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Supplier Stories for the Week of September 30

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of September 30.

  • 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.”


  • Emerson

    Emerson invites medical-industry customers attending MD&M Minneapolis to a special lunch-and-learn event, “Emerson - Solving Today’s Medical Joining Challenges with Branson Technologies,” on October 31 from 11:45 am to 1 pm in 103DE. 

    Tom Hoover, Emerson’s business development segment manager, medical, will provide an overview of Branson technology and products, including ultrasonic and clean laser technology, as well as support and service offerings for medtech customers.

    Attendees will get an exclusive preview of Branson’s latest innovation, the Branson GSX Ultrasonic plastic welding system, which is designed to address medical industry demands for joining miniaturized parts with embedded electronics that require super-precise actuation force.

    “The new Branson GSX System leverages major advances in actuation and control to help medical manufacturers achieve a process that’s superior in consistency and repeatability," said event co-host Tarick Walton, Emerson’s global product manager, ultrasonics, in a news release. "Its advanced user interface offers selectable, tunable actuation force controls, ergonomically designed to enable set up and optimization of the GSX system in minutes, not hours or days.” Like other Branson technology for medical device makers, the system also allows for the complete data output tracking needed for maximum manufacturing efficiency, unbroken product traceability, and regulatory compliance.

    The event features an attendee lunch, presentation, Q & A session, and access to Branson specialists for individualized advice and support. Customers are also invited to visit the Emerson booth (#1523) throughout the MD&M show.

    Seating at this special event is limited and must be reserved in advance. For more information or to reserve a spot, visit this page and click on "Add to My Show."

    [Logo courtesy of EMERSON]

  • Scapa Healthcare

    Scapa Healthcare has acquired the Systagenix wound dressing manufacturing facility from Acelity. Located in Gargrave, England, the facility maintains manufacturing operations, sterilization services, warehouse facilities, R&D, and regulatory support functions. Scapa Healthcare and Acelity have entered into a long-term exclusive manufacturing and supply agreement under which Scapa Healthcare will continue manufacturing the KCI advanced wound dressings portfolio manufactured in Gargrave.

    “The acquisition of the Gargrave site positions Scapa Healthcare as a leading business-to-business manufacturer of medical devices,” explained Joe Davin, president of Scapa Healthcare, in a news release. “The new facility is well invested to support new product development and manufacturing not only for wound care products, but also consumer wellness and wearable fixation devices. We believe this represents a great opportunity for our customers as we remain committed to be the trusted strategic outsource partner of choice for the markets we serve.”

    Gargrave is now Scapa Healthcare’s largest manufacturing facility and serves as the European Turn-Key Center of Excellence.

    [Logo courtesy of SCAPA HEALTHCARE]

  • Antares Vision

    Antares Vision offers a range of solutions for medical device inspection such as in-line and off-line checking of product integrity (free from surface defects, peeling, holes, striations); shape and color; packaging inspection for checking or any faults in container or content; and labeling and printing inspection for verifying variable data (e.g., expiry date and lot number).

    Antares Vision also supports the medical device industry with its solution for UDI (Unique Device Identifier) compliance. UDI is expected to help identify medical devices throughout the global supply chain by providing precise information for healthcare professionals, leading to a secure global supply chain and allowing for more accurate reports of adverse events, more effective management of medical device recalls, and reduction of medical errors, the company reported.

    In addition to UDI compliance, Antares Vision can assist with product serialization, which entails using a unique serial number on each saleable unit.

    Antares Vision will be exhibiting at Pack Expo International in Booths S-3760 and W-646, October 14-17.

    [Image courtesy of ANTARES VISION]


  • Greenlight Guru

    Brent Atwood, a 25-year medical device industry veteran, has joined Greenlight Guru as executive vice president of sales and market strategy. 

    “Brent is a proven business leader, consistently growing sales numbers by double and triple digits at some of the largest medtech companies in the industry,” said Greenlight Guru co-founder and CEO David DeRam in a news release. “Greenlight Guru is anticipating significant growth; Brent is unique because he brings not only a track record of success and leading large teams, but also the ‘it’ factor that is an ideal fit for our team culture. Brent’s vast industry knowledge brings the collective medical device experience of our executive team to nearly 100 years.”

    Atwood was previously with companies such as Brooks Life Sciences, BioStorage Technologies, LifeWatch AG, Cerner Corporation, and Depuy Inc. After Brooks Life Sciences acquired BioStorage Technologies, Atwood oversaw all sales and marketing operations for healthcare and biotech products, managing more than 200 employees and commercial partners in 12 countries.

    “Greenlight Guru is changing the way medical devices are developed and brought to market,” said Atwood in the statement. “As the technology built into medical devices has grown at a prodigious rate, the systems used to manage the quality system have not kept pace. I look forward to helping grow the only quality management solution capable of bringing the next generation ofquality-focused medical devicesto market.”

    This announcement follows Greenlight Guru’s Advanced Document Management software update and recent partnership with the FDA to provide meaningful insight into the FDA’s Case for Quality Initiative, the company reported.

    [Logo courtesy of GREENLIGHT GURU]

  • Beckhoff Automation

    Beckhoff Automation is opening a new San Diego-area sales office in Carlsbad, CA. The 2000-sq-ft office provides sales and application support for Beckhoff customers in greater San Diego.

    “Adding a location in Greater San Diego boosts service coverage for Beckhoff in a way that complements the company’s existing Silicon Valley Technical Center in San Jose,” said Aurelio Banda, CEO and president of Beckhoff Automation LLC, in a news release. “Beckhoff continues to expand local support for users of PC-based automation and control solutions, providing significant benefits to customers in numerous industries by extending our reach.”

    The company calls the region a "a thriving hub of technological innovation with high activity in IT, biotech, aerospace, and maritime technology."

    A large training room supports educational opportunities for Beckhoff customers to increase their expertise with PC-based controls and EtherCAT industrial Ethernet technology.

    [Image courtesy of BECKHOFF AUTOMATION]




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