Supplier Stories for the Week of January 13

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of January 13.

  • Polygon Co. will exhibit its high-performance PolyMed Composite Tubing for surgical applications at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West February 5-7. The tubing can be used in electro-surgical devices (both monopolar and bipolar), surgical ablation tools, suction irrigation or trocar cannula, endoscopic / laparoscopic instruments, and robotic surgery technologies. 

    PolyMed Composite Tubing is thermally insulating, non-conductive, and invisible to X-ray. Its strength and performance characteristics exceed those of stainless steel and are superior to traditional thermoplastic materials, the company reported. It can be made rigid or flexible according to client needs.

    “Composites are an excellent replacement for stainless steel tubing and other metals in medical applications," said Ted Wallace, director of sales and marketing at Polygon, in a news release. "PolyMed’s features and benefits out-do metal on multiple important factors, including patient protection.”

    The company offers composite experts who can work closely with customer engineers to develop customized medical components. Architectures include braided, circumferentially wound, and unidirectional, and the thin-walled material can be produced in multi-lumen shapes as one piece.

    [Image courtesy of POLYGON CO.]

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  • Cold Jet will be providing complimentary mold and parts cleaning at Booth #4130 at Plastec West. The company will be demonstrating live dry ice blasting using its i³ MicroClean system, a non-abrasive cleaning method that helps plastic facilities clean molds in-place at operating temperatures, reduce downtime, and extend the asset life of the mold, the company reported. The system utilizes particles of dry ice as a blasting medium.

    Designed around Cold Jet’s patented shaved dry ice technology, the i³ MicroClean enables the cleaning of intricate cavities that other methods cannot reach, the company reported. The i³ MicroClean system can extend the life of equipment by eliminating the need for harsh chemicals, wire brushes, and abrasive pads, allowing for increased cycles between preventative maintenance while reducing scrap rates.

    [Image courtesy of COLD JET]

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  • Technipaq Inc. has added new printing and pouch fabricating machinery to expand and enhance its production capacity. A new platen sealing pouch system for the high-efficiency production of chevron and other types of medical pouches utilizes process control and intelligent sealing technology, toolless die changes, and other features. In addition, a new header bag system will be installed in the 1st quarter of 2019.

    “Making investments of this caliber are what keeps our company at the forefront of the industry, as they are completely in the best interest of our customer,” said Technipaq President Brian Rosenburg in a news release. “It offers our customers an unmatched level of process control and further increases delivery speed to market. Perhaps most important, it helps ensure a defective product never reaches the hands of the end customer.” 

    Technipaq is also adding vision detection to pouch converting machines. Through its high-resolution camera detection and customized software, the system allows for continuous product flow inspection, performing multiple monitoring functions in parallel to detect flaws beyond what can be seen by the human eye. 

    The investments represent the third major injection of capital back into the business in the past five years. It is part of a decade-long, multi-stage re-investment strategy designed to further expand its service offerings and production capacity to support the growth of its growing, global customer base, the company reported. “Since our inception 35 years ago, our focus has remained on delivering the highest quality packaging solutions and most robust array of design capabilities the industry has to offer,” said Rosenburg. “From conception to creation to customization to the hands of the end customer, our goal is to make the investments today that meet our client’s needs of tomorrow."

    Technipaq will be at Booth #1957 at MD&M West February 5-7 in Anaheim.

    [Image courtesy of TECHNIPAQ]

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  • SencorpWhite reported that Corey E. Calla has assumed the role of president, effective October 1, 2018. Calla has responsibility for White Systems, including the operations of the InTek and Minerva Software divisions, and he is leading customer service initiatives for SencorpWhite and its product offerings including thermoforming, sealing, and automated storage equipment.

    Calla has held various leadership positions at Honeywell Intelligrated over the past 23 years and has extensive experience in sales, service, product development, and management. 

    "We are excited to enter the next chapter in our evolution and we are most excited about the experience and leadership Corey brings to our organization. His deep knowledge of sales, service and software systems makes him a natural fit to grow both our products and our customer base," stated Brian Urban, SencorpWhite’s CEO, in a news release. “I am confident Corey will leverage his many years of experience in warehouse automation and service to drive exceptional growth for White Systems."

    Calla will initially focus on growing White Systems' storage and retrieval hardware and software businesses, while expanding its reach into integrated systems and capitalizing on the company's recent successful distribution installations across a variety of sectors, including hospitals at Providence Hospital and other sectors.

    "I am enthusiastic about the future of White Systems and our newly acquired software divisions. New opportunities continue to open in several key vertical markets, including hospital automation and consolidation, home delivery, in-store pickup, and a focus on efficiency as labor markets tighten,” Calla said. "For over 70 years, the White brand has been synonymous with performance and quality. I am truly excited to be leading the next phase of innovation and growth here, focused on driving customer value," he noted.

    SencorpWhite will be in booth #1929 at MD&M West February 5-7 in Anaheim.

    Image courtesy of SENCORPWHITE]

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  • NewTek Sensor Solutions is introducing the MBB Series of Ultra-Precision Dimensional Gaging Probes for accurate and repeatable measurement of dimensional parameters in a variety of quality control, industrial metrology, and inspection equipment applications. The probes can be used in the manufacture of medical devices and tools that are machined or cast, and they can be used to check quality dimensions/tolerances of manufactured parts, a spokesperson told MD+DI

    The MBB Series Gaging LVDT Probes feature a stainless-steel probe assembly and 8-mm diameter housing protected to IP-65. High-precision linear ball bearings provide for smooth probe movement provide without stiction. Incorporating a linear ball bearing assembly fitted to a non-rotating probe shaft, the MBB Series Gaging Probes produce an output voltage linearly proportional to the probe’s shaft position with minimal radial play. The use of an AC-operated LVDT for probe shaft displacement reduces errors due to friction, resulting in a highly precise measurement of the position of a target surface, the company reported.

    NewTek offers DC-operated signal conditioners such as the  NTC Qwik-CAL Signal Conditioner that combine with the MBB Dimensional Gaging Probes to create a complete linear position gaging system that outputs statistical quality control data on manufactured parts. Mounting several gage probes in suitable fixtures also creates a system for “go/no/go” inspection of complex mechanical parts.  

    [Image courtesy of NEWTEK SENSOR SOLUTIONS]

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  • The Flexible Wavelength Selector (FWS) Auto Poly from Spectrolight Inc. will be launched during SPIE BIOS 2019 (Booth #8246). Applications include hyperspectral imaging, fluorescence microscopy, and machine vision as well as OEM opportunities in life sciences instrumentation for flow cytometry and DNA sequencing.

    The device employs Spectrolight’s patented TwinFilm technology to deliver the tunability and adjustable bandwidth of a grating monochromator, together with the imaging advantages of a circular aperture filter. A single device of FWS Auto Poly can cover a wavelength tuning range of around ~500 nm, with simple alignment and automatic compensation of beam offset, the company reported.

    [Image courtesy of SPECTROLIGHT INC.]

    Editor's Note: 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.”

     

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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