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Supplier Stories for the Week of January 20

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of January 20.

  • GPA Innova has developed and patented a new technology for the automatic grinding and polishing of high-precision metal components. First introduced into the dental industry two years ago, the company's DryLyte technology is now being introduced into the medical manufacturing industry for use with medical tools and implants. It can be used for many different types of metal including steel, stainless steel, cobalt chrome, copper, brass, and titanium components.

    The DryLyte process employs a dry electropolishing system that does not use liquid as electrolyte to polish materials to a mirror finish. The technology improves surface quality by removing materials only from the peaks of roughness, preserving the geometry of the piece. It does not leave micro-scratches on the surface. The whole process is a clean and simple one-step process that is safer to the user and the environment, the company reported in a news release.

    At MD&M West 2019 Booth #912 February 5-7, GPA Innova will demonstrate two of its machines: the larger DLyte 100H machine, as well as its smaller DLyte 1H+Ti for titanium and other reactive metals.

    [Image courtesy of GPA INNOVA]

    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.”

  • Steven Label Corp. and Robinson Printing, a division of Steven Label, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seal that Steven Label manufactured at NASA’s direction for the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Mission. Steven Label has created a commemorative label that will be distributed at MD&M West 2019 Booth #2055.

    The companies invite attendees to come by and share memories of the Apollo 11 mission and take a selfie (#SLC2055 #StevenLabelApollo11) with their “astronaut.” While there attendees can learn more about their custom-made printed materials for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and industrial industries including, labels, overlays, membrane switches, printed circuits, product instructions-for-use – IFUs (mapfold, booklets and miniatures as small as ¾ in. square), and folding cartons up to 24 point.

    On July 20, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon, allowing mankind to take their first lunar steps. The widely recognized seal created for this mission was manufactured in different formats, including embroidery and a printed label. The printed label was manufactured by the Steven Label. 

    [Image courtesy of STEVEN LABEL & ROBINSON PRINTING, A DIVISION OF STEVEN LABEL]

    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.”

  • Dymax introduces the BlueWave MX-275 high-intensity flood-curing system employing BlueWave RediCure, PrimeCure, or VisiCure emitters (365, 385, or 405 nm) to quickly cure light-curable materials. A single emitter provides a 5 mm x 50 mm curing area, but when paired with a multichannel controller up to four emitters can be used to produce a curing area as large as 5 mm x 200 mm, the company reported. Multiple emitters can be positioned to ensure uniform curing across the entire multiple-emitter curing area.

    This system’s wavelength flexibility (365, 385, and 405 nm) allows co-optimization of adhesive and curing system for optimal cure results. As with other emitters from the MX product family, the BlueWave MX-275 can be set up as a bench-top unit, on an array stand to create extended line patterns, or installed on automated curing processing equipment for maximum flexibility. 

    Dymax will be exhibiting at MD&M West 2019 Booth# 1921 February 5-7.

    [Image courtesy of DYMAX]

    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.”

  • At ATX West 2019, OnRobot will exhibit its new Gecko Gripper allowing robots to pick up flat, smooth objects thanks to millions of micro-scaled fibrillar stalks that adhere to a surface using powerful van der Waals forces. It's "the same way that geckos climb," the company reported in a news release. OnRobot will co-exhibit with Futura Automation at ATX West Booth #4481 February 5-7.

    The Gecko Gripper offers energy savings when compared with existing grippers such as vacuum grippers, which require compressed air that is costly, power-intensive, and bulky, the company claimed. The Gecko Gripper also offers competitive advantages over electrostatic grippers, which are weaker and require high-voltage systems to operate, it added. The Gecko Gripper can interface with any robot and can affix to a wide range of surfaces including fragile items.

    Its initial design stemmed from a Stanford research project that progressed to the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and then to industry through multiple collaborations. The original NASA use-case was for salvaging and repairing satellites such as solar panels, given the Gecko Gripper’s ability to operate in a vacuum, it was reported. Perception Robotics created the first industrial grippers with new polymer research that increased gripping strength by 5X. Perception was then acquired by OnRobot, which is dedicated to developing and commercializing innovation that helps manufacturers take full advantage of collaborative robotics.

    “The market reaction to the Gecko Gripper has been extremely positive,” stated Kristian Hulgard, OnRobot’s General Manager for Americas, in a news release. “We see the gripper now challenging traditional application and material handling design in a wide range of delicate tasks such as picking up porous and fragile objects like PCB boards.” 

    In addition to the Gecko Gripper, OnRobot will showcase its RG2-FT, a new gripper now generally available to manufacturers around the world. “The RG2-FT gripper is a sophisticated—yet entirely accessible—new piece of technology that manufacturers with tasks such as assembly, insertion, and quality inspection are now requesting,” said Hulgard. “The intelligent force feedback provided by the gripper’s sensors will also help operators in adjusting their applications for optimal design and positioning.”

    [Image courtesy of ONROBOT]

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  • Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), a designer, developer, and manufacturer of highly specialized engineered woven fabrics, has received ISO 13485:2016 certification. A supplier of medical products for more than 50 years, BRM passed a surveillance audit with zero non-conformances. It meets ISO 13485 standards for medical devices by focusing on risk management and design control during product development and by manufacturing its products in a controlled work environment, the company reported. In addition, BRM follows specific requirements for inspection and traceability for implantable devices as well as for verification of the effectiveness of corrective and preventive actions.

    BRM’s facility includes advanced weaving systems, yarn preparation, and inspection areas for the production of fabric to the most stringent requirements. Environmental sampling, data collection, storage, and alarms ensure complete environmental monitoring and redundancies. Tools include management and feasibility reviews, AS9102 First Articles, FMEAs, control plans, IQ-OQ-PQs, process/product validation, and Lean/Six Sigma best practices.

    [Image courtesy of BALLY RIBBON MILLS]

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  • Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business, will discuss expansion of its Cellene thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds at Booth #1832 at MD&M West 2019, February 5-7. The company is adding 12 grades to its previously-available 28 Cellene TPE formulations for healthcare and a wide variety of other applications. 

    “Changes in regulations and market conditions are prompting medical device manufacturers to look for solutions via other materials. The Cellene TPE compound line is ideal for medical device manufacturers and others looking for alternatives to PVC, phthalate-plasticized compounds, and various rubber materials,” said Heath Schmid, director of business development, Colorite, in a news release. “The line expansion will assist in reducing the development cycle and provide manufacturers with greater options to obtain the durometer rating required for their applications.”

    Cellene TPE compounds are available in four series: 1000 (extrusion grades for IV therapy with high clarity, improved bonding and kink resistance); 2000 (injection molding and extrusion grades targeting cost-driven IV therapy solutions); 3000 (injection molding and extrusion grades for general purpose healthcare, foodservice, caps, liners, gaskets/seals, syringe stoppers, profiles); and 4000 (injection molded grades for high-clarity applications such as drip chambers.)

    [Image courtesy of COLORITE, A TEKNI-PLEX BUSINESS]

    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.”

  • Spectrum Plastics Group has partnered with EarnanBiomedical to provide quick turn, “off the shelf” PTCA and PTA balloons next day in North America and within 3 days internationally for European customers. The program will launch via Spectrum Plastics’s Apollo Medical Extrusion Web Store offering textured and untextured balloons to support 0.014 in. and 0.018 in. guidewire platforms, the company reported.

    “The balloons will be formed from Apollo Medical Extrusion’s low profile, highly concentric balloon tubing with EarnanBiomedical’s balloon manufacturing technology,” explained Steve Maxson, vice president of sales, Spectrum Plastics, Vascular Technologies division, in a news release.

    “We are excited to partner with Spectrum Plastics Group and we look forward to integrating our unique balloon forming expertise and technology to support quick-turn balloon catheter developments,” added Colin Sutherland, CEO of EarnanBiomedical, based in Wexford, Ireland.

    Nylon 12 balloons will be introduced first, and they will be offered in the diameter range 1.5 mm to 5.0 mm and in lengths of 10 mm, 20 mm, 30 mm and 40 mm. The Apollo Web Store already includes a stocking program for catheter tubing that is compatible with 0.014-in., 0.018-in., and 0.035-in. balloon platforms. Future offerings will include super high-pressure balloons and multi-layer balloons/shafts.

    Spectrum Plastics Group will be exhibiting at MD&M West Booth# 2407 February 5-7.

    [Image courtesy of SPECTRUM PLASTICS GROUP]

    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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