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Supplier Stories for the Week of September 29

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of September 29.

  • Qosina tuohy borst adapters

    Qosina offers more than 40 different configurations of tuohy borst adapters in sizes ranging from 0-18 FR. Composed of a body, gasket, and cap, the adapter is commonly used to prevent the backflow of fluid and facilitate catheter introduction. The silicone valve and cap torque around a tube or instrument to hold it in place.

    Qosina described its tuohy borst adapters as "cost-effective, durable, and easy to build into a design," the company explained in a news release. In addition to off-the-shelf styles, it can provide build-it-yourself options for custom configurations based on customers’ applications.

    These adapters are available with various connection types such as female luer lock, male luer lock, male luer with spin lock, barbed, threaded, and tubing port. The company also stocks tuohy borsts with or without side ports and in small- or large-bore body types. 

    Qosina is ISO 13485, ISO 9001, ISO 22301, and ISO 14001 certified and operates in a 95,000-sq-ft facility with an ISO Class 8 cleanroom.

    Qosina will showcase its tuohy borst adapters along with thousands of stock components at Booth #1816 at MD&M Minneapolis October 23-24, as it celebrates its 25th year exhibiting at the show. 

    [Image courtesy of QOSINA]

  • Canon Medical's acquisition of the Video Sensing Division (VSD), formerly known as TAIS’s Imaging Systems Division (ISD), is expected to complement Canon’s history as a video camera technology leader by serving the healthtech market as an OEM supplier in surgical imaging robotics and clinical microscopy. 

    “We are delighted to be part of the team at Canon Medical," stated Paul Dempster, VSD director of sales, in a news release. "Our customers will continue to have access to the great products, service, and support they’ve become accustomed to. The distribution and authorized service providers for VSD products will remain the same. Additionally, manufacturing and quality inspection systems are not changing, so the product quality, availability, and product performance will continue to be of the highest caliber.”


  • Flex Power Modules, a division of Flex, introduces the PMU8000 series of Point-of-Load (PoL) converters offering high efficiency of typically 95.3 % (at half load) and excellent thermal performance, suiting them for use in harsh conditions. They can be used in power conversion applications in several sectors, such as medical, telecom and datacom, industrial, test and measurement, Internet of Things (IoT), and more.

    “By using automatic production processes, we have been able to achieve high quality and lower component costs for the new PMU8000 regulators, giving our customers the reliability, efficiency and affordability they demand," stated Olle Hellgren, director of product management and business development at Flex Power Modules, in a news release.

    The ultra-miniature regulators include a loop optimization feature that allows design engineers to optimize their load transient response for different capacitive loads, increasing flexibility in system design. They also provide a configurable soft start or tracking feature, which eases time sequence design.

    To save substantial space, the regulators are provided in a very small form factor package, measuring 7.5 x 7.5 x 5.4 mm. 

    {Image courtesy of FLEX POWER MODULES, A DIV. OF FLEX]

  • Midwest Products & Engineering (MPE), a design and manufacturing partner for healthcare and technology OEMs, has received a majority equity investment from Chicago-based Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. 

    “MPE is proud to be a premier partner to many of the nation’s largest medical device and technology OEMs,” stated Hank Kohl, president & CEO of MPE-INC., in a press release. “BPOC’s experience in contract manufacturing and the broader healthcare industry is well aligned with our business model and strategy and will allow us to better serve our customers while continuing our rapid growth. I am excited by this new partnership with BPOC and our realizable future together.” 

    Added Dave Cooney, partner at BPOC: “MPE provides significant value to its customers through its Concept to Completion model. The company is a market leader with best-in-class product development, manufacturing operations, and technical services. We are excited to partner with MPE’s management team to support the company and its long-term growth initiatives.” 

    No changes to management, branding, sales channel partnerships, or the company’s global supply chain infrastructure were announced. MPE's capabilities include competencies in product design and engineering, high-mix/low-volume manufacturing, quality systems, and 3PL services. For more than 40 years, MPE has worked with medical device and technology OEMs.


  • FELIXprinters offers a range of industrially oriented 3D printing platforms "characterized by competitive accuracy, ease-of-use, and a range of build envelopes to accommodate numerous applications," the company reported in a news release. The platforms are intended to be "relatively low cost" to offer companies the chance to bring 3D printing in-house instead of outsourcing, it was reported.

    In August, the Pro XL, the largest build envelope machine in the FELIXprnters range, was tested and independently assessed by Toon Meynen of full AM service provider company Trideus in Belgium. Trideus noted that the unit is constructed using aluminium extrusions making the bed very thin for a machine of its size (maximum build envelope: 600 x 400 x 600 mm) and that the print surface is equipped with a removable flexible plate. 

    Among Trideus’s findings pertaining to a PETG material test was that the FELIX Pro XL is a “high quality printer that is very versatile,” and benefits from its “automatic calibration, flexible build plate, large construction surface,” and that it allows users to “print two materials with full confidence,” according to the release.

    Trideus did note that the accompanying documentation that comes with the FELIX Pro XL needed improvements, and that the power rescue mode was less than intuitive to use. The report, however, stated that “FELIXprinters is aware of these improvement areas and is working to deliver improved guides and videos to assist users with, for example, powerloss recovery. A series of instructional videos are busy being produced.”

    The report concludes: “This is the first large volume printer that delivers the same quality and detail as Ultimaker. This is the first time that we’ve tested a machine of this size that achieved that. Printing multiple materials is no problem for the this machine. The whole process of slicing, printing and finishing was very easy to do.“

    [Image courtesy of FELIXprinters]

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