Flexan Publications

With information curated and collated by experts within the medical device and medtech manufacturing industry, Flexan publications represent a comprehensive collection of the most relevant news and information in the medical device industry as it relates to device and component manufacturing.

An affiliate of New Mountain Capital, LLC (“New Mountain”) announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Flexan, a leading medical device contract design and manufacturing organization that specializes in silicone, thermoplastic, and specialty rubber components and devices. Flexan will be acquired by ILC Dover, a New Mountain Capital portfolio company.

New Mountain Capital to Acquire Flexan

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Lift and Shift

Case Study

When a manufacturing consolidation strategy emerged for a top-30 medical device manufacturer (OEM), they found themselves presented with the challenge of needing to close a legacy facility. The OEM made the difficult decision to outsource their manufacturing. Transferring the critical manufacturing operations of a Class-III industry-leading implantable device to another location, required extensive planning and execution, therefore, it was critical to find the right partner to ensure there will be no disruption to supply.

Find out how Flexan's approach to this "lift-and-shift" transfer process solved problems, exceeded expectations, and created the right solution.

A critical decision when designing medical tubing applications is selecting the right material. Incorporating Silicone may be the logical choice due to its resistance to many environmental factors such as temperature, chemicals, UV radiation, and x-rays. Silicone is excellent at resisting adherence to body tissue and to not supporting microbial growth. Silicone tubing is being used in more and more medical and pharmaceutical applications such as wound drains, shunt devices, and drug delivery devices. Listen to our team share design, manufacturing and assembly techniques that should be considered for your future product design and launch initiatives.

Medical Device Silicone Tubing: Technical Extrusion Webinar

Advanced Micro-Catheter Design Improves Patient Experience

Recognizing an increasing concern of vascular injury, infection and misplacement, a global medical device company chose to partner with Flexan, LLC to design an advanced micro-catheter.

The FDA can’t physically be at every medical device manufacturing facility every day to ensure the safety and reliability of products. What it can do is enforce a system of continuous self-improvement at each facility — known as Corrective And Preventive Action (CAPA). When OEMs choose an outsourcing partner, they need to trust the effectiveness of the supplier’s CAPA program, and they need to trust that the supplier’s culture sustains quality each and every day, for every device.

How to Recognize Effective CAPAs & A Culture of Quality

Are You Gambling with Medical Device Compliance?

8 Reasons To Ditch Paper Device History Records

What is the probability thousands of handwritten records created by production employees are error free? That’s the gamble OEMs make when they accept handwritten device history records (DHRs) from their contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs).

One medical device manufacturer found up to 20 percent of all in-process DHR packets contained an error(1). Such errors can lead to consequences such as FDA warning letters or even a shutdown. According to www.malcombatchrecords.com, 84 percent of warning letters issued by the FDA had observations for inadequate or missing documentation.

I think we both know the answer to that question.

With price competition and cost pressures squeezing the profitability of medical devices, supplier networks are the latest target for cost reductions — and rightfully so. Complex supplier networks add costs, without adding value.

OEMs: Discover The Hidden Costs And Risks In Your Complex Supplier Network

Are your customers willing to pay for the cost of complexity in your supplier network?

The Use Of Implantable Silicone In Medical Devices

The uses for silicone rubber molding in short-term and long term medical devices have continued to grow over the past few decades. This material is biocompatible, making it ideal for implantable devices with critical functions such as defibrillators, heart pumps, and surgical reconstructive components. In order to put this material to its optimal uses, medical device manufacturers need to understand how silicone is handled, processed, and molded into parts.

This e-book covers the characteristics and science behind implantable silicone, as well as its uses and processes, and the importance of patient safety. Download the full book for more in-depth information.