Materials & Manufacturing

Custom & Contract Manufacturing

Find the latest news and technical briefs related to custom and contract medical manufacturing. Review how companies are outsourcing the creation of medical devices and medical device components; product concept and development; process validation and verification; and manufacturing and packaging.

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medbio Expands Manufacturing Capacity
Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Manufacturing: Tooling Up for Success
News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vander-Bend Acquires J.L. Haley Enterprises

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Briefs : Materials
Metal Tubing Offers Flexibility for Disposable Devices

Traditional handheld surgical tools continue to provide benefits where surgeons need instruments to be more rigid and have strong holding power to withstand complex procedures. The...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Seven Steps to Successful Contract Manufacturing for the Medical Industry

Contract manufacturing, or outsourcing, has typically been associated with a company using an offshore manufacturer and lower labor rates to produce their products at...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
How Second Stage Speed Influences the Molding Process

Hold speed or hold velocity? How many machines today have it, and what does it do to the process?

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medtronic Recognizes Weiss-Aug with Supplier Excellence Award

Medical device maker Medtronic has awarded Weiss-Aug, East Hanover, NJ, as one of the top 12 suppliers from its 52,000 worldwide vendor base. For more than 25 years, Weiss-Aug has...

Features : Medical
Getting the Most from Your Extrusion Tooling

By utilizing state-of-the-art production equipment and processes, machining tolerances are held extremely close on today's multi-lumen and multilayer medical tubing. It is important to note that...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Evaluating Electronics Contract Manufacturers for Medical Devices

The ideal contract manufacturer is more than a transactional supplier; rather, it is a partner that improves the product and process. Printed circuit boards (PCBs) and...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Survey Finds Automation 'Critical' to Business

NuTec Tooling Solution has released the compiled results of its first annual Industrial Automation Impact Survey conducted at the end of 2017. The survey evaluated the degree to which industrial...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cadence to be Acquired by Kohlberg & Company

Cadence, Inc., a provider of complex high-precision components and finished devices for advanced surgical and specialty industrial applications, has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Kohlberg & Company, a private equity firm based in Mount Kisco, NY.

Features : Medical
Diagnostics Manufacturing: Strategies for Outsourcing

When new assays or diagnostic tests are ready for commercialization, there can be tremendous hurdles to overcome, including significant investment in the infrastructure for automated...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Adapting Prototyping to Meet Rapid Advances in Medical Device Designs

Rapid prototyping has long played a vital role in the evolution of medical device technology. Effectively applied during a product's early design stages, it can generate...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
GI Plastek, Precision Southeast Inc., and Plastics Solutions, Inc. Merge to Form PSI Molded Plastics

GI Plastek, Precision Southeast Inc., and Plastics Solutions, Inc. have merged to form PSI Molded Plastics. The three sister injection molding companies are all owned by Gladstone Investment. With the merger, each of the companies can now share...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Proto Labs Reaches Agreement to Acquire RAPID, Expands Services with Sheet Metal Fabrication

Proto Labs has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held company Rapid Manufacturing Group. Rapid is a New Hampshire-based custom parts supplier specializing in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining. With the...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The 3D Printing Landscape: Then and Now

Frequently used as a design validation and prototyping tool in its early days, the 3D printer now supports a much wider range of applications, from shape-conforming electronics to the creation of printed living tissue. Tech Briefs spoke with industry expert Terry Wohlers about 3D printing's emerging...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Laser Material Removal Drives Wire Stripping Production

Many medical device applications require stripping outer layers of polymers from small diameter wire, and a laser is well suited for this material removal task. Offering a non-contact process that is very repeatable, lasers can selectively remove wire layers or areas. Easily automated, the...

Features : Materials
Domestic Manufacturing & Thermoforming Popular with Medical Device Manufacturers

Late last year, Ray Products, Inc., conducted a second annual thermoforming industry survey. More than half of the survey respondents represented medical device manufacturers. Their answers provide some helpful insight into industry trends.

Products : Medical
Extrusion Tooling Services

Guill Tool & Engineering Company, Inc., West Warwick, RI, provides tooling for plastic, rubber, TPE, and other material extrusions, with end products ranging from extremely thin-walled, multi-lumen medical tubing and catheter balloon tubings up to multi-layer wire and cable jacketing. Guill also provides tooling...

Briefs : Materials
Aluminum Anodizing Technology for Reusable Medical Equipment

Aluminum outperforms other materials to become an ideal choice for manufacturing of medical instruments, equipment, and devices mainly due to its intrinsic sustainable qualities....

Features : Materials
Choosing the Right Vendor for Your Micro-Molding Project

The demand for minimally invasive procedures is growing, as patients seek to spend less time on the operating table and in the recovery room. Micro-molding has emerged as the solution for medical device manufacturers, allowing smaller devices to change an open surgery into a minimally...

Products : Motion Control
Custom Direct Drive Motor Assemblies

Applimotion, Inc., Loomis, CA, offers custom direct drive motor assemblies with its popular ULT, UTH, UTS, and UTO brushless frameless motor kits inside. With sizes ranging from 10 mm to 500 mm in diameter, and pancake profiles as low as 10 mm, assemblies include precision bearings, special encoders, special...

Briefs : Materials
Plastic Optic Fiber—An Evolving Technology

Plastic Optic Fiber (POF) is an established, continually evolving technology available since the early 1980s. From the outset, it was a technology not highly visible for years. At times, it was utilized as a media product within another product, attached to a variety of opto-couplers or light sources....

Features : Materials
Polycarbonate Remains Proven and Preferred for Medical Applications

Polycarbonate (PC) is one of the engineering thermoplastic materials most commonly used and most widely tested in the medical device industry today. Its inherent strength, excellent optical clarity, high heat distortion temperature, and dimensional stability make it an ideal...

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Automatic Concentricity Adjustment System for Medical Tubing

Stringent product quality and process capability requirements confront producers of precision medical tubing used in medical device applications. This includes final tubing physical properties, such as burst strength, elongation, and lubricity. Medical tubing must also be free from...

Products : Medical
Wireless Foot Controls

Steute Meditech, Inc., Ridgefield, CT, announces its medical-grade, fully-compliant, wireless foot controls. Each customized unit features proprietary technology to achieve safe, interference-free performance. Operating in the ISM 2.4 GHz band, the technology continuously monitors the integrity of the bi-directional...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Flame-Retardant TPU

Lubrizol Corporation, Wickliffe, OH, launched a flame-retardant thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) product, ,which is the first of its kind to feature high flame properties, low halogen content, and a soft, matte or gloss finish. This TPU exhibits low smoke and low toxicity, enhancing its suitability for an array of...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Air in Line Sensors

Morgan Technical Ceramics, Fairfield, NJ, announces its range of piezo ceramic Air in Line sensors, ideal for use in medical equipment, including infusion pumps, enteral feeding pumps, and dialysis equipment. The sensors are available as either a standard or custom-manufactured model to suit specific OEM needs, and can be...