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Supplier Stories for the Week of September 8

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of September 8.

  • Cosel

    Cosel Co. Ltd. has announced the AME series, a complete line of configurable power supplies for medical applications. Four models (AME400F, AME600F, AME800F, and the AME1200F) cover applications ranging from 400 to 1200 W. The AME series input/output isolation complies with 2MOPP requirements, and the series features a modular concept in which each module performs as a standalone power unit, and control and monitoring functions can be accessed via a single connector.

    For instance, the 240 W module includes on/off remote control, alarm signals, voltage sensing, output voltage, and current control, the company reported in a news release. Output voltage can be adjusted by using the built-in potentiometer or an external voltage; when using external voltage control, the output voltage can be trimmed down to almost zero volts. By using the current trimming function, the module can operate as a constant current source. Also, by combining voltage and current control (VTRM and ITRM) it simply works as a constant voltage/constant current generator.

    With 24 V and 48 V outputs and equipped with the 240 W module, the AME series has a built-in peak current capability suitable for medical applications such as laser or pulse generator duties. Thanks to COSEL technology, higher voltages can be achieved by connecting modules in series, and for greater total power they can also be connected in parallel.

    To accommodate a large range of applications and to simplify product implementation, the AME series includes a range of options, accessories and a configuration tool. It complies with the RoHS directive and is CE marked in accordance with the Low Voltage Directive, it was reported.

    [Image courtesy of COSEL]

  • Heraeus Medical Components

    Heraeus Medical Components, a global business unit of Heraeus Holding GmbH, has agreed to acquire Via Biomedical, an outsourcing partner for medical device OEM companies focused on contract development, prototyping, processing, and manufacturing of interventional devices.

    Via Biomedical has core development competencies in catheters, balloons, stent delivery systems, molded medical device products, and assemblies regularly used in interventional cardiology, neurovascular, and peripheral vascular markets. This aquisition expands Heraeus’ existing capabilities within growing interventional device markets and is the third technology acquisition in the past 24 months, it was reported.

    “The acquisition of Via Biomedical is part of our continued investment to support our medical device customers in the vascular field,” said Nicolas Guggenheim, president of Heraeus Medical Components, in a news release.

    Added David Ohmann, Executive Vice President, Interventional Solutions at Heraeus: “Via Biomedical has an impressive track record with their engineering agility. When you combine their strengths with our global reach and excellence in high-volume manufacturing, OEM medical device customers will be able to shorten development cycles and get innovative products to market faster.”

    [Image courtesy of HERAEUS MEDICAL COMPONENTS]

  • Applied Plastics

    Applied Plastics, a provider to the advanced catheter components industry, has named Thomas Barrett as CEO. Founder and previous CEO of Applied Plastics Dave Ring will assume the role of executive chairman and help set strategic direction and technology development.

    “My father and I built this company, and I have full confidence in what Tom will bring to the table,” Ring said in a news release. “Through his guidance and our partnership with Vance Street Capital, we will see tremendous growth and advancement in our services.” Ring will continue to work with current customers and introduce Barrett to new industry contacts.

    Barrett (shown above) has nearly 30 years of experience in international medical device and contract manufacturing. Prior to joining Applied Plastics, he was president of additive contract manufacturer Oerlikon AM Medical, and he served leadership positions at Tecomet Inc. He also has executive leadership experience in the medical manufacturing industry at companies such as Medrobotics Corp., Keystone Dental Inc., Lake Region Medical (formerly Accellent Inc.), and Stryker Corp. 

    "Tom has an extensive medical background and decades' worth of familiarity and comfort in this industry," stated Michael Janish, managing partner at Vance Street Capital, in the release. "His deep understanding of our customers' needs, coupled with this company's experienced team, will help Applied Plastics to be an even more responsive supplier. We’re excited to see the acceleration of Applied Plastic's strong growth rate under Tom's leadership."

    Applied Plastics produces specialty polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings, including the trademarked PTFE natural coating used on mandrels and pull wires, with a focus on the advanced catheter market. It serves medical device OEMs and contract manufacturers focused on microcatheter segments such as electrophysiology (EP), neurovascular, peripheral vascular, TAVR, and neuromodulation. 

    [Image courtesy of APPLIED PLASTICS]


    GN Thermoforming Equipment will launch its new GN580 Thermoformer at the K 2019 exhibition (Hall 3/A36) held Oct. 16-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Suited for medical, food, and industrial packaging markets, the GN580 Thermoformer is a smaller version of the company’s GN800 launched at K 2016.

    “Our customers have fully embraced the new products and the GN800 is regarded as a highly productive and reliable machine within the industry,” said Jerome Romkey, president of GN Thermoforming Equipment, in a news release. “We continue to provide an industry-leading level of service and support, giving customers added confidence when launching new machines like the GN580.”   At K 2019, the GN580 will run 100% post-consumer recycled PET with a common-edge tool, producing meat trays with minimal scrap. Common-edge tooling offers the ability to form a series of square or rectangular trays in a row or multiple rows while eliminating the web between the products, the company reported in the release.

    With a forming area of 580 mm x 465 mm and a cycle time of 45 cycles/min at full stroke, the machine forms 120-mm-deep parts above and below the sheet line. It also features an operator-friendly HMI with integrated diagnostics and remote connection, an energy recovery system incorporated in all drives, and maintenance-free precision roller bearings in the toggles.

    “While the GN580 offers many of the same features as our highly successful GN800, it is well suited for unique production runs and has a smaller footprint for factories where space is a challenge,” added Paul Phillips, GN sales and marketing manager.

    [Image courtesy of GN THERMOFORMING EQUIPMENT]

  • Qosina

    Qosina has announced that President and CEO Scott Herskovitz has joined the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) at Stony Brook University. Medical leaders, business executives, scientists, academic leaders, and IT professionals sit on the board and help set CEWIT's strategic direction and long-range plans. One of the MAB’s roles is to review the research agenda of CEWIT’s Healthcare and Medical Technologies Division and provide guidance and recommendations for future projects. It also helps identify business needs to ensure that CEWIT’s research aligns with the economic growth priorities of the state and nation, it was reported in a news release.

    “It is an honor to have been selected to serve on such a prestigious medical board,” said Herskovitz in the release. “I am committed to supporting the board’s efforts and activities, and I look forward to collaborating with this distinguished group of leaders.”

    Added Dr. Shmuel Einav, Director, Healthcare and Medical Technologies Division for CEWIT: “We are thrilled to have Scott join the Medical Advisory Board. With his access to medical device manufacturers, and his knowledge and expertise in the med-tech industry, I have no doubt he will be a valuable asset to our board.”

    Qosina supplies OEM single-use components to the medical and pharmaceutical industries and offers free samples of most items, low minimum order requirements, just-in-time delivery, modification of existing molds, and new product design and development. Qosina is ISO 13485, ISO 9001, ISO 22301 and ISO 14001 certified.

    [Image courtesy of QOSINA]

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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