Weber exhibiting at The Assembly Show Oct 22-24

WEBER Screwdriving Systems Inc.Next month at the #AssemblyShow in Rosemont, IL, Oct 22-24, we will have several of our partners exhibiting.  The first we are highlighting is Weber Screwdriving Systems. 

They will be exhibiting equipment in booth 805. Go see them, tell them we said hello!
Register for free bit.ly/2lKFRmx Enter Code: “WEBERvip”

See their new Collaborative Spindle (below) at the show and at hrc-screwdriver.com

Telesis Laser Marking Demo Tour 2019

   LASER MARKING DEMO TOUR 2019 

 

During the week of June 24-28, Production Components in conjunction with  Telesis Technologies, the leader in direct part marking, will be demonstrating the latest in Laser Marking Technology during a tour of the Northeast.

 

Demonstrations of our Fiber and EVC laser marking equipment can be scheduled at your facility and require only a wall power outlet and about 10 minutes of set up time.

LET US MARK YOUR PARTS RIGHT THERE!

We provide a laser safe, class 1, small format enclosure for the safety of your team.

Unique features include our Vari-Z 3D/3-Axis marking head, our “Thru-The-Lens” Vision system for bar code reading and verification, our state of the art Merlin software, and our dual redundant safety shutter system.

Please call or email to schedule your visit!

[email protected] or 203 881 3013

The SCHMIDT® ExPress Bus Is Coming Soon!

From May 13 to May 31, the Schmidt ExPress Bus will be with us in the New England area.
          
Experience the wide range and benefits of SCHMIDT Presses and accessories at your doorstep. It’s a great opportunity to discuss your specific pressing applications with the SCHMIDT experts and possibly perform a trial right there and then.
At your convenience, you will:
·    Experience the wide range and benefits of SCHMIDT® Presses and accessories
·    Get a wide overview of our products
·    See the innovative news and trends
·    Discuss your assembly applications with our experts
·    Possibly conduct trials.

Book Your Visit

To book a time for us to visit you with the Schmidt ExPress Bus to show you the full range of Schmidt Presses, from hand-held to Servo, as well as their line of controls, call us at:
203 881 3013 or email Rob Hames at [email protected]
See the video!
(click on the image above)

Schmidt Offers New Repair Service

Schmidt shares news about their new hydro-pneumatic repair service in their latest newsletter.

Limit Downtime with Our New Service

We have exciting news to share! Limit downtime with our new and improved Hydro-Pneumatic Press Repair. After many years of dependable operation, even a SCHMIDT Hydro-Pneumatic Press might require new seals. This procedure can be carried out in the shortest period of time, so you will be up and running production again rapidly.

 

  • On-site or Remote Repair
  • Repair in Just 8 to 12 hours
  • Thorough Inspection

After the repair, your SCHMIDT Hydro-Pneumatic Press will continue to serve you precisely and dependably as you would expect from a SCHMIDT press for many years to come. Contact us at 800.959.1218, or email [email protected] to learn more.

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Marking Medical Devices, UDI Compliance, and Dealing with Difficult to Mark Materials

Marking Medical Devices, UDI Compliance and Dealing with Difficult to Mark Materials

The Challenge for Medical Device Manufacturers

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, there are more than 6,500 medical device companies in the U.S. with a total market size of $148 billion.   The most active sub-category in the industry is surgical and examination instruments (based on value of export shipments), which includes products ranging from scalpels to intricate catheters.  Combined with strict regulations and proposed new rules (Unique Device Identification system) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Union, the opportunities are enormous for Telesis.  Telesis is well positioned to offer a wide variety of reliable and innovative solutions to often difficult and challenging marking tasks.

Many medical devices, especially those found in a surgical environment, are made of stainless steel. Our EVC and Fiber Lasers are ideal for marking on stainless. For maximum flexibility and robustness, our FQ Series (now known as FQDS indicating Dual Sensor for the shutter mechanism, a key advancement in laser safety) is the preferred choice and available in many different wattages.

The Telesis Solution – Fiber Laser Marking

The FQ fiber laser series is a versatile product robust enough for heavy industrial etching and delicate enough for annealed marks.  Typical for medical applications are annealed marks which does no damage to the surface or the material and maintains the corrosion resistant nature of the medical instruments.  This form of non-invasive processing is crucial in the prevention of bacterial accumulation. Whether it’s banded titanium needles or high-grade stainless steel scalpels, this laser can mark them with precision, consistency and reliability. Our Vari-Z technology allows for 3D and 3 Axis control of the beam to maintain perfect resolution and consistency over curved surfaces without mechanical rotation.

Referencing the photos below, we see an annealed mark of a serial number, an annealed mark with precision measurement graduations, and a light etching of a serial number on curved surface with virtually no inconsistencies in text shape or quality despite a variation in surface Z plane.

 

While stainless Steel is a common material in surgical instruments, we also find a products with plastic molded details. Plastics can be difficult to mark and while fiber lasers have some capabilities for marking plastic, traditionally, CO2 lasers have been used to create “melt marks” in different plastics. Of ocurse, this does change the surface quality of the material, which can lead to less effective sterilization, as well as limiting contrast and thus readability.

The Telesis Solution – Green Laser EV4G

Coupled with the appropriate F-Theta lens, the EV4G laser with its 532nm wavelength can create high contrast marks with absolutely no damage to the polycarbonate or ABS plastic housing assembly of catheters (shown on the right).  Whether in-focus or off-focus, the green laser can create color change in the material that achieves the annealed effect without damaging the surface. Click here for more info on Telesis Green Lasers

The photo below shows a high contrast mark on Polycarbonate with a cycle time of 10 seconds

Another challenging material group would be Silicone and PVC. And while traditional lasers create a mark through heat imparted on the material, in some cases a “cold mark” may be preferred. In addition, when marking a part with graduated measuring positions, spot size resolution and control is paramount to a quality product.

The Telesis Solution – UV  Laser Marker

The Telesis UVC laser, with the combination of short wavelength (355nm) and excellent M2 value, produces a small spot size, which makes it an ideal choice for creating delicate marks on sensitive materials.  For example, the UV laser reacts well with silicone or PVC to create fine graduated markings that denote depth of insertion on the catheter tubes below.  Since the laser beam only creates color change on the surface, the material is not damaged and is free from bacteria contamination.  Thus, this laser allows a safe and reliable process for medical device manufacturers. The photo on the left depicts very small characters (2.5 X 1.5 mm) and were marked in 1.4 seconds; the graduations on the left were marking is 2.1 seconds.

Unique Device Identification (UDI) Regulation

As with any safety-centric product, traceability has become a requirement in order to maintain high quality and track any problems from the field. In the medical device market, UDI (Unique Device Indentification, has been adopted by the FDA and the EU. While it is impossible to delve into all the details around this regulation, we can offer a few key insights, as it related to marking:

  • UDI offers benefits on identification, traceability, reduction of errors, prevention of counterfeits, management of recalls, and more.
  • UDI is a system that includes a unique device identifier in human- and machine readable- form.
  • Proposed UDI regulations between the FDA and the EU are very similar as they wish to bring uniformity and consistency to global manufacturers, users and other partners.
  • The system will be phased in over several years.
  • Telesis lasers markers can apply GS1 compliant standard and 2D barcodes. See below for a typical example.

Telesis offers a diverse lineup of marking systems to satisfy UDI marking requirements on a wide variety of materials.  Customers can count on our years of experience to provide dependable and complete marking solutions.

Let’s have some fun! Grab your smartphone and open your QR code reader, and click some of the codes below for additional information:

Telesis Laser Marking Website:

FDA UDI webpage:

Production Components Website:

Telesis Landing Page on Production Components website:

For more information on Telesis, see their page on this website:
http://www.production-components.com/manufacturers%20list/telesis/
or call us at 203 881 3103 or email at [email protected]

Sources:
www.fda.gov
www.selectusa.gov
http://www.ghx.com
https://ec.europa.eu
Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration: 2016 Top Market Report Medical Devices