Teknor Apex veteran Robert Brookman dies

Robert Brookman – a vinyl compounding industry expert with 50 years of experience – died last November at the age of 83, according to Teknor Apex Co. (Pawtucket, R.I.), where Brookman was most recently VP of business development. Brookman joined Teknor Apex about 20 years ago after holding executive positions with other compounding companies, with a focus

Dip molding medical device products: What you need to know

When it comes to dip molding products with emulsions of liquid rubber, it is necessary to complete a series of process steps to assure proper formation, vulcanization and finish treatment to meet the customer’s needs in the final application. Mark Agee, Kent Elastomer Products Dip molding can enable the creation of durable medical device parts in

How and when to outsource product development

Sometimes, it makes sense for a medtech company to outsource product development to bring their device to market faster and more efficiently. MassDevice.com editor Sarah Faulkner spoke to Minnetronix‘s VP of business development and marketing, Jim Reed, about how and when medtech companies should consider outsourcing product development to a partner.  Faulkner: How should companies

Phillips-Medisize, Dance Biopharm ink deal for inhaled insulin device

Privately-held biotech Dance Biopharm and Phillips-Medisize have entered into a joint development deal for a connected drug-delivery device for inhaled insulin. The agreement gives Phillips-Medisize, which already designs and manufactures devices for Dance, the development work for future enhancements of Dance’s devices, as well as commercial manufacturing of the inhaled insulin delivery device when it gets to the market.

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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Phillips-Medisize showing off respiratory device capabilities at DDL2017

Phillips-Medisize will be exhibiting at the Drug Delivery to the Lungs Conference in Scotland next month, providing a chance to further tout its respiratory device capabilities. The Hudson, Wis.–based contract manufacturer boasts more than 30 years at the forefront of inhalation technology. The company’s experience ranges from feasibility to selecting the right components – all the way through

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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Proto Labs acquires Rapid Manufacturing Group

Proto Labs has recently entered a definitive agreement that allows them to acquire Rapid Manufacturing Group. The company has agreed to purchase Rapid Manufacturing for $120 million – broken down into $110 million in cash and $10 million in Proto Labs stock. The transaction is set to close by the end of this year. The

Phillips-Medisize sells Medisize BV business in Europe

Phillips-Medisize has sold its Medisize BV business to U.K.-based Flexicare, the companies announced today. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Medisize BV is a manufacturer specializing in a wide array of respiratory and anesthesia products for critical care, neonatology, emergency, homecare and radiology. It has operations in the Netherlands, and subsidiaries in Germany

Why your next medical device enclosure should be pressure formed

This webinar was presented live on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Click below to watch on demand.     Pressure forming is often the ideal process for medical device enclosures. Choosing pressure forming for your next medical device enclosure can save significant amounts of money, and improve both the aesthetics and performance of your medical device.

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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