Protolabs to open new Twin Cities plant

Quick-turn manufacturer Protolabs (NYSE: PRLB) plans to have a new plant opened by the end of the year in the northern Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park. Protolabs announced the purchase of the 152,000-square-foot facility on March 16. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but county property records show the building was last sold

Ametek offers new UVCP blowers

Ametek Dynamic Fluid Solutions recently announced that its Windjammer 5.7-inch and Nautilair 7.6-inch brushless blowers with universal voltage common performance (UVCP) are now available. The UVCP allows the company to achieve the same performance regardless of voltage inputs. It is a unique feature to the blower industry and allows for one product to be used

Mack Molding expands personnel to meet future needs

Mack Molding has recently added a number of new personnel to help the company mobilize its resources. Several engineers in tooling, manufacturing and quality positions have joined the company, along with customer-focused roles. “Mack is experiencing unprecedented activity and we continue to invest in the equipment, technology and training to ensure we are ready to

MD&M West 2018: Medtech supplier innovations you need to know

Updated Feb. 5 More than 20,000 engineers and executives are expected to gather and network for the annual MD&M West – one of the largest annual medical device manufacturing events. The event takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 6–8, and houses an array of industry suppliers showcasing their latest technologies and manufacturing advancements. Think medical

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Heraeus opens new Costa Rica manufacturing facility

Heraeus Medical Components announced that it has recently opened its new manufacturing facility in Costa Rica where the company is expected to produce more than two million guidewires this year. The new facility, located in Cartago, Costa Rica, was designed to supply local and U.S.-based medical device companies with advanced component and sub-assembly solutions. The

Guill Tool opens in-house rheology lab

Guill Tool has launched its in-house rheology laboratory to minimize the time between testing and production. The company built its rheology lab in its West Warwick, R.I. facility. The lab has several machines that help produce optimum results when testing new materials that need to be extruded. The equipment is a hybrid rotational rheometer, a

Manufacturing companies form collaborative for advancing product development capabilities

A group of manufacturing services companies said today they created a collaboration, called the Medical Device Development Collaborative, to help improve access to a full range of product development capabilities for concept-to-market solutions. The collaboration is based in the Medical Alley region and aims to help small to mid-size OEMs by offering experience and expertise

10 companies to check out at BIOMEDevice San Jose

BIOMEDevice San Jose is an opportunity for thousands of medtech engineers and executives to come together and network. The annual event, created by UBM, is an industry showcase that allows various medtech manufacturers and suppliers to tout their expertise. This year’s event takes place at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., Dec. 6

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Everything you need to know about medical device creation

Medtech development is hard. Medical device creation can require manufacturing know-how in areas as wide-ranging as electrical components, high-performance polymers, molding and machining – and that doesn’t even include the required expertise in design, regulatory requirements and achieving reimbursement. The good news is that the companies serving the medical device industry have become specialized experts. Through

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5 DeviceTalks Boston exhibitors you should know

DeviceTalks Boston is an annual event that allows some of the best minds in medtech to exchange ideas, insights and technologies. The event is hosted by Medical Design & Outsourcing’s sister site MassDevice. Those who attend the event can expect to network with other medtech enthusiasts, attend in-depth interviews with leaders in the industry and

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Raumedic to install IT control systems for Industry 4.0 advancement

Raumedic has announced its new IT-based quality-assurance and production control system that is designed to help raise the quality of standards and efficiency of its production process. The system is set to be installed in all of Raumedic’s production facilities in Germany and the U.S. by 2019. The company recently reached an agreement with the

Why high-speed machining demands a high-end toolholder

In high-speed machining for medical equipment manufacturing, choosing the right toolholder is the key to greater precision, longer tool life and decreased machining costs. Jeff Elliott, for Collis Toolholder As any machinist will tell you, when it comes to precision machining, the importance of a toolholder cannot be overstated. The quality of the toolholder plays

How to efficiently move from 3D printing to injection molding

Designers in medical device and health industries can benefit from integrating 3D printing, machining and injection molding from prototyping to production and even during the post-launch phase of products. Todd Nelson, Proto Labs Using industrial 3D printing for rapid prototyping of parts for new medical devices and other products can mean design risk reduction for

Trumpf is a 2017 Young Adult Employer Champion

Trumpf recently announced that it is among businesses receiving the Pathways to Apprenticeship award as part of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions’s Young Adult Employer Champion award. “We are honored to receive this award recognizing our apprenticeship program,” Trumpf’s training manager Christine Benz said in a news release. “The skills gap is a problem plaguing many manufacturers

MW Industries launches MW Industries Medical Solutions

MW Industries – a maker of springs, specialty fasteners, machined parts and other precision components – today announced the launch of a medtech-focused MW Industries Medical Solutions. MW Industries (Rosemont, Ill.) will be touting its capabilities this week in New York at MD&M East (Booth 721). MW Industries Medical Solutions’s business involves precision metal components