Supplier Stories for the Week of September 16

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of September 16.

  • 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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  • CleanCut Technologies LLC

    CleanCut Technologies’s Dual Hoop Catheter DISK has been recognized as a Gold Winner in Dow Chemical Company’s “2018 30th Annual Award for Packaging Innovation.” The Dual Hoop Catheter DISK is an all-in-one packaging system developed to dispense catheter wires and procedural components.

    “We are thrilled to be recognized with this prestigious award for packaging innovation. CleanCut Technologies prides itself on producing medical device packaging solutions that are innovative, cost-effective, and efficiently manufactured,” said Brian Whalen, director of sales & marketing, in a news release. “For our team to be acknowledged by Dow, an industry leader in performance packaging, is a great honor and affirms our commitment to partner with our medical device customers to deliver best-in-class packaging solutions to the marketplace.” 

    The Dual Hoop Catheter DISK can eliminate the need for extra pouches, shelf cartons, and corrugated shipping boxes for each individual component. Packaging waste can be cut by 20-30%, reported CleanCut. The solution can also eliminate the need for surgical teams to open multiple sterile pouches and assemble individual components, reducing prep time.  

    [Image courtesy of CLEANCUT TECHNOLOGIES LLC]

  • Foster Corp.

    Foster Corp. has launched ProPell T compounds to reduce tackiness and friction in medical device components, particularlay soft, flexible polymers such as low durometer TPU (commonly used in central venous catheters) and Pebax polyamide polymers (used in interventional vascular catheters). Similar to the existing ProPell product line, ProPell T offers reduced coefficient of friction (CoF) while maintaining critical mechanical properties and improved manufacturing and handling of medical catheter tubing. In addition, ProPell T offers a proprietary surface enhancing additive for translucency.

    “Medical personnel [not only can] see the substance that is being transported through the tubing, but can also easily detect any defects in the device,” explained Larry Johnson, vice president of business development for Foster Corp., in a news release. “The use of ProPell T in catheters benefits medical practitioners by offering easier deployment and control of the device by enabling the catheter to move faster and smoother through the vascular system.”

    [Image courtesy of FOSTER CORP.]

     

  • IME Medical Electrospinning

    IME Medical Electrospinning has announced that its high-end laboratory along with a new set of cleanrooms are operational. IME is now able to develop and manufacture its proprietary electrospinning machines and also produce the actual scaffolds for the intended medical implants for their customers, it reported in a news release. The cleanroom facilities will enable the production of Class I, II and III medical devices. 

    IME's solutions can mimic the natural human extracellular matrix for implants in the human body in nanometer and micrometer format, applying various polymers, the company reported. Human cells interact with these structures, and products can be developed that can support regeneration and the formation of new natural body tissue. 

    “We have brought the controllability, reproducibility and scalability of the electrospinning process to a level that enables the development of products that meet the stringent requirements of the medtech industry," said Ramon Solberg, founder of IME Medical Electrospinning, in a statement. "The new facility now enables us to also translate this knowledge into groundbreaking products together with our clients. It is amazing to work at the forefront of innovation for regenerative medicine applications.”

    “We are extremely proud to have been able to expand our commitment with the regenerative medicine industry and foremost the millions of patients around the globe with the establishment of these state-of-the-art manufacturing lab facilities," added Judith Heikoop, managing director of IME Medical Electrospinning. "This will further enable us to co-develop with the industry and regenerative scientists worldwide, the most innovative and ground breaking regenerative own body implants that have been unthinkable and unheard of up until now. A revolution that has only just started.”

    [Image courtesy of IME MEDICAL ELECTROSPINNING]

     

  • Multivac

    In March 2019, Multivac will begin offering a Multivac TIJ printer in addition to TTO printers. The TIJ printers can be used in direct web printers with propulsion indexers, in static models fitted on the infeed or outfeed of a packaging machine, or integrated into any label dispenser.

    Compared with continuous inkjet printers, TIJ printers operate with printer cartridges that integrate printing heads. The cartridges can be changed easily and quickly and are also very low maintenance, since they do not require any regular cleaning, Mulitvac explained in a news release. The company also pointed out that the print cartridges do not dry out; the so-called ‘decap time’ is very high. A print resolution of up to 600 dpi can be achieved with TIJ printers, enalbing systems to accurately print extremely small text and compact bar codes.

    Automatic print layout management is available via the Multivac HMI control terminal. When the recipe for a particular product is called up, the correct print layout can be loaded automatically. It is not necessary to manually select a print layout or print data on a separate printer control terminal.

    [Image courtesy of MULTIVAC]

  • American Thermal Instruments (ATI)

    American Thermal Instruments (ATI) introduces the LOG-IC 360 Bluetooth Data Logger for accurate temperature and humidity readings and secure data retrieval and storage, without the need to open boxes, shipping containers, or trucks. 

    The LOG-IC 360 BT electronic data logger is less than 2 in. by 3 in. wide and can read individual temperatures up to 300 feet from the unopened product, ATI reported. The lithium coin cell battery has a minimum one-year capacity and a temperature range of -20°C to 70°C. It can send data to Android, iOS, or any other Bluetooth-enabled device. High precision temperature accuracy is ± 0.25°C., compared with other industry suppliers at ± 0.50°C. The LOG-IC 360 BT logger tracks a humidity range of 0-80% RH with communication certifications which include FCC, CE and NIST platforms. Data can be viewed using ATI’s DataNow Cloud service and mobile applications. Any excursions will display when and for how long the product was not in range of acceptable temperature and humidity levels.

    “At the very beginning stages of product development, we put a priority on the various needs of our customers. We plan to advance the technology as fixed asset monitoring with our added app technology,” said Rob Snyder, technology director of ATI, in a news release. 

    [Image courtesy of AMERICAN THERMAL INSTRUMENTS]

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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