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Supplier Stories for the Week of May 12

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of May 12.

  • Nelipak Healthcare Packaging, a full-service global provider of custom thermoformed packaging, has entered into an agreement of intent with OPTEL GROUP, a global provider of vision inspection and traceability systems, to explore commercial opportunities to bring a new seal inspection technology to the medical device market, the companies reported in a news release. They're working on a solution that would allow the quality of a seal to be verified in real-time, controlled environments while detecting contaminants and other anomalies such as creases. The process would take only seconds, minimizing impact on production and OEE figures while also eliminating the risk of human error during visual inspection, it was reported.

    “Foreign-body contaminants or poorly sealed vacuum-formed trays can create major setbacks for getting a product to market or cause time-consuming and costly product recalls,” said Michael Butler, senior account director at OPTEL, in the release. “The market stands to benefit significantly from a more precise and consistent method of inspecting and validating seal quality using algorithms preconfigured to a company’s exact specifications.”

    “We are solely focused on understanding the specific needs and stringent requirements of the healthcare packaging market in the design and manufacture of rigid trays sealed on Nelipak heat tray sealers and other platforms,” added Seán Egan, director of global marketing at Nelipak. “We’re pleased to apply our deep understanding of sealing processes and challenges to working with OPTEL to bring to market a highly efficient and effective way to ensure seal quality.”

    The companies will be exhibiting at MedtecLIVE May 21-23, 2019, in Nuremberg, Germany.

    [Image courtesy of OPTEL GROUP]

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  • Laser Components USA, a provider of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry, now offers diodes for the NIR wavelength 940 nm in an SMD package. These laser diodes have been designed for distance measurements, 3D sensor applications, and the pumping of fiber lasers.
     
    The diodes are available in the following two product versions: ADL-94Y01IY-F1 and 94Y01EY-F2, with their main difference being package design. At a height of just 0.75 mm and a footprint of 3 x 3 mm (IY-F1) or 3.5 x 3.5 mm (EY-F2), both versions achieve an optical power of 200 mW. They demonstrate consistently high performance at temperatures of up to 50°C, the company reported in a news release.

    [Image courtesy of LASER COMPONENTS USA] 

    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.”

  • Veeva Systems announces new AI-driven capabilities in Veeva Commercial Cloud to enable companies to engage more efficiently and effectively with customers: the new AI application Veeva Andi and embedded intelligence in Veeva CRM and Veeva Vault PromoMats.

    “We are committed to helping the industry drive the most efficient and effective customer engagement with the right commercial foundation powered by AI,” said Paul Shawah, senior vice president of commercial strategy at Veeva, in a news release. “Veeva Commercial Cloud helps companies advance their commercial strategies and drive smarter, compliant interactions with the right customers in the right channels.”

    The new intelligent capabilities and solutions now part of Veeva Commercial Cloud include:

    • Veeva Andi embeds tailored insights and suggestions right in Veeva CRM. With the unique ability to control and manage AI, companies have the power to deliver the right message in the right channel at the right time for an improved customer experience. Veeva Andi used with Customer Journeys—a new capability in Veeva CRM to better target and manage customers through stages of an adoption lifecycle, depicted above—is designed to help companies drive the best actions at the right customer stage. Veeva Andi is available today in North America.
    • Veeva CRM Approved Notes leverages AI to help field reps build better customer relationships and remain compliant with every interaction. The new capability makes it easy for field reps to capture free text notes in Veeva CRM and use the power of AI to detect potential compliance risks such as off-label messaging. Veeva CRM Approved Notes is included Veeva CRM and planned for availability in 2020.
    • Veeva Vault Auto Claims Linking is a new capability in Veeva Vault PromoMats that will help improve speed and compliance of content development. Vault Auto Claims Linking uses AI to suggest links from claims to related references, reducing the administrative burden and risk of managing claims across countries, channels, and assets. Vault Auto Claims Linking is planned for availability by the end of 2019.

    [Image courtesy of VEEVA SYSTEMS]

    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.”

  • Sensirion will be announcing the SCD40, the first miniaturized COand RH/T sensor that fits in a space of just one cubic centimeter, at Sensor+Test 2019 in Nuremberg and SensorsExpo 2019 in San Jose. The sensor can be used for IoT, automotive, HVAC, appliances, and consumer goods.

    With dimensions of just 12 x 12 x 7 mm3, the SCD40 footprint has been miniaturized by a factor of 5 compared to its predecessor, the SCD30. Using the photoacoustic sensing principle, the dimensions of the optical cavity are drastically reduced without compromising on sensor performance, the company reported in a news release. Moreover, the SCD40 CO2and RH/T sensor leverages Sensirion’s outstanding environmental sensing expertise by incorporating a best-in-class humidity and temperature sensor that delivers two additional sensor outputs.

    [Image courtesy of SENSIRION]

    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.”

  • Packaging automation provider The Paxiom Group announces the purchase of its second facility in Las Vegas, NV, which is now home to Paxiom Automation Inc.

    Paxiom Automation will be dedicated to systems integration, project management, and customer service for its manufacturing brands WeighPack Systems, EndFlex, CombiScale, and ValTara.

    “We love the city of Las Vegas, its community and emphasis on world class service; Paxiom is proud to be #VegasBorn,” said Nicholas Taraborelli, vice president, in a news release.

    Its first facility serves as its flagship showroom, the Xperience Center.

    [Image courtesy of PAXIOM AUTOMATION]

    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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