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Supplier Stories for the Week of July 15

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of July 15.

  • 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.”


  • VaporTech has unveiled its VT-3000i coating machine that can deposit a wide range of materials using physical vapor deposition (PVD) or plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE-CVD), as well as coating temperature-sensitive substrates using its low-temperature arc vapor deposition technology (LTAVD). These coating technologies deposit a wide range of metallic colors, from chrome through black, to gold, brass, nickel, or bronze, as well as diamond-like carbon (DLC) and an array of functional coatings.

    Taking up about 40% less space than its predecessor, the smaller-footprint VT-3000i system is easier to integrate into manufacturing facilities. Bringing such a system in-house enables manufacturers to use VaporTech R&D scientists to create unique coatings that can differentiate and add value to products, the company reported in a news release. Manufacturers can also gain control of the coating process and save considerable time previously spent packaging, sending, and waiting for a third party to coat and return parts.

    [Image courtesy of VAPORTECH]

  • Qosina has added four new closed male luer lock valve connectors to its existing line of luer-activated valves. The normally closed male valves connect directly to a female luer lock or luer-activated valve and disconnect simply by twisting counterclockwise. The connectors can be used for flushing and drainage applications, for preventing dripping and leakage, and for restricting the free flow of fluids. They completely close upon disconnection, eliminating the need for clamping or capping.

    Suitable for gamma and EtO sterilization, these valves are DEHP free.

    Qosina's catalog features more than 5000 products, and the company offers free samples of most items. Qosina is ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and ISO 14001 registered and operates in a 95,000-sq-ft facility with an ISO Class 8 cleanroom. 

  • For the clinical diagnostic market, Emerson is expanding its ASCO Series 045 solenoid pinch valves to include a new 3-way format. The series previously included only 2-way normally-closed (NC) and normally-open (NO) options, the company reported in a news release. The valves can be used to control the flow of aggressive, high-purity fluids in clinical diagnostic technologies and bioinstrumentation, including hematology platforms.

    The valves are designed with hermetic separation of the control mechanism and fluid, preventing particulate contamination and ensuring sample and reagent purity. Available in a variety of body sizes, the series meets all relevant CE directives and is RoHS compliant.

    Emerson will showcase its ASCO Series 045 solenoid pinch valves and other fluid-handling components in Booth #1467 at the upcoming 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, to be held July 29th to August 2nd at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.

    [Image courtesy of EMERSON]

  • PPC Flexible Packaging has completed the first phase of a facilities and equipment expansion and upgrade of production capacities for its Precision Clean cleanroom packaging business. The company purchased its Buffalo Grove based business as Fisher Container Corp. in February 2017.

    “We’re excited to announce this expansion, which will allow us to meet growing demand with a wider selection of products,” stated Brian Ivey, VP Sales, Precision Clean Packaging, in a news release. “These new capabilities will increase our capacity and product offering to PPC’s valued customers and position us well for the underlying growth we are experiencing in our healthcare and critical environment packaging markets.”

    In addition to the physical upgrades, the company has added production and quality associates and additional product development engineering resources to its team.

    The investment for the first phase was greater than $2 million. The second phase will entail the installation of a new pouch machine in the third quarter of 2018. The comprehensive plan includes enlarging production infrastructure for its ISO certified Class 4 and 7 cleanrooms, adding several new pouch-making machines, upgrading testing equipment, and installation of a new ERP system.

    [Logo courtesy of PPC FLEXIBLE PACKAGING]

  • NewTek Sensor Solutions introduces a miniaturized series of AC-operated position sensors with a lightweight and compact 3/8-in.-diam size that provides highly reliable linear position feedback in rugged industrial applications with tight space and weight restrictions. The NewTek M-375 Series Miniature AC LVDTs can serve as components within medical devices with tight space restrictions and high accuracy requirements.

    Featuring a corrosion-resistant, nickel-iron alloy housing and core, the sensors can operate in temperature extremes of -65°F to +275°F (-55°C to +°135C), with optionally extended ranges of -65°F to 400°F (55°C to 204°C ). A vented design exposing the interior coil assembly equalizes pressure inside and outside the LVDT, enabling greater endurance to high pressure and temperature as well as shock and vibration, it was reported in a news release.

    The LVDTs are available in measurement ranges from ± 0.025 to ± 1 in. and provide linearity of < ± 0.25% over the full range with feature excellent repeatability of <0.01% of full range. They can be used as drop-in replacements to magnetostrictive sensors.

    [Image courtesy of NEWTEK SENSOR SOLUTIONS]

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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