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Supplier Stories for the Week of March 22

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of March 22, with many suppliers responding to needs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Web Industries Inc.

    Precision converter and contract manufacturer Web Industries Inc. has allocated production capacity at its Lateral Flow Diagnostic Center of Excellence in Holliston, MA, to support developers of COVID-19 lateral flow immunoassay (LFI) diagnostic tests. LFI tests are one type of diagnostic device under research and development as public health leaders seek solutions to efficiently test large numbers of people for COVID-19, the company reported in a news release.

    "As the medical community mobilizes in response to ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, rapid diagnostics will play an increasingly crucial role in slowing the spread of the disease,” said Kevin Young, Web Industries' vice president of corporate development, in the release. “As an independent U.S. manufacturing partner, we’re ready to play our part in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.”

    The 6,500-sq-ft Lateral Flow Diagnostic Center of Excellence offers the following services:

    • Automated reel-to-reel medical device production
    • In-house biochemistry lab
    • Reagent deposition
    • LFI strip manufacturing
    • Device assembly and packaging

    Web Industries’ medical team has devised processes to help LFI device manufacturers expedite the transition from the research lab to large-volume reel-to-reel production of millions of tests. The company offers an LFI economic and manufacturing model to device developers, academic researchers. and companies responding to U.S. market needs for COVID-19 test kits.

    “Our LFI manufacturing plant is ready to work on a priority basis to be part of the solution,” Young stated. “We can help LFI device developers to efficiently scale up production after they discover a viable LFI solution.”

    [Image courtesy of WEB INDUSTRIES INC.]

  • Smalley

    Smalley announces the launch of the Smalley Web Store and Live Chat for U.S.-based visitors, who can now order wave springs, retaining rings, and constant section rings.

    After creating an account, approved users have access to:

    • Convenient 24/7 ordering online
    • More than 9,000 of the company's most popular parts available
    • View product pricing in real-time with no need to wait for a quotation
    • Part comparison tool
    • Wish lists to save part numbers for quick ordering
    • Easy reorder with saved history
    • Quick check-out with credit card (PO terms not accepted)

    "We strive to be at the forefront of the industry and help our customers every step of the way. The Smalley Web Store is a simple and convenient way to order our parts so that we can better serve our customers," said Robert Thompson, Smalley's director of marketing, in a news release. "Launching an online store is just another way we try to make our customers' lives easier and enhance their Smalley experience."

    The Live Chat customer support is available online during regular business hours, and it allows customers to receive a real-time response from Engineering and Technical Support for product, application, and quotation assistance.

    Smalley's customer support system also includes free-sample programs for prototyping, a full product-line CAD library, hundreds of engineering resources within the Online Resource Library, and an Ask the Expert program where technical questions can be submitted to an engineer.

    [Image courtesy of SMALLEY]

  • Sensirion

    Sensirion manufactures environmental and flow sensors for respiratory devices such as ventilators, currently in heightened demand during the coronavirus pandemic, and the company is working on a new solution to help these manufacturers.

    “As the crisis has developed, demand for our medical flow sensors has increased substantially in countries and regions such as Switzerland, the USA, China, the UK, Germany, and Oceania. We are doing everything we can to ensure these life-saving sensors are delivered to patients. The fantastic commitment of our employees paired with our Purchasing department’s proactive planning means that we have been able to complete all deliveries on schedule so far,” explained Andrea Orzati, vice president marketing & sales at Sensirion, in a news release.

    Sensirion offers support for manufacturers of respiratory devices to ensure their equipment is fitted with accurate sensor technology that enables time-resolved flow and volume measurements, the company reported. Continuous air-flow measurements in patient monitoring during anesthesia, intensive medical treatment, and other clinical or outpatient settings provide important information for ventilation and regulating a patient’s breathing, the company shared.

    In addition, Sensirion's "development team is currently working intensively on a new sensor solution that can be quickly manufactured on a wide scale and integrated into existing respiratory devices," reported Pascal Gerner, director, product management at Sensirion. "This will allow manufacturers to quickly produce safe, reliable respiratory devices in sufficient numbers as the crisis continues.”

    The company's products utilize its patented CMOSens Technology, which allows for intelligent system integration of the sensor element, logic, calibration data, and digital interface on a single chip.

    [Image courtesy of SENSIRION]

  • Qosina

    Qosina Corp. established a COVID-19 task force several weeks ago, and Scott Herskovitz, president and CEO, has provided a statement on the company's actions and  precautionary measures. Qosina supplies stock components to medical and pharmaceutical companies globally.

    Qosina has activated its ISO 22301 business continuity management system. "Our crisis management team developed an emergency plan to ensure that our mission critical functions are up and running so that we may continue to provide you with an outstanding level of service," explained Herskovitz in the letter to customers. "Our customer service, sales, and supplier teams remain active, even in the event of a forced closure. The crisis management team meets regularly to monitor the situation, and modify and communicate the plan as the need arises. Once the COVID-19 crisis has passed, the team will work on transitioning Qosina back to normal operations."

    The company is monitoring its global supplier network and freight lanes to identify any risks of business interruption. "We conduct daily internal meetings to review and discuss the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and are working closely with our larger customers to identify unforeseen changes in demand," he said. "If you anticipate any significantly higher or lower purchases in the foreseeable future, please let us know so that we may focus our efforts to serve you at the highest level. Additionally, our vendor relations team communicates with our suppliers several times a week. Currently, all of our suppliers are operating on normal schedules. Qosina is also operating on regular delivery schedules, but depending on the location and any directives from local authorities and the United States government, the situation could change very rapidly."

    The company has halted employee business travel, restricted onsite visits to its facility, and is encouraging staff to work from home as much as possible, while also ensuring their availability. It has also implemented additional steps to maintain a higher level of cleanliness throughout its facility.

    [Logo courtesy of QOSINA]

  • Bindatex

    Bindatex, a U.K. precision-slitting services company that handles composites and advanced materials, has reconfigured its production to begin die-cutting discs for filters to assist ventilator production. The company is working with its customers manufacturing the parts and can also support other manufacturers by providing the filters.

    “We have immediately started work with customers in order to manufacture these life-saving ventilators,” Chris Lever, managing director of Bindatex, stated in a news release.

    The company is taking steps to minimize risks. In a letter to partners and employees, Lever explained: “We have, of course, implemented the government’s recommendations and come up with a few of our own. As a responsible employer in these unprecedented events, we will ensure our staff receive full wages regardless of whether they choose to self-isolate, or to come into work. Other measures include denying visitors, such as delivery drivers, access to the factory and ensuring manufacturing teams do not meet during a shift, minimising social contact to reduce the risk to staff and suppliers.”

    In addition to dedicating a section of its workforce, production capacity, and machinery to ventilator production, Bindatex continues to support its usual customers by increasing its production rate. “As production ramps up for the essential parts for these ventilators, we have added extra capacity to fulfill current orders whilst this emergency work continues," Lever said.

    [Image courtesy of BINDATEX]

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