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Supplier Stories for the Week of November 11

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of November 11.

  • 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.”


  • Sensirion’s flow platform SFM3xxx includes sensors for inspiratory, expiratory, and proximal flow measurement as well as gas mixing in ventilation and anesthesia applications. Fully calibrated and temperature compensated, the sensors measure the flow rates of air and other non-corrosive gases bidirectionally and accurately. They feature a very low pressure drop and fast signal processing times. 

    Specific models include the SFM3000, SFM3100, and SFM3200 mass flow meters for inspiratory flow measurements and gas mixing as well as the autoclavable and single-use SFM3200-AW, SFM3300, and SFM3400 mass flow meters for expiratory or proximal flow measurements. The SFM3000 digital mass flow meter is suitable for high-volume applications in which cost efficiency is the priority.

    All sensors from Sensirion, including those in the SFM3xxx platform, are based on the patented CMOSens Technology, which allows integration of the sensor and evaluation circuit on a single CMOS silicon chip. The result is an ultra-precision system that offers long-term stability for sophisticated and cost-sensitive applications, the company reported. 

    [Image courtesy of SENSIRION]

  • Cadence Inc. has helped Valley Career and Technical Center (VCTC) in Fishersville, VA, with its new Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) program. Cadence donated funds for a UR5 collaborative robot to be used in the lab’s robotics and automation work cell, four Form 2 production-quality stereolithographic (SLA) printers with a year supply of resin, a UV Cure post-processing chamber, and a post-processing wash unit all to be used in the design and additive manufacturing work cell in an effort to invest in the future of manufacturing. 

    Cadence supplies products, technologies, and services to medical device and specialty industrial companies worldwide. 

    “The donation from Cadence contributed to making this a game-changing, benchmark program and facility,” explained Andrei Dacko, CIM Instructor, in a news reease from Cadence. “We are working on breaking down the barriers and stereotypes about manufacturing and introducing students to really cool technologies used in state-of-the-art fabrication.” 

    Beginning in August with 14 high school students, VCTC’s CIM one-year program provides juniors and seniors with training across core manufacturing and engineering skillsets including design, technical sketching and drawing, 2D and 3D part modelling, design for manufacturability, reverse engineering, robotics, automation, and manufacturing. 

    “This investment planted a seed for a much higher return in the future,” said Ken Cleveland, Cadence’s Chief Financial Officer. “We are very proud to support our community’s youth and in turn, we look forward to hopefully having some of these students join our team down the road.” 

    Added Dacko: “This partnership is invaluable as it demonstrates something local students and schools don’t often experience – an up-front commitment from a local employer that says we believe in you, and we believe in the importance of what you’re learning and want to help set you up for success.” 

    [Image courtesy of CADENCE INC.]

  • MTD Micro Molding continues to make significant investments in innovation. Each year the micro molding contract manufacturer has invested 10% of its annual revenue to innovation. This year, MTD invested in several pieces of equipment to stay ahead of emerging medtech trends, the company reported. 

    The new Gas Chromatography System (pictured) can measure residual monomer and assist with material characterization, further supporting R&D projects by looking at materials on a molecular level. When used in conjunction with DCS equipment for material characterization, the system allows MTD to build robust profiles for materials to analyze behavior. Such an in-house suite of equipment allows for material characterization/science: molecular makeup (GC testing), thermal behavior (DSC testing), and viscosity and rheology behavior (IV testing). 

    Also, MTD reported that it is the first company in North America to own a Mitsubishi MX600 oil wire EDM machine, which lets machining operators use ultra-small wire in the range of 0.0008–0.001 in. “The machine has doubled our wire EDM capacity and has made getting down to the smallest wire diameters much easier,” explained John Clark, operations manager, in a news release. “Although our lead time to build new tools is driven by the complexity of it and its components, on average, we were anywhere from six to eight weeks in production. Now, we can get components out to our customers in two to three weeks.”

    MTD also acquired a Mitsubishi 6-axis robot, which provides greater functionality for sophisticated in-line inspection and complex packaging schemes in a small footprint. Two new Sodick molding machines increases production volume and speed.

    [Image couresty of MTD MICRO MOLDING]

  • VIVO Agency is launching STATInsights, a proprietary subscription-based  online C-suite advisory panel developed to provide health tech marketers access to health systems decision makers. Subscribers can present questions to the panel, and STATInsights research experts can work with clients to create research queries. Information is distilled into high-level executive summaries within as little as a week.

    “For companies in the medical device and diagnostics industry to remain competitive, they must see themselves as more than simply vendors,” stated Tom Dudnyk, VIVO Agency’s president, in a news release. “They have to be able to position themselves as risk-sharing and problem-solving partners in a healthcare system’s efforts to provide care across a continuum. STATInsights gives marketers the knowledge and guidance to make the strategic changes needed to thrive and drive a business to the forefront of their sector. ”

    Designed as the "equivalent of a C-Suite advisory board," STATInsights’s panel features healthcare executives with titles including CEO, COO, CNO, CIO, and VP of Clinical Services. Panelists come from numerous complex healthcare systems spanning multi-hospital and multi-post-acute care and primary care practices. To ensure objectivity, panelists’ identities are unknown by other panel members or the clients who are seeking STATInsights’ services.

    [Logo courtesy of STATINSIGHTS]

  • Tekni-Plex Inc. has acquired Beyers Plastics, a Class 7 cleanroom extruder and converter of polyethylene (PE) film in Puurs, Belgium. Beyers produces PE packaging for pharmaceutical, medical, and other industries and will now join Tekni-Plex’s Tekni-Films business unit

    “The acquisition of Beyers Plastics allows us to expand our portfolio of cleanroom-produced pharmaceutical and medical flexible packaging products. For the first time, we will have bag converting capability as well as PE blown film extrusion,” said Joe Horn, senior vice president and general manager, global, Tekni-Films, in a news release. “The acquisition supports our goal of expanding our offerings in the pharmaceutical and healthcare space.”

    Said Johan Noelmans, general manager, Beyers Plastics: “We look forward to becoming part of Tekni-Plex’s global healthcare packaging presence. Our combined expertise and manufacturing capability will provide packaging solutions for more companies, as well as grow sales for our combined product lines.”

    [Logo courtesy of TEKNI-PLEX INC.]

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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