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Supplier Stories for the Week of March 18

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of March 18.

  • 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.”


  • Protolabs

    Protolabs has purchased a new manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park, MN. The new 152,000-sq-ft facility will be expanded by another 50,000 sq ft and used primarily for CNC machining, the company reported in a news release, adding that the plant is scheduled to become fully operational by the end of 2018.  

    The new facility is part of Protolabs's efforts to expand its manufacturing capacity. For instance, over the past year, the company has purchased more than 75 CNC mills and 25 injection molding presses in the United States as well as 25 CNC machines and six injection molding presses for its facility in Telford, UK.

    “We are excited about the growth we’ve experienced in machining,” said Rob Bodor, Protolabs’s Vice President and General Manager, Americas, in the release. “Opening an additional facility in Brooklyn Park, along with investing in more machining and injection molding equipment around the world, demonstrates our ability to evolve and increase the services we provide to our customers as we capture share in this dynamic market. We helped over 35,000 product developers last year, and this added capacity will provide the scale to continue serving companies from innovative startups to Fortune 100 companies and everyone in between.” 

    About 225 jobs at the company's Plymouth, MN, plant will move to the Brooklyn Park facility, which will allow the company to expand the injection molding capacity in the Plymouth facility.

    [Image courtesy of PROTOLABS]

  • Argo Translation

    Argo Translation has achieved ISO 13485:2016 registration, allowing Argo's translation work for the medical devices industry to meet this internationally agreed-upon standard, the company stated.

    "We have a deep understanding of the accuracy required to work in the medical devices field,” said founder and CEO Peter Argondizzo in a news release. “Argo has clients who make defibrillators, bedside monitors, and HIV testing devices. The stakes are high, and obtaining this registration is one way we can clearly communicate our level of dedication to quality."

    Argo Translation provides specialized and professional language translation services for all industries. It maintains teams of linguists around the world, enabling it to capture not only the technical meaning but also the appropriate and necessary cultural understanding for all translations, the company states. Its Regulatory Compliance Platform (RCP) provides secure online access and reporting capabilities to support translation and localization procedures for a complete audit trail on every project. 

    Argo Translation's ISO registrations now include ISO 9001:2015, ISO 17100:2015, and ISO 13485:2016. "These certifications ensure that we are prepared to handle translation projects for the manufacturing and medical device industries with the strictest regulatory guidelines," Argondizzo said.

    [Logo courtesy of ARGO TRANSLATION]

  • Timestrip

    Timestrip is launching a new controlled room temperature (CRT) indicator that can provide evidence of temperature excursions during the storage or transport of medical products outside the 15°-25°C (59°-77°F) range. Controlled room temperature or ambient shipping and storage is an increasing concern for the healthcare sector around the world as adoption of international Good Distribution Practice (GDP) increases, the company reports.

    The indicators are intended to travel with products from manufacturer through to end user and can provide a visible indication should transport or storage conditions depart from acceptable temperature thresholds. The new product will be produced from April, it was reported.

    “This CRT product is the latest in our range of low-cost, simple-to-use indicators,” said Timestrip CEO Reuben Isbitsky in a news release. “These are all based on predictable chemical processes, so avoiding the need for supplied power as with more complicated approaches.”

    [Image courtesy of TIMESTRIP]

  • Weber Packaging Solutions

    Weber Packaging Solutions is launching the Alpha HSM high-speed labeling system that can be provided in ten different versions to fit just about any labeling application, the company reported in a news release. Available in right- or left-hand versions, the Alpha HSM has 5.3-in. (135-mm), 7.8-in. (200-mm), 9.8-in. (250-mm), and 12.6-in. (320-mm) label width versions.  Application modules for the HSM include a fixed peeler plate, a swiveling peeler plate, a pneumatic peeler plate, and adjustable peeler plate or a pneumatic applicator. Label sensors can handle standard and transparent labels.

    Three different user interfaces are available including OLED display, external PLC module, or a web-based control. The system is IP65 certified for dust and water spray protection and is constructed of durable aluminum with high rigidity for all working label widths.

    [Image courtesy of WEBER PACKAGING SOLUTIONS]

  • Micronor

    Micronor Inc., a manufacturer of fiber optic kinetic sensors for industrial and medical applications, has been certified under ISO 9001:2015 as of March 5, 2018, by TUV Nord USA.

    “Formal ISO certification is helping us further grow the company, while maintaining our high quality standards and satisfying customer needs to seamlessly integrate us into their quality system," said Robert Rickenbach, President and Chief Engineer, in a news release.

    Micronor offers fiber-optic position sensors, rotary encoders, linear encoders, signaling, temperature sensors, and more. These sensors are designed for challenging applications where immunity to EMI, RFI, microwaves, high voltage, magnetic fields, radiation and/or explosive atmospheres is required, as well as MRI compatibility or long distance operation, the company reported.

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