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Supplier Stories for the Week of November 10

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of November 10.

  • ZEISS introduces four new high-quality CMOS cameras for digital imaging in light microscopy, completing the company's ZEISS Axiocam portfolio. The new microscope cameras ZEISS Axiocam 705 color and 712 color can be used for histology, pathology, or material research and analysis, thanks to color rendition and an improved dynamic range.

    For instance, ZEISS Axiocam 705 mono and 712 mono are suitable for fluorescence live-cell imaging with fast frame rates and high dynamic range. Also, their extended near-IR sensitivity allows for deeper insights into sample structures.

    The performance of the new ZEISS Axiocam microscope cameras relies on new high-quality CMOS sensors, which feature small 3.45 µm pixels and low noise levels in combination with the fast USB 3.0 platform, the company reported in a news release.

    [Image courtesy of ZEISS]



  • Zeus Industrial Products Inc. has extended its FluoroPEELZ peelable heat shrink product family to include larger shrink ratios. Thanks to its optical clarity and easy peel removal, FluoroPEELZ is primarily used in the medical device industry for catheter construction, the company reported in a news release. 

    "Zeus is a pioneer in clear peelable heat shrink technology and continues to innovate," Emily Barnes, senior global medical market manager, Zeus Industrial Products Inc., stated in the release. "With this new product release, we offer medical device manufacturers a high optical clarity heat shrink for applications requiring increased ratio sizes. Specifically, manufacturers that specialize in products with smaller diameters are quickly adopting our solution. The new high-ratio FluoroPEELZ allows customers to partner with Zeus for all their heat shrink requirements."  

    High-ratio FluoroPEELZ can be used in the neurovascular and neuromodulation markets as a reflow/fusing sleeve over softer plastics. Because of the tiny size of these devices, the ability to peel away the heat shrink rather than slit with a razor blade by hand provides an important advantage for device manufacturers, the company stated.

    Zeus will showcase its new high-ratio FluoroPEELZ at stand 8BK27 at Compamed November 18-21, 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    [Logo courtesy of ZEUS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS INC.]


  • Grant Thornton LLP will join Gens & Associates' Benchmark Premier program and work collaboratively with Gens & Associates to help organizations address complexities like regulatory cost pressures, compliance with evolving standards, fragmented regulatory systems, and quickening time to market. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, an organization of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Gens & Associates is a life sciences benchmarking and management consultancy that provides regulatory information management (RIM) research, such as a regulatory benchmarking survey of more than 100 global pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and generic drug companies. 

    “As the industry evolves, life sciences organizations are recognizing the importance of RIM as an enterprise capability that affects compliance, productivity and time to market,” said John Cassimatis, managing director and Business Consulting Life Sciences leader for Grant Thornton, in a news release. “Gens & Associates provides those RIM insights – and Grant Thornton brings industry and regulatory management consulting experience. This powerful combination will help organizations transform their regulatory operations and accelerate the benefits realization of their regulatory change initiatives.” 

    Added Steve Gens, managing partner of Gens & Associates: “Our mission is to help all stakeholders in the regulatory ecosystem improve their performance through our research platform. Our Benchmark Premier program and strategic alliance with Grant Thornton allow us to expand our benchmarking capability and assist more organizations.” 

    [Logo courtesy of GRANT THORNTON LLP]

  • Imprint Energy offers what it describes as "environmentally friendly, customizable batteries for IoT applications such as smart labels and tags, medical patches, pill bottle trackers, and medicine-delivery pens." Imprint’s batteries can communicate over short or long distances, with some types especially designed to power IoT products that use Semtech’s LoRa devices for low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN). Imprint is working on similar programs with leaders in Bluetooth Low Energy and RF, the company reported in a news release.

    The company recently announced new team members:

    Joseph M. Taylor, formerly chairman and CEO of the Panasonic Corporation of North America, has joined Imprint as a business and strategy advisor. Taylor led the transformation Panasonic's portfolio from consumer electronics to business and government solutions. He also created its Smart City initiatives that demonstrate how public-private partnerships can improve the quality of life for residents.

    Mark Laich has joined Imprint as VP, business development. Most recently, Laich served as SVP of sales at USound GmbH, where he launched it MEMS micro speaker technology into augmented reality applications and wireless earphones. His experience spans mobile, consumer electronics, IoT, wearables, medical device, and automotive sectors and applications.

    Imprint is shipping its batteries in volume and piloting its next generation of roll-to-roll production technology for very high volumes. It will exhibit at IDTechEx conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center on November 20-21. Founder and CEO Dr. Christine Ho will be speaking about best-fit use cases and Imprint’s commercial progress on November 21 at 9:40am in Conference Room A; and Imprint will exhibit at booth Y34.

    [Image courtesy of IMPRINT ENERGY]

  • BHC Cable Assemblies Inc., a contract manufacturer of custom cable assemblies, mechanical assemblies, and box builds for OEMs in the medical, robotic, and other industries,  owns several Schleuniger UniStrip 2300 benchtop wire stripping machines, coaxial cable stripping machines, cutting machines, automatic cut and strip machines and semi-automatic crimping machines.

    According to President Bill Huisman, he purchased his first Schleuniger wire stripping machine in his first week of owning BHC. “I believe in buying the best tools the first time. We most value the precision and durability of our Schleuniger machines. My first machine is still in use from 1997,” he stated in a news release.

    “Schleuniger products are called up on all of our work instructions," Huisman continued. "BHC has a backup for each machine, because we cannot work without them." 

    He added: “The biggest change I see happening to the wire processing industry in the next few years is the requirement for constant cost reduction and improved quality. With our many Schleuniger machines we can remain competitive and consistently deliver on time, a quality product.” 

    [Image courtesy of SCHLEUNIGER INC.]


  • The new Reverse Cube developed by FOBOHA in combination with an Arburg Allrounder Cube 2900 injection molding machine manufactures single and multi-component parts from various materials and uses an integrated handling robot for autonomous assembly of parts, FOBOHA reported in a news release. The automated process improves quality, accelerates cycle times by 40 percent compared with separate injection molding and installation processes, and delivers tremendous cost savings.

    The FOBOHA Reverse Cube uses separate tool areas for simultaneous work operations for two cube halves arranged over each other. POM and PP plastics for the two roller and socket components are injected into the cavities of two closing levels using hot runner valve gate systems supplied by Männer. The cube halves rotate toward each other in 90° increments, and the next injection operation takes place after each rotation, it was explained.

    Finished components are simultaneously removed after each semi-rotation by a six-axis robot. Simultaneously with the injection cycle, the system removes the rollers from the lower cube and inserts them into the sockets still in the cavities of the upper cube half. The two cube halves are thermally separated, allowing simultaneous processing of varying materials with different temperature requirements. The cube concept enables the manufacture and assembly of two components in a confined space and in the shortest possible cycle. The process is flexible; capable of processing a wide variety of component geometries, materials and colors; and can also be used for three components and in cleanroom production.

    Foboha, Männer, Priamus, and Gammaflux are all partner companies in the Barnes Molding Solutions strategic business unit.

    [Image courtesy of FOBOHA]

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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