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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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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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

10 BIOMEDevice Boston exhibitors you need to know

Updated April 20, 2018 BIOMEDevice Boston provides an opportunity for more than 4,000 engineers and executives and 400 suppliers in New England’s design and manufacturing industry to connect and network. The annual event was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, April 18-19. Hundreds of medical device industry suppliers showcased their latest technologies and capabilities.

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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.

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

PE Firm Genstar Capital acquires TekniPlex

Private equity firm Genstar Capital said this week it acquired advanced product manufacturer TekniPlex for an undisclosed amount. Wayne, Pa.–based Tekni-Plex develops products including medical tubings and compounds, pharma barrier films, dispensing components, closure liners and food packaging, the company said. “We are excited to be partnering with a proven, energetic and action-oriented management team. 

Reinforced silicone tubing: 6 things you need to know

Biocompatibility, flexibility and durability make extruded silicone a top medical device tubing choice. Keep these six things in mind when reinforcing it. Dan Sanchez, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions When it comes to their use in medical device, silicone tubes are getting even better –enhanced with a variety of reinforcements and coatings that help manufacturers meet the

What you need to know about heat shrink tubing

Heat shrink tubing comes in a range of materials for many medical applications. Custom materials are also available. Justin Fry, TE Connectivity Medical There is a lot more to medical tubing than extruded polymers. Heat shrink tubing, for instance, provides a range of materials intended to improve designs and solve engineering and manufacturing problems. For instance,

Tekni-Plex announces new $15 million China manufacturing facility

Tekni-Plex said today that it has invested $15 million in a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Shanghai, in Suzhou, China. The new facility is meant to meet the growing needs of the Asia-Pacific medical device and pharmaceutical market, according to Wayne, Pa.–based Tekni-Plex. Some production is already underway at the more than 140,000-square-foot facility. Tekni-Plex is

TE Connectivity acquires MicroGroup

TE Connectivity has acquired MicroGroup, a Medway, Mass.–based provider of precision metal shafts for medical devices. The deal, which TE Medical SVP and general manager Paraic Curtis announced in a message to customers on May 1, is but the latest in a number of acquisitions TE has made in recent years to strengthen its medical device

Micro-manufacturing: 5 things you need to know

The health outcomes that minimally invasive surgical devices provide – shorter hospital stays and recovery periods – are as remarkable as the micro-manufacturing methods that produced the devices. Micro-manufacturing involves more than making conventional tooling smaller. Micro-extrusions and micro-molding also involve ultra-fine wires and electronic components. Helmbrechts, Germany-based Raumedic, which has its U.S. headquarters in

MD&M West 2017: 7 medical device industry supplier innovations

Updated Feb. 10, 2017 More than 20,000 engineers and executives headed to Anaheim, California, over the past week for MD&M West—which its creator UBM bills as the world’s largest annual medical device manufacturing event. The event boasts a multitude of medical device–related products and services, ranging from co-extrusion to metal cleaning fluids. Here are 7 of the

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Raumedic showing off tiny tubing, multilayer tubing at MD&M West

As a polymer component system provider for the medical technology and pharmaceutical industry, Raumedic will be exhibiting at the MD&M West show in Anaheim, Califoria in February. The company will be demonstrating its ability to implement customer ideas in products that expertly combine functionality and cost-effectiveness. This year, the themes guiding Raumedic’s presence at MDM