At the Biomedevice trade show in San Jose last week, a member of the audience asked Joseph Heanue, president of contract manufacturer Triple Ring Technologies (Newark, CA) for advice on cutting costs and time to market. Heanue explained that his company had been giving increasing attention to lean manufacturing. "People have many views of how to do this but, I think, it comes down to being...
A company that offers electronic engineering, design and development, and manufacturing services for the medical device industry has expanded its capacity through the acquisition of four new surface-mount technology (SMT) machines. The new equipment was added in order to significantly increase throughput and reduce lead times. One machine, familiarly known as a high-speed chip shooter, has 16...
A two-piece board-level product shields against electromagnetic interference. The low-profile SlimShield has a dimpled cover that snaps into etched holes on the fence and offers shield heights as low as 0.060 in. Supplied in standard and custom configurations for small medical electronic devices, the shields can be photoetched in any design. Dimple tooling offers variable dimple location with...
 A synthesized signal generator has been designed for engineering development and production test environments in medical applications, among others. The HMC-T2270 can generate signals from 10 MHz to 70 GHz. It delivers up to 29 dBm of CW output power in 0.1-dB steps over a 60-dB dynamic range. Harmonic rejection is better than –40 dBc at 30-GHz output. The unit exhibits frequency...
A new manufacturing process was developed by Kenson Plastics, a designer and manufacturer of pressure-formed plastics. The centerpiece of this process is a KMT Robotics 6 Axis router. Robotic trimming systems are designed to trim more parts per hour and reduce downtime. A wide variety of thermoforming applications are suited for this type of robotic technology, including those in the medical,...
An Oxfordshire-based firm has found a way of eliminating the need for electric currents by transferring the principles of plasma physics from space technology to medicine, says The Engineer. Plasma Surgical takes its lead from over a decade of original work carried out by Professor Nikolaj Suslov, professor of thermal and molecular physics at the Moscow Institute of Science and Technology,...
Most of us in the medical device industry are familiar with process capability measurement terms Cp, Cpk, Pp, and Ppk. A small subset of us uses these metrics to generate process validation reports claiming to meet our customers’ capability requirements. But how many OEMs and suppliers have gone to the next level by providing the empirical evidence necessary to prove that the measured data...
Triple Ring Technologies, a Newark, CA–based provider of advanced research and product development services for the medical device industry, has partnered with Modulus, a microelectronics specialist. The strategic partnership between Triple Ring and San Jose-based Modulus was formed to offer client companies a variety of services through all stages of the product life cycle. The alliance,...
EMS provider Benchmark Electronics now manufactures Class III medical devices for large tier-one medical OEMs out of its facility in Thailand. The facility was recently audited by FDA.   "I am pleased to announce the addition of Class III medical device capabilities in Asia. Given Benchmark's medical heritage, we are excited to achieve this very important milestone in our long...
Embedded technologies supplier Eurotech (Columbia, MD) has signed a $1.5 million contract to supply embedded computers to a medical OEM that specializes in diagnostics and information technologies. The six-month contract involves the supply of chemistry analyzers with the Eurotech Sphere II single-board computer, which extends the life cycle of these products using ARM technology. The devices are...
A group of imaging experts specializing in clinical trials has launched Intrinsic Imaging LLC. The San Antonio-based firm is an advanced medical imaging contract research organization staffed by radiologists from South Texas Radiology Group, among others. The CRO will offer various services, including radiological review and image management, to global medical device companies as well as those in...
Sparton Corp., an EMS provider that supplies electromechanical and electronic devices and subassemblies to the medical device industry, has acquired Delphi Medical Systems.  Sparton bought Delphi, a contract manufacturing firm, in an $8 million all-cash transaction. Schaumburg, IL–based Sparton estimates that the acquisition will increase its annual revenue by $32 million. “The...
    Due to a growing demand for increasingly complex printed circuit boards (PCBs) in the medical industry, Endicott Interconnect (Endicott, NY) has created a quick turnaround (QTA) fabrication line. The line has its own equipment, processes, and operation personnel. The company says that the line enables it to provide 5-15-day turnaround times on PCBs, including those with complex...
    Medical device development and manufacturing firm Texcel Medical (East Longmeadow, MA) is expanding its service offering with an investment of nearly $1 million in advanced capital manufacturing equipment. The company also added personnel. According to CEO Barry Smith, Texcel is enhancing its capabilities for Class II and Class III implantable medical devices, including implantable...
  Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. (EI) has established EI Technologies UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the company located in Chelmsford, UK. The UK office will be home to the company's European manufacturing representatives. According to the company, the office will help it penetrate segments targeted for future growth in the European marketplace. Endicott supplies the medical...
  Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA), a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, has acquired ACT/Technico (Warminster, PA). According to Elma, the acquisition enhances its system integration capabilities and adds an extensive product and partner portfolio to the company's offerings. ACT/Technico is now part of Elma Electronic Inc. and will continue to provide the same products...
  Remaining competitive in a world where companies are more frequently outsourcing beyond the United States can be a challenge. Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. (Endicott, NY) is collaborating with two universities to develop electronics products, an industry segment that continues to move offshore. With funding from the United States Display Consortium, Endicott Interconnect's Center...
      Plexus Corp. (Neenah, WI) has announced plans to expand its North American manufacturing footprint. The company's facility in the San Jose area will relocate to a larger 46,000-sq-ft space located about eight miles from the existing facility. Plexus's Chicago-area operations will expand into a 48,000-sq-ft facility adjacent to the existing facility, bringing the site's total...
      Northwire Inc. (Osceola, WI) has relocated and expanded its Asian operations. The firm's new facility, located in Jiangsu Province, China, includes a 5300-sq-ft warehouse and 3400-sq-ft office. Northwire says that the facility is intended to address increased demand for the company's products. The firm's previous Asian facility, located in Shanghai, was a sales office and it...
  OUTSOURCING       Ubiquitous consumer electronic devices such as cell phones and MP3 players can be made inexpensively in quantities measured in millions. By contrast, many common medical products, from infusion pumps to defibrillators, are manufactured in quantities far lower than a million parts per year. However, while it is inevitable that low-volume industrial equipment...
Medical Electronics Manufacturing Magazine MEM Article Index Medical Electronics Manufacturing Fall 1998 OEMs may find outsourcing is the answer to today's challenging electronics manufacturing questions. Ty Griffin and George Lawrence Today, many vertically integrated original equipment manufacturers are questioning their commitments to performing all levels of manufacturing internally. This is...