5 Common Questions Answered About Medical Contract Manufacturing

923302_262233967253943_91942266_n1. What are the benefits of using a medical contract manufacturer?

Some benefits of using a medical contract manufacturer are companies do not have to expend capital on facilities and systems, time can be saved on training or hiring of extra employees, and contract manufacturers utilize professionals experienced in design and development of all manufacturing processes.

2. How do I choose a medical device contract manufacturer?

Look for a manufacturer who can keep costs down and offers rapid product development. Your medical device manufacturer should also follow strict quality assurance standards, such as ISO 13485.

3. For a medical device company, what is the most important consideration for selecting a contract manufacturing partner?

The most important consideration is compliance. The medical device company is responsible for ensuring the partner they select is compliant with the FDA Quality System Regulation. Yearly audits should be required and quality system evaluations need to be performed.

4. What medical contract manufacturing services and processes does Wilson-Hurd offer?

We provide the best in-class Medical Device Contract Manufacturing services including PCB Board assembly, box build, testing, and fulfillment services. We also have a number of processes that we use ranging from graphics printing, welding, heat staking, laser etching to traceability systems, material planning and procurement, and incoming inspection of materials.

5. What certifications does Wilson-Hurd have regarding your medical contract manufacturing division?

We maintain a FDA compliant quality record system and specialize in Class II medical devices. This division has also obtained certification to the ISO 13485 Standard in June of 2014.

You can find more information about our medical contract manufacturing on our website at wilsonhurd.com where you can request a quote or sample, as well as download a free brochure detailing more information about Wilson-Hurd’s capabilities.


Wilson-Hurd, founded in 1904, offers custom printing, fabricating, and electronic manufacturing services specializing in Electronic Control Products, Printed Electronics, POP Displays, Medical Contract Manufacturing, and Nameplates & Dials, Overlays, Panels.

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Press Release: SGIA Award for 35 Year Membership

Wausau, Wisconsin: Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing Company is pleased to receive an award from SGIA in recognition of our membership since 1980. Continuous membership of 35 years is an outstanding milestone and we are delighted to be a part of this association.

SGIA is the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, which supports the leaders of the digital & screen printing community. Members of the community create products for the point-of-purchase displays, printed electronics, membrane switches, signs, advertisements, garments, containers and vehicle industries.

“SGIA supports the leaders of the digital and screen printing community,” says Jim McIntyre, President of Wilson-Hurd.​ “Wilson-Hurd has over one hundred years of experience in the printing industry and has been partnered with SGAI since the early days of the association.”

About Wilson-Hurd:  Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing specializes in the production of custom electronic control products, medical contract manufacturing, printed electronics, point-of-purchase displays, as well as nameplates & dials, overlays, and panels. Wilson-Hurd was founded in 1904, and is headquartered in Wausau, WI, with additional locations in Berlin, WI.

Media Contact: Tammy Landrath • Wilson-Hurd Mfg. Co. • 715-845-9221 • tammyjl@wilsonhurd.com

Featured Project: Hydrogels & Their Use in the Medical Industry

Hydrogels are gel-like substances that have the capacity to hold water in their structure.  They can be created by mixing polymers and water then exposing it to an electronic beam or chemically through a combination of cross-linking. Hydrogels can be customized for various transdermal applications, to address the treatment of wounds, as well as the delivery of numerous drugs or other agents for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries

Hydrogel 1Hydrogels can be used in a variety of applications, including:

  • Medical diagnostics
  • Tissue engineering and regeneration
  • Drug delivery
  • Components for medical devices
  • Temperature management

Wilson-Hurd has the capability to use hydrogel in our medical contract manufacturing division.  Examples of medical devices that can utilize hydrogels are: printed sensors for respiratory monitoring and disposable printed electrodes for EKG sensor arrays. Hydrogels have certain advantages when used in disposable medical applications. The hydrogels easily adhere to the skin, allowing for zero prep time with the patient. It also possesses a degree of flexibility similar to natural tissue, and it is highly absorbent as it contains over 90 percent water.

To learn more about Wilson-Hurd’s medical contract manufacturing capabilities, click here.

Are you a current customer of Wilson-Hurd? If you would like your company’s project to be featured on the homepage of our website in our “Featured Projects” section, please email us at marketing@wilsonhurd.com.

4 Things That Are Now Possible Thanks to Printed Electronics

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Printed electronics are a set of printing methods used to create electrical devices on a number of substrates. They are produced by combining various printing methods to deposit electrically functional & optical inks onto a substrate. The inks can be deposited in any pattern to suit the type of application it is being made for. The end result is a lightweight, flexible electrical device, developed with a cost-effective production process.

The versatility of printed electronics is a huge draw for all manufacturers and markets. The benefits of these new electronics are endless, from lower cost, improved performance, flexibility, transparency, reliability, and much more. Even though the printed electronics market is still growing, there are some things that have been made possible in recent years, including:

  1. Printed Antennas

Printed antennas are relatively inexpensive to design and manufacture. They have a variety of useful properties including mechanical durability, conformability, compactness, and cheap manufacturing costs. They also have a range of applications in both the military and commercial sectors, and are often mounted on the exterior of aircraft and spacecraft as well as incorporated into mobile radio communication devices.

  1. Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is made with smart sensors and has the ability to connect to the Internet and collect data. Examples of wearable devices include watches, contact lenses, e-textiles and smart fabrics, types of medical devices, and jewelry such as rings and bracelets. The goal of wearable technologies in each of these fields will be to smoothly incorporate functional, portable electronics and computers into individuals’ daily lives.

  1. Smart Labels

Smart labels can be attached to any package, even packages that may bend, and they can provide real-time information about location, temperature, movement, and moisture. With smart labels, companies can also confirm the freshness of products by checking the temperature to prevent spoilage and validate the authenticity of a product. In the healthcare field, smart labels can help control inventory and track the usage and disposal of pharmaceuticals. Smart labels are also being attached to clothing where they can check body temperatures and dampness of bandages.

  1. Flexible OLED DisplaysFlexible_display

OLEDs are used to create digital displays in devices such as television screens, computer monitors, and portable systems such as mobile phones and handheld game consoles. They are also used in commercial applications such as displays for car radios and digital cameras, among others.

Printed electronics are one of the fastest growing technologies in the world, and allows electronics to be in places they have ever been before. The market is destined to grow as technology evolves, allowing for even more possibilities to develop.

If you would like to learn more about Wilson-Hurd’s Printed Electronics division, please visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com or fill out our form submission below:


Wilson-Hurd, founded in 1904, offers custom printing, fabricating, and electronic manufacturing services specializing in Electronic Control Products, Printed Electronics, POP Displays, Medical Contract Manufacturing, and Nameplates & Dials, Overlays, Panels.

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Featured Project: Wilson-Hurd POP Video Display

Wilson-Hurd’s POP division in Berlin, WI, had the task of designing a video display to showcase our skills and abilities for the GlobalShop 2015 show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The challenge was to develop a display that demonstrated our capabilities and was also appealing and memorable to people walking by our booth.

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The POP team designed and manufactured the display shown above in its entirety and used a variety of materials and processes including:

  • Screen and digital printing on both aluminum and polycarbonate
  • Aluminum fabrication
  • Laser cutting of acrylic
  • LED light insertion
  • Motion sensing
  • Final assembly of display

The video monitor within the display features the actual production of the display and is powered on by motioning your hand above the screen. The LED lights are battery powered and have an on/off toggle switch.

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“Typical POP display projects using video monitors have proven to increase product sales between 35% to 50%,” said David Bono, Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “A lot of companies can supply video monitors, but only Wilson-Hurd can do it all under one roof. We’ll provide printed items, LED’s, monitors, and customer circuit boards with motion sensors, and then assemble it all in our facility. This gives the customer greater control for a superior product at a competitive price.”

View the video below to see how the display works.

To learn more about Wilson-Hurd’s POP capabilities, click here.


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ISO 13485: What You Need To Know

Clean Room 2.2ISO 13485 is valued by many medical device manufacturers throughout the world. This method was developed to create a management system on which to build compliance to various regulatory requirements. The requirements are not specific enough to contradict any country’s particular requirements, but to allow a company to demonstrate the ability to meet them.

Based on the ISO 9001 process approach to quality management, ISO 13485 focuses on the management of risk in lieu of focusing on continual improvement. In order to achieve ISO 13485 certification, you must develop written policies for:

  • Document and record controls
  • Internal auditing procedures
  • Corrective and preventative actions
  • Process controls and validations
  • Traceability

ISO 13485 can help reduce surprises and failures that might damage a manufacturer’s reputation. It can be used as a tool to ensure the effectiveness of the quality management system. ISO 13485 also provides the manufacturer a higher level of confidence in the ability to consistently achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.

Hydrogel 2Some other benefits that manufacturers hope to gain from having an ISO 13485 certification are:

  • Gain more business and access to markets around the world
  • Increase customer satisfaction by delivering quality products and consistently meeting customer’s requirements
  • Guarantee the manufacturer meets all production standards and regulations for producing medical devices
  • Establish a manufacturer’s credibility and commitment to quality

Wilson-Hurd’s Advanced Technology Facility is proud to be ISO 13485 certified. We take great pride in the quality of your products and strive to be the most respected provider in the markets served. If you would like to learn more about what Wilson-Hurd can do for your medical device, click here.


About Wilson-Hurd:  Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing specializes in the production of custom electronic control products, point-of-purchase displays, medical contract manufacturing, printed electronics, as well as nameplates & dials, overlays, and panels. Wilson-Hurd was founded in 1904, and is headquartered in Wausau, WI, with additional locations in Berlin, WI.

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Wearable Technology You Didn’t Know Exists

Wearable technology is a device typically made out of printed electronics, which is worn by a consumer that has the ability to connect to the Internet and collect data. It is the main topic of conversation in the tech world today. While the most common wearable is currently the smartwatch, there are many other wearables out there that you may not have even known existed.

Glucose Measuring Temporary Tattoos

A researcher from the University of California created a flexible sensor to measure the glucose levels in a person’s body. These temporary tattoos use a mild electrical current to monitor the vitals and can later be disposed of after use. This is a pain free alternative to the traditional finger-stick device that diabetic patients may find unpleasant. The tattoos are relatively inexpensive and can be replaced without too much financial burden.

Sensoria

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Sensoria is a smart fitness sock that assists users on their running techniques in real time. The sock has sensors on the bottom of the foot that transmits feedback to a removable anklet which in turn syncs the information to a smartphone app. The device monitors cadence, which is the way your foot hits the ground as you run. By monitoring your technique, you not only improve your running, but also prevent any future injuries.

Kiband

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The Kiband is a wireless bracelet to monitor the location of a child. Parents using the Kiband can set custom distance perimeters to make sure their children are within sight. When the child is getting too close to the edge of the perimeter chosen by the parent, the bracelet will vibrate warning the child they have gone too far. The parent will also be notified when the child crosses the set perimeter by an alarm on the mobile app. The app will then help the parent locate where the child is.

UpRight

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UpRight is a wearable device that attaches to your lower back to help you stand and sit up straight, which will in turn prevent bad posture and future back pain. The device monitors your posture by slightly vibrating to alert you when you begin to slouch. UpRight should be worn for only 15 minutes when beginning, and you gradually lengthen the time it is used as your back muscles strengthen.  It also comes with a mobile app that gives you real time feedback and statistics.

Melomind

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The Melomind is a stress-relieving headpiece that transmits brain waves via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. Based on the signals, the app will play music to calm your mind. The session lasts up to 15 minutes and is designed to improve your ability to cope with stress.

Wilson-Hurd is an innovative leader in the production of printed electronics. We possess expertise in a number of printing methods used to create electronic devices just like the wearable technology shown above as well as other applications. If you would like to read more information about Wilson-Hurd’s printed electronics and capabilities, then click here.


About Wilson-Hurd:  Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing specializes in the production of custom electronic control products, point-of-purchase displays, medical contract manufacturing, printed electronics, as well as nameplates & dials, overlays, and panels. Wilson-Hurd was founded in 1904, and is headquartered in Wausau, WI, with additional locations in Berlin, WI.