How’d they do that? 7 innovations from medical device contract manufacturers

Charles Darwin wrote, “In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” Medical device companies get the credit for many innovations, but many need the ingenuity and commitment of contract manufacturers who design and produce the components that make those big splashes possible.

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Raumedic touts tubing set that stimulates bodily functions for liver transplants

Raumedic is touting a complex tubing set that is featured in the Metra device from OrganOx. The tubing set simulates vital bodily functions for liver transplants. With the system, the disposable tube set helps keep donor livers perfused outside of the body for up to 24 hours. Once the liver is connected to the transplant

Resonetics acquires Swiss manufacturer Medelec

Resonetics (Nashua, N.H.) announced today that it has acquired Medelec (Puidoux, Switzerland). The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. “We are excited about the Medelec team joining Resonetics. Marc and Sandra But have established a very strong reputation in the medtech industry for precision and quality and have made significant investments in technology

Krohne launches electromagnetic flowmeter with biocompatible disposable flow tube

Krohne (Beverly, Mass.) recently announced that it has launched its FlexMag 4050 C electromagnetic flowmeter with a biocompatible disposable flow tube. The flowmeter is designed for single-use biopharmaceutical applications like the filtration processes, chromatography or buffer and media preparation. The FlexMag 4050 C features high accuracy and factory calibration that eliminates the need for in-situ calibration.

Resonetics lean expert touts the benefits of beauty in a purpose-built facility

Resonetics has opened a purpose-built manufacturing facility in Davis, Calif. The building was designed specifically for laser-cut metal tubing with the idea of minimizing waste and inefficiency. The new facility represents a six-fold increase in size over the former manufacturing plant to support continued growth. Grayson Beck, SVP velocity and automation, designed the layout with the

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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Webinar: What can you do about PVCs in medical devices?

This webinar was presented live on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Click below to watch on demand.     Polyvinylchloride (PVC) has long been a go-to material for medical device tubing and other healthcare products. But medtech companies need to think twice about its use now that the European Union is cracking down on the use

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.

Braid-reinforced catheter shafts: How to ensure X-ray and MRI compatibility

To achieve stiffness in intervascular catheter shafts, manufacturers often turn to stainless or nitinol – but those materials aren’t suited for MRI. Luckily, low-cost fibers offer a viable alternative. William Li and Steve Maxson, Adam Spence Intervascular catheter shafts are designed to be relatively stiff at the proximal end, to facilitate the pushing and torquing

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

Peelable tubing technology could transform miniaturized catheters

Here’s how peelable tubing technology is leading to advances in catheterization. Joe Rowan, Junkosha The future of the medical tubing sector is an interesting one, not least because there are a variety of pressures on organizations within this space to provide cost-effective, highest quality products in shorter timescales. This is mainly driven by the global healthcare

Zeus appoints Steve Peterson as president

Zeus (Orangeburg, S.C.) recently announced that it has appointed Steve Peterson as the company’s new president. The appointment took effect on May 1. Peterson recently served as the global head of marketing and sales, as well as senior VP at the company. He will continue to report to Zeus’s CEO as he transitions into the role

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.

4 ways medical device industry suppliers can save their clients money

Count Spectrum Plastics Group (Alpharetta, Ga.) among the medical device industry suppliers adding capabilities and expertise in order to add value to what they provide their customers. Long gone are the days when medtech contract manufacturers simply made orders to spec. As four recent case studies out of Spectrum highlight, it’s all about branching out