its JUVORA dental disc made from PEEK-OPTIMA in the United States in Oyster White for the first time, complementing the Natural version already available in the market. Both JUVORA Oyster White and JUVORA Natural have FDA 510(k) clearance and offer an alternative to zirconia or metal substructures for fixed and removable dental implant applications.

    "Functionality isn't the only goal for our customers, when they select a dental prosthetic," stated John Devine, medical business director at Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, in a news release. "Feedback from dentists, OEMs, and distributors has indicated they want a color choice for when improved aesthetics are needed. Technicians are also finding that the white colored PEEK can serve as an ideal base for finishing and polishing the prosthetic to provide an overall look that is closer to natural dentition."

    All products in the JUVORA range are made from PEEK-OPTIMA, an implantable PEEK (polyetheretherketone) polymer that does not contain a high filler content and therefore does not suffer from the increased brittleness that other polymers with a relatively high filler content could experience, according to Invibio in the release.

    [Image courtesy of INVIBIO BIOMATERIAL SOLUTIONS]

    Editor's Note: If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in future weekly roundups, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

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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