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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Spectrum Plastics Group acquires soon-to-be Adam Spence

Spectrum Plastics Group said today that it has completed its acquisition of Fermatex Vascular Technologies, which is going back to its old Adam Spence name. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The soon-to-be Adam Spence Vascular Technologies has roughly 100 people working out of two adjoining manufacturing facilities encompassing 54,000 square feet in Wall, N.J.

Fermatex returning to familiar Adam Spence name

Fermatex Vascular Technologies (Wall, N.J.) — formerly WL Gore Jersey Shore and most notably Adam Spence — said today that it is rebranding back to the Adam Spence name. The name change will be effective June 4. Company officials said that going back to the Adam Spence name will help the company benefit from Adam Spence’s

Biomerics, ATL Tech join up to buy Catheter Research

Biomerics and ATL Technology today announced they launched a joint venture to acquire Catheter Research, including its assets in Indianapolis and Costa Rica. Catheter Research Inc manufactures interventional catheters, tube sets and other assemblies for medical devices, the companies said. The company has specific expertise in tube extrusion, catheter assembly and final FDA product packaging

Tekni-Plex expands medical tubing offerings through Dunn Industries buy

Tekni-Plex (Wayne, Pa.) said today that it has acquired Dunn Industries, a Manchester, N.H.–based maker of specialty extrusion tubing for medical device uses. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Dunn buy is the seventh acquisition Tekni-Plex has made in the past four years as it seeks to grow both organically and through acquisitions.

Could this new Guill extrusion crosshead enable medical tubing innovation?

Guill Tool & Engineering’s Micro Medical crosshead features a patented single-point concentricity adjustment that could enable greater extrusion automation. Officials at Guill Tool & Engineering (West Warwick, R.I.) think they could bring medical tubing extruders’ capabilities to new heights through their recently released Micro Medical crosshead. The Micro Medical crosshead — which Guill touted at

Why PEEK is so hard to extrude

PEEK — a popular material for catheters and minimally invasive tubing — can trip up novices when it comes to extrusion. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is known throughout the medical device industry for its toughness, strength and high heat thermal characteristics. It’s often used to replace metal components in medical devices; because it’s a thermoplastic it can be injection-molded

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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Seisa Medical closes $42.5 million recapitalization and acquisition line

Seisa Medical (El Paso, Texas) announced that it has closed a $42.5 million senior secured credit facility with Sagard Credit Partners. Most of the funds from the deal will be used to be fees and expenses from the transaction while administering a dividend to shareholding and completing acquisitions. “We are excited to begin this relationship

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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How to make kink-resistant tubing work in smaller medical devices

Today’s implantable medical devices require bio-friendly silicone that keeps fluids flowing even when space is tight. Dan Sanchez, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Combining highly biocompatible silicone with the elasticity and durability of nylon creates a class of durable, crush- and kink-resistant tubing that’s ideal for today’s small yet highly complex medical devices. That’s because small is the

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,

9 exhibitors to check out at MD&M Minneapolis

MD&M Minneapolis is an event that brings together more than 5,500 medtech professionals and more than 600 suppliers together at one of the largest medical device industry hubs in the United States. Here are nine exhibitors showcasing some of their latest technologies and services at the show, which takes place Nov. 8–9 at the Minneapolis

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Foster touts extrusion technology and more at DeviceTalks Boston

For over 25 years Foster Corporation has been serving medical device manufacturers with technology and service in custom biomedical polymer compounding. Within two ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, Foster offers expert formulation development and production of polymer enhancements including radiopaque fillers, custom colors and other specialty additives. Featured technology: ProPell Compounds, PureEase, Medibatch Color Concentrates

Medical Extrusion Technologies loses trademark bid

A U.S. trademark board last week shot down a bid by Medical Extrusion Technologies to trademark its name, ruling that the name is not distinct enough to trademark. MET applied to trademark its name for “polyurethanes in the form of sheets, films, pellets, granules, and tubes for use in the manufacture of medical devices, medical diagnostic devices,