MW Industries acquires medical-component maker LaVezzi Precision

MW Industries, a provider of highly engineered springs, specialty fasteners, machined parts, and other precision components, has acquired LaVezzi Precision Inc. — manufacturer of precision-machined components used by the medical-device industry. Located in Bloomingdale, Ill., LaVezzi was founded more than 100 years ago as a manufacturer of components for motion-picture projectors. The company reinvented itself in…

Cadence snapped up by private equity firm Kohlberg & Co.

Officials at high-precision components and finished devices maker Cadence are selling the Staunton, Va.–based company to private equity outfit Kohlberg & Co. Financial terms of the definitive agreement, announced yesterday, were not disclosed. Cadence makes components and devices for advanced surgical and specialty industrial applications. Cadence CEO Alan Connor will continue to lead the company, and

TT Electonics wraps up acquisition of Stadium Group

TT Electronics (Woking, U.K.) said today that it has completed its purchase of Stadium Group, a Reading, U.K.–based supplier of connectivity products and services, power supplies, human-machine interface (HMI) and electronic assemblies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stadium products are used in applications including medical equipment, smart home, industrial robotics and aircraft cabin controls

How to protect medical cables and connectors from electromagnetic interference

Cable and connector experience from military and satellite systems could help pave the way for safer electromagnetic interference control in the medical device industry. Robert Stanton, Omnetics Connector Corp. Today’s medical treatment suites are crowded with increasingly complex electronic devices designed to monitor, display, assist and alarm the staff involved in patient services. The newest

This patented 3D printing method could boost medical device innovation

Michael McAlpine, a 3D printing pioneer at the University of Minnesota, suspects that a method he helped invent to print semiconductors could help boost innovation in the medical device field and elsewhere. The U.S. Patent Office in February issued a patent for “3D printed active electronic materials and devices.” The patent covers work that McAlpine, a

OKW launches smaller instrument enclosures

OKW has released a smaller version of its Evotec designer instrument enclosures. The new enclosures are a 150 size and increase the Evotec size range to three plan sizes. Evotec enclosures are designed for tough working environments and are ideal for measurement and control engineering, IT, medical, laboratory and environmental technology. It can also be mounted on

Oberg Industries buys X-L Engineering

Oberg Industries, a full-service contract manufacturer of precision machined and stamped components near Pittsburgh, said today that it has purchased Niles, Ill.– based X-L Engineering Corp. and its precision manufacturing business. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Originally founded in 1943 as a grinding services business, X-L is based 14 miles northwest of Chicago,

AVX announces new medical-grade tantalum capacitors

AVX Corp. today announced the release of its T4Z Medical Series HRC4000 medical-grade tantalum capacitors. The T4Z series is designed to replace commercial capacitors in the filtering, hold-up, and charging circuits of non-critical medical devices, according to Fountain Inn, S.C.–based AVX. Devices ranging from neurostimulators to patient monitoring and diagnostic equipment require high-reliability and strict change control, the

Complex injection molding: What you need to know

With careful planning, complex injection molding can reduce costs, optimize functionality and improve aesthetics in medical devices. Ken Glassen, Kaysun Corp.  As medical device design evolves to provide ever-improving healthcare outcomes, manufacturers are partnering with full-service, experienced complex injection molders to gain the increased design freedom and process efficiencies necessary to keep pace with medical

MD&M West: Here’s what you may have missed

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to lose your way on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the February 2018 event, you may have missed a lot. From Omron to Micromo to MedPlast to Apex Motion Control, WTWH Media

How Protolabs helped with Whoop’s fitness tracker

Angelo Gentile, Protolabs Competing in a market that includes Fitbit, the Nike FuelBand, and the Apple Watch is no small task, but that’s exactly what Boston-based Whoop did two years ago, bringing to market — with manufacturing help from ProtoLabs — a wearable fitness tracker geared for high-end athletes. At the start of baseball’s 2017

Cooling particle accelerators: What you need to know

When it comes to cooling particle accelerators, advanced liquid cooling systems don’t have to extend the design cycle or the budget, according to Laird. Greg Ducharme, Laird Particle accelerators, such as linear accelerator (LINAC) and cyclotron systems, increase the kinetic energy of particles for use in a variety of applications, ranging from scientific studies on particle

MD&M West: 10 technologies you should know

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to get lost on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the event last week, you may have missed a lot. From a new robotics insights display from Rethink Robotics to a disinfectant-resistant plastic

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4 ways to make sensors work for mobile health

Healthcare systems in the U.S. and around the world are increasingly turning to mobile health – keeping people out of expensive hospitals and instead treat people’s health problems from their homes. Sensors have a major role to play in enabling the shift. Sensor technology can help make up for the fact that the home, unlike

Murata Electronics touts Nordic-based BLE module for IoT solutions

Murata Electronics recently announced the release of MBN52832 – a Bluetooth Low Energy/NFC module that the company says enables ultra-low power connectivity for data communication. The miniaturized MBN52832 device consists of Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52832 IC, a 32 MHz crystal for timing and an on-board antenna – packaged into a small form factor. The device also includes