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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.

For medical device developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the transition from prototype to commercial-scale production with a contract...

Even the simplest medical cable assembly projects contain numerous engineering considerations. And among the most complex applications, the quantity of requirements can...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medbio Expands Manufacturing Capacity

Medbio, Grand Rapids, MI, has opened a second manufacturing facility. The company is an outsource manufacturer offering design and engineering, manufacturing, assembly, and packaging solutions for the...

In the medical industry, metal parts play an integral role in a vast array of diagnostic, testing, medical instruments, and equipment. Although certain complex metal parts can only be machined, thinner...

News: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vander-Bend Acquires J.L. Haley Enterprises

Vander-Bend Manufacturing, Inc., a portfolio company of Aterian Investment Partners based in San Jose, CA, has acquired J.L. Haley Enterprises, Inc. Based in Rancho Cordova, CA, Haley is a niche...

Freudenberg Medical, part of the Freudenberg Group and a global manufacturer of medical devices, components, and minimally invasive solutions for the...

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...

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?

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: Tubing & Extrusion
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...

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...

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: Medical
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: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

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
Phillips-Medisize Creates a Manufacturing Center of Excellence for Connected Health and Drug-Delivery Devices

Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, has announced an initial investment to expand the capabilities of its 380,000 sq ft Molex Little Rock facility to include an FDA registered manufacturing Center of Excellence for Connected Health and...

News: Medical
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...

Outsourcing can save costs and provide other commercial benefits. With outsourcing efforts related to medical devices, it is important to understand some aspects of U.S....

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Top 5 Concerns When Selecting a Custom Extruder

Finding the right custom extrusion and plastics company to manufacture and provide a key custom component to your end-product needs can often seem a daunting task. With an abundance of...

An experienced, recommended, custom furniture professional came over to my house to bid on building a low-profile cabinet...

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...

Late last year, Ray Products, Inc., conducted a second annual thermoforming industry survey. More than half of the survey respondents represented medical device...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

Medical device companies typically have a complex supply chain bringing products to market. Within their four walls, there are usually multiple...

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

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...

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