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Supplier Stories for the Week of March 10

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of March 10.

  • Evonik has developed a new radiopaque plastic material of implant quality on the basis of polyether ether ketone (PEEK). VESTAKEEP i-Grade PEEK with Barium Sulfate eases radiographic contrast without the disadvantage of artifact formation, as can be the case with other popular materials for implant technology, the company explained in a news release. In addition, implants made of the new VESTAKEEP i-Grade PEEK do not get warm during magnetic resonance tomography. 

    VESTAKEEP i-Grade PEEK has been used for years in medical applications such as spinal implants, sports medicine, cardiovascular devices, maxillofacial surgery, and others.

    VESTAKEEP i-Grade PEEK material can be delivered in granulate form or as semi-finished products such as plastic plates or rods. The i-Grade PEEK with Barium Sulfate has different compound fill rates for different applications needs.

    Evonik has more than 50 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of high-performance plastics.

    [Image courtesy of EVONIK]

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  • S.S. White Technologies designs and manufactures flexible shafts for tools used in surgeries and minimally invasive procedures. The company shared the following medical applications:

    • AAA - Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
    • Meniscular tear repair.
    • Heart valve repair.
    • Handheld screw driver.
    • Contrast dye injection.
    • Breast biopsy.
    • Transesophageal echocardiogram.
    • Bariatic surgery.
    • Lasik surgery.

    Flexible shafts transmit rotary motion much like a solid shaft, but can be curved over, under, and around areas in ways a solid shaft cannot, S.S. White reported. It can provide customers with custom flexible shaft solutions designed for specific applications. 

    Flexible shafts are typically manufactured from stainless steel or phosphor bronze and in many cases are made to be highly flexible, even more so than flexible shafts used in other industries, the company reported.

    [Image courtesy of S.S. WHITE]

    Editor's Note: If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in future weekly roundups, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

  • Citation Healthcare Labels LLC, a subsidiary of AWT Labels & Packaging, has refreshed its Web site to add product information and provide access to industry experts.  Citation manufactures clinical trial labeling and has grown its product line to include medical device labels.

    “With the refresh of our Web site, Citation’s visitors will have the ability to keep current with the latest products and news in the industry," said Richard Bolnick, president of Citation Healthcare Labels LLC, in a news release. 

    The site will be updated monthly with new Citation Expert blog entries covering information on internal procedures, industry updates, and relevant topics. It also allows visitors to navigate to AWT’s product line.

    The new site is "powered by technologies that increase performance, responsiveness, and security of our web pages," it was reported.

    [Image courtesy of CITATION HEALTHCARE LABELS LLC, A SUBSIDIARY OF AWT LABELS & PACKAGING]

    Editor's Note: If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in future weekly roundups, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

  • Jenoptik has formed an agreement with a leading life science company to develop and produce a microscopy imaging instrument based on Jenoptik's technology SYIONS. The SYIONS system combines partially standardized optical, opto-mechanical, and electronic modules with imaging and control software for easy integration into existing instruments or new developments.

    “With SYIONS, Jenoptik is focusing its extensive expertise in digital imaging on the fast growing biophotonics market, and we are very excited about this partnership with a leading company in the global life sciences market,” said Dr. Stefan Traeger, President and CEO of Jenoptik, in a news statement.

    Jenoptik is a globally operating technology group. Its Light & Optics division is a global OEM supplier of solutions and products based on photonics technologies.

    [Logo courtesy of JENOPTIK]

    Editor's Note: If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in future weekly roundups, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

  • Polygon Co. has released a table comparing its PolyMed Composite Tubing with stainless-steel tubing. PolyMed could serve as a drop-in replacement for stainless steel tubing in a variety of endoscopic and laparoscopic instrumentation applications, the company reported in a news release.

    Applications for PolyMed Composite Tubing include electro-surgical devices (both monopolar and bipolar), surgical ablation tools, suction irrigation or trocar cannula, endoscopic/laparoscopic instruments, and robotic surgery technologies, it was reported. 

    PolyMed Composite Tubing is lightweight, invisible to X-ray, thermally insulating, sterilizable, and non-conductive. It can be braided, circumferentially wound, and unidirectional, and it is ISO-10993 compliant, it was reported.

    [Image courtesy of POLYGON CO.]

    Editor's Note: If you have news you’d like to submit for potential inclusion in future weekly roundups, please send a press release and any related images to [email protected] with the subject line “Supplier Stories.”

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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