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Supplier Stories for the Week of January 28

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of January 28, many of which will be at MD&M West 2018.

  • This is a compilation of the latest news from suppliers in the medical device industry, many of which will be exhibiting at MD&M West 2018 February 6-8 in Anaheim.

    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.”


  • Scapa Healthcare has introduced Scapa Soft-Pro Low Trauma Hydrocolloid, a proprietary, gentle adhesive with repositionable properties for sensitive skin applications. Suitable for medical device fixation, advanced wound care, and consumer wellness applications for those with fragile skin, the product is appropriate for users ranging from pediatric and neonatal to geriatric populations. 

    The biocompatible, latex-free, and gamma-stable adhesive is both breathable and absorbent, allowing it to manage normal skin perspiration for multiple-day wear times. It can be gently lifted and reapplied without pulling body hair, leaves little to no residue, and is easily repositionable while maintaining strong securement on the skin, the company reported in an news release. 

     “As a leader in skin friendly adhesive solutions, we continually strive to develop innovative products that provide superior functionality to meet end-user needs,” stated Michael Muchin, Scapa Healthcare’s VP of Product Development, in the release. “We understand the complexities of the skin as it changes with age. Scapa Soft-Pro Low Trauma Hydrocolloid is the optimal choice for users with fragile skin – such as newborns and the elderly – that require a repositionable adhesive with secure fixation capabilities.”

    Scapa will be showcasing Scapa Soft-Pro Low Trauma Hydrocolloid along with its end-to-end design services and contract manufacturing at MD&M West 2018 Booth #3291.

    [Image courtesy SCAPA HEALTHCARE] 

  • Teknor Apex Co. will introduce medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) developed for cold-storage bags and pouches at MD&M West 2018 Booth #2014. Offering low-temperature toughness,  the Medalist compounds for low-temperature film are 70% as dense as PVC, with a typical specific gravity of 0.90, the company reports in a news release. With brittle points as low as -60 °C, the compounds offer the possibility of downgauging from standard thicknesses or replacing multi-layer structures with monolayer films. 

    “Our new TPEs for cold-storage bags and pouches combine the inherent low-temperature toughness of elastomers with the biocompatibility, processability, and cost-performance balance characteristic of all Medalist medical compounds,” said Ross van Royen, senior market manager of regulated products, in the news release. “They enable medical manufacturers to achieve weight savings and other economies while still providing the same product performance as standard PVC.”

    [Image courtesy of TEKNOR APEX Co.]

  • Stäubli Robotics will showcase its new TX2 line of collaborative robots at the ATX West show (Booth #4604) co-located with MD&M West. The company offers a complete range of robots for challenging industrial environments such as life sciences, medical, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food, electronics, semiconductors, cleanrooms, and laboratories.

    Stäubli will also simulate a Smart Factory with multiple TX2 models and interlinked cells demonstrating their Industry 4.0 compatibility as well as their collaborative skills. Shown above is the company's TX90L cleanroom robot.

    “The incredible performance and versatility of our new TX2 line allows it to be incorporated in a wide variety of scenarios to improve efficiency, safety and the quality of manufactured goods,” said Roger Varin, CEO, Stäubli North America in a press release.

    [Image courtesy of Stäubli]

  • Guill Tool & Engineering is introducing the NEW 500 Series extrusion crosshead designed for the flow characteristics and unique processing challenges of elastomeric compounds. The new crosshead design features a mechanically assisted gum space (MAGS) adjustment system, which allows the operator to make an effortless adjustment from a single point using a common socket wrench, the company reports in a news release.

    The NEW 500 Series also features the latest Center-Stage concentricity adjustment system, which reduces pressure on the tooling, easing concentricity adjustments without loosening the face bolts. The crosshead features a cast-aluminum liquid-fed cooling sleeve that allows the user to switch out the cooling jacket in the event of a line obstruction, again reducing downtime compared with traditional integrated cooling systems, it was reported.

    Visit Guill at Booth #2066 at MD&M West 2018.

    [Image courtesy of GUILL TOOL & ENGINEERING]


  • Piper Plastics offers the KyronMAX series of structural thermoplastic compounds. KyronMAX technology is based on short-fiber technology, so the polymer behaves more like the isotropic nature of metal and eliminates the processing and fiber breakage concerns associated with long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) compounds, the company reports in a news release.

    “Our customers wanted the strongest moldable polymers available without all the process and design limitations associated with LFT polymers,” explained David Wilkinson, Polymer Technology Manager at Piper Plastics, in the release. “KyronMAX materials consistently outperform LFT polymers, especially when measuring the performance of the molded part, which is the true test. They overcome all the limitations associated with LFT compounds while yielding stronger molded parts that are also lighter in weight.”

    KyronMAX thermoplastic compounds can be used for metal replacement in medical equipment to reduce weight and cost and for better chemical resistance; for medical robot components for reduced weight/mass; and for structural components in equipment for reduced weight/cost, reports a company spokesperson. (KyronMAX is not approved for medical implant applications.)

    [Image courtesy of PIPER PLASTICS]

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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