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Supplier Stories for the Week of June 24

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of June 24.

  • 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.”


  • Zytronic, a manufacturer of Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT and MPCT) touch sensors, is launching touch controllers for use with surgical gloves. The new ZXY500 multi-touch controllers are offered with custom-designed touch sensors with no minimum order quantity.

    “Touch interfaces are growing in popularity in medical instruments and patient care systems as they are more reliable and intuitive than classic buttons and switches," stated Ian Crosby, sales and marketing director, in a news release. "Our new touch controllers will accelerate that trend as they have been specifically designed to work reliably in real world rather than ideal conditions. Surgical gloves, contaminants, and electrical noise are no longer a barrier to reliable recognition of touches on the screen.”

    The ZXY500 enables full multi-touch performance and is suitable for instrumentation and systems used in operating theatres, wards, surgeries, and patients' homes. The controllers can reliably detect touches through over 8 mm of overlaying cover glass, even with gloved hands. The screen's surface can be cleaned and will continue to work even if not completely dry. Touch sensors with antimicrobial coatings are available. The ZXY500 achieves its performance and noise immunity thanks to a 40V on-board drive signal coupled with new proprietary touch-sensing algorithms.

    The new controllers offer plug-and-play operation with later Windows operating systems and also support Linux and Android versions designed for multi-touch.

    [Image courtesy of ZYTRONIC DISPLAYS LTD.]

  • MDI has received ISO 13485:2016 certification, allowing the company to offer assembly, kitting, and packaging services to medical device companies. Nearly 50 percent of the nonprofit manufacturing company's employees are people with disabilities, and its mission is to offer inclusive employment opportunities and services.

    “We believe we are the only nonprofit in the state that has this certification,” stated Peter McDermott, president and CEO of MDI, in a news release. “This allows us to extend our high-quality labor and services to medical device manufacturers, ultimately providing more jobs for people with disabilities.”

    With the recent certification as well as build-out of a 2000-sq-ft white room space, the company seeks to attract more opportunities throughout the United States and from the nearly 700 medical device companies that have headquarters or major operations in Minnesota. “Achieving this certification is imperative to building strong, long-standing partnerships with medical device companies,” said Nathan Trout, medical sales account manager at MDI, in the release. “We are now uniquely positioned to provide services to a whole new sector of business.”

    ISO 13485:2016 is a global certification for a quality management system for medical devices and related services that consistently meet customer and applicable regulatory requirements. “High-quality, skilled packaging and assembly options for medical devices are in high demand,” said MDI advisory board member Jim Vogl, who also serves as vice president and general manager of Patient Services & Monitoring at Medtronic, quoted in the release. “Adding another option that is also a nonprofit with strong values is beneficial for medical device companies and everyone that MDI serves.”

    [Image courtesy of MDI)

  • Actega DS offers a thermoplastic elastomer portfolio for medical tubing that is free of latex, silicone, and phthalates, intended to meet normative, toxicological, biological, and customized requirements such as USP Class VI, ISO 10993-11 (system toxicity) or ISO 10993-10 (sensitization and irritation). The materials can be adapted to a wide variety of requirements and offer adhesive properties when bonded with thermoplastics such as PE, PP, PS, ABS, PC, and PA, even with continuous media contact and increased temperatures.

    The company offers customized material developments for medical tubes and other medical applications.

    [Image courtesy of ACTEGA DS]

  • SEPAC, a manufacturer of motion control products including electromagnetic clutches and brakes designs for medical applications, and Placid Industries, a manufacturer of magnetic particle brakes/clutches, hysteresis brakes, and controls, have integrated their businesses after a recent merger. Together, the companies offer OEMs a wider range of low-cost motion control solutions and application expertise. SEPAC, for instance, has provided zero backlash/high-precision components for surgical robotics and patient beds, lift equipment, etc., explained a spokesperson.

    “We are enormously excited to scale our business with the iconic Placid Industries brand,” stated John Meier, President of SEPAC, in a press release. “Our strategic acquisition and integration builds out our product line across the full range of the clutch and brake spectrum, brings superior product performance with our proprietary de-cogging technology for smooth running torque, provides the best pricing in the market, and ships same day for rapid turnaround.”

    “Placid brings more than 50 years of strong technical product performance and applications expertise with a diversified, global customer base on a recurring revenue business model built on rapid deliveries and responsive customer service,” said Lonnie Reid, Placid Industries, in the release. “We look forward to leveraging SEPAC’s robust engineering resources and market footprint to grow our respective franchises together as one leader in motion control.”

    [Logo courtesy of SEPAC]

  • CSP Technologies Inc. has completed a 100,000-sq-ft facility expansion at its Auburn, AL. The company develops packaging solutions for diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, food, and and other products. The expansion includes CSP Technologies’s first-ever onsite Material Science Lab, which supports streamlined collaboration between engineers, R&D, and production personnel. Other areas in the facility will be utilized for labeling and other secondary packaging processes. 

    “The advancements at our new space allow CSP Technologies to expand our capabilities and continue to offer our clients the best service possible,” said John Belfance, CEO of CSP Technologies, in the release. “Enhancing the robustness of our onsite R&D activities is a particularly promising update. As the industry continues to evolve, we are confident that our facility will accommodate an ever-growing array of services while prioritizing innovation, quality and customer satisfaction.”

    The company states that the expansion was needed to support growth in several sectors, particularly pharmaceutical packaging and medical devices. The company had previously added a new thermoforming line. Over the last three years, CSP Technologies has increased its global in-house design, engineering, material science, and project management capabilities.

    [Image courtesy of CSP TECHNOLOGIES]

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