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Supplier Stories for the Week of June 2

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of June 2, as they preview their Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East exhibits.

  • Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group will showcase its range of 400RXMD panel mount pumps at Booth #1656 at MD&M East June 11-13, 2019, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

    The 400RXMD DriveSure range offers medical device specialists serving the surgical ablation market a single-source solution for pumps, motors, gearboxes, and controls. The range was developed to enable engineers to bring products to market faster and with less engineering cost by eliminating the time, design uncertainty, and risks associated with separate pump component specifications. Available in configurations that match customer flow, pressure and rotation direction requirements, DriveSure directly accepts market-standard analog control signals.

    The company will showcase how the 400RXMD DriveSure pumps can deliver very low flows with high backpressure up to 87 psi through catheters or needles, in cooling applications. The pumps also feature a tube holder that ensures the tube is in the right position every time the safety guard is closed.


  • AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. will showcase Amolea AT2, a fluorinated precision cleaning solvent that offers medical device manufacturers an alternative to n-propyl bromide and trichloroethylene solvents, at MD&M East Booth #2046. Amolea AT2 is used to clean a range of medical devices such as orthopedic implants, catheters, tubes, scopes, needles, dental devices and surgical tools, and more.

    Amolea AT2 has no ozone depletion potential, has low global warming potential, and is non-flammable, the company reported in a news release. Using Amolea AT2 is energy efficient because of its low latent heat of vaporization, it added.

    Amolea AT2 offers solvency with a wide variety of press, cutting, silicone and refrigerant oils; greases; asphalt pitches; and fluxes used in the electronics industry. It is approved for use as a precision cleaner, defluxing agent, carrier solvent for silicone and fluorinated lubricants, and moisture displacement fluid.

    Amolea AT2 is part of AGC's AsahiKlin AE-3000 series of environmentally sensible fluorinated solvents, which were designed to replace halogenated solvents.

    [Image courtesy of AGC CHEMICALS AMERICAS INC.]

  • Protolabs has launched production capabilities for its metal 3D printing service, using secondary processes to improve the strength, dimensional accuracy, and cosmetic appearance of metal parts. Enhanced inspection reporting is also available.

    “We see it every day. The designers and engineers we work with in industries like aerospace and medtech are choosing additive manufacturing for complex components in high-requirement applications,” said Greg Thompson, global product manager for 3D printing at Protolabs, in a news release. “These new production capabilities help them optimize their designs to enhance performance, reduce costs, and consolidate supply chains—and do so much faster than ever before.”

    Protolabs uses direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology—which is ISO 9001 and AS9100D-certified—to 3D print metal production parts. Once parts are built, several secondary options like post-process machining, tapping, reaming, and heat treatments, are possible, and quality control measures like powder analysis, material traceability, and process validation are taken, the company stated in the release.

    The launch demonstrates Protolabs’s effort toward advancing industrial 3D printing beyond prototyping. “We’re committed to servicing our customers’ needs throughout the product life cycle across both conventional and additive manufacturing processes,” added Thompson.

    Protolabs has also joined GE’s Additive Manufacturing Networkand MIT's Additive Manufacturing Consortium along with teaming with Wohlers Associates for an immersive 3D printing design course. The company has also added capacity to support its growth with more than 25 GE Additive Concept Laser Mlab and M2 machines for DMLS production.

    Protolabs will be exhibiting at Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Booth #415, which is co-located with MD&M East at the Javits Center. 

    [Image courtesy of PROTOLABS]

  • Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, reports that MedTech Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global health and medical technology market, has selected its Connected Health Platform (CHP) as the winner of its “Best Overall Connected Healthcare Solution” award in the 2019 MedTech Breakthrough Awards program.

    The Phillips-Medisize CHP offers information sharing, analytics capabilities, robust cybersecurity, and streamlined regulatory documentation to support medical device, pharmaceutical, and diagnostics companies. The CHP is registered with FDA as a Medical Device Data System (MDDS) and is designed to support patients with their medication regimes and related data through intuitive mobile apps and reminders to support and motivate users. 

    The CHP and other Phillips-Medisize medical device solutions will be showcased at MD&M East Booth #1615.

    “We extend a hearty congratulations to the Phillips-Medisize team on their success and innovation in the connected health space and are proud to recognize them as a marquee 2019 MedTech Breakthrough Award winner,” said James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough, in a news release issued by Phillips-Medisize. “Their cloud-based CHP helps pharmaceutical companies and drug delivery device developers tackle the worldwide challenge of patient medication adherence, while speeding development time to market and keeping healthcare costs down.”

    “We thank the MedTech Breakthrough organization for taking the time and effort to acknowledge Phillips-Medisize for our CHP solution,” added Matt Jennings, CEO and President of Phillips-Medisize, in the release. “We’re honored to receive this award as a testament that our global team of experts continues to deliver innovative ideas to help transform the diagnosis and delivery of healthcare.”

    Phillips-Medisize’s CHP comes with a Software Development Toolkit (SDK) and defined, extensible API, allowing any device to be connected to the system. 

    [Image courtesy of PHILLIPS-MEDISIZE]

  • Polygon Co. will showcase its high-performance PolyMed Composite Tubing for surgical applications at MD&M East Booth #967. The tubing is suited for use in electro-surgical devices (both monopolar and bipolar), surgical ablation tools, suction irrigation or trocar cannula, endoscopic/laparoscopic instruments, and robotic surgery technologies.

    Described by the company as lightweight and strong, PolyMed Composite Tubing is invisible to X-ray, thermally insulating, and non-conductive. Rigid or flexible according to client needs, PolyMed could serve as a drop-in replacement for stainless-steel tubing in a variety of endoscopic and laparoscopic instrumentation applications. PolyMed Tubing is ISO 10993 compliant and can be sterilized, the company stated in a news release. 

    “Composites are an excellent replacement for stainless steel tubing and other metals in medical applications," said Ted Wallace, director of sales and marketing at Polygon, in the release. "PolyMed’s features and benefits out-do metal on multiple important factors, including patient protection.”

    [Image courtesy of POLYGON CO.]

  • BOSTONtec will exhibit its electric height-adjustable workstations at MD&M East Booth #1367. The workstation to be displayed is specifically engineered for the modern medical and assembly workforce and allows for a wide variety of physical adjustments to suit nearly any body type and/or physical accommodation or consideration, while also adjusting to a variety of work tasks, the company reported. BOSTONtec ergonomic workstations can be found in cleanrooms across the country, it added. 

    "While automation in the workplace has improved quality and efficiencies dramatically in modern work environments, many of the remaining manual tasks are often repetitive and can cause injury or other WMSDs (work-related musculoskeletal disorders)," said Kelly Wehner, president of BOSTONtec, in a news release. "Finding and retaining workers for these repetitive tasks is becoming increasingly difficult for companies. In a tight labor market employee retention is a major success factor."

    The workstation's design is intended to address ergonomics, function, and ease-of-use concerns. Proper reach zones, optimized for both task type and frequency of use, help maximize workflow efficiency and accuracy, while significantly reducing risk of work-related injuries, the company reported, adding that an overall comfortable working experience increases worker satisfaction, thus increasing worker retention. 

    [Image courtesy of BOSTONTEC]

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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