Spectrum Plastics announced fundamental business platforms

Spectrum Plastics Group today announced three fundamental medical business platforms as it seeks to better explain the breadth of services the new company can provide the medical device industry. Spectrum (Alpharetta, Ga.) is just six months old – formed from the merger of Pexco and PPC Industries. “From component manufacturing to packaging and finished device assembly,

Tekni-Plex appoints new chief operating officer

Tekni-Plex (Wayne, Pa.) announced that it has promoted Glenn Fish to chief operating officer, effective immediately. Fish previously served as the company’s chief financial officer and executive vice president. Over the three years that Fish has been with the company, Tekni-Plex has had consistent year-on-year quarterly earnings growth and has also completed six acquisitions. He was

Medical device design transfer: 5 things you need to know

Moving from design to production can be a challenging process in the medical device industry. Take these points into consideration to enable a smooth design transfer. Charlie Sears, Goddard Technologies There are many publications that discuss product development; however, an area that I find challenging within medical device companies is effectively transferring a product from

High-volume manufacturing: 4 points to consider before you scale up

Scaling to high-volume manufacturing requires companies to think ahead and prepare for the future early in the product lifecycle. Here are four points to reflect upon before your company scales up. Gavin Wadas, B. Braun Medical, OEM Division High-volume manufacturing typically involves the introduction of automation into the medical device fabrication and assembly process. A

How Igus moving plastic components are enabling medtech innovation

Advanced plastic components maker Igus sees more medical sector opportunities. Here’s how its e-chains, bearings and linear systems are enabling innovation.  Igus – maker of advanced plastic components including e-chain cable carriers, bearings and linear systems – has its main medical customers in Europe. But that could soon change. The company plans to sell to

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DeviceTalks West: Expertise you need to know

Medical device suppliers are light years away from the days when they merely filled orders to spec for medtech OEMs – as a visit to the upcoming DeviceTalks West will quickly confirm. From incorporating steerability into catheters to getting validation and testing done right, the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts in

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5 things you need to know about rapid injection molding

By Roger Spurrell, Tooling Manager, Vaupell Rapid Solutions Here are five things you should consider when deciding to use rapid injection molding as part of your development process. A every custom injection molder will tell you, “There’s no such thing as an easy part.” When you add in the need for speed the trade-offs start

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

Proto Labs gains on Q3 sales, earnings beats

Shares in Proto Labs (NSDQ:PRLB) are up today after the contract manufacturer beat the consensus forecast on Wall Street for its third-quarter sales and earnings. Maple Plain, Minn.-based Proto Labs posted profits of $13.2 million, or 49¢ per share, on sales of $88.1 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, for a bottom-line gain

These speedy BD robot arms store and retrieve medications in seconds

It’s not difficult to see hospitals and pharmacies challenged by dispensing thousands of drugs with speed and accuracy. As the number of drugs rises, so do security issues. To address both, the Rowa Division of BD in Germany has introduced two machines. The Rowa Vmax provides for the automatic storage and retrieval of boxed pharmaceuticals

How to select a micro-MIM supplier

With the development of increasingly smaller medical devices comes the challenge of identifying the best supplier and manufacturing method to meet extremely tight tolerances. Raghu Vadlamudi, Donatelle With the development of increasingly smaller medical devices comes the challenge of identifying the best supplier and manufacturing method to meet extremely tight tolerances. Millimeter-sized components with micron-sized

10 tips for selecting and managing a medtech development partner

David Robson, Principal, RobsonAdvisors There many things to consider when searching for and interacting with a product development firm – and the stakes are high! Most early-stage medical device companies are only pursuing one product solution. It’s their baby and their only opportunity for success. With limited resources and tight schedules, it’s essential to retain

How Integer is creating cutting-edge disposable ortho surgical tools

With health providers increasingly demanding single-use devices, Integer successfully created disposable bone-cutting tools for its orthopedic device customers. Gary Victor, Integer Within healthcare today, there is a heightened focus on “value” – on the episode of care and the need to deliver improved patient care outcomes and lower overall costs. A related trend in the

NN acquires DRT Medical

NN announced that it has acquired DRT Medical from DRT Holdings. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. NN is an industrial company that has advanced engineering and production capabilities to design and manufacture high-precision components and assemblies for a number of markets across the globe. The company has 36 facilities across North

AirXpanders completes manufacturing transfer to Costa Rica

AirXpanders announced that it has transferred its manufacturing to a contract manufacturer in Costa Rica to produce its AeroForm breast tissue expansion system. The manufacturing capability for the device at the facility is now operational. The production facility will help the company manufacture AeroForm expanders more cost-efficiently to produce a higher volume. AeroForm is currently