P&F Machining completes expansion

P&F Machining – a custom machining provider for the medical device and other advanced manufacturing industries – recently celebrated the opening of its new 54,400-square-foot facility in Otsego, Minn. The new building became operational in February, according to P&F Machining President Dan Pawlak. The project cost $6.7 million and brought 40 jobs into Otsego from P&F’s previous

How Phillips-Medisize supported a Medical Design Excellence Awards finalist

Phillips-Medisize congratulates ivWatch on their recent recognition as a finalist in Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA). ivWatch LLC is a nominee for the Model 400 device in the nonsurgical hospital supplies and equipment category. Winners will be announced on June 13  in New York during a ceremony at MD&M East. The ivWatch Model 400 is

Invetech announces senior management changes

Invetech – provider of instrument development, custom automation and contract manufacturing – has announced refinements to its senior management structure as it continues to pursue growth in the diagnostics, connected health and cell therapy automation markets. Anthony Annibale has accepted the role of  global VP of sales, diagnostics and healthcare. Annibale is a proven product

NAMSA announces partnership with Naglreiter

Medical research organization NAMSA today announced a partnership with the Naglreiter medical device development organization, which focuses on medical device design, development and manufacturing. For nearly 50 years, NAMSA has focused on offering the most critical services required to accelerate time-to-market and reduce costs for medical device research clients across the world. Consistently recognized as a pioneer in

Spectrum Plastics Group: Why the merger took place

The M&A deal creating Spectrum Plastics Group is but the latest in a wave of consolidations taking place among medical device industry outsourcers. Mauricio Arellano, president of Spectrum’s medical division, thinks 2 trends are driving the consolidations: the need of OEMs to provide truly disruptive innovations to meet health providers needs for value-based care, and

How to integrate usability throughout the design lifecycle

Sarah Blair, Minnetronix The task of creating safe and reliable medical devices is the primary responsibility of medical device designers. Judgment must be used in assessing technology, diligence practiced in evaluating customer wants and needs, and completeness achieved in the execution of designs and processes. Integrating usability throughout the design lifecycle can greatly facilitate a

Stratasys revenue down 3% in Q1

3D printing and additive manufacturing company Stratasys said today that its first-quarter revenue was down 3% year-over-year, to $163.2 million – even as consumable revenue increased 7%. Losses narrowed to $13.9 million, or 26 cents per share, from a loss of $23.1 million, or 44 cents per share a year before. Stratasys officials, however, think results

Micron Solutions boosts revenues, narrows losses in Q1

Precision medical device components maker Micron Solutions reported improvements with its finances during the first three months of 2017–even as it faced challenges related to validation requirements. “We have made several improvements in quality systems, capacity and our ability to meet customer requirements. We believe we have laid a solid foundation for further improvement and

How cleanrooms can ensure life science product quality

Cleanrooms are an important production tool for life sciences manufacturers; maintaining high stands of product quality ensures product efficacy and builds a strong reputation. Kevin Weist, president, Clean Air Products Quality is paramount in the life sciences. The innovation and growth for which life sciences companies strive cannot be attained without top quality products. Whether

Stratos PD: What went wrong and what does it mean for medtech?

UPDATE May 10, 2016: In the interest of full disclosure, Heather Thompson was a freelance writer for the Stratos blog. There has been some conjecture since the once premier consulting firm, Stratos Product Development, shut down last week. Those closest to the company have expressed a deep sadness in the abrupt end of a company

How Proto Labs is helping to make bioabsorbable surgical staples

Quick-turn contract manufacturer Proto Labs is playing an important role helping Opus KSD (Peacham, Vt.) ramp up production of  SubQ It! – a disposable, handheld surgical stapler that uses bioabsorbable fasteners beneath the skin. Health practitioners generally use bioabsorbable, thread-like material or a surgical stapler with metal staples to close the small openings created during laparoscopic surgery.

TE Connectivity acquires MicroGroup

TE Connectivity has acquired MicroGroup, a Medway, Mass.–based provider of precision metal shafts for medical devices. The deal, which TE Medical SVP and general manager Paraic Curtis announced in a message to customers on May 1, is but the latest in a number of acquisitions TE has made in recent years to strengthen its medical device

Stratasys advancing foot orthotics with large-scale 3D printing

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is collaborating with medical equipment supplier and Podfo orthotics creator Peacocks Medical Group to increase large scale production of 3D printed custom orthotics. Other foot orthotics manufacturing has long lead times and is not cost-effective when producing advanced design elements. Peacocks Medical Group’s Podfo line is designed using additive manufacturing and avoids

Tegra Medical invests in people with Toolmaker Apprentice Program

While Massachusetts sees a shortage of employees for advanced manufacturing jobs, Tegra Medical is creating its own skilled workforce with its Toolmaker Apprentice Program. Advanced manufacturing combines information technology with advanced machinery and requires highly-skilled employees. The 4-year program, which has been implemented in Tegra Medical’s Franklin location and may be extended to other locations,

Cadence launches CadenceInc.com website

Cadence has launched its newly redesigned website, cadenceinc.com.  The new website highlights the company’s various products and manufacturing capabilities, along with videos and the latest corporate news and events. The new website, announced yesterday, highlights the company’s various products and manufacturing capabilities, along with videos and the latest corporate news and events. “We are very