Medical device weekend news

Medical device weekend news

News we didn’t have room to cover throughout the weekend, all in one place for a quick read.

August 17, 2019

August has been busy in medical device design and manufacture. OEMs came out with more Q2 financials, acquisitions continue, partnerships and collaborations grow, and new products continue to be released.

Universal Robots-Phillips partnership eases integration with Haas CNCs

A new distributor agreement between Universal Robots and Phillips Corp. will further the rapid deployment of cobots with Haas CNC machines, offering machine shops a safe, user-friendly solution to optimize spindle uptime. 

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“Having an expensive machine sit idle and missing out on orders due to lack of staffing is every manufacturer’s nightmare,” says Stu Shepherd, regional sales director for the Americas division of Universal Robots (UR) that has already sold more than 1,000 UR cobots for tending Haas CNC machines.

With 9 offices representing 12 states throughout the South and Mid-Atlantic regions, Phillips Corp. boasts an installed base of more than 19,000 Haas CNC machines.

“There is tremendous potential both for retrofitting existing installations with UR cobots and for getting through the door to new customers, offering turn-key solutions,” says President of Phillips Corp.’s commercial division, Michael Garner, who is also the chairman of Haas Automation’s North American distributor council. “There is no hardwiring or complex coding involved in getting a Universal Robot to communicate with a Haas machine since UR has solutions like the VersaBuilt software that facilitates two-way communication between the UR cobot and the CNC.” 

VersaBuilt’s Haas CNC Integration Kit is a simple yet powerful interface that enables UR cobots to easily execute any machining program stored on the Haas CNC directly through the cobot’s own teach pendant, maintaining all Haas safety interlock features. Versabuilt is available through the UR+ platform, a showroom of products all certified to integrate seamlessly with UR cobots. 


Valeritas’ Q2 2019 financial results

  • Revenues grew to $7.5 million, up 16% versus the second quarter of 2018
  • Total prescriptions grew 22% year-over-year, driven by a 36% increase in target accounts
  • V-Go was adopted by three major commercial managed care organizations with preferred status, allowing patients easier access and lowering out of pocket expenses
  • Disposable patch-like devices such as V-Go were added to the American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes - 2019
  • Announced preclinical results demonstrating the Company's proprietary h-Patch wearable drug delivery device as an effective option for continuous infusion for Cannabidiol (CBD) and Apomorphine


Sensus Healthcare Q2 2019 financial results

Highlights from the second quarter of 2019 and recent weeks include:

  • Shipped 22 systems during the quarter, including 17 SRT-100 Vision systems
  • Reported revenues of $7.5 million, up 23% over the second quarter of 2018
  • Renewed sales agreement with major customer
  • Achieved profitability with net income of $0.1 million and adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million
  • SRT-100 used to treat keloid patient on popular cable television dermatology program
  • Superficial radiation therapy (SRT) added to Premier Inc. group purchasing contracts effective August 1, with approximately 4,000 member hospitals and health systems across the U.S.
  • Reported results from a five-year retrospective study with SRT for non-melanoma skin cancer showing a cure rate of 98.9%, which exceeds the Mohs surgery cure rate
  • Announced a Sculptura collaboration with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 


Kohlberg closes on acquisition of Bemis Healthcare Packaging Europe; Merges with Nelipak

Nelipak Corp. Inc. officials announced that Kohlberg & Company LLC has completed the acquisition of Bemis Healthcare Packaging Europe (Bemis) from Amcor’s Flexible Packaging business unit. Bemis, located in Clara (Ireland), Derry (Northern Ireland, UK), and Elsham (United Kingdom), will be merged with Nelipak, and the combined company will operate under the Nelipak Healthcare Packaging brand.

Headquartered in Cranston, Rhode Island, Nelipak is a leading global manufacturer of custom-designed rigid healthcare packaging used for Class II and Class III medical devices, and pharma drug delivery products. The company operates strategically located cleanroom facilities meeting customers’ most stringent packaging requirements. Nelipak's experienced in-house design, development, prototyping, manufacturing and quality teams offer medical trays and blisters, custom built sealing machines and other value-added services.


United Grinding North America launches STUDER Stud-E Bucks program

For every qualified purchase of one of the company’s in-stock Studer machines, manufacturers will receive 5% back in Stud-E Bucks for use on any United Grinding North America product or service.

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Named for Studer’s robotic mascot, which is making its North American debut as part of this promotion, Stud-E Bucks function as a form of budget insurance. For every new qualifying Studer machine, manufacturers receive five percent back to use on productivity-boosting equipment like United Grinding Automation Solutions’ flexLoad system, powerful software from United Grinding Digital Solutions, or expert training from the company’s Customer Care division. Stud-E Bucks can also go towards the refurbishment of used grinding equipment through the Rebuild department or on another new grinding machine.

The Stud-E Bucks promotion ends on November 30, 2019.


Applied Manufacturing Technologies celebrates 30 years

Founded in 1989 by Michael Jacobs, Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) has grown to 130 employees serving U.S. manufacturers from the Orion, Michigan headquarters. AMT has built a tradition of excellence in providing customers with engineering and design services, and turnkey automation systems.

Over the past three decades, AMT has built a strong partner and vendor network, and developed a loyal and diverse customer base throughout the U.S.

Early in the company’s history, FANUC became both an important customer as well as a key partner, and recently recognized AMT with an award for outstanding growth in robot sales.