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Supplier Stories for the Week of May 13

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of May 13.

  • 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 is announcing a portfolio of ostomy accessories using its Scapa Soft-Pro Hydrocolloid technology. The offerings include flanges, flange extenders, and seals.

    Ostomy Flanges consist of a polyurethane foam backing and Scapa Soft-Pro Hydrocolloid adhesive contact layer on a siliconized paper release liner designed to conform to challenging anatomical areas, the company reported in a news release. The product protects the peristomal skin while securing one- or two-piece ostomy devices. Offered in multiple sizes to fit a range of stomas, the latex-free flanges offer prolonged wear times while protecting sensitive surrounding skin.

    Ostomy Flange Extenders are moisture absorbent, creating a second layer of adherence around an ostomy flange for extra leakage protection. The conformable strips are waterproof, latex free, and uniquely designed with a release cut for easy application.

    Ostomy Seals using Scapa Soft-Pro Hydrocolloid technology mold to fill in skin folds to provide protection from stoma leakage. Seals are created with natural ingredients like shea butter to be gentle on skin and protect the peristomal skin from damage. Available in multiple sizes, blister cups, and individual pouches, the moldable rings absorb body fluids while providing a secure fixation for extended ostomy device wear times.

    “At Scapa Healthcare, we understand that each product application requires specific performance characteristics and ostomy is not an exception,” said Michael Muchin, Scapa Healthcare’s vice president of product development, in the news release. “Our proprietary skin friendly ostomy products have been formulated and designed with durability, performance, and protection in mind, to ensure they meet ostomates’ needs.”

    [Image courtesy of SCAPA HEALTHCARE] 

  • Pindel Global Precision has acquired a 60,000-sq-ft production and office facility about two blocks from two of its existing manufacturing plants. Following remodeling and construction, the new location will serve as the company’s global headquarters. Expected to be operational in late fall, the location will be equipped with new multi-axis CNC equipment, highly automated FANUC robotics work cells for high production machining, and machine monitoring solutions that provide data and insights to inform production and business decision making, the company reported in a news release.

    “This facility enables us to expand our capabilities, grow our highly skilled manufacturing team, evolve our relationships with leading educational institutions, and cement a leadership position as the premier contract manufacturer of precision machined components for sophisticated, globally minded customers,” said Bill Berrien, CEO, in the statement. “What is perhaps most exciting is our ability to create a Learning and Innovation Center to support the acceleration of Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence applications. At the same time, we can provide training for employees across all facilities as well as local area students in New Berlin’s high schools, and through our long-standing partnership with GPS Education Partners. As the first corporate sponsor of an industry collaboration room inside MSOE’s Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall, we’ll also be able to advance our collaboration with MSOE – from their classroom to our Learning and Innovation Center.”

    [Logo courtesy of PINDEL GLOBAL PRECISION]

  • Natvar, a Tekni-Plex business, will showcase its latest medical tubing innovations at MD&M East, June 12-14, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, in Booth #2039. Natvar provides traditional PVC tubing solutions including multilayer combinations featuring polyethylene and EVA along with anti-kinking options.

    The company recently launched microextrusion and silicone tubing solutions and will feature them at MD&M East. Developed for demanding neurovascular interventional therapies and surgical applications, microextrusion medical tubing can be made from cost-effective thermoplastics and other highly-engineered materials. Because it can consistently hold tight tolerances, it is an ideal alternative to more expensive materials such as glass and fluoropolymers, the company reported in a news release.

    Natvar can microextrude monolayer, coextruded, multi-lumen tubing or profiles in a variety of thermoplastic (PVC, urethanes, TPEs) materials and wall thicknesses ranging from 0.003 to 0.005 inches. It can be coextruded in up to four layers. The company also manufactures high-precision medical silicone extrusion tubing, typically used for catheters, feeding tubes, drug delivery and peristaltic pump applications. 

    Natvar will share the MD&M East booth with a second Tekni-Plex business unit, Dunn Industries. Dunn manufactures medical tubing with outer diameters as small as 0.008 inches (outer diameter) x 0.004-inches (inner diameter) and as large as 0.480 inches for a wide variety of applications. Products include single and multi-lumen, coextruded, striped, or braided tubing, it was reported.

    [Image courtesy of NATVAR, A TEKNI-PLEX BUSINESS]

  • Gresham Power Electronics introduces its latest micro-footprint, ultra-high-density (UHD) 225W output power supply, the OF(M)225. The product range has been designed meet the requirements of medical, LED lighting, telecom, and industrial applications.

    The OF(M)225 Series of open-frame switching power supplies uses a highly advanced circuit topology to deliver 225 Watts with fan cooling and 120 Watts with convection cooling in an industry-standard package that has a 2 x 4 in. footprint while being just 1.0 in. high (50.8 x 101.6 x 25.4mm).

    The power supplies feature a power density of 28W/in³, high efficiency up to 94%, and a universal AC input with active PFC. Output voltages of 12, 15, 24, 30, 48, and 56 VDC are available. All models feature an auxiliary output to power a cooling fan and an optional cover kit may be supplied to order.

    Key international safety agency and EMC approvals are as follows: EN60601-1 3rd Edition Class I or Class II, CSA/UL 60601-1 Medical Safety, IEC/EN60601-1 3rd Edition, CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60601-1 3rd Edition, Nemko, UL, cUL and CE Marks, EN50022 (CISPR 22) FCC Part 15 Conducted—Level B, EN61000-3-2 Class D Harmonics, EN61000-4-2, 3, 4, 5 Level 3 Immunity

    [Image courtesy of GRESHAM POWER ELECTRONICS]


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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