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Supplier Stories for the Week of July 14

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of July 14.

  • Steven Label Corp. and Robinson Printing, a division of Steven Label, are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the seal Steven Label manufactured, at NASA’s direction, for the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Mission. The Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and to mark the 50th anniversary of the landing, Steven Label created a commemorative label (featured above).

    Steven Label reports that the seal created for this mission was manufactured in different formats, including embroidery and a printed label. Steve Label made the printed label.

    The Apollo 11 crew (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins) designed their own mission seal and created a symbolic design – an eagle landing on the moon. During this process, NASA reached out to Steven Label to manufacture the decal version of the mission design. "While Steven Label had a very small part in the Apollo 11 mission, we are very proud of mankind’s accomplishment, and the fact that our labels went to the moon!" the company shared in a news statement this week.

    Steven Label will distribute the commemorative labels at PackExpo Las Vegas September 23-25.

    The company produces custom-made printed materials for the medical device, pharmaceutical, and industrial industries such as 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.


  • Aberdeen Technologies Inc. is celebrating 25 years as a medical insert molding manufacturer providing high-quality and safe parts for the medical device industry.

    Aberdeen began in 1994 in Glendale Heights, IL, with founder and current president John Schmitz supplying plastic molded parts to manufacturers in the automotive, consumer, electronic, and medical sectors. In 1996, Aberdeen moved to its own machine shop in Carol Stream, IL, where the company remains today.

    “Working in an insert molding machine shop was the first job I held as a teenager,” said Schmitz in a news release. “I continued to work in the same shop through college and into my early 30’s before I went off to start my own company. This industry is all I have ever known.”

    Today the company operates a fully functional machine shop for both mold manufacturing and plastic injection molding, allowing the company to become a one-stop shop for its customers. It provides solutions for device prototyping, mold designs, production runs, and parts for first-article approval.

    Image courtesy of ABERDEEN TECHNOLOGIES] 

  • Actega DS has developed oil-free thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds called SOFT EST that are suitable for sensitive applications. Apart from minimal leachable or extractable substances, these TPE compounds are free of PAH components, PVC, silicone, latex, and plasticizers, company reported in a news release.  

    The transparent compounds offer kink and deformation resistance, sealing and adhesion properties, and sterilizability (gamma radiation, ETO, autoclaves). They are also temperature stable, suiting them for additional cleaning procedures. 

    [Image courtesy of ACTEGA DS]

  • Portescap has released three new surgical motors for small bone orthopedic applications, the B0912N1016 Small Bone Motor (9.6V– 38K RPM), the B0912N4023 Small Bone Gearmotor (9.6V - 1.1K RPM), and the B0912N4024 Small Bone Gearmotor (9.6V - 12.8K RPM).

    The sterilizable BLDC motors offer optimal torque and speed for drills, saws, and reamers for enabling precise removal of tissue in small bone orthopedic surgical procedures. They are suited for traditional surgical tools in addition to robotically assisted surgical devices and can be paired with a Portescap sterilizable controller for battery powered applications, the company shared in a news release.

    The motors have been designed and tested to withstand 1,000+ sterilization cycles as well as exposure to saline and other foreign materials. The lightweight 22-mm motors generate low noise and vibration to maximize tactile response and surgeon control.

    [Image courtesy of PORTESCAP]

  • The Lubrizol Corp. has acquired Bavaria Medizin Technologie GmbH (BMT), a designer and manufacturer of both intravascular (coronary, peripheral, and cranial) and nonvascular devices, including drug-coated balloons. The transaction adds to Lubrizol’s expertise in precision thermoplastic extrusion and product development.

    Headquartered near Munich, Germany, and operating a manufacturing facility in Sibiu, Romania, BMT developed the first commercial drug-coated balloon, the Paccocath catheter. It holds more than 50 patents and continues to innovate through self-funded R&D projects as well as contract R&D services. BMT also offers private label manufacturing of proprietary catheters and balloons along with original equipment manufacturing (OEM) services, which include the manufacturing of subassemblies and components, sterilization, packaging and labeling, stent crimping, and logistics management.

    The acquisition of BMT expands Lubrizol’s product design, development, and manufacturing expertise and provides access to proprietary catheter and balloon technologies. “Lubrizol continues to invest in opportunities that position us as a full-service development partner for innovative OEMs in the interventional space,” Uwe Winzen, general manager of the Health business of Lubrizol Life Science, stated in a news release. “Our customers will benefit from additional design capabilities, an increased global footprint, and synergies with our existing formulation and manufacturing services.”

    [Logo courtesy of THE LUBRIZOL CORP.]


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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