Cadence expands PEEK machining and molding capabilities

Cadence (Staunton, Va.) recently finished the expansion of its PEEK machining and molding capabilities to keep up with the rise in use of implantable medical devices. The company’s PEEK cell allows it to offer machined prototypes and low volume production parks for new designs and molded components for high volume production. The parts manufactured by Cadence

7 MD&M East exhibitors you need to know

MD&M East is a major medtech tradeshow on the East Coast of the U.S., showcasing some of the industry’s latest developments in packaging, automation, plastics, design engineering and quality. The event houses over 750 suppliers with more than 8,000 attendees who are able to network, explore new career opportunities and find partners for projects. The

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Softwheels, Igus redefine the wheel in wheelchair

Thomas Renner, Catalyst Marketing Communications When engineers at SoftWheel set about re-inventing the wheel, the team at the Israel-based company studied their product from the inside out. The result is a much smoother ride for wheelchair patients, with applications for bicycles, automobiles and even planes on the long-term horizon. The technology behind SoftWheels for wheelchair patients

4 ways to select the best medical fluid connectors

Choosing the right fluid connectors can improve patient safety and user convenience while maximizing sealing and flow performance. The connector selection process can be broken down into four decision-making steps. Download the Colder Products ebook to learn more.

Pursuit Vascular wins expanded indication for antimicrobial device

Pursuit Vascular (Maple Grove, Minn.) today announced that it has won FDA clearance for a broader indication of its ClearGuard HD antimicrobial caps. The new indication for the caps — used as an antimicrobial device for catheter-based dialysis patients — includes reduction in the incidence of central-line associated bloodstream infection in hemodialysis patients with central

Why new battery technology will lead to disruptive medtech innovations

What’s the next big disruption in battery technology? Three experts from Integer, a global leader in medical device outsourcing, weigh in. Martin Cholette, Robert Rubino and Chris Williams, Integer What new technologies in medtech are being enabled by advances in battery technology? Chris Williams: One new technology is the leadless cardiac pacing market. Integer has developed

Keystone Electronics launches new coil battery contacts

Keystone Electronics recently announced that it has launched its latest, coil spring battery contacts that are designed to slide into molded cases. The new battery contacts are engineered using a contact design that can be adjusted to different battery lengths to ensure low contact resistance and connectivity. The also have the option of being drop

Thermoformers Tru-Form Plastics and InterTrade ink merger deal

Thermoforming groups Tru-Form Plastics and InterTrade Industries plan to merge, looking to operate under the new moniker of Tru-Form Plastics, an InterTrade Industries Co. Gardena, Calif.–based Tru-Form Plastics said late last month that the combination will help support both businesses by adding additional customer service, sales team and engineering members, as well as 14 additional

This new PTFE seal could make insulin pumps and other medical devices better

In dynamic applications requiring sealing at low-to-moderate speeds and pressures, design engineers are replacing underperforming elastomeric O-rings with spring-energized PTFE “C-ring” seals. David Wang, Bal Seal Engineering When O-rings and other traditional sealing methods fail, diagnostic and drug-delivery equipment engineers are embracing a new and more cost-effective way to improve the performance of their existing

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