How laser marking could solve the medical device industry’s UDI challenges

Here are five ways that laser marking could provide advantages to medical device companies when it comes to meeting permanent marking requirements under FDA’s Unique Device Identification program. Ashir Thakore, SABIC As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implements its phased Unique Device Identification (UDI) program across medical device classes, OEMs are considering methods

Donald C. Graham elected to Plastics Hall of Fame

Donald C. Graham, the founder of Graham Engineering (York, Penn.) and The Graham Group, was recently elected to the Plastics Hall of Fame and will be inducted during a ceremony at NPE2018 in May in Orlando, Florida. Graham received his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering and his masters degree in industrial engineering and business management

GI Plastek, Precision Southeast, Plastics Solutions merge to form PSI Molded Plastics

GI Plastek, Precision Southeast and Plastics Solutions have merged to form PSI Molded Plastics. The three companies are owned by Gladstone Investment. The merger allows for PSI Molded Plastics to provide its customers injection molded component requirements in one place, including large to small parts from low to high volumes. The company will also provide

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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How Igus moving plastic components are enabling medtech innovation

Advanced plastic components maker Igus sees more medical sector opportunities. Here’s how its e-chains, bearings and linear systems are enabling innovation.  Igus – maker of advanced plastic components including e-chain cable carriers, bearings and linear systems – has its main medical customers in Europe. But that could soon change. The company plans to sell to

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United Soft Plastics signs distribution deal with Foster Corp.

Foster Corp. has been appointed the North American distributor of United Soft Plastics’ Ubisoft styrenic block copolymers, effective as of Nov. 1. Under the deal, Foster Corp. will give sales, technical and order fulfillment support to customers out of their Nevada and Connecticut facilities. Styrenic block copolymers are thermoplastic elastomers designed for healthcare markets. They

How to add recyclability and sustainability into medtech plastics

Recyclability and sustainability have become very important to the medical device marketplace, and some companies are taking note. Jason Middleton, Ray Products Sustainability has become critical to medical businesses. Some implement sustainability to appeal to consumers. Others look to cut costs or align their business practices with their company mission. Whatever the motivation, 13% of company

These speedy BD robot arms store and retrieve medications in seconds

It’s not difficult to see hospitals and pharmacies challenged by dispensing thousands of drugs with speed and accuracy. As the number of drugs rises, so do security issues. To address both, the Rowa Division of BD in Germany has introduced two machines. The Rowa Vmax provides for the automatic storage and retrieval of boxed pharmaceuticals

Foster Corp. to distribute Lotte ABS and polycarbonate polymers

Foster Corp. recently announced that has won an exclusive North American healthcare market distribution deal for Lotte Advanced Materials’ Starex acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and Infino polycarbonate polymers. The distribution deal – announced Sept. 29 and effective Nov. 1 – has Foster (Putnam, Conn.) providing sales, technical and order fulfillment support to customers from their regional stocking

Victrex announces new CEO

Victrex announced that it has appointed Jakob Sigurdsson as CEO-designate; he will gain the full title of CEO on Oct. 1. He is preceded by Dave Hummel who is retiring after 24 years as CEO. Victrex makes high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) as well as selected parts for gears and dental discs. It hopes to execute growth

Gerresheimer gets new CEO

Gerresheimer (Düsseldorf, Germany) recently announced that Christian Fischer is its new CEO, effective September 1. Fischer succeeds Uwe Röhrhoff, 55, who left the company as of Aug. 31. Fischer joined Gerresheimer’s management board as a regular member on Aug. 1; he was previously president of performance chemicals at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany, where he spent 24 years. “The supervisory

How to ensure adhesion on hard-to-bond plastic substrates

Medical device companies are increasingly using plastic substrates that are tough and sterilization/chemical resistant. But they also come with adhesion challenges. Michelle Gumbert and Patrick Vaughn, Dymax  For medical devices such as catheters, prefilled syringes, vials, test tubes and injector pens, many manufacturers are turning to plastic substrates that are specifically formulated to resist harsh

Compounding Solutions holding medical plastics compounding conference

Compounding Solutions will hold its second annual MPC Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in San Jose, Calif. The one-day-long 2017 MPC Conference will take place at the San Jose Marriott in downtown San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley. There will be experts in materials selection for various manufacturing processes and device applications – as

PTI Engineered Plastics wins supplier award

Yazaki has named PTI Engineered Plastics as its 2017 Environmental, Health and Safety Supplier Award recipient. PTI Engineered Plastics won against Yazaki’s top 97 suppliers in North and Central America. “Yazaki places a very high value on our strategic partners and suppliers and their shared commitment to the environment,” said Ken Pichla, head of purchasing

3 healthcare packaging trends you need to know

HealthPack 2017 earlier this year brought together a host of the country’s medical device packaging professionals, including directors and managers, packing engineers and research and development teams. Healthcare packaging is increasingly important in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. Based on multiple panels and presentations, here are three important trends to look out for in