Supplier Stories for the Week of November 12

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of November 12.

  • 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.”

    [Image courtesy of STUART MILES/FREEDIGITALPHOTOS.NET]

  • MTD Micro Molding is expanding its overmolding services. The vertically integrated micromolder recently acquired a new vertical injection molding machine designed and customized for higher capacity overmolding, the company reports in a news release.  Gary Hulecki, executive vice president, explained that the investment is in response to a growing need for precision overmolding from the company's customer base. 

    Overmolding forms two or more materials together into one part, such as molding two plastics together or molding plastic around a metal insert, the company reports. MTD has used overmolding to produce catheter tips, suturing devices, sports medicine implants, and orthopedic devices where a PEEK polymer is molded over or through metal. One project the company calls "unusual" involved a 5-piece micro assembly device overmolded with Glass Filled LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer). 

    [Image courtesy of MTD MICRO MOLDING]

  • Dow Medical Solutions is launching two new liquid silicone rubber products. Liquid silicone rubbers and silicone adhesive solutions could be used in a wide range of applications such as respiratory care, external communications, wearable monitoring, and other medical device applications.
     
    • Dow Corning QP1-33X0 Liquid Silicone Rubber can provide a faster cure at lower temperatures, which could enable fast injection speed at low injection pressure. Such capability could provide new options for design, the company reports.
    • Dow Corning QP1-5040 Self-Adhesive Liquid Silicone Rubber offers primerless adhesion, fast cure at low temperatures, and durable adhesion to copolyester. It is translucent and suitable for two-component and insert molding.

    [Image courtesy of DOW MEDICAL SOLUTIONS]

     

     

  • Wisconsin Plastics Inc. (WPI) has achieved ISO 13485:2003 certification for its quality management systems. The company provides design and manufacturing services for customers around the world. The certification was issued by Intertek.

    “This certification is an important step in our continued approach of setting the standard for quality manufacturing,” said Jim Christensen, president of WPI, in a press release. “The certification is an assurance to our clients that the work we do meets and exceeds regulatory standards.”

    WPI is also certified to ISO 9001:2015.

    [Logo courtesy of WISCONSIN PLASTICS INC.] 

  • Greenlight Guru has added Grow to its existing quality management software platform for medical device companies. Greenlight Guru’s first product, Go, provided companies with design control, risk management, and document management software tools. Grow now offers companies the following capabilities:

    • CAPA Management
    • Customer Feedback Management 
    • Nonconformance Management
    • Audit Management
    • Change Management
    • Training Management 

    “After experiencing this pain firsthand working in product development and management for medical device companies, I knew there needed to be an easier way to help companies not only get to market faster but improve their post-market quality processes beyond just compliance,” stated Jon Speer, founder and VP of QA/RA at Greenlight Guru, in a press release. “Grow has additional workflows for CAPA and other post-market needs that will help these companies who are flying blind without visibility into their quality system and are subject to unnecessary risk."

    [Image courtesy of GREENLIGHT GURU]

  • MasterControl Inc. has debuted the latest version of its quality management software suite. MasterControl 11.7 featurs three new cloud-based solutions, MasterControl eTMF Manager, MasterControl Registrations, and MasterControl Registrations for eCTD. It also includes a new analytics engine with improved graphical display as well as enhanced data, sorting, filtering, and mathematic performance capabilities.

    “"MasterControl is paving a strategic path for life science companies to streamline their efforts to accelerate product-to-market timing,” Matt Lowe, executive vice president at MasterControl, said in a press release. “MasterControl v11.7 introduces a host of new elements, many of which are customer-driven enhancements that deliver greater efficiencies and noticeable ROI by helping clinical, regulatory, and quality professionals dramatically improve their business processes.”

    [image courtesy of MASTERCONTROL 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 packaging, labeling, manufacturing, and regulatory issues as well as pharmaceutical packaging 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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