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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Rethink Robotics wants to make advanced manufacturing smarter: Here’s how

Rethink Robotics is touting a value-add to its Sawyer manufacturing robots: a new feature called Intera Insights that displays key performance indicators (KPIs) on a customizable on-robot display, as well as on smart devices on the same network. Think easy access to metrics including cycle time, part count, speed and force. “Instead of just having it be ones and

Epec launches new customer portal version

Epec recently announced that it has released its newest version of its Customer Portal. The company first released the Customer Portal in May 2015. After numerous usability complaints from customers, Epec’s ERP administrator and marketing team performed a design overhaul to make the site more user friendly. The team completely rebuilt the Customer Portal website

Teleflex Medical launches new suture technology to reduce tissue strangulation

Teleflex Medical has created a new suture technology that may reduce tissue strangulation and a cutting effect in situations where tissue pull-through is a risk. The technology, called Force Fiber Fusion, is a two-in-one construct that goes from a round suture to a flat braid center segment and back to round suture. It is made

Manufacturing companies form collaborative for advancing product development capabilities

A group of manufacturing services companies said today they created a collaboration, called the Medical Device Development Collaborative, to help improve access to a full range of product development capabilities for concept-to-market solutions. The collaboration is based in the Medical Alley region and aims to help small to mid-size OEMs by offering experience and expertise

ivWatch touts new OEM board for IV infiltration detection

Hampton, Va.-based ivWatch announced the launch of its ivWatch OEM board designed to enable seamless integration of its IV infiltration detection technology with patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps and other devices. OEMs can help bring a higher level of patient care to patients and reduce risks that come from IV therapies by using ivWatch technology

PIA Evansville delivers 3-piece connector assembly and packaging system

Preh IMA Automation (PIA) Evansville – a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, – says it recently fulfilled a contract to provide a 3-piece IV connector assembly and packaging system to an undisclosed leading medical device contract manufacturer. The assembly and packaging solution includes error-proofing and traceability functions to assure product

Stratasys revenue down 3% in Q1

3D printing and additive manufacturing company Stratasys said today that its first-quarter revenue was down 3% year-over-year, to $163.2 million – even as consumable revenue increased 7%. Losses narrowed to $13.9 million, or 26 cents per share, from a loss of $23.1 million, or 44 cents per share a year before. Stratasys officials, however, think results

Steute Meditech: How navigation aids ease foot switch usability

The ever-increasing functional capabilities of emerging medical devices have precipitated new requirements for the multi-function foot controls used to operate the equipment. These foot controls typically consist of multiple actuators … one for each required control function. For example, it is not uncommon to find foot controls for electrosurgical generators with 3 functions, foot controls

WSI Global offering Braille embossing capabilities

WSI Global – a manufacturer of finishing equipment for the carton converting, liquid packaging and corrugated industries – recently announced that it offers Braille capabilities, using either the TaskMaster infeed system or with a standalone unit that can be integrated into nearly any folder gluer. WSI’s Braille offerings are ideal for meeting European pharmaceutical industry

Wabash MPI, Carver offering lab testing for press specifications

Press makers Wabash MPI and Carver, Inc. are touting their new laboratory for customer testing of LIM, compression molding and other applications. The lab is for application testing and development to determine press specifications. Presses available for testing include 2 Microlim machines with Graco #622 meter mix; a 30-ton Genesis compression press with proportional control

How cleanrooms can ensure life science product quality

Cleanrooms are an important production tool for life sciences manufacturers; maintaining high stands of product quality ensures product efficacy and builds a strong reputation. Kevin Weist, president, Clean Air Products Quality is paramount in the life sciences. The innovation and growth for which life sciences companies strive cannot be attained without top quality products. Whether

Maguire vacuum resin dryer handles more molding, extrusion applications

A new vacuum resin dryer enables more molding and extrusion processors to obtain the substantial advantages of vacuum dryers over conventional desiccant systems, including lower operating cost, increased efficiency and greater control over the drying process, according to the vacuum dryer’s maker Maguire Products. The VBD 300 vacuum dryer from Maguire (Aston, Pa.) achieves throughputs of

Synova opens new micro-machining center in New Jersey

Synova, a manufacturer of high-precision laser cutting systems, announced April 10 that it has relocated its North American Micro-Machining Center (MMC) operations to Secaucus, N.J. The MMC offers laser machining services such as application trials, single and recurring cutting jobs and machine demonstrations. The new MMC will house two Laser MicroJet systems, the new 5-axis

CSS to exhibit medical device components at Medtec Europe

CSS will be exhibiting at Medtec Europe on April 4-6 in Messe Stuttgart, Germany at booth #1J46. CSS will be displaying its growing array of parts and components used in medical devices, surgical instruments, drug delivery systems and medical equipment. “Our team of engineers works with customers to develop solutions for all types of difficult-to-manufacture metal parts and components