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Supplier Stories for the Week of October 28

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of October 28.

  • 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.”

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  • Pulse Systems has recently acquired additional CNC (computer numerical control) machine tools to support its growth and has added 7000 sq ft to its headquarters for the new equipment. A wholly owned subsidiary of United American Healthcare Corp., Pulse Systems provides precision machining of metal components for the medical device industry, such as implantable devices such as endovascular stents.

    The new equipment includes a second Tsugami LaserSwiss machine along with several conventional Star Swiss screw machines, bringing the company's total number of CNC screw machines to 11. The Tsugami LaserSwiss machine combines the speed and precision of laser cutting with the turning and milling capabilities of a Swiss screw machine in a single machine tool, the company reported.

    "We are pleased to report that our investment in CNC Swiss machining and our implementation of the hybrid Tsugami LaserSwiss, which marries Swiss turning with our core competency in laser machining technologies, is paying off in expansion of our value-added contract manufacturing business," stated Herb Bellucci, president and CEO of Pulse Systems, in a news release. "Our medical device customers are recognizing the value of these expanded service offerings, and our overall business level has been growing as a result."

    The company's Concord, CA headquarters is now just over 25,000 sq ft and employs 90 personnel. "We are very fortunate to have built a solid team of skilled and motivated people, who view Pulse as an attractive and productive place to work, and make it possible for us to respond quickly to increasing demand from our customers," said Bellucci.

    [Logo courtesy of PULSE SYSTEMS]

  • Custom thermoformer Placon has added an additional class 8 cleanroom to its Elkhart, IN, manufacturing facility to increase medical product capacity. The facility is ISO 13485 certified and is dedicated to producing plastic packaging for the medical and healthcare industries.

    Designed to hold three additional thermoforming presses, the new cleanroom will double thermoforming capacity at the facility.  The first new press is expected to be operational by the end of November, and plans are in development for adding the second press.

    “The expansion of this cleanroom will allow us to provide better customer service to our partner accounts, get their products to market faster, and supports our corporate strategy for growth in the medical packaging market,” explained John MacDougall, medical sales manager, in a news release.

    Placon has three medical production facilities in the Midwest. “Our goal is to be the first supplier of choice for custom packaging solutions in the industry. Adding this new technology will give Placon increased manufacturing flexibility and speed to market which will deliver more value to our customers and position us well into the future,” added Dan Mohs, chairman and CEO.

    Placon had acquired Barger and then Brookdale Plastics in 2016. In addition to manufacturing custom thermoformed trays and clamshells, the company provides its BargerGard protective packaging made from TPU material.

    [Logo courtesy of PLACON]

  • Beamer Laser Marking Systems has launched its new Laser Marking Inline System at MD&M Minneapolis. The system can be custom integrated into any production line or production cell for improved cycle times.

    “The medical industry faces unique requirements,” explained Nicholas Kaczmarski, national sales manager, Beamer Laser Marking Systems, in a news release. “Those include TIN numbers, implant marking, surgical instrument marking, dental instrument marking and related FDA compliancy marking. We offer the industry a high-quality, affordable solution.”

    The Laser Marking Inline System supports 2D Data Matrix codes and GS1 Data Matrix codes and can be used to mark medical equipment without affecting the surface. It operates with Windows-based software and can connect to existing PLCs. It is available in 20 W, 50 W, and 100 W solutions.

    [Logo courtesy of BEAMER LASER MARKING SYSTEMS]

     

     

  • Heraeus Medical Components has agreed to acquire Evergreen Medical Technologies and its subsidiary, PhysioTest, effective October 31st. Evergreen Medical Technologies offers design, development, and engineering capabilities as well as clinical insight to help medical device companies develop a wide range of neuromodulation products and solutions such as implantable leads and stimulation devices.

    Such expertise in neuromodulation was a driving factor in the transaction, explained Dr. Nicolas Guggenheim, president of Heraeus Medical Components. “With over 600 diseases of the nervous system, neuromodulation will be an increasingly important treatment option to improve patients’ quality of life," he stated in a news release. "We continue to expand our capabilities in neuromodulation to support our medical device customers, and with this acquisition we will enable our customers to accelerate innovation in this therapy area.”

    Heraeus offers fully vertical integrated solutions from the base material to medical components, including assemblies and accessories to complete platform development and manufacturing for medical device customers, the company reported. The acquisition of Evergreen Medical Technologies will unite Evergreen’s neuromodulation engineering expertise with Heraeus’s high-volume global manufacturing and distribution expertise. “The combined strengths of our two organizations will help medical device companies to further streamline their supply chains, bring cost-effective solutions to market faster and, most importantly, be clinically effective,”  Guggenheim added.

    [Image courtesy of Heraeus]

  • Gulftech Casiba Group has developed a dust collection system for Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates of Orlando, a major prosthetics fabricator. The manufacturer’s existing system was too small for the increased requirements and the dust pickup hoods were small and not optimized for capturing the dust thrown off, Gultech reported to MD+DI. The company also wanted to added workstations, which meant that capture hoods would need sufficient suction and area to capture the added dust. However, the system would need to fit into the existing space without taking up too much space or being too loud.

    Gulftech Casiba Group’s Terry Werner designed a system optimized for capturing dust from the Trautman grinders, which have a high-speed grinding spindle that throws dust rapidly across a broad area, Gulftech explained. Gulftech devised an approach that enabled each operator to move the grinder head to accommodate the prosthetic part on which they are working.

    Gulftech chose a cyclone ducted to several dust capture hoods that are slotted for effective entraining of the dust. The hood position is adjustable using flex duct so that the operator can move it as needed. The cyclone vacuum pressure is more than sufficient to capture the dust from the Trautman grinders, even at a distance. Gulftech reported that the customer is happy with the powerful system that keeps the shop free of dust.

    [Image courtesy of GULFTECH CASIBA GROUP]

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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