MICRO Exemplifies Commitment to New Technology

In her opening letter from July’s issue of Today’s Medical Developments, editor Elizabeth Engler Modic stresses the importance of companies investing in new technology to stay on top in the medical device industry. “Companies must invest in technology that enables advanced manufacturing,” Modic writes, “and contract manufacturers need to remain technologically savvy,” to meet customers’ ever-changing needs. Her letter conveys the importance of embracing the latest technological advancements if manufacturers wish to thrive and survive.

MICRO has always been at the forefront of the competitive curve for new technology investment, offering cost-effective manufacturing solutions for our customers.  For example, we have greatly increased our MED (MICRO Electrolytic Dissolution) production capacity within the last year. We use this advanced machining method to create complex parts for medical instruments used in surgical and orthopedic procedures.

The technique dissolves part of the raw material from the work piece electrochemically to make components of unparalleled precision. In order to handle customer manufacturing requirements, we operate 4 PEM works cells in our recently expanded machining department.

MICRO has also invested heavily in “automation” for CNC machining—combining robotics cells with CNC machines to create streamlined production systems—for the manufacture of machined medical device components.

Each of the RoboFlex cells can service two multi-axis CNCs at the same time. The robotic arm picks-and-places raw material blanks into the CNC staging fixtures to be machined into precise parts. Automated loading eliminates the production downtime associated with human operation and results in an efficient and cost-effective work environment.

As our corporate logo indicates, “We Manufacture Solutions.” By combining a commitment to invest in new technology and a dedication to create cost-effective manufacturing solutions, MICRO has become one of the premier contract manufacturing operations in today’s medical device industry.

View the full letter from Today’s Medical Developments here.

New Complete Device Program at MICRO

One of the most exciting programs currently under development at MICRO is a new instrument manufacturing program. A prominent medical OEM has contracted MICRO to manufacture and assemble 4 distinct types of a reusable laparoscopic surgical instrument. These devices are highly effective in the grasping of soft tissue during minimally invasive procedures.

MICRO has invested in new machining centers for this large undertaking, boosting its already impressive repertoire of CNC capability. The first, a Haas DM-1 (Drill/Mill) vertical machining center, features a 15,000 RPM spindle, 15 HP Vector Drive, and 18+1 Side-Mount Tool Changer. This machine is responsible for the manufacturing of three handle components and secondary operations on the actuation rod. The second, a Willemin-Macodel 408-MT (Mill/Turn) machining center, adds 5-axis capability to MICRO’s production floor. This bar fed machine is ideal for small scale, high precision manufacturing of components with complex geometry. It is responsible for the manufacturing of the end effector jaws and linkage components. It also marks the first time MICRO is machining from plastic bar stock.

In addition to the impressive technology behind the manufacturing of the components themselves, MICRO will be performing all of the final assembly on these devices, in compliance with FDA and ISO requirements. This means a high-level skill set is necessary for each production phase and the final assembly in order to give the surgeon a device that feels and functions as good as it looks. The technology and skills derived from this program will carve a path for MICRO to manufacture more complete, finished surgical instruments in the future.

MICRO to Feature Medical Devices at MD&M East 2017

The Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York will welcome medical device manufacturers to the East Coast’s largest annual Medtech Event when MD&M East opens there in June.

At this year’s event, MICRO (Booth #2039) will highlight its production of precision medical devices and intricate sub-assemblies.

 

Medical Devices and Sub-Assemblies

MICRO is a full-service contract manufacturer focusing on medical devices and sub-assemblies. We offer R&D, engineering, and design assistance; and we assemble devices on scales of production ranging from prototyping to full-line manufacturing.

 

MICRO produces a wide variety of blades, scissors, stapling, biopsy devices, and instruments for minimally-invasive laparoscopic, endoscopic and arthroscopic procedures. We are also the world’s largest manufacturer of titanium and stainless steel litigation clips.

 

Our ISO Class 8 cleanroom is staffed with highly-trained technicians that use semi-automated equipment to ensure high device output quality. We hold ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 quality certifications, and our infrastructure is FDA-registered and cGMP-QSR compliant.

 

“MICRO specializes in manufacturing a higher standard of medical device,” says Brian Semcer, President. “We are excited to showcase our advanced production methods and the variety of high-quality instruments they result in at the New York show.”

 

MD&M East will take place June 13th-15th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Visit MICRO at MD&M East, Booth #2039, to learn more about our company and our capabilities.

MICRO to Showcase Medical Devices at BIOMEDevice 2017

The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center will welcome medical device manufacturers to the New England area when BIOMEDevice opens there in early May.

At this year’s event, MICRO (Booth #321) will highlight its production of precision medical devices and intricate sub-assemblies.

Medical Devices and Sub-Assemblies

MICRO is a full-service contract manufacturer focusing on medical devices and sub-assemblies. We offer R&D, engineering, and design assistance; and we assemble devices on scales of production ranging from prototyping to full-line manufacturing.

MICRO produces a wide variety of blades, scissors, stapling, biopsy devices, and instruments for minimally-invasive laparoscopic, endoscopic and arthroscopic procedures. We are also the world’s largest manufacturer of titanium and stainless steel litigation clips.

Our ISO Class 8 cleanroom is staffed with highly-trained technicians that use semi-automated equipment to ensure high device output quality. We hold ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 quality certifications, and our infrastructure is FDA-registered and cGMP-QSR compliant.

“MICRO specializes in manufacturing a higher standard of medical device,” says Carl Savage, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “We are excited to showcase our advanced production methods and the variety of high-quality instruments they result in at the Boston show.”

BIOMEDevice will take place May 3rd-4th at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, MA.

Visit MICRO at BIOMEDevice, Booth #321, to learn more about our company and our capabilities.

Time-to-Market and Cost Benefits Drive Medical Device Outsourcing

Driven by rising pressure to reduce manufacturing costs and accelerate time-to-market, the global market for medical device outsourcing services is projected to reach $66 billion by 2020, and $73 billion in revenue by 2021. Medical Device OEMs across the world are constantly looking to improve these two aspects of their business.   Shorter product lifecycles, higher levels of technology sophistication, and the shrinking window of opportunity exert extreme pressure on their ability to quickly bring products to market and gain a “first-to-market” competitive advantage. 

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Intensified competition in the industry is forcing major medical device companies to rethink their strategies and explore new efficiencies in product design, development, manufacturing capabilities, and marketing. Hence, focus on manufacturing agility and flexibility to reduce costs and accelerate time to market is driving demand for OEMs to outsource services. Contract manufacturing service providers, like MICRO in Somerset, NJ, can help these medical device companies to shorten development and production scale-up time, expand market share, and benefit from premium pricing and cost advantages.

As a full-service contract manufacturer, MICRO partners with medical device OEMs to develop their new products to enhance product lines. Starting with initial project development, we offer comprehensive project management and a full range of engineering services that support full-scale production. We offer R&D support, design for manufacturability, prototyping thru validation, assembly, packaging and inventory management. “In other words”, says Carl Savage, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, “we partner with OEMs to bring their products “from concept to market” in the most expeditious and cost effective manner possible”.

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With over 70 years of manufacturing expertise, MICRO has become one of the premier vertically integrated, full-service contract manufacturers in the medical device industry. With our “extensive manufacturing capabilities”, we can manufacture complete precision devices and intricate sub-assemblies—all in house. In the end, more and more medical device OEMs have been turning to MICRO to reduce risk and achieve their main corporate goals – reduce manufacturing costs and accelerate time-to-market.