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Supplier Stories for the Week of March 24

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

  • Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) offers a line of biomedical tapes and webbing suitable for use in cardiovascular, orthopedic, and dental prosthetic applications. BRM’s woven seamless tubular materials for stent and bifurcated graft designs offer solutions for aortic repair and endo-luminal devices, the company reported in a news release. Other BRM cardiovascular textiles could be suitable for trans aortic valve replacement and aseptal defect repair. 

    The biomedical line features woven tapes and webbing in flat fabrics or straight or bifurcated tubular structures. Monofilament materials used in blood filtration, aspirating devices, and bone marrow transplants are also available. Braided composite substrates are available for materials used in the manufacture of prosthetic devices.

    BRM manufactures medical items in a certified cleanroom to ensure cleanliness and quality. It maintains ISO 13485:2016 certification for the design and manufacture of medical devices. BRM medical textiles engineers, prototype weavers, and braiders work on a confidential basis to protect the intellectual property of customers, the company reported.

    [Image courtesy of BALLY RIBBON MILLS]

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  • maxon precision motors, a division of maxon motor of Sachsein, Switzerland, has opened its new manufacturing facility in Taunton, MA. The two-story, 59,000-sq-ft facility is located within the Myles Standish Business Park in Taunton at 125 Dever Drive, the company reported in a news release. maxon provides brushed and brushless DC motors, gearheads, sensors/encoders, and customized drives for applications such as medical technology, industrial automation, robotics, security and communications, aerospace, automotive, and measurement/testing. A grand opening event (pictured above) was held March 19 and led by mpm President Chris Blake.

    “Our vision is to be an integral part of maxon’s global growth strategy,” stated Blake in the release. “With expanded engineering services in place, our customers will enjoy a closer collaboration on design and manufacturing and have a more direct line to our team during concept development, which will include rapid prototyping to better execute customer-specific products.”

    The opening of the new building, which will provide design engineering and production operations, is an integral component in an ongoing global growth strategy underway by the privately owned Swiss company.

    maxon precision motors will be exhibiting at Booth #220 at BIOMEDevice Boston May 15-16.

    [Image courtesy of MAXON PRECISION MOTORS INC.]

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  • Nemera and Novo Nordisk have partnered to construct a new manufacturing building dedicated to producing components for Novo Nordisk's pen needles. Marc Haëmel, Nemera’s CEO and Morten Keller Caspersen, Novo Nordisk's corporate vice president, placed the foundation stone for the new "Hall 6 manufacturing" building of Nemera La Verpillière March 21, 2019, at Nemera’s headquarters and production plant in La Verpillière, France. 

    “We are very proud of this new collaboration with Novo Nordisk. We share the same values and the same goal, to improve patients’ lives, providing easy and safe drug delivery devices," stated Haëmel in a news release. "We leverage decades of manufacturing and development experience in the parenteral device segment and I hope that this first stone is only the beginning of a long way together.”

    Added Caspersen: “We chose Nemera for many good reasons: impressive manufacturing skills, R&D skills and experience in products development and manufacturing. In general, we got the impression that Nemera thinks and acts like us - being open and honest, transparent in what you do, and operating straight forward processes with out too much complexity. Even though the project is still in the early stages, Nemera has already shown its execution capabilities: the first batches were received with approx. 6 months lead time! So, it is very good start for what I expect will become a long and fruitful collaboration between our two companies, and I am happy to take part in this very concrete manifestation of our agreement that this ceremony represents.” 

    [Image courtesy os NEMERA]

    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.”

  • Invotec, a designer and builder of custom assembly, test, and inspection equipment for medical device manufacturers, is expanding with a new location in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.  "In the US, we are known for helping medical device manufacturers determine the right level of automation to improve production while maintaining quality," said John Hanna, CEO of Invotec, in a news release. "This is the experience I am most looking forward to bringing our customers internationally,"  

    "Southern Germany is a long-standing hub for medical technology as well as automation across Europe," added Armin Doser, CEO of Invotec GmbH. "With our experience in medical device manufacturing, we want to show our commitment to growing and serving this region as well as our existing international customers."

    Invotec's new 7858-sq-ft facility will provide a range of solutions from semi-automated stations to full production lines. As part of the Hahn Group, which has 20 subsidiaries across 12 countries, Invotec GmbH focuses on applications in the medical device industry and provides customers complete equipment solutions from engineering and design to production, installation, and service. It will be located close to sister companies such as Waldorf Technik. 

    [Logo courtesy of INVOTEC]

    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.”

  • CEL has announced a new family of deep ultraviolet (UV-C) LEDs for a wide range of sterilization and disinfection applications including sterilization of medical equipment, consumer goods such as self-disinfecting holders for toothbrushes, and more.

    CEL’s UV-C LED’s features include an emitting wavelength of 275 nm, which can be an effective wavelength in the UV-C spectrum at killing bacteria for sterilization applications, the company reported in a news release. CEL’s 3mW output version, with a 25ma current requirement, has a lifetime exceeding 10,000 Hours.

    “The impact of this new emerging technology will be significant when you think about the numbers of potential use cases for this non-chemical solution to sterilization and disinfection. We believe our customers will use these products in innovative ways to reduce risks of exposure to harmful bacteria,” said Marc Sheade, VP & GM of CEL’s Components Business. “As even more applications emerge, we predict that the compound annual growth rate from 2018 to 2021 will be 60%.”

    This new CEL LED family includes the CL7001C3, CL7002C3 and the CL7003C2 with output powers of 3mW, 10mW and 30mW, respectively.

    CEL’s UVC LEDs are available for shipment globally through Digi-Key Electronics.

    [Image courtesy of CEL]

    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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