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Supplier Stories for the Week of January 27

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of January 27.

  • Medbio Inc. announces the opening of a newly renovated 25,000-sq-ft facility adjacent to its current 65,000-sq-ft building. It will provide an additional 12,000 sq ft of cleanroom space and house the company’s medical device and diagnostic assembly and packaging operations. The company offers design and engineering, manufacturing, assembly, and packaging solutions for the medical and biotechnology industries.

    “Medbio has experienced strong and steady growth, driving the need for additional manufacturing capacity and cleanroom space,” said John Woodhouse, director of sales and marketing for Medbio, in a news statement. “Moving our assembly operations into the new facility allows us to significantly expand existing cleanroom space, enabling us to add several new molding presses.”

    The addition supports Medbio’s key strategic growth objectives, which include expanding production capabilities, improving operations, and being a high-growth leader in the marketplace, the company stated in the release. “Additionally, this expansion enhances our ability to better support our customers’ growth and provide the best service and lead times possible,” added Woodhouse.

    Medbio will be exhibiting in Booth #1838 at MD&M West 2019 February 5-7. 

    [Image courtesy of MEDBIO INC.]

    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.”

  • BMP Medical, a division of Biomedical Polymers, announces the opening of its new medical plastics manufacturing facility in Sterling, MA. The new 80,000-sq-ft facility will offer injection molding, injection blow molding, two-shot, insert molding, and other packaging and assembly manufacturing services. It will serve as a hub for making BMP Medical's full range of plastic manufacturing services available to medical device and diagnostic manufacturers. 

    BMP Medical will celebrate the announcement at MD&M West Booth #1647 February 5-7. Officially opening the new facility in early January, the company will host a ceremony for executives, employees, and customers a few weeks later. Private tours are being scheduled for potential medical and diagnostic OEM manufacturing partners of interest throughout 2019.

    "The entire BMP Medical team is excited about the new facility," stated Michael Faulkner, president of BMP Medical, in a news release. "In 2018, we celebrated our 40th year in business. BMP Medical has a long tenure in the Massachusetts area and is proud to continue that tradition. This new facility will provide our OEM partners with greater capabilities and capacity to support long-term, sustained growth."

    Added Ed Kangas, vice president sales and marketing: "The Sterling-based manufacturing facility reflects BMP Medical's commitment to better serving our customers with increased services that further enhance our manufacturing capabilities."

    Visit BMP Medical at MD&M West Booth #1647 February 5-7.

    [Image courtesy of BMP MEDICAL, A DIVISION OF BIOMEDICAL POLYMERS]

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  • Hamilton Precision Metals and SMP Wallingford, two of the six businesses that make up AMETEK Specialty Metal Products (SMP), have added two new Titanium strip grades to their product portfolio for medical applications. The facilities have developed a proprietary production process for the two grades–grade 9 and 23–and they can produce a thin strip that ultimately offers external charging capabilities for implanted medical devices when incorporated to the external shell. This new technology involves a cold rolling and annealing process that yields titanium strip with outstanding microstructure characteristics and formability properties, the companies reported in a news release.

    “Our new Titanium strip grade products are set to make a major contribution to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, sleep apnea, and chronic pain without the use of opioids,” said Matt Lappen, product manager for SMP Strip Business, in a news release. “We’re very excited to be a part of this ground-breaking therapeutic advance.”

    Ti grades 1 and 2 have historically been used for implantable medical devices such as CRM cardiac rhythm management and drug delivery systems, but these grades don’t offer non-contact charging capabilities for batteries. Using grades 9 and 23 allows for the manufacturing of smaller devices that enable safe, external re-charging for a range of transformative neuromodulation and neurostimulation therapy applications, the companies reported.

    Hamilton Precision Metals and SMP Wallingford will be exhibiting at MD&M West 2019 February 5-7 in AMETEK Specialty Metal Products (SMP)'s booth, #3101. 

    [Image courtesy of AMETEK SPECIALTY METAL PRODUCTS]

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  • Avantor will highlight its NuSil brand biocompatible silicone adhesives and other technologies at MD&M West 2019 Booth #2305 February 5-7. The advanced silicone solutions are developed to help medical device manufacturers increase throughput and improve device performance.

    “With the versatility silicone adhesive formulations provide, NuSil offers a wide range of customization capabilities and product development services,” said Anthony Feng, vice president, biomaterials, in a news statement. “We collaborate with device manufacturers to understand what is critical to quality then provide solutions that meet the specific requirements of their device and manufacturing processes.”

    Technology experts will be at the show to share the latest developments and help device manufacturers select the right silicone adhesives for specific applications. NuSil adhesives include one- and two-part room temperature (RTV) and high temperature vulcanizing (HTV) formulations. A wide range of NuSil primers is also available to increase adhesion to various substrates.

    Avantor will also highlight several other NuSil biomaterial solutions such as lubricious silicones and its latest in situ cure technology.

    Visit Avantor at MD&M West 2019 Booth #2305 February 5-7.

    [Image courtesy of AVANTOR]

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  • Protolabs's latest Cool Idea! Award winner is SafKan, a startup introducing headphones that can professionally clean a patient’s ear in just 35 seconds. Called OtoSet, the headphones feature disposable silicone nozzles that spray a warm saline solution against the walls of the ear canal while extracting the solution and wax back into the nozzles and disposable outflow containers. The initial product is intended for use by healthcare providers, and SafKan plans a consumer version in the future.

    Brothers Sahil and Aadil Diwan are behind OtoSet, which went through several iterations thanks to assistance from the team at Protolabs. The digital manufacturing company has expertise in Polyjet 3D printing and CNC machining. Fourteen unique parts from the digital manufacturer for multiple devices were shipped to Tucson, AZ, for assembly and testing by SafKan. “It’s pretty easy to design headphones on your computer and 3D print it,” explained Sahil in a news release. “But then you need to take that to the next level and start to commercialize it. Protolabs has been really helpful with our engineering team, using experience that we don’t have in-house to get our device ready to go to market.”

    The awarded grant helped to get working prototypes quickly in the hands of physicians. “Without this grant, it would take more time,” said Sahil. “This allows us to build these devices, have them be the real deal, and get them to physicians quickly.” 

    "One of the largest segments we serve as a digital manufacturing company is the medical and health care industry," said Protolabs President and CEO Vicki Holt in the release. "So when the opportunity comes to support amazing products like OtoSet—devices that are solving real problems for its users—I'm more than thrilled with the fact that we can provide a manufacturing grant to do that." 

    Added Dr. Gary Kato, a primary care physician: “The SafKan team has developed a brilliant concept and design for managing a condition we commonly see in the office setting. As an educator of primary care physicians, I can envision physicians of the future using SafKan's device as an essential tool in patient care. Their innovative device is unmatched in the industry.”

    Protolabs offers rapid prototyping and on-demand production and can produce custom parts and assemblies in as fast as one day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding processes.

    Protolabs will be in Booth# 3301 at Pacific Design & Manufacturing, co-located with MD&M West 2019

    [Image courtesy of PROTOLABS]

    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.”

  • The Polyplastics Group has developed the DURACON polyoxymethylene (POM) PM series for drug contact and delivery applications for the medical and healthcare market, complementing Polyplastics’s TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), a high-purity material for a range of medical applications.

    Polyplastics will showcase the PM Series and TOPAS COC at Pharmapack in Paris (Booth #B92) February 6-7 and at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA, (Booth #666) February 5-7, 2019.

    The first grade under the PM Series, DURACON POM PM09S01N, meets regulatory compliance requirements including ISO 10993 and USP Class VI biocompatibility/cytotoxicity, EU 10/2011, and FDA food-contact 21 CFR 177.2470, the company reported. It has an FDA Drug Master File (DMF) and Device Master File (MAF). The material also adheres to strict quality management systems including conformity to VDI guideline, VDI 2017 medical-grade plastics.

    The company provides full traceability of processes and products and production management based on GMP principles. Customized data on extraction, moldability, durability, slip and wear, and other key attributes are available. Polyplastics also offers uniform quality and global supply.

    [Image courtesy of THE POLYPLASTICS GROUP]

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  • CoorsTek, a global manufacturer of technical ceramics, will exhibit at MD&M West 2019 Booth #2532 February 5-7. CoorsTek technical ceramic components are biocompatible and stable and can outperform metals and plastics in critical medical applications, the company reported, and they offer properties for critical duty applications including wear resistance, electrical insulation, RF opacity, and thermal stability. 

    “MD&M West provides an excellent opportunity for CoorsTek to showcase the advantages of using technical ceramics for medical devices and surgical implant components,” said Andrew Nield, market development manager, in a news statement. “We look forward to growing our partnerships with device OEMs in order to push the boundaries of medical innovation.”

    CoorsTek customizes and manufactures a broad range of components for electrosurgical devices, fluid handling/metering devices, x-ray components, and pump and valve components using high-purity technical ceramics, the company reported. CoorsTek CeraPure ceramics meet USP Class VI for medical applications. 

    Since 2005, CoorsTek Bioceramics has produced more than 5.5 million critical ceramic implantable device components under an ISO 13485 certification and global regulatory compliance systems. Focusing on orthopaedic reconstruction, CoorsTek Bioceramics works with medical device OEMs to design and produce technical ceramic components for knee replacements and total hip arthroplasty. It also manufactures ceramic components for spinal disc replacement, cochlear and neurological devices, brachytherapy components, and more. 

    The company offers a vast array of manufacturing and finishing options; capabilities include high-precision injection molding, seal-less designs, brazing, and more. 

    [Image courtesy of COORSTEK]

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  • AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. will highlight Amolea AT2, a fluorinated precision cleaning solvent offering medical device manufacturers an alternative to n-propyl bromide and trichloroethylene solvents, at MD&M West 2019 Booth #2360 February 5-7.  Amolea AT2 is part of AGC's AsahiKlin AE-3000 series of environmentally sensible fluorinated solvents, which were designed to replace halogenated solvents having unfavorable environmental properties.

    Amolea AT2 has no ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential, and it is non-flammable, enabling manufacturers to meet strict environmental regulations, the company stated in a news release. It offers solvency with a wide variety of press, cutting, silicone, and refrigerant oils; greases; asphalt pitches; and fluxes used in the electronics industry. It is approved for use as a precision cleaner, defluxing agent, carrier solvent for silicone and fluorinated lubricants, and moisture displacement fluid, the company stated.

    Using Amolea AT2 is energy efficient because of its low latent heat of vaporization, the company added.

    [Image courtesy of AGC CHEMICALS AMERICAS INC.]

    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.”

  • Universal Robots (UR) and VersaBuilt are launching a new direct interface for collaborative robots and CNC Machines at ATX West Booth #4605 February 5-7. VersaBuilt’s CNC Communication URCap allows a UR cobot to easily execute any machining program stored on the CNC directly through the cobot’s own teach pendant. Initially launching for Haas CNC machines, VersaBuilt will develop UR interfaces for other popular CNC makes later this year. 

    The Haas CNC Communication URCap maintains all Haas safety interlock features and works with Haas, VersaBuilt, and other third-party automatic door openers. “VersaBuilt is excited to partner with Universal Robots to provide machine shops with automation solutions designed for high mix CNC manufacturers,” said Albert Youngwerth, CEO of VersaBuilt Robotics, in a news release. The company helps machine shops automate thousands of part numbers of all shapes and sizes in turning and milling applications.

    VersaBuilt also offers the MultiGrip workholding system, which includes an automatic vise, machinable jaws, and an end-of-arm tool for the UR robot. “We ended up asking ourselves: why can’t the robot and CNC use the same jaws?” explained Youngwerth. His team developed the system that allows the robot and the CNC to share a set of MultiGrip machinable jaws for infeed, outfeed, and CNC machining, which can reduce engineering costs, ease robot programming, hasten setup time, and enhance processing capabilities.

    “CNC machine tending is one of the most popular tasks to automate with collaborative robots,” added  Stuart Shepherd, regional sales director for Universal Robots’ Americas Division. “But there’s still hurdles to overcome in achieving seamless integration. VersaBuilt’s two new products are important tools in addressing this. We’re excited to welcome them to the UR ecosystem and share their solutions with the ATX audience.”

    [Image courtesy of UNIVERSAL ROBOTS and VERSABUILT]

    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.”

  • LEMO will demonstrate its latest connector and cable solutions for medical applications in Booth #1959 at MD&M West 2019 February 5-7. The company reports the solutions include:

    • Latest release of LEMO’s Single-Patient Use Connector – LEMO’s line of disposable connectors designed to ensure quality performance in medical applications, yet economical enough to justify single-use. 
    • REDEL SP - A series of plastic connectors using materials compatible with multiple sterilization processes, suiting these connectors for medical or measurement applications from catheters to surgical instruments. 
    • Touch-Proof – A hybrid solution for integrating mixed, high-voltage, increased creepage or touch-proof contacts into a single connector. 
    • High-Definition Video Solutions – New high performance 75-Ohm coaxial contacts designed for HD-SDi signals transmitting HDTV and 4K video imaging applications. This new contact fits into all insert cavities that already accept the LEMO coaxial “C” type of contact. Multi-way or hybrid options available in IP50 or IP68 connector housings. 
    • Fiber Interconnect for Speed and Illumination Solutions – A range of options for single-mode, multi-mode, APC, plastic optical fiber for transmitting visible light, data, or UV cure applications. Single, multi-way, or hybrid options available in IP50 or IP68 connector housings. 
    • Fluidic / Pneumatic Solution – P1 and P3 fluidic contacts are designed to fit multi-fluid connectors or mixed fluid/electrical connectors and pressures up to 6 bar. This design offers an automatic shut-off valve. The P1 fits into all insert cavities that already accept the LEMO coaxial “C” type of contact. 
    • Integrated Electronics – LEMO has capabilities for custom integrated electronics for anti-counterfeiting, encoding and identification, calibration, and data storage solutions. 
    • Medical Cable Assembly - LEMO also offers custom cable assemblies and overmolding. 

    Northwire Inc., a LEMO Group company, will also be in the booth demonstrating its latest medical cable and wire solutions including the new BioCompatic USP Class VI Medical Grade Cable. 

    Visit LEMO at MD&M West 2019 Booth #1959.

    [Logo courtesy of LEMO]

    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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