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Supplier Stories for the Week of March 4

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of March 4.

  • 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.”


  • Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. has produced how-to videos addressing commonly asked CNC questions on computer numerical control (CNC) functions. The CNC Quick Tip videos on YouTube could be helpful for end-users transitioning from other manufacturers’ controls, the company reported.

    “The CNC Quick Tip videos are part of our commitment to post-sale customer support. When users want fast answers to questions while they’re on the plant floor, these videos offer an easy, convenient way to find solutions,” said Scott Strache, CNC product manager, in a statement. “We also want to provide quick answers to dealers and machine tool builders who sell our CNC products.”

    The first videos in the series address the layout of Mitsubishi controls, customizing counters on the monitor page, and performing a program search using an SD card, memory or HDD. Future videos will include topics such as transferring programs to an SD card, USB or via Ethernet, how to set up the tool management data; and using the buffer correction function amongst other topics.


  • CleanCut Technologies has devised a new fixture designed to reduce assembly time and increase output for medical device manufacturers using a backer card to hold their products. The Easy Loading Fixture or “ELF” simultaneously releases retention elements on a backer card within seconds, eliminating the need for assembly teams to perform this manually. 

    Users place the backer card in the ELF, close the lid, and push the handles. Because the ELF is custom-designed to device specifications, the pins within the ELF fixture accurately push all retention elements in place, the company reports. The backer card is then easily removed with devices safely and securely in place. 

    [Image courtesy of CLEANCUT TECHNOLOGIES]

  • Hugo Beck’s flowpack X-D machine was recently selected to package a wide range of sizes and bundles of petri dishes. The application entailed packaging stacks of 10 petri dishes along with a desiccant to ensure moisture protection. An easy tear cut on the seal of the first flowpack wrap is designed to aid opening, along with a hanging hole within the transverse seal. Two further flow wrap layers can then be incorporated by separate flowpack X-D machines. 

    “Air-tightness of the petri dish packaging was an essential requirement for this project,” stated Timo Kollmann, Hugo Beck’s Sales Director, in a news release. “This, alongside the need to wrap a wide range of different pack sizes and bundles, has meant that our flowpack X-D machines with their unique personalisation set-up and capability to integrate within existing production environments, are delivering perfect results at speeds of up to 200 cycles per minute.”

    [Image courtesy of HUGO BECK MASCHINENBAU GMBH & CO. KG]

  • Among the materials LEHVOSS North America, part of the LEHVOSS Group, will showcase at NPE 2018 is LUVOCOM 3F, designed for extrusion-based 3D printing processes including fused filament fabrication. “The product line is dedicated to easy 3D printing with excellent mechanical properties,” stated Robert Healy, Managing Director, LEHVOSS North America, in a news release. 

    LUVOCOM 3F can be used in additive manufacturing as well as in unreinforced, carbon-fiber, and glass-fiber-reinforced compounds  for the medical device industry.  These PEEK grades can be printed without a raft or a heated build chamber. Potential LUVOCOM 3F PEEK uses are surgical handles, containers, stands, or any other structural component that requires sterilization, high strength, and high stiffness.


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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