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Supplier Stories for the Week of February 25

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of February 25.

  • 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.”


  • SKF Motion Technologies Inc. has developed its new SKF SP Series high-performance miniature ball screws for precise positioning, repeatability, smooth operation, and quiet linear actuation in medical equiment applications and more. Their advanced internal ball recirculation system and thread design offer higher speed capabilities and longer operating life compared with conventional rolled ball screws, the company reports in a news release.

    For instance, the ball recirculation path allows balls to be picked up and recirculated smoothly for quieter and faster operation up to 15,000 RPM, depending on ball diameter. Compact nut geometry can also reduce noise. The assemblies can be equipped with accessories for screw shafts and nuts and supplied with preassembled support-bearing packages. They can be further customized with cut-to-length screw shafts, machined ends, specific axial play values, backlash elimination, and wipers, among other options.

    [Image courtesy of SKF MOTION TECHNOLOGIES INC.]

  • Rinco Ultrasonics USA will launch its new Electrical Motion ultrasonic welding machine at NPE 2018 in May.  The new system represents a move away from traditional pneumatic-type press units to electrically driven machines, according to Gordon Hull, managing director of Rinco Ultrasonics.

    “This is a high-value addition to our product line,” said Hull in a news release. “It helps push the limits of what our customers can achieve in weld quality and repeatability.”

    Available in 20 kHz and 35 kHz frequencies, the Electrical Motion welding system allows operators to finely regulate the weld, using precise positioning of the horn, along with the applied welding force to the welding rate. Such precision could lead to better results in welding, punching, cutting, and sealing of molded thermoplastic parts, nonwovens, and synthetic textiles, the company stated.

    The Electrical Motion Series is based on the company’s Dynamic 3000 ultrasonic welding machine, which was designed for technically demanding welding operations for medium- to large-sized thermoplastic parts.

    [Image courtesy of RINCO ULTRASONICS INC.]

  • The new MGR6 Series Micro Gripper from SMAC Moving Coil Actuators can be used as an end effector on third-party robots for medical device assemby and other applications. It features a very low moving mass with two independent axes and is capable of light, controlled forces given its soft-land capability programmable down to as low as 2.5 gram force (depending on controller). Two independently controlled gripper fingers can pick up asymmetric and/or off-set parts.

    Built-in sensor feedback system gives SMAC’s devices, including the Micro Gripper, the unique mechatronic ability to “perform a task and verify its quality at the same time,” the company reports in a news release.  

    [Image courtesy of SMAC MOVING COIL ACTUATORS]

  • Siemens Digital Factory plans to develop embedded and panel PC products for healthcare applications, including x-ray, analyzer, imaging and diagnostic equipment and data acquisition for patient and hospital records. Thorsten Julich, PC-based Automation Marketing Manager from Siemens Digital Factory Division, reports that a drive to upgrade systems from older technologies at all levels of the healthcare industry is moving quickly, as the market trends toward a digital and cloud-based environment with customized apps to enable more immediate and network-wide system of record-keeping.

    Based on Intel CPU technology, the portfolio will provide a full spectrum of configurations to suit most applications currently in the medical equipment market, Julich said. “Because our IPC range has full interface capabilities with SCADA software plus the medical grade tablets offer full compatibility with networking solutions in the digital world, we believe the company is well positioned to enter this medical equipment market with a very substantial and sustainable suite of products and services,” Julich said.

    [Image courtesy of SIEMENS DIGITAL FACTORY]

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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