Supplier Stories for the Week of July 1

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of July 1.

  • This is a compilation of the latest news from suppliers in the medical device industry.

    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.”

    [Image courtesy of STUART MILES/FREEDIGITALPHOTOS.NET]

  • Life Pack Labs has recently been accredited to ISO 17025, “Competency of a Testing Laboratory,” by A2LA, American Association of Laboratory Accreditation. Life Pack Labs offers life sciences clients a full range of services intended to provide intelligent, compliant, and effective solutions for packaging challenges. Support includes in-depth consulting, packaging development and testing, validation support, regulatory compliance guidance, and test method development and validation services.

    Accredited test methods are as follows:

    • ASTM F88, Seal Strength
    • ASTM D882, Tensile Strength
    • ASTM F2095, method A pressure decay/leak
    • ASTM F1980, Accelerated Aging
    • ASTM F1140, Burst testing, unrestrained
    • ASTM F1929, Dye penetration
    • ASTM F2096, Bubble Leak
    • ASTM E171, Environmental Conditioning
    • ASTM F2251, Thickness, films
    • ASTM D4332, Environmental Conditioning
    • ASTM F3039, Dye penetration, non-porous

    [Image courtesy of LIFE PACK LABS]

  • RTP Co., a compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics, showcased several plastic technologies designed to improve the longevity and functionality of medical equipment and devices at MD&M East in June.

    For instance, the RTP 2000 HC series of proprietary alloys (shown above) are formulated for the design and manufacture of hospital equipment and plastic housings that require frequent disinfection. These items include mobile sonar and x-ray machines, enteral feeding devices, drug pumps, blood filtration, and more. The materials offer resistance to the damage, cracking, and premature failure caused by harsh cleaners and disinfectants, RTP reported in a news release.

    Also highlighted were Laser-Markable Compounds for medical devices requiring high contrast, durable marks on the surface for functionality and compliance. The company offers a variety of polymers, including clear substrates, that can be compounded to optimize laser marks, eliminating the need for less durable inks, paints, and dyes, which could reduce processing costs. These could be useful to manufacturers working to comply with FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) System.

    [Image courtesy of RTP CO.]

  • Holger Lindner is the new CEO of the Product Service Division at TÜV SÜD, succeeding the retiring Dirk Eilers. The Product Service Division provides testing and certification services intended to ensure quality, reliability, and marketability of products in the consumer goods, food, medical, industrial, energy and transport sectors. 

    “By providing our testing and certification services, we support manufacturers, distributors, importers, and retailers in their quest to produce innovative, safe, compliant, high-performing, and marketable products that meet the needs and regulations of their target markets,” explains Holger Lindner. “Our services span the entire length of the value chain, from design and development to market entry, logistics chain, right up to the point of sale.”

    The Product Service Division consists of a global network of laboratories providing expert services in chemical, physical, microbiology, environmental, and EMC testing, safety and performance testing for high-performance batteries. The division also provides services addressing functional safety, interoperability, embedded security, and global market access.

    [Image courtesy of TÜV SÜD]

  • MicroCare Corp.'s Web site update includes a dedicated page on the company’s Critical Cleaning Lab services for electronics, industrial parts, and medical devices. The company provides customers with both off-the-shelf products and customized cleaning fluids tailored to meet specific needs.

    “The Critical Cleaning Lab provides a service to help customers clean better, faster, more safely and more economically. The Website is our window to the world, and the new Web page is the perfect platform in which to highlight this service,” stated Guylaine Guerette, MicroCare Senior Marketing Manager, in a news release.

    Elizabeth Norwood, MicroCare Senior Chemist, added that “It is important to consistently review cleaning processes. If a contaminant has changed, or standards have evolved with old-style solvents being eliminated due to a regulatory transformation, then our Critical Cleaning Lab can offer the best advice and solution to any cleaning application.”

    A comprehensive audit is conducted of the current cleaning process, followed by a review of applicable chemistries and procedures to be evaluated with the components. A team of chemists and technical representatives can then recommend the best cleaning fluid and process improvements to achieve the lowest cost-per-part-cleaned. Before implementing any changes, pilot tests may be run at a client’s facility using on-site solvents, equipment, and staff. Ongoing support can be provided to ensure the recommended cleaning process remains robust, stable, safe, and cost effective, the company reported.

    [Image courtesy of MICROCARE CORP.]

  • Aerotech designs, engineers, and manufactures customized Integrated Granite Motion (IGM) systems for assembling components such as bearings, encoders, and drive mechanisms. Aerotech IGM systems are custom engineered to fit specific needs of an application or process. IGM and traditional stage-on-granite systems each offer distinct advantages, and the choice of which to use depends largely on the application or process, the company reported in a news release. IGM systems can have higher stiffness than a stage-on-granite solution because the IGM system has fewer parts in the structural loop, resulting in higher accuracy and better dynamic performance. IGM systems can be more compact because of the more integrated nature of machine components and granite, the company reported. This provides for the possibility of smaller Abbe offsets and better machine positioning accuracy. In addition, it is simpler to optimize axis design parameters such as travel length and payload capacity because each axis of an IGM solution is engineered and built directly into the main granite structure.

    IGM systems can be designed with mechanical or air bearings, ball-screw or linear-motor drives, and a variety of feedback elements ranging from encoders to laser interferometers. Additional axes of motion, such as rotary, lift, or piezo stages, or even galvanometer scanners, can be integrated onto the IGM axes, all of which can be controlled from Aerotech’s A3200 unified control platform.

    [Image courtesy of AEROTECH]

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 pharmaceutical and medical device packaging, labeling, manufacturing, and regulatory issues 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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