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Supplier Stories for the Week of May 26

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of May 26.

  • Aptar Pharma reports that its patented Freepod® nasal spray device with GlaxoSmithKline’s Otrivin® has received a Medical & Pharma category award at the World Packaging Organization (WPO) 2019 WorldStar Packaging Awards ceremony, which took place on May 15, 2019, in Prague.

    The drug-delivery device was recognized by the WorldStar Awards jury for its sustainability impact. The Freepod is delivered as a single component to the GlaxoSmithKline factory, resulting in 20% fewer CO2 emissions per shipping pallet owing to improved packaging, according to GlaxoSmithKline.

    “We congratulate GlaxoSmithKline on this prestigious WorldStar Packaging Award win," said Howard Burnett, Aptar Pharma Vice-President Global Account Management, in a news release. "At Aptar Pharma, we’re very proud that our patented Freepod technology has been recognized with GlaxoSmithKline’s Otrivin® as a deserving winner in the Medical & Pharma category of the WorldStar Packaging Award.”

    [Image courtesy of APTAR PHARMA]

  • 3Diligent has launched 3Diligent Consulting, a new division that works with manufacturing businesses to develop strategies and designs that can provide them competitive advantage for Industry 4.0. 

    3Diligent Consulting is led by Cullen Hilkene, CEO of 3Diligent and formerly of Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice. “There are a number of companies delivering Industry 4.0 consulting services, but none have the unique perspective of actually delivering parts across dozens of additive processes,” Hilkene said in a news release. “Combining 3Diligent’s hands-on experience with the rigorous training I gained delivering consulting engagements at Deloitte and am imparting to our consulting team, we are able to deliver our clients an unmatched value proposition.”

    While additive manufacturing, CNC machines, and other means of robotic fabrication are poised to bring localization, customization, and flexibility to manufacturing, structuring an organization to compete in such an Industry 4.0 future requires an understanding of emerging technologies and materials, the company explained. It is offering two main advisory services to help companies make optimal use of additive manufacturing and other digital manufacturing technologies across their organization:

    • Strategic Advisory Services for Industry 4.0. 3Diligent Consulting’s Strategic Advisory Services are designed to help customers build their Industry 4.0 strategy, such as developing a strategy for how digital manufacturing solutions like 3D printing can be effectively incorporated into broader corporate direction and supply chain strategy. Such efforts can include a high level additive strategy, a supply chain strategy, or foundational elements of a robust Industry 4.0 strategy such as voice of customer studies, business case development, and part identification for additive manufacture.
    • Design Advisory Services.  3Diligent Design Consulting provides design-for-additive-manufacturing services such as topological optimization and generative/parametric design to achieve superior design concepts that might never be dreamed up by engineers. 3Diligent couples these design capabilities with consulting support for material and process selection to ensure that innovative designs are manufacturable to the furthest bounds of current technology, the company reported.

    [Logo courtesy of 3DILIGENT CONSULTING]

  • BTG Labs has launched an expanded Web site that includes detailed information about the company's inspection products and supportive services. Products include the handheld Surface Analysts 3001 and 2001 and the one-of-a-kind, automated inline surface inspection system, the Surface Analyst XA. These systems conduct highly sensitive surface quality inspections on products and surfaces with complex geometries to determine their cleanliness and to detect potential adhesion issues, the company reported in a news release.

    The BTG Labs services section of the site describes the new Free Adhesion Process Walk, which is a service in which BTG Labs technical experts visit a company's manufacturing facility to walk the production line and identify Critical Control Points on the line where surface condition could change and impact adhesion. This analysis is the first step to controlling adhesion failure in manufacturing.

    The expanded site includes three new e-books designed to help manufacturers understand how their processes affect adhesion and how they can gain control of them:

    • The Manufacturer's Roadmap to Eliminate Adhesion Issues in Manufacturing
    • BTG Labs' Guide to Adhesion Science for Flawless Manufacturing
    • Predictable Adhesion in Manufacturing Through Process Verification

    A technical blog covers specific issues manufacturers face regarding adhesion and surface cleaning in production or new product development, providing an online resource for developing surface critical processes that ensure successful adhesion.

    A Science page includes videos, webinars, technical publications, and case studies that explain the science behind surface critical processes and BTG Labs’s products. And a user-friendly shop enables current customers to conveniently purchase consumables and accessories for their BTG Labs products.

    Visit BTG Labs in Booth #448 at MD&M East June 11-13.

    [Image courtesy of BTG LABS]

  • Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT) is acquiring MicroConnex Corp., a manufacturer of highly engineered microminiature flex circuits for the medical and test and measurement markets. MicroConnex will operate under CIT’s Medical Technologies Business Unit known as Carlisle Medical Technologies (CMT). 

    “With this acquisition, we are steps closer to fulfilling CMT’s vision to be the industry leader in the design, development and vertically integrated manufacturing of advanced medical device solutions,” stated Constantine Davlantes, VP and GM of Carlisle Medical Technologies (pictured at top left) in a news release. “Not only is CMT a leader in providing innovative solutions, but we’re backed by world-class quality and customer support.”

    MicroConnex’s manufacturing processes include thin-film sputtering, laser ablation and precision laser micromachining for custom precision flex circuits and hybrid electronics for medical catheters, ultrasound transducers, semiconductor tests and other applications.

    “Our team is excited to partner with CIT to continue our focus on advanced technologies,” added Paul Henwood, president and CEO of MicroConnex (pictured at top right). “The combination of MicroConnex and CIT will open new doors for MicroConnex to drive growth, innovation and cutting-edge product solutions within the Medical and Test & Measurement markets. CIT is a great cultural fit with MicroConnex and we are excited to begin the next chapter in our company’s history.”

    CIT recently acquired redgroup, a company specializing in design and development of complex catheter technologies. Both acquisitions broaden Carlisle IT’s expertise and the value the company delivers to OEM customers, the company reported.


  • Fujipoly America Corp. offers the ultra-compressible thermal putty, Sarcon PG80A. The extremely compressible, high-performance thermal interface material can serve as a gap filler pad and exhibits a thermal resistance as low as 0.08°C in2/W at 14.5 PSI with a thermal conductivity of 13 W/m°K.

    Sarcon PG80A requires very low compression force at high compression rates suiting it for applications that have delicate or wide-variation component heights requiring material compression between 30% and 90%.

    PG80A is available in four sheet thicknesses (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 mm) up to a maximum dimension of 300 mm x 200 mm. It can also be ordered in die-cut form to fit almost any application shape and is well-suited for environments with operating temperatures ranging from -40 to +150°C.

    [Image courtesy of FUJIPOLY AMERICA CORP.]

Daphne Allen

Daphne Allen is editor-in-chief of MD+DI. Daphne has covered medical device design, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and regulatory issues as well as pharmaceutical packaging and labeling for more than 20 years. She previously served as executive editor of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News and also served as an editor for Packaging Digest. Follow her on Twitter at @daphneallen.


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