Why a global footprint is a medtech business imperative, not a buzzword

Oscar Ford, Preh IMA Automation A global manufacturing footprint can help medical device companies capture value for their businesses by accessing talent and reducing costs. Here’s how to successfully execute this strategy without falling into a reactionary offshore initiative. In the last two decades there was an undeniable shift in the U.S. toward offshoring manufacturing

Insights into fastener torque auditing and certification

An improperly torqued screw can mean the difference between passing certification and product failure. A new technical article from Futek outlines the importance of gasket and seal integrity validation, as well as third-party repair certification, and standards compliance and traceability in this fastener validation process. Requirements for tool verification are similar, whether the end product is

These wheelchair wheels function like airplane landing gear

Frog Legs has partnered with PlastiComp to make carbon fiber composite wheelchair caster wheels that function like airplane landing gear for a smoother ride. Frog Legs wanted to switch the wheels of its wheelchairs from machined aluminum to carbon fiber composite. Mark Chelgren, the company’s founder, also wanted to create a wheelchair that had a

CSS to exhibit at medical tradeshows in Boston this spring

CSS (Connecticut Spring & Stamping) offers a broad range of technical expertise to develop and manufacture complex components and assemblies for the medical industry. The company manufactures precision metal parts and assemblies for OEMs on a global scale. The Connecticut manufacturer’s clients include major players like Pfizer, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker and more. CSS

Check out Henkel’s flash cure system for medtech assembly

Henkel has developed a system of flash cure for medical devices, disposables, and fiber optics. The products include two LED cure lights and two adhesives that offer instant cure. The EQ CL28 LED Curejet—on display last week at MD&M West in Anaheim, California—is a high-intensity spot cure device with wide cure area. The intensity reaches

Cool precision: 5 medtech micro products with a big impact

In the world of medtech, the smallest products can make a big impression. Some of the products at MD&M West—held this week in Anaheim, Calif.—celebrated the grandeur found in tiny things. Engineer Oliver Rapp, of NN Inc.’s Precision Engineered Products Group (Booth #2311), shared some of the more exciting high volume devices that have features at

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Excelitas Technologies introduces new pulsed xenon light source

Excelitas Technologies, a global customized photonic company, recently introduced the µPAX-2, a 2-watt pulsed Xenon light source that provides microsecond-duration pulses of broadband light with arc stability. The new µPAX-2 combines an innovative lamp design with state-of-the-art circuitry and components into a packaged xenon light source that simplifies integration. The solution contains the flash lamp,

Ginolis opens first Asia Pacific office in China

Ginolis has opened its first Asia Pacific office in Suzhou, China. As a global provider of assembly automation and high precision liquid handling solutions, Ginolis’ new representative office will offer sales and technical support to customers in the Asia Pacific region. “The opening of our first office in Asia is a great milestone for Ginolis.

How Proto Labs is helping the blind to see—with their tongues

Injection-molded polycarbonate parts from Proto Labs played a significant role when it came to Middleton, Wis.–based Wicab ramping up production of its BrainPort “oral electronic vision device.” The BrainPort V100 received FDA de novo marketing approval last year for use among the profoundly blind. It uses a small headset-mounted video camera to capture visual information. The

Cicoil releases new “paperless” flat cable brochure

Cicoil, the leading manufacturer of high-performance flat cables and assemblies, announced the release of its new Flexible Flat Cables Capabilities brochure. Available in electronic format, the 8-page, full-color overview guide offers an extensive selection of standard cables and assemblies, custom capabilities, Cable Configurator Design Tool, key applications and technical field sales support tools. This “paperless” overview

Minnesota Rubber & Plastics presents new high purity EPDM, FKM and NBR materials for the medical and pharma industries

Quadion, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MRP) introduces a new portfolio of materials formulated for Medical and Pharma applications. Using only the most high purity ingredients, these comply with existing and proposed regulations around elastomeric products. These materials have certified compliance to the European Commission framework regulation EC 1935/2004, US FDA Title 21 CFR and NSF Standard

TE Connectivity’s new two position positive lock housings for RF series relays

TE Connectivity introduces two-position housings for use with our Positive Lock Mark I receptacle terminals and our SCHRACK RF series relays. These housings provide insulation, allow the user to make two connections to the relay in one easy step, improve ergonomics, and it can accommodate low insertion force, high retention force Positive Lock receptacles. RF

AVX releases new MM series medical grade MLCCs

AVX, a manufacturer and supplier of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released the new MM Series multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) for medical applications. Designed for use in medical devices that require significantly less parametric flexibility than commercial capacitors offer, but stop short of demanding the exceptionally stringent features of fully qualified medical capacitors, the

Miki Pulley 101 Electromagnetic Actuated Clutches feature zero-backlash design

Miki Pulley is introducing its 101 Electromagnetic Actuated Clutches for direct sale to OEM’s in North America. These 101 Clutches have zero-backlash design. They handle a variety of motion applications including stepped speed-changing mechanisms, switching between forward and reverse operation, position/indexing and inching. Miki Pulley 101 Clutches accurately connect and release power by being located

New ready-to-install valves from Solenoid Solutions

Most applications using solenoid valves require some level of custom design. Solenoid Solutions can produce custom engineered valves and manifolds for your specific requirements. Solenoid work closely with you to ensure that custom built solenoid valves and manifolds exactly meet your needs. With its array of solenoid valves, manifold bodies and value-added services, Solenoid can produce