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Supplier Stories for the Week of September 2

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of September 2.

  • 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.”


  • Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, is expanding its Connected Health team and its global Front-End Innovation (FEI) footprint. Industry experts from consulting, medtech, and biopharma organizations have recently joined Phillips-Medisize’s Connected Health leadership team, including Kevin Deane, former partner at PA Consulting; Andrew Tubb, former director of global marketing at Sanofi; Chris Conger, former VP R&D at IntriCon; and Neil Williams, Health IT expert previously at TotalMobile, Microsoft, and Hospira.

    “Together, we bring more than 80 years’ experience across all facets of Connected Health, from deep electronics and communications technology to the impact of digital for our customers’ global sales and marketing plans,” stated Kevin Deane, VP of front-end innovation at Phillips-Medisize, in a news release. “To us, successful Connected Health solutions are built on three underlying foundations: robust technology, solid business planning, and empathetic patient engagement. The mission of FEI is to build these into all of our Connected Health projects and to ensure our investments in new capabilities, technologies, facilities, and staff continue to add to this picture and provide increased value to our clients.”

    The FEI team works with clients to develop differentiated and drug-specific strategies. Historically, the Phillips-Medisize FEI team has served globally from its Cambridge, UK, and Struer, DK, offices. Given client demand in North America, it announces planned FEI additions to its Fremont, CA, office, with future expansions slated for its Hudson, WI, office and a Massachusetts location to be finalized later this year.

    The Phillips-Medisize FEI team is supported by its main Global Innovation and Development (GID) centers in Europe and the United States, and a satellite center in Suzhou, China, with targeted Connected Health and electronics production facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia.

    Phillips-Medisize will be exhibiting at Booth #1605 at MD&M Minneapolis October 31-November 1.


  • Smith Metal Products's metal injection molding (MIM) process generates pivot point components according to close tolerances with extra durability so the instrument functions reliably with repeatable accuracy. Pivot point components can be used to provide natural dexterity in grasping forceps, retractors, needle drivers, and similar advanced medical instruments.

    Made from 7-4 or 316 stainless steel, the pivot points pictured measure 0.50 in. x 0.1875 in. x 0.25 in. and have tolerances of ±0.0015 in. Part features included undercuts, parallel holes, and perpendicular shafts, all produced accurately with Smith's MIM process. These net shaped MIM produced components required no machining saving both material and machine time, the company reported in a news release.

    Parts that are suitable for MIM processing include those that have complicated geometries in annual volumes of 10,000 pieces or more and a finished part weight of less than 100g (3.5 oz). All dimensions of the component should be 3 in. or less, and the maximum wall thickness should be 3 mm (0.125 in.) or less.

    [Image courtesy of SMITH METAL PRODUCTS] 

  • ROSS High Speed Dispersers from Charles Ross & Son Co. feature two-hand safety controls for raising and lowering the mixing head. The two-hand system requires two push buttons to be pressed and maintained to allow operation of the hydraulic lift, ensuring the operator’s hands are clear from contact with moving parts.

    ROSS High Speed Dispersers are primarily used for incorporating powders into liquid. Running at tip speeds up to around 5000 ft/min, the open disc blade of the High Speed Disperser generates vigorous flow and a characteristic vortex into which dry ingredients are added for quick wet-out, the company reported. This classic mixer can handle product viscosities up to 50,000 centipoise. Popular sizes available from stock for immediate purchase or trial/rental.

    The improved ROSS High Speed Disperser reflects the company’s commitment to the safety of its customers, minimizing hazards wherever possible, the company stated.

    [Image courtesy of CHARLES ROSS & SON CO.] 

  • Softbox, a provider of temperature control packaging for the life science and logistics industries, is launching its MAX range at the next IQPC Annual Cold Chain Global Forum (24-27 September). Softbox’s MAX range is a new addition to the company’s current Tempcell, Silverpod, and AEON ranges. 

    • Tempcell MAX (shown above) is a single-use high-performance  parcel shipper using next-generation recyclable PCM coolants and an internal radiant barrier film to enhance thermal protection. Tempcell MAX is an upgrade to the current water-based Tempcell shippers.
    • Silverpod MAX is a pallet shipper combining next-generation recyclable PCM coolants and an external solar radiance barrier film to ensure maximum protection of the internal payload during extreme shipping conditions.
    • AEON MAX is a reusable high-performance parcel shipper ensuring maximum protection for extended duration during transit.

    [Image courtesy of SOFTBOX]

  • Fujipoly has published a video that demonstrates and explains compression testing for thermal interface materials. The video was produced at the company’s Customer Engineering Resource Center (CERC) in San Jose, CA, which allows customers in the Silicon Valley area to evaluate and test Fujipoly products for their specific application.

    Fujipoly’s CERC is fully equipped to test thermal resistance, electrical resistance/isolation, compression force, hardness, viscosity, tensile strength, reliability testing at high and low temperatures, and heat shock.

    [Image courtesy of FUJIPOLY]

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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