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Supplier Stories for the Week of March 25

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of March 25.

  • 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.”


  • Scapa Healthcare

    Scapa Healthcare, a provider of skin-friendly solutions for advanced wound care, medical device, and consumer wellness markets,  broke ground on a new medical device manufacturing facility in Knox County, TN. The 152,000-square-foot facility will be designed for efficient workflow and materials movement across the cleanroom, printing, packaging, and warehouse departments. The layout creates ample development space to accommodate increasing demand for medical device manufacturing, the company reported in a news release.

    “Scapa Healthcare is significantly committed to the region, strengthening growth and job creation within the community,” said Joe Davin, President Scapa Healthcare, in the release. “We are excited to bring all of our Knoxville operations together under one roof to meet increased market demand and to continue providing our customers with innovative solutions for the medical device market.”

    The new facility will double Scapa Healthcare’s footprint in the area and integrate its three Knoxville buildings into a single site of operations, which will be six miles from Scapa Healthcare’s current location in Knoxville, TN.

    [Image courtesy of SCAPA HEALTHCARE]


    According to a recent study, ORBIS Corp.'s 40x48-in. RackoCell plastic pallet has approximately 18 times the life span of a 40x48-in. whitewood stringer pallet. Researchers from the Virginia Tech Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design used the center’s FasTrack life-cycle analysis to compare relative durability. The analysis included a 10-step handling sequence, which involved routine pallet handling activities, followed by inspections of the plastic and whitewood pallets. In testing, the RackoCell plastic pallet completed the sequence up to 200 times without failure, while the wood pallet’s average failure was after 11 cycles.

    “We wanted to quantify the life and durability of plastic pallets to help companies understand the long-term cost savings associated with reusable plastic pallets,” said Ryan Roessler, product manager at ORBIS. “The FasTrack life-cycle analysis confirms just one of the many advantages plastic pallets have over wood. More companies are transitioning to plastic for their dimensionally consistent design, cleanability and environmentally friendly characteristics.”

    The RackoCell is a one-piece plastic pallet that can be used for medical device applications, reported a spokesperson to MD+DI. It can be easily cleaned and keeps plants free of wood chips. ORBIS offers a five-step process to help analyze, design, and implement the best pallet program for users.

    [Image courtesy of ORBIS CORP.]

  • Sensirion

    Sensirion's LD20 Single-Use Liquid Flow Sensor is designed to measure the lowest flow rates and detect common failure modes quickly and reliably. The LD20 series sensors provide a bidirectional measurement of flow rates from below 1 ml/h up to 1000 ml/h, while still reliably detecting common failure modes such as occlusion, free flow, or air bubbles with speed and sensitivity, the company reported.

    The LD20 could help enable medical advancements in ambulatory infusion pumps, which have been shown to reduce the length of hospitalization; in pediatrics and neonatology, which often involve flow rates of 1 ml/h or even lower given the patients’ low body weights; and in continuous urine-flow measurements, which require flow rates to be measured in the range of single milliliters up to 100 milliliters per hour, for acute kidney injury (AKI) and other conditions.

    Visit Sensirion at BIOMEDevice Boston Booth #1058 April 18-19.

    [Image courtesy of SENSIRION]

  • SleekWrapper

    SleekWrapper, part of the Paxiom Group, has engineered the servo-driven Sleek Inverted to package medical products and equipment that may be difficult to push with the traditional lug chain design found on most conventional flow wrappers, the company reported in a news release. Products are carried on top of the packaging film from the former to the cutting head.

    The system produces up to 100 packages per minute with a maximum web width of 19.6 in. (500 mm). It can handle a wide variety of materials including polypropylene, microperf, multilayer laminated, co-extruded, foil films, and more. 


  • Hellermann Tyton

    HellermannTyton North America, a provider of cable management and protection products and network connectivity solutions, has revamped its Web site to better serve users.

    Medical device engineers specifying internal components, as well as manufacturers making purchasing decisions, can now use more search criteria--such as material, for high-heat applications, for example--and spend less time researching the fastening, routing, protection, and identification products that go into their end products, explained Dru Popper, E-business manager for HellermannTyton. "The new system can also help these manufacturers make better informed selections thanks to the Product Selector, which poses a short series of questions to guide users to solutions they may not have thought of or even known existed," she said. "This could result in better results, fewer parts, cost savings, performance gains, and other manufacturing benefits."

    The Product Finder self-guided search tool uses application-based questions to zero in on the right parts for the job. In the past, customers had to rely on their understanding of the solutions available, which might have eliminated lesser-known solutions from their searches. A new Products Section search engine yields results for a wider range of queries, and new filters help customers find solutions faster.

    [Image courtesy of HELLERMANN TYTON]

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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