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Supplier Stories for the Week of January 12

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of January 12.

  • Clippard 

    Clippard offers the new Eclipse stepper-controlled proportional valve employing a robust and powerful miniature linear actuator. The Eclipse is suited for liquid and gas delivery as well as for medical, analytical, and industrial automation requiring ultra-fine resolution and excellent repeatability. Its design allows for custom flow profiles.

    The company describes the following features:

    • Patent-pending ceramic sliding seal
    • Liquid and air capable
    • Inert
    • Flow Resolution: 0.19 ml/min water and 0.007 l/min air max @ 30 psig
    • Zero dead volume
    • Leak Free: <0.05 sccm
    • Excellent Linearity: <4% of full-scale
    • Repeatability: <0.5% of full travel
    • Highly customizable
    • Made in the USA


    Clippard will exhibit at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West 2020 Booth #2468 February 11-13.

    [Image courtesy of CLIPPARD]


  • Accumold

    At MD&M West Booth #2852 February 11-13, 2020, Accumold will showcase its micro molding capabilities, including what it calls "impossibly small and intricate parts that it has developed for medical device OEMs."

    Accumold can produce small-sized parts with micro features from 5 cm to less than 1 mm. The company offers specific expertise in insert molding, two-shot molding, and cleanroom molding using materials such as PEEK, LCP, and most engineering thermoplastics.

    “We are proud to say that we have partnered with countless leading medical device manufacturers across the world, and with each we operate strategically to ensure that the product development process is as efficient as possible," explained Roger Hargens, president at Accumold, in a news release. "Our over 30-year association with micro molding and micro manufacturing really gives us the edge, and we are not only the most experienced micro molder in the world, but also the largest. This affords our customers with the reassurance of working with a robust and secure company that can provide efficiencies that lead to affordable pricing, and also one that has the capacity and infrastructure to ramp up to full mass volume manufacture. We are also ISO 13485 accredited, the stringent and internationally recognized quality management system for medical devices.”

    The vertically integrated company offers under one roof design and material assistance, micro tool fabrication, proprietary micro molding services, cutting-edge metrology, assembly, and automation. It has the ability to scale volumes from prototypes to millions and even billions of parts. 

    Adds Paul Runyan, VP of sales: “At Accumold, we believe that cost-effective, timely, and innovative products can be manufactured when we work with customers in a truly collaborative manner, and we insist upon transparency at every stage of product development. We have a solutions-oriented focus that when coupled with our unparalleled expertise ensures that we can manufacture end-use medical devices and components others may say are impossible. We are proud to be working at the cutting-edge of medical innovation, and invite all visitors at MD&M West to come and see us, look at eth parts that we have made, and we will discuss your specific applications and how Accumold can help realise your product development goals.”

    [Logo courtesy of ACCUMOLD]


    SABIC will introduce a new family of polycarbonate (PC) copolymer resins at MD&M West. Featuring chemical resistance, the proprietary copolymer technology can help prevent premature part failure from environmental stress cracking (ESC) after exposure to aggressive disinfectants such as alcohols, peroxides, and quaternary ammonium compounds used to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The new portfolio includes amorphous and semi-crystalline materials that can serve as potential drop-in solutions in existing production tooling, the company reported in a news release.

    SABIC experts will discuss challenges and material solutions to help mitigate healthcare disinfectant exposure during the presentation, “Keeping Medical Equipment Clean and Durable: PC Copolymer Technology Innovations that Improve Chemical Resistance against Hospital Disinfectants,” to be held Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 3:30-4:15 p.m.  in the Tech Theater. Speakers include Manish Nandi, SABIC business development manager, Specialties, Americas; and Nithin Raikar, SABIC senior business manager, Specialties.

    [Image courtesy of SABIC]



  • MicroCare Medical, a division of MicroCare Corp.

    MicroCare Medical, a division of MicroCare Corp., will highlight its range of products for easing medical device manufacturing at MD&M West 2020 February 11-13 in Booths #618 and #2342. New products include the Opteon SF80 Specialty Fluid for use in vapor degreasers. The high solvency, nonflammable and environmentally sustainable cleaning fluid features a low GWP (global warming potential).

    “Sustainability should be a key driver when it comes to choosing cleaning solutions," explained David Ferguson, MicroCare senior technical manager, in a news release. "It is important to understand the value of a simple, consistent and sustainable process. It must be flexible in that it can adapt to any future changes, whether it be regulatory, environmental, or with specific cleaning requirements. Opteon SF80 Specialty Fluid is a long-term and sustainable answer to the difficult cleaning issues facing production engineers today. During MD&M we will take the opportunity to exhibit a range of products which not only work effectively, but also address long-term sustainability goals.”

    Another product of interest is Duraglide Dry Lubricant, which is used to lubricate assemblies that slide, pivot, or twist eliminating ‘stiction’ and improving actuation, for such applications as catheters, cutting tools, staplers, and hypo tubes. 

    “Duraglide Dry Lubricant offers unparalleled lubricity,” said Ferguson. “Using PTFE particles applied in a dispersion fluid, the non-migratingand fast-drying fluid leaves a smooth, slippery and uniform coating on any surface. This makes it perfect for medical devices featuring moving, sliding, or rotating surfaces. Better lubrication leads to better patient out-comes and Duraglide Dry Lubricant is ISO 10993 certified for easy validation. It is not only versatile and compatible with most metals and plastics but can penetrate complex shapes. This improves performance of the finished device by reducing actuation forces up to 25%. Additionally, it is also hostile to bioburden and is compatible with sterilization processes – important features within medical manufacturing.”

    The company will also exhibit its line of carrier fluids used for the safe and effective deposition of silicone, PTFE lubricant, and other pharmaceutical coatings onto medical devices. These non-flammable, fast drying fluids are good replacements for nPB and TCE that are being phased-out under environmental, health, or safety pressures, the company stated.

    [Image courtesy of MICROCARE CORP.]

  • Polygon Co.

    Polygon Co. will exhibit its high-performance PolyMed Composite Tubing for surgical applications at MD&M West 2020 in Booth #2246. The tubing is suited for use in a range of medical applications including placement on electro-surgical devices (both monopolar and bipolar), surgical ablation tools, suction irrigation or trocar cannula, endoscopic/laparoscopic instruments, and robotic surgery technologies.

    The lightweight and strong composite tubing is invisible to X-ray, thermally insulating, and non-conductive. Because its strength and performance characteristics exceed those of stainless steel and thermoplastic materials, PolyMed can serve as a drop-in replacement for stainless steel tubing in a variety of endoscopic and laparoscopic instrumentation applications, the company reported. PolyMed is ISO-10993 compliant and can be sterilized.

    PolyMed Composite Tubing components can be tailored for each customer project and be made rigid or flexible according to client needs. Architectures include braided, circumferentially wound, and unidirectional, and the thin-walled material can be produced in multi-lumen shapes as one piece.

    “Polygon works closely with medical device design engineers,” explained Ted Wallace, director of sales and marketing at Polygon, in a news release. “Our engineering team provides their knowledge and experience in composite science to assist customers in selecting the best manufacturing process, architecture, formulation and finishing to produce the ideal application for their project.”

    [Image courtesy of POLYGON CO.]

  • Master Bond

    Master Bond offers EP21TPHT, a new two-component epoxy polysulfide system designed for applications that require toughened and thermally stable bonds resistant to chemicals. It is resistant to fuels, oils, and similar chemicals, and it can withstand thermal cycling and mechanical stresses. It is also designed to resist temperatures up to 350°F, which is much higher than typical epoxy polysulfide systems, the company shared in a news release. The room-temperature-curable adhesive also features convenient handling characteristics with a 1 to 1 mix ratio by weight or volume and an easily flowable mixed viscosity of 5,000-15,000 cps.

    “EP21TPHT offers a high lap shear strength of 1,600-1,800 psi and bonds well to a variety of substrates including metals, composites, glass, ceramics, and many rubbers. It is a toughened compound with good elongation of 20-40%, and a relatively low tensile modulus of 30,000-50,000 psi at room temperature,” explained Rohit Ramnath, senior product engineer, in the release. “This combination of properties makes it suitable for applications involving thermal cycling and mechanical stresses.”

    EP21TPHT is available for use in double barrel syringes and gun dispensers, as well as in ½ pint, pint, quart, or gallon sized container kits.

    [Image courtesy of MASTER BOND]

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