Confluent Medical Technologies (Fremont, Calif.) said it has acquired Tube Hollows International (Windham, Maine) and launched a "High-Performance Nitinol Tubing Center of Excellence." Confluent Medical said it established the center in response to increasing market demand for high-performance nitinol tubing in challenging applications such as … [Read more...] about Confluent Medical acquires Tube Hollows International
Mack Molding said it is expanding its relationship with the manufacturing app platform Tulip. Tulip's cloud-based platform augments the productivity of Mack's workforce with shop-floor apps, industrial IoT and real-time analytics, according to Arlington, Vermont-based Mack. "It is similar to a manufacturing execution system, only … [Read more...] about Mack Molding picks Tulip for manufacturing apps
Stroke-treatment startup Imperative Care (Campbell, Calif.) said it has landed FDA approval for its first line of access catheters. Access to brain blood vessels can be challenging because of the brain’s highly complex and twisted vascular structure. The catheters were designed to deliver interventional treatments during minimally invasive … [Read more...] about FDA clears Imperative Care’s stroke treatment catheters
Spectrum Plastics Group said today that it has begun to offer value-added overmolding at its Apollo Medical operation in Sandy, Utah. The Alpharetta, Ga.-based company added four new injection molding machines ranging from 11 to 55 tons, at Apollo. The machines are suitable for injection molding of highly precise products, including dilator and … [Read more...] about Spectrum Plastics adds overmolding at Utah plant
When designing a co-extruded multi-layer tube for an intravascular application, the final physical properties of the polymers used are not the only factor. For optimal extrusion, it is also important to consider the effects of the viscosity, the polymers’ melt temperatures, and their placement in the structure. Steve Maxson, Spectrum Plastics … [Read more...] about How to ensure the structural integrity of multi-layer polymer tubing
Advances in catheter components are paving the way for improved, more sophisticated devices. A super-thin-walled PTFE catheter base liner presents new opportunities for smaller devices. MRI-compatible LCP braiding is stronger than previous non-metal braidings and rivals the strength of some stainless steel braidings. Kevin … [Read more...] about Vascular catheter construction: Reviewing the basics and what’s new
Most small hand-held devices used for surgery include some type of tubing technology. The design engineer ultimately must decide whether drawn tubing or a rolled tube technology will best suit a particular device. Jim Jock, Micro Metal tubes are frequently used for the shafts of disposable and reusable medical instruments. The tubes can be … [Read more...] about What is metal tubing for medical devices?
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 … [Read more...] about How’d they do that? 7 innovations from medical device contract manufacturers