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Supplier Stories for the Week of March 11

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of March 11.

  • 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.”


  • Loftware Inc. has acquired Gap Systems

    Loftware Inc. has acquired Gap Systems, a provider of SaaS-based artwork management solutions headquartered in the United Kingdom. The acquisition unites complementary companies, teams, and solutions: Loftware helps users produce bar code labels and documents across the supply chain, while Gap Systems controls packaging artwork processes throughout the product lifecycle. Loftware’s cloud-based digital platform combines its Enterprise Labeling Solution, Loftware Spectrum, which was designed to meet complex labeling requirements, with Smartflow, Gap Systems’s flagship product. 

    “Several years ago, Loftware pioneered the Enterprise Labeling market by recognizing the need to focus on complex, high-volume labeling for large organizations. Now we are transforming the Label and Artwork Management space by delivering this unprecedented platform,” commented Loftware President and CEO, Robert O’Connor, Jr., in a news release.  “Our customers and the market will greatly benefit from our strategic vision, broader and deeper solutions, global scale, and continued world-class services and support," he added.

    Available for SaaS, cloud-based, or on premise deployment, the platform integrates with existing business processes and empowers business users to manage variability with dynamic, data-driven printing to ensure greater consistency and accuracy, Loftware reported. Organizations can now manage content (including images, artworks, warnings, translations, and phrases) used for both labeling and packaging with a workflow that supports a broad range of labels and artworks.

    [Image courtesy of LOFTWARE INC.]

  • Qosina slide clamps

    Qosina offers approximately 50 off-the-shelf slide clamps in an assortment of colors, sizes, and configurations, including open-jaw and closed versions. Slide clamps can be used to control the flow of fluid in a line. Featuring a graduated opening through which a tube passes, the product clamps off the tube when pushed into the narrow end of the opening, reducing or shutting off the flow of fluid.

    Qosina originally featured six unique slide clamps in its first catalog nearly 40 years ago and over the years has added and removed parts as needed. It has, however, consistently carried five of its original six slide clamps, proving that these components can stand the test of time, the company reported. 

    Customizable options are available, too.

    [Image courtesy of QOSINA]

  • Norman Tool Inc.

    Conductive test probes/finger probes from Norman Tool Inc. allow electrical current to pass through them, suiting them for cycle testing of touch screens as well as switches, buttons, keypads, keyboards, and membrane switches. These finger test probes can be used with the company's Pneumatic Finger Testers and Motion Pro Testers, and they can be used with custom-designed testers, other life cycle and fatigue testers, or switch, screen, and bounce testers. 

    Available in a variety of mounting thread options, the probes conform to ASTM 1578 and ASTM 1597 Fig. 1 or Fig. 2. The hardness and dimensional aspects of the test probes are maintained and tested to match these standard button and switch testing specifications, the company reported. Life-cycle testing and even cosmetic wear testing can be performed.

    The company also offers regular silicone finger probes for applications that do not require conductive properties.

    [Image courtesy of NORMAN TOOL INC.]

  • Jomar Corp.

    Jomar Corp. is expanding its IntelliDrive series of next-generation injection blow molding (IBM) machines, which feature custom-designed servo-driven hydraulic systems. The company offers IBM machinery for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, personal care, and other products industries and will announce the launch at NPE 2018 in May.

    Jomar’s large machine line is converting to IntelliDrive technology and discontinuing the company’s standard hydraulic Model 175, the company reported. “These changes reflect the confidence we have in the capabilities of our innovative IntelliDrive technology and the level of energy savings that our customers are realizing,” said Ron Gabriele, Sales Manager for Jomar, in a news release.

    The series features precise servo-driven hydraulics that reduce energy consumption by up to 50% compared to standard hydraulic machines, depending on container specification and material process, it was reported. Jomar engineers worked with Bosch Rexroth to develop a proprietary use of servo-driven hydraulic technology to power the plastifier. 

    [Image courtesy of JOMAR CORP.]

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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