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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Laser Cutting vs. Die-Cutting

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If you are in the nameplate business, you have probably heard the terms laser cutting or die-cutting before, but do you know when one cutting technology should be utilized over the other? Each method of cutting possesses its own set of advantages depending on the project.

Laser-cut, polyester overlay.

Laser-cut, polyester overlay.

Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is a form of cutting that utilizes a CO2 laser as a cost-effective alternative to steel rule die-cutting. Due to the narrowness of the laser beam, cutting with a laser can provide improved precision, and is a good choice to use for projects that require small and/or detailed cuts. The laser cuts all the way through the material, dropping out all internal cuts. Another benefit of laser cutting is the fact that the zone affected by heat is quite small compared to using die-cutting, which decreases the chance of the material warping where it is being cut.

Metal nameplate cut using a compound die.

Metal nameplate cut using a compound die.

Die-Cutting

Die-cutting requires die tooling which consists of cutting blades embedded in a wooden base surrounded by rubber cushions. Outside shapes and interior holes can then be die-cut in a single stroke. Hard tools (also known as Class A Tools) perform the same process; however they are made out of a harder steel and consist of both male and female tools. This results in a tighter tolerance and an extended tool life that can last millions of strikes before needing to be replaced. One area where die-cutting outperforms laser cutting is the quantity and speed at which it can cut materials. Since a die is able to cut multiple areas in a single stroke, it is able to perform at a much faster rate than a laser cutting machine.

While each form of cutting has its own list of pros and cons, ultimately the one you decide to go with depends on the specific product being cut. Always make sure to ask your manufacturer for their recommendation, and if cost is a factor be sure to take initial tooling charges into account when making your decision.


If you would like to learn more about Wilson-Hurd’s Nameplates & Dials, Overlays, Panels division and our printing and fabrication capabilities, please visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com, or fill out and submit the form 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.

8 Useful New Features of Wilsonhurd.com

If you have visited Wilson-Hurd’s website sometime in the last 3 months, you might have noticed some major changes. On February 3rd, 2015 we launched our brand new corporate website, adding a variety of new features that are designed to make the product design and ordering process even easier for our customers and prospective clients. Take a look at some of the new things you can do on wilsonhurd.com:

1. Design Guidelines

Wilson-Hurd’s new Design Guidelines have been created by our Engineering department to assist you with the development of your custom Electronic Control Product. Each set of Design Guidelines features:

  • Important things to consider before designing your product
  • Construction details
  • Available materials
  • Tooling options
  • Electrical layout
  • Technical details
  • Word glossary defining important terms, and much more.

Design Guidelines are currently available for capacitive switches, elastomeric keypads, membrane switches, PiezoPanels, and Touchscreens, and can be found on their corresponding product pages.

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Quick Tips on In-Store Placement of POP Displays

diorcounterdisplay399x399 Point-of-purchase (POP) displays are strategically placed in-store displays designed to attract customers to a specific product or brand. They can be used to highlight new products, special offers, or events such as a holiday sale.  When used properly POP displays can create a memorable impression of your brand, as well as easily increase the sale of your product.

Research states that consumers will only take a few seconds to make a decision on a product. They usually do not thoroughly scan or take the time to look at all of their choices, which is why the placement of your displays is such a key factor.

While deciding on where to place your POP display, keep these quick tips in mind:

Place goods near the front of stores.

Products that are in the front of stores, specifically near the checkout counter are most likely to be viewed by a customer while they are waiting in line to checkout. This is also the place with the most foot traffic, allowing more people to view the display.

Keep shopper’s line of sight in mind.

People will not buy products that they can’t see. So keeping your displays at eye level will increase the chances of customers purchasing your products.

Set your POP display to the right of brand names.

If your product is not necessarily a brand name, place it to the right of one that is. People tend to look at items in the same direction that they read.

Place around escalators or elevators of department stores.

This tends to be an underused space in department or multi-level stores for POP displays.  Since shoppers are standing in place for the duration of the ride, placing a display nearby will give them something to look at while waiting. jimbeambottleglorifier500 If you would like to learn more about what Wilson-Hurd’s POP Displays division can do for your brand, click here.


Wilson-Hurd, founded in 1904, offers custom printing, fabricating, and electronic manufacturing services, and is a top manufacturer of electronic control products, printed electronics, POP displays, medical contract manufacturing, and nameplates & dials, overlays, and panels. To learn more about Wilson-Hurd, please visit our website at wilsonhurd.com.

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