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Supplier Stories for the Week of January 5

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of January 5

  • Cadence Inc.

    Cadence Inc., a contract manufacturer serving medical device, life science, and other markets, has announced that Chris McHugh is the new vice president of operations for the company’s five facilities. Jack Abato, vice president of operations, will be retiring in the spring of 2020 after 42 years in the manufacturing industry, with eight of those years spent at Cadence. 

    “We are excited about the opportunity to have Chris as a key member of our executive team,” stated CEO Alan Connor in a news release. “The experience he brings to Cadence will only strengthen our commitment to excellence. I would also like to thank Jack for his contributions to Cadence over the past eight years. We certainly wish him the best in his retirement.” 

    With more than 22 years of operations experience, McHugh most recently served as the vice president of global operations and supply chain for Bemis Healthcare Packaging in New London, WI. He has also served in various leadership roles at General Motors, Ford Motor Company, American Safety Razor, and Tenneco. A Ford-certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and lean practitioner, he has also led global supply chains and manufacturing operations in the U.S., U.K., the Republic of Ireland, China, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

    Cadence employs approximately 575 people with its corporate headquarters in Staunton, VA, and additional locations in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

    Cadence will be exhibiting in Booth #2515 at MD&M West 2020 February 11-13.

    [Image courtesy of CADENCE INC.]

    Cadence Inc.
  • Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, is expanding its current global innovation and development (GID) site in Struer, Denmark, with a dedicated manufacturing development and clinical build unit. Phillips-Medisize offers a range of custom drug-delivery devices, connected health solutions, and end-to-end manufacturing services worldwide. 

    Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2020, the facility will be equipped to serve clients with agile set up for cleanroom assembly and molding (e.g., for clinical trials). Approximately 500 m2 of floor space from the existing 8400 m2 building will be repurposed for the cleanroom. The facility will be designed to support late-stage development of medium- and high-volume products and processes, under GMP and using state-of-the-art equipment.

    “This expansion accelerates the manufacture of innovative, compliant, and best-in-class products while reducing time to market and lowering launch risk for drug-delivery device customers,” said John Horgan, vice president, global sales and marketing of Phillips-Medisize, in a news release. “Furthermore, it strengthens our client focus in Scandinavia by complementing the activities of our existing GID in Struer and our newest GID in Copenhagen.”

    Phillips-Medisize will be exhibiting in Booth #3278 at MD&M West 2020 February 11-13.


  • Specialty Coating Systems (SCS) has conducted ingress protection testing on electronics coated with SCS Parylenes N, C, Parylene HT, and ParyFree to support manufacturers. According to a statement released by the company, there is growing demand for ingress protection (IP)-rated products, and many consumer electronics manufacturers are turning to Parylene coatings.

    Following the guidelines of IEC 60529 14.2.7 and 14.2.8, the third-party tests involved submerging exposed LED boards in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes (meeting the requirements of IPX 7) and 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes meeting the requirements of IPX 8), SCS explained in the statement. While the uncoated control boards stopped functioning during the tests, the Parylene-coated boards continued to function properly, meeting the requirements of IPX7 and IPX8, respectively, it was reported. The company did acknowledge that for an IPX8 rating, the IEC does not specify an exact depth or time. Rather, it states “The test conditions are subject to an agreement between the manufacturer and the user, but they shall be more severe than those prescribed in the 14.2.7 (IPX7),” SCS shared.

    While manufacturers must test their own final products, SCS stated in the release that engineers and developers can be confident in the protection that SCS Parylene coatings provide in the design of their IP-rated electronic devices.

    SCS provides coating services as well as liquid coating systems including spray, spin, and dip coating systems and ionic contamination test systems. 

    Specialty Coating Systems will be exhibiting in Booth #3131 at MD&M West 2020 February 11-13.

    [Logo courtesy of SPECIALTY COATING SYSTEMS]


  • The L.S. Starrett Company will feature metrology and force measurement solutions with automation capabilities along with a range of precision measuring tools and gages at the co-located MD&M West and Automation Technology Expo (ATX) in Booth #4530 February 11-13, 2020.

    The company shared descriptions of the products planned for demonstration:

    • The Starrett HDV300 Horizontal Digital Video Comparator, which combines features of vision and optical comparator technology, has an interchangeable lens mounting system, go/no-go digital overlay capability directly from part CAD files, real-time video edge detection, and more. Video edge detection allows real-time interaction of the imported file with the video image of the part being inspected.
    • The Starrett AVR CNC Automatic Vision Metrology System, developed for repetitive measurement and automatic comparison to CAD files, is available with interchangeable telecentric lenses for micron-level resolution and accurate field-of-view measurements. MetLogix M3 software capabilities include 3-axis measurements and 2D geometric constructs (points, lines, angles, rectangles), and the systems are touch probe compatible.
    • The Starrett HB400 Horizontal Benchtop Optical Comparator provides a cost-effective solution for non-contact measurement. The HB400 has a 16-in. screen, 16-in. fast traverse X-axis travel, 6-in. Y-axis travel, quick-change bayonet mount lenses, and a Q-axis digital protractor with angular measurements to one-minute resolution. Users can select from the choice of MetLogix Digital Metrology readouts; M1, M2, and M3 software control systems; and optional CNC control.
    • Starrett Force Measurement Systems featuring Starrett DFC Digital Handheld Force Gages enable force measurement via a handheld force gage. The DFC may be used as an advanced digital force gage and controller with Starrett FMM Force Testers, and it can serve as a universal interface where the user tests and can configure load limits, distance limits, break limits, crosshead travel direction, crosshead speed, and more.
    • Starrett FMM Frame Force Testers, which are compact and ideal for high volume, lean manufacturing production, will demonstrate use of  L1 software for quality control and incoming inspection. Also shown on an FMM frame will be L3 software for users involved with material testing and characterization, research and design engineers, quality control and test technicians, and others.
    • The newly designed Rotary Table Spring Force Tester is developed to automatically test multiple springs in a single setup without the need for additional operator input as required if springs are tested one by one. The batch testing approach saves time and increases efficiency, while freeing up the operator to attend to other jobs.

    [Image courtesy of THE L.S. STARRETT COMPANY] 

  • DWK Life Sciences offers new KIMBLE Silicone Lids that stretch and conform to the tops of beakers, flasks, bottles and cylinders to provide a tight and secure seal. New from DWK Life Sciences, the world’s largest manufacturer of precision labware, the lids provide a safer closure and are easier to use. Available in three sizes and three vibrant colors (see video), the lids are resistant to heat and chemicals and designed with tabs for easy use, even when users are wearing gloves. Dishwasher-safe and reusable, the lids are a sustainable solution for environmentally conscious labs.

    “We’ve been surprised with the popularity of these unique covers – we knew they were safe, secure and provided a better seal for different laboratory containers, but we were just as happy to see how scientists liked their appearance – they’re using the lids to improve the appearance of the labs by replacing makeshift foil caps and stoppers with bright colors,” said Rick Schwartz, senior vice president of marketing and sales at DWK Life Sciences. “There is currently no other lab grade product available that remotely resembles our lids,” he added.

    The lids have stretchable diameters: small lids have a 43- to 61-mm diameter, medium lids have a 64- to 76-mm diameter, and large lids are 84- to 116-mm diameter. The lids can accommodate most 50 mL beakers up to 800 mL beakers. Color choices include pink, green and blue. The silicon is resistant to most chemicals and withstands heat with a usable temperature range of ‑40°C to +180°C.

    [Image courtesy of DWK LIFE SCIENCES]

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