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Supplier Stories for the Week of May 6

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of May 6.

  • 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.”


  • DDL Inc. now offers testing of catheters, Luers, needles, syringes, guidewires, and IV infusion sets at the DDL West laboratory in Irvine, CA. Such testing was previously only available at DDL’s headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN. The Irvine lab had recently relocated from Fountain Valley, CA.

    “The addition of medical device testing to DDL West reflects our commitment to offering our customers the best testing experience possible,” said Corey Hensel, general manager, DDL, in a news release. “Having these additional testing services will allow us to provide faster turnaround and reduce development lead time and shorten product time-to-market for our medical device and pharmaceutical customers located in California and the surrounding region.”

    The testing being added to DDL’s CA lab will utilize the following standards:

    • ISO 80369-6 – Medical connectors for neuraxial applications.
    • ISO 80369-7 – Medical connectors for intravascular or hypodermic applications.
    • ISO 10555 – Sterile and single-use catheters.
    • ISO 9626 – Stainless-steel needle tubing.
    • ISO 7886 – Hypodermic syringe testing.
    • ISO 8536 – Intravenous infusion set and accessory testing.
    • ISO 11070 – Introducer and guidewire testing.

    The new medical device testing adds to the lab's current capabiities in package testing (ISO 11607) and ICH stability testing. Full product, materials, and package testing capabilities continue to be offered at DDL’s headquarters.

    [Image courtesy of DDL INC.]

  • Beahm Designs Inc. unveils an equipment showroom for medical device engineers. Featuring user-friendly, cost-effective catheter manufacturing equipment, the showroom is intended to support problem solving in a confidential, hands-on environment, the company reported in a news release. The showroom is currently outfitted with tube-bonding machines for balloon bonding, lap joints, butt  joints, and resources needed for any tube bond application. It will open each quarter featuring equipment for specific manufacturing processes such as lamination, tip forming, tube flaring and necking, or tube reduction.

    Beahm Designs personnel will teach catheter processing engineers new techniques for optimizing manufacturing processes and performance by way of increased yield and reduced cycle times. With 30 years of medical device industry experience, Beahm Designs’s founder Brian Beahm can help manufacturers identify the right materials, process equipment, and proper tooling for their unique requirements.

    “We’re excited to offer hard working engineers with the opportunity to use their materials to test our equipment before committing, and to provide current customers with options to improve results," stated Beahm Designs CEO Anita Beahm. "We offer the try-before-you-buy experience as all too often manufacturers invest in equipment but don’t get the results their application requires. It’s important for us to collaborate with our customers, and sometimes that involves a hands-on approach”.

    Beahm Designs Catheter Equipment showroom is now scheduling appointments for the Tube Bonding installation and will feature Lamination Equipment starting August 2018.

    [Image courtesy of BEAHM DESIGNS]

  • Rodriguez provides precision bearings for medical applications. A recent project involved the Dutch medical device manufacturer VDL Konings, which develops and produces medical devices, systems, and modules for use in radiology for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The company chose turntable bearings from Rodriguez for the bearing of the massive swivel C-arm in a high-precision x-ray machine designed for oncology diagnostics.

    “The high-performance precision bearings safely absorb radial, axial, and tilting moment loads with one bearing point”, explains Nicole Dahlen, director sales and marketing for Rodriguez. “Different sizes and versions – depending on the application requirements, without gear, with external or internal gear – are available as a standard in two types, with double-sided sealed raceway system,” she explained in a statement. “Narrower tolerances for axial and radial runout and the technical specifications provided by the customer required a customized design with a customized internal gear for this application. For cases like these, Rodriguez has set up an in-house production facility with high-performance machinery.”

    "The interplay of the technical components must be exactly coordinated," added Sven Handels, product manager at Rodriguez and the sales executive for the customer VDL. The motor defines the drive pinion which in turn defines the requirements for the ball slewing connection. In accordance with the drive power, they are equipped with a gearing with head reduction and profile shift. This design allows for highest accuracy in the positioning and thus a corresponding repeatability.

    [Image courtesy of RODRIGUEZ]

  • Porex Corp. has introduced a broad-spectrum antimicrobial foam technology intended to block infections and their growth and improves flexibility in wound dressings. Bacteria-fighting particles are evenly distributed throughout a foam matrix used in wound dressings, providing consistent and sustained release of antimicrobial protection and offering wicking and absorption properties to speed healing.

    “Porex’s antimicrobial foam is a game-changing technology for the advanced wound care market because it provides a ‘one-two punch’ of infection control,” said Jack Chan, Porex’s global marketing director, medical, in a news release. “It immediately kills a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria while offering extended release protection that is precise and measured. No other technology on the market offers this level of protection combined with patient comfort,” he added.

    The antimicrobial technology incorporates metallic particle silver within a hydrophilic polyurethane foam. It offers greater than 99.99 percent efficacy at attacking Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and fungal species by disrupting essential functions of infectious microbial cells, destroying cell structures and interfering with cell reproduction, the company reported.

    The amount of silver ions released is limited to the amount needed for killing harmful bacteria, because while silver functions as an effective antimicrobial agent, excessive amounts of the element could cause wound discoloration, the company reported.

    [Image courtesy of POREX]

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