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Supplier Stories for the Week of July 28

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of July 28.

  • Placon was recently recognized as an AmeriStar award winner in the Medical Device award category for its design for the ORTHOFIX Medical Tray. The design suspends a set of HA-coated medical device screws, preventing abrasion or rubbing off of the critical coating that needs to be on each screw for proper medical operating room usage, Placon reported in a news release. 

    The company was also recognized for designs sumitted in the "Household" and "Saves Food - Foodservice" categories.

    “Our design team continues to lead the industry to innovative packaging design in the retail, food, and medical markets," said Dan Mohs, Placon’s Chairman and CEO, in the release. "The 2019 AmeriStar awards validate this leadership and serve as reminder that packaging break-through is a result of collaboration with customers. We are helping our customers find new packaging solutions that bring long-term success for their products and brands.” 

    [Image courtesy of PLACON]

  • IMI Precision Engineering has introduced a new electric Proportional Pinch Valve (PPV) system, offering control of flow and pressure within a flexible tube.

    The pinch heads are designed for washdown and clean room applications and control high media/fluid pressures up to 75 psig (5.2 barg) while supporting flexible tubing sizes ranging from 0.063 to 1.625 in. O.D. (1.6mm to 41mm O.D.). Such a range enables support of a larger variety of applications, including systems where small amounts of media need to be controlled very accurately or larger systems where high flow rates are required.  

    “Our PPV series is designed to proportionally and more accurately control the media within the flexible tubing,” stated Peter Jensen, product manager for IMI Norgren, in a news release.  “This new product is ideal for applications where sterility and washdown procedures are needed and where proportional and accurate control of the pinching of the tubing that controls the fluid are necessary.

    “In an ever-growing number of applications, where customers are looking to better control their media in markets like bio-processing, medical device, drug dispensing, bio-technology, food and beverage, and chemical processing, this could be the perfect solution," he added. "The new electric PPV is driven by a high-force, high-accuracy linear drive with integrated encoder and a controller and software developed specifically for fluid control applications.”

    [Image courtesy of IMI PRECISION ENGINEERING]


  • Pleora Technologies has introduced new embedded hardware and IP solutions for integrating high-bandwidth Gigabit Ethernet connectivity into flat panel detectors (FPDs). Pleora's products are used in new and retrofit radiography, panoramic dental, and other applications.

    “The X-ray FPD market is growing rapidly, with new applications including non-destructive testing, food inspection, infrastructure monitoring, and border point-of-entry security alongside expanding demand for imaging systems to diagnose and treat medical conditions,” stated Harry Page, president, Pleora Technologies, in a news release. “Our extensive portfolio of off-the-shelf sensor interfaces significantly reduce cost and time when compared with in-house design, allowing manufacturers to quickly develop and market higher bandwidth FPDs for new applications.”

    The iPORT NTx-Mini-S embedded interface is a compact, low profile, small footprint drop-in solution measuring just 43.0 x 67.1 x 5.0 millimeters (mm). Embedded hardware converts sensor data to packets and sends it with low, consistent end-to-end latency over a 1 Gbps GigE link to receiving software or hardware at distances up to 100 meters over a standard Ethernet connection, the company reported.

    [Image courtesy of PLEORA TECHNOLOGIES]

  • Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH (SW)'s fully automated dual-spindle machining center BA 321 produces two completely machined forceps halves every three minutes. According to SW's press release, the company took on a large-scale production project about two years ago: manufacturing neurosurgery forceps made of aluminum for grasping tissue components while at the same time stopping minor bleeding with electrical pulses. Integrated into each arm of the forceps are minute tubes through which an irrigation fluid can be directed into the operating area. The instrument requires "very time-consuming manufacturing with numerous mechanical and manual work cycles, all of which must meet strict quality requirements," the company reported. Many of these work cycles have to be carried out under a microscope, it added.

    The automated dual-spindle BA 321 machining center from SW is used to mill the forceps halves made of aluminum, delivering two completely milled forceps halves in just three minutes. Automation enables the system to operate around the clock, largely without supervision.

    Joint development and project planning with the customer as well as setup and trials up to acceptance lasted until June 2018, SW reported. The system was placed in operation at the operating site in June/July 2018, ramp-up began in November 2018, and production has been running in 24/6 operation since March 2019. The system sometimes runs for up to a week with no human interaction other than supplying material and removing finished milled parts, SW reported.

    [Image courtesy of Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH; Source: Klaus Vollrath]

  • Applied Motion Products has purchased land to build its new corporate headquarters in Morgan Hill, CA. The new headquarters will consolidate all U.S. operations, which are currently in two separate buildings in Watsonville, CA. These include production, warehouse, operations, engineering, customer service, and executive management in one location for greater efficiencies and synergy among the different departments. Operations will continue in the Watsonville headquarters without interruption during construction.

    “The new corporate headquarters marks a milestone in Applied Motion Product’s growth,” notes Don Macleod, President and CEO, in a news release. “The size, layout, and location will allow us to optimize operations, better serve customers, accommodate business expansion and proactively collaborate with other tech companies in Silicon Valley.”

    The larger facility will accommodate growth in the design and manufacture of motion control products including step motors, servo motors, drives, and controls. 

    The company expects to break ground on phase one of its new headquarters in November 2019, with construction completion anticipated for December 2020. 

    [Image courtesy of APPLIED MOTION PRODUCTS]

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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