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Jay Tourigny, senior vice president of MicroCare Medical, says that advances in medical devices come with many benefits but also bring new challenges related to cleaning and coatings. He discusses how advances in cleaning and coatings are driving medical device innovation in an article he wrote for the Medical Design and Outsourcing website.

“Innovative thinking around medical device design helps move the industry forward and create new devices that address more health issues than ever before,” He writes. “This innovation is driven not only on the manufacturers’ side, but on the patients’ side. For example, patient demand for more portable and lightweight devices is driving a trend toward smaller, wireless devices. Touchscreens are replacing hardware controls and wearable devices are increasingly popular. As with most innovation, these advances come with many benefits, but they also bring new cleaning and coating challenges—and therefore, a need for new solutions.”

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Nebraska-based Lincoln Industries has acquired SourceOne, which provides custom manufacturing, design services and tooling, powder coating and specialty machine-build services.

Founded in 1974 by Nick Cusick and Elmer Wessell, SourceOne sits adjacent to Lincoln Industries, one of the largest finishing operations in North America. It is Lincoln’ third acquisition in the past three years. The company bought DS Manufacturing in Pine Island, Minnesota, in 2015, and in May, it acquired Southwest Metal Finishing, based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, and its facilities in Texas and Mexico.

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SUR/FIN, the surface finishing industry’s premier event organized by the National Association for Surface Finishing, is accepting proposals to present papers at the 2019 conference, which will be held June 3-5 in Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

The NASF’s Technology Advisory Committee is seeking speakers with surface finishing experiences or a focus on new technology to give exclusive, informative, non-commercial presentations for the SUR/FIN technical program.  Each 30 minute presentation should cover the latest surface engineering and finishing technology topics that are seen impacting business today or trending for tomorrow.

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When a supplier company is required to reach stringent cleanliness standards with certain parts it produces for its customers, it can be challenging to discover the most efficient cleaning technique to achieve these standards. To help quality engineers, manufacturing engineers, metallurgists, project engineers and supply chain/purchasing engineers who need to assure cleanliness standards, Glaser Inc. and Jomesa North America Inc. presented a Technical Cleanliness Expert Day to 39 registered participants at the Bertram Inn and Conference Center in Aurora, Ohio, on September 25.

Markus Rossler, vice president of Glaser, opened the conference with his presentation, “Industrial Standard ISO16232, Version 2018,” in which he thoroughly explained this technical cleanliness standard, the differences between the new version and the 2007 version, as well as how the VDA 19.1 standard is different from the ISO standard. Later in the day, Rossler also presented “Concepts to Improve Production/Assembly Cleanliness Levels (in accordance with VDA 19.2),” in which he explained how to design a clean assembly facility, from maintaining a clean environment to logistics and staff cooperation. His final presentation covered new cleanliness requirements due to emerging electromobility.

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Germany-based Dürr has completed the acquisition of the industrial environmental technology businesses of U.S. company Babcock & Wilcox, which provide air pollution and noise control technologies.

Dürr will add the regional offices of the two environmental technology specialists, MEGTEC and Universal, to its Clean Technology Systems (CTS) environmental technology division. MEGTEC specializes in technologies for air pollution control, such as wet and dry electrostatic precipitators, fabric filters and solvent recovery systems, along with industrial dryers and coating systems for lithium-ion battery electrodes. Universal is a supplier of acoustic solutions and specializes in sound attenuation systems and air filters. This acquistion adds noise control as a new dimension to the CTS environmental business, the company says.

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