Supplier Stories for the Week of October 14

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of October 14.

  • 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]

  • Contract manufacturer MMD Medical will be holding a new MMD Challenge at the upcoming MD&M Minneapolis October 31-November 1. Having held successful MMD Challenges at previous MD&M shows in 2017 and 2018, MMD invites MD&M Minneapolis show attendees to its booth (#2110) to put their problem-solving skills to the test. 

    “At MMD Medical, we’re all about asking and answering the difficult questions and leveraging our cross-functional teams to push the boundaries of problem solving,” said Darren Bjork, vice president of MMD Medical, in a news release. “We’re often faced with difficult challenges that need to be solved in tight timeframes to help our customers meet critical business goals, and we balance creativity with discipline to reach our goals.”

    In a previous challenge to show attendees, only seven out of 101 individuals were able to solve the puzzle, the company reported. Again this year, any individual who solves the problem will be entered to win his or her choice of courtside Timberwolves tickets or on-the-glass Wild tickets.

    “Whether we are designing a coolant-free machining center to ensure our customers’ plastic components can be machined without contaminants, or designing an innovative tooling and molding process to replace a customer’s inefficient manual assembly process. we know the importance of pushing the boundaries,” stated Bjork. “The results of these efforts have driven impressive returns for our clients – like decreasing their lead times by over 60 percent or saving them nearly $1M annually on a single machined component.”

    [Logo courtesy of MMD MEDICAL]

  • MicroCare Medical, a division of MicroCare Corp., will showcase its medical device cleaning, coating, and lubricating products at MD&M Minneapolis Booth #1650 October 31 – November 1.

    Among the company's solutions is Duraglide Dry Lubricant, which can help reduce ‘stiction’ (the combination of sticking and friction) when using medical devices. Made from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the lubricant lowers surface-to-surface friction for easier and more-consistent movement of actuation-based surgical and medical procedural equipment, the company reported. With an average particle size of just 3.7 microns, the lubricant reduces the actuation forces resulting in a smoother operation, improving product performance.

    Tergo Metal Cleaning Fluid (MCF) will also be highlighted at the show. The precision cleaner degreases metal, plastic, and ceramic parts; it quickly and consistently cleans intricate shapes without bioburden problems and the complexities associated with pyrogenic cleaning processes. Tergo MCF is one of the strongest vapor degreasing fluids on the market, the company claims, and it can be used to replace hydrocarbon degreasers, nPB, TCE, methylene chloride, and PFCs. 

    Also featured will be Opteon SF10 by Chemours, a fast-drying replacement for PFCs in carrier fluid and lubricant deposition applications. It can be used to deposit lubricant on a substrate. Described by MicroCare Medical as having zero ozone depletion and low global warming potential, Opteon SF10 specialty fluid is accepted by key governmental and environmental regulatory agencies in the United States and most countries around the world.

    [Image courtesy of MICROCARE MEDICAL]

  • Vapor Technologies Inc. (VaporTech) has launched the VT-i Series of PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating machines that can be used in-house by any sized company. Bringing a new VaporTech VT-i Series system in-house enables companies to coat for pennies per part, improves quality and product differentiation, and provides a quick return on investment, the company reported in a news release.

    These new systems feature a compact footprint, are designed to be easy to operate, produce high-quality coatings, and are PVD and DLC capable. VaporTech shared the following details on the specific systems: 

    • VT-500i: The most compact VT-i Series machine for small-batch manufacturing operations. Despite its small footprint and competitive price, the VT-500i easily coats large parts.
    • VT-1000i: A compact, higher capacity offering for medium-size operations. The VT-1000i machine shares the small footprint of the VT-500i system but with 6x the capacity. It’s a PVD and DLC system for medium-volume applications.
    • VT-1500i: The system provides approximately 70% of the throughput of the company's largest production coating system but in a very compact footprint. It’s designed for high-volume, larger manufacturing operations.
    • VT-3000i: Introduced earlier this year, the system is the updated version of the VT-3000, with a smaller footprint, modern components, and easier maintenance.

    [Image courtesy of VAPOR TECHNOLOGIES INC. (VAPORTECH)]

  • Rollprint Packaging Products, Alliantz Flexible Packaging, and EuroFoil Teo have united under the name Paxxus. The new company focuses on meeting the stringent requirements of the medical device, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and life science industries.

    “Our customers have clearly communicated their desire to grow with a partner specifically dedicated to flexible materials for the healthcare industry,” explained Dhuanne Dodrill, formerly president and CEO of Rollprint and now CEO of Paxxus. “With our technical depth, regulatory knowledge, and expanded manufacturing reach, we are uniquely positioned to address the needs of multinational companies as well as local firms around the globe.”

    The new company is investing 15 million US dollars across all locations, enabling it to meet growing demand for engineered solutions based on stringent industry requirements, the company reported in a news release. Vertically integrated capabilities allow the new company to offer consistency and continuity of supply.

    Paxxus derives its name from the Latin word for "peace," as the company said it is striving to provide customers and partners ‘peace of mind.’ The new name was unveiled during Pack Expo International this past week.

    [Image courtesy of PAXXUS]

  • Systech Illinois has launched the fully automatic AquaSense Model 7100 Water Vapor Transmission Rate (WVTR) Analyzer, which features a high-sensitivity, coulometric sensor for compliance with ASTM F3299-18. It can measure WVTR of barrier materials, packages, and closures used for medical device, pharmaceutical, and other applications.

    “Meet permeation squared. By adding the Model 7100 to our all-new OxySense Model 8100e (released May 2018) companies who test for permeation transmission rates now have access to both WVTR and OTR with instruments meeting International standards ASTM F3299-18 for WVTR and ASTM D3985 for OTR,” stated Doug Lindemann, managing director, Systech Illinois, in a news release. “Users can rely on accurate and repeatable results for high barriers, due to the coulometric, calibration free sensors incorporated in each instrument,” he added.

    Systech Illinois has incorporated an automated Test Condition Matrix for sample analysis of up to ten different temperature and relative humidity conditions within a single test set-up. The matrix allows labs to examine materials performance over a range of real-life conditions.

    [Image courtesy of SYSTECH ILLINOIS]

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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