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Supplier Stories for the Week of September 9

Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of September 9.

  • 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.”


  • Xcentric Mold & Engineering

    Xcentric Mold & Engineering has invested in additional machinery for both its Clinton Township and Shelby Township manufacturing facilities. The installations are intended to address what the company calls growing demand for injection molding, CNC machining, rapid prototyping services, and value-added services such as in-house inspection from its customers. 

    Additional all-electric injection molding machines and 5-axis CNC machining centers were installed in July and August, and the company has dedicated them primarily to rapid manufacturing of injection molds as well conventional and overmolded plastic parts. "This equipment in conjunction with our new in-house inspection capabilities allow our customers to move faster through the digital manufacturing process,” explained Pierre Viaud-Murat, senior vice president of sales at Xcentric Mold & Engineering, in a news release. “Instead of sending complex parts out for inspection, we can very quickly provide detailed inspection reports and move faster through design iterations.”  

    Xcentric Mold & Engineering will be exhibiting at Booth #504 at MD&M Minneapolis October 31-November 1.

    [Logo courtesy of XCENTRIC MOLD & ENGINEERING]

  • Apium Additive Technologies

    Apium Additive Technologies offers the Apium M-Series 3D Printing solution, which combines the advantages of additive manufacturing and the properties of the high-performance polymer PEEK (polyetheretherketon). Offering short lead times and extensive design freedom, this combination enables the production of implants for time-critical surgeries. 

    PEEK is reportedly a popular material with versatile properties and applications. “A PEEK implant is very similar to the human bone in mechanical stiffness and elasticity and can therefore follow the internal movements of the bone,” Apium wrote in a news release. “Since this material is radiolucent, it is suitable for radiological diagnostics and therapeutic radiation technology. Thanks to its insulating properties, the material is also less susceptible to temperature effects.” 

    Implants can be customized to the patient’s anatomy with the aid of Material Extrusion (FFF) 3D printing technology, the company reported. “The dead space between bone and implant can be almost eliminated and a stable and close contact can be established. In addition to improved bone growth, operations are simplified, the risk of infection is reduced, and aesthetics are guaranteed by complementary implants.”

    In addition, PEEK has the property of osseointegration, which is direct contact between implant and bone through the formation of new bone tissue, the company reported.


  • Cassie Baker, MRPC

    MRPC, a single-source provider of medical device components and assemblies, has promoted Cassie Baker to Northeast Business Development Manager. The ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified company specializes in cleanroom molding with a focus on silicone molding, two-material molding, and micro-molding.

    Baker has been with the company since February 2016, when MRPC acquired Johnson Precision. “Cassie has played an integral role in supporting our strategic vision for our Hudson, NH location” said Mark Brandstaetter, VP of Sales and Marketing at MRPC, in a news release. “Her extensive background in biomedical engineering, combined with her 10+ years of experience in the medical device industry, makes her well suited to meet our client needs and expectations.”

    Added Baker: “MRPC’s dedication to the medical device industry, and collaborating with clients to solve their challenges, aligns with how I approach sales and engineering, and I look forward to continuing to helping our clients, and the company grow.”

    [Image courtesyf of MRPC]

  • FOBA's latest laser marking software version, MarkUS 2.12, offers advancements in vision-based laser marking as well as cost savings in direct part marking for automotive and medical device applications.

    The company states that the most important new feature is “Mosaic,” which allows operators to place to-be-marked parts in any orientation within the marking field. Expensive fixtures are no longer needed and the mark will still be aligned perfectly, the company stated in a news release. Mosaic combines through-the-lens vision with the tiling of multiple images that are then stitched together to form a single image, covering the entire marking area. This simulates a virtually straight-down view, created by a miniature camera that is embedded inside the laser scan head.

    In addition, new lighting for the built-in camera addresses the challenges with imaging curved and shiny parts by programming pairs of light banks while allowing machine to machine performance reproducibility. The new lighting also improves the OCV (optical character verification) and 2-D code validation functionalities included in FOBA’s vision-based laser marking systems.



  • Henkel will present its adhesive materials portfolio for healthcare applications at COMPAMED (November 12-15, 2018). Products include flexible LED cure adhesives for medical devices, adhesives for functional medical plasters and advanced patches, and material solutions for next-gen smart health devices. 

    For instance, new LED cure acrylic adhesives offering design and manufacturing benefits will be highlighted, including two products developed for use on flexible applications made of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU). “Using LED curing saves costs, thanks to the fact that it can be switched on/off instantly. Additionally, the narrow spectrum of light wavelength without infrared light emissions helps manufacturers save energy consumption and minimizes the generation of heat that must be dissipated, especially in cleanroom bonding applications,” stated Andrés Bultó, business development & key account manager, medical, at Henkel, in a news release. “When developing our new LED cure adhesives, our aim was to add further value by enhancing their flexibility and design freedom, while at the same time maximizing their bonding strength. Notably, the property profile includes fast LED curing in all geometries, from bondlines to open fillets.”  Typical applications include a wide variety of disposable medical products, e.g. tube connectors and IV sets, needle safety shields, catheters, respiratory circuits and fluid containers. 

    Henkel will also present its new hydrocolloid hot-melt pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) suitable for functional medical plasters and advanced patches used in applications such as advanced wound dressings, acne treatment, and ostomy care. The hydrocolloid formulation offers moisture retention from the wound to the adhesive, good breathability and enhanced wearing comfort, and a balance of adhesion and peel strength.

    The company will also showcase a number of material sets for next-generation smart health devices, such as disposable moisture sensors for incontinence management and comfortable on-body health patches for real-time wireless patient monitoring using novel dry-electrode materials. The product range includes Loctite conductive sensing inks, skin-compatible PSAs, protective coatings and low-pressure molding materials.

    [Image courtesy of HENKEL AG & CO. KGAA] 

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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