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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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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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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Featured Project: Respiratory Motion Inc. ExSpiron PadSet

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Wilson-Hurd had the pleasure to work with Respiratory Motion Inc. on a medical device used in patient ventilation. The medical device known as the ExSpiron PadSet connects to a monitor to provide real-time monitoring of ventilation and respiratory rate. Wilson-Hurd’s Advanced Technology Facility (ATF) division used hydrogel technology to develop the PadSet and ran testing to ensure that the product functioned properly.

The ExSpiron PadSet went on to be used in Ebola research according to an article from the Boston Globe. The article states that researchers used the ExSpiron system to remotely perform diagnostics and therapies to a faux patient without having to come into direct contact. To read the full article about the research click here.

Some features and benefits that Respiratory Motion Inc. has mentioned about the PadSet include:

  • Five sensor array helps capture, recognize and discard artifacts
  • ExSpiron Hydrogel technology ensures good skin contact and optimal signal quality
  • Length adjustable Sensor provides for a flexible design which easily adjusts to different body sizes
  • Sensor presents a low profile comfortable Sensor Array
  • Connector provides secure connection
  • Latex-free
  • One size fits most

For more information on Respiratory Motion Inc, please visit their website at www.respiratorymotion.com.

To learn more about Wilson-Hurd’s 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 e-mail us at marketing@wilsonhurd.com.

Four Benefits in Selecting a Contract Manufacturer For Your Medical Device

Hydrogel 2The decision between hiring a contract manufacturer or leaving the production up to your company may seem daunting. There are many factors to consider. Do you have the resources? The skills? The tools? Do you have a compliant manufacturing quality system? Leaving these tasks up to your company may be too much to handle. That’s why choosing a contract manufacturer may be the best decision for developing your medical devices. Here are some reasons why.

The Benefits

Cost Savings

  • Companies do not have to expend capital on facilities and systems.
  • Money can be saved on labor costs such as wages, training and benefits
  • Contract manufacturers may offer cost advantages such as in acquiring raw materials

Experience

  • Contract manufacturers utilize professionals experienced in design and development of all manufacturing processes
  • Experts use their knowledge to assist companies in selecting the right materials and tools for the product
  • Products are manufactured at a much faster rate

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Business Focus

  • Companies will focus on their core competencies once they hand the manufacturing of the device over to an outside source
  • Time can be saved on training or hiring of extra employees
  • Responsibility of project production can be placed on the professionals with years of experience

FDA Compliance

  • Guarantees the manufacturer meets all production standards and regulations for producing medical devices
  • ISO 13485 certification establishes a manufacturer’s credibility and commitment to quality
  • Emphasizes the cleanliness and safeness in the production area

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Still wondering if contract manufacturing is right for you? Contact us and we can further discuss how Wilson-Hurd can help with your medical device!


About Wilson-Hurd:  Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing specializes in the production of custom electronic control products, 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.

For more information on Wilson-Hurd and our capabilities, visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com, and contact us at 1.800.950.5013 or at sales@wilsonhurd.com

Printed Electronics: Endless Possibilities for Innovation

Have you ever stopped to think about how many times you use something electronic in a day? Electronics have become a staple in people’s lives all over the globe, allowing us to communicate instantly with one another, make purchases online or in a store, and even get from Point A to Point B.

A great deal of engineering & design work can go into making these electronics, as well as complicated manufacturing processes. Thanks to advances in technology electronics are getting easier and cheaper to manufacture. One of the most efficient new manufacturing methods is the ability to print an entire electrical device on various substrates, a process resulting in Printed Electronics. Before we get into how these flexible devices can benefit you & your company, let’s first explain how they work.

What are Printed Electronics?

Various printing methods can be used 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 result is a fully functional electronic device that can be thin & flexible, or more durable depending on what it’s for. Widths of traces can vary from super fine to broad.

Materials used for printed electronics can include polyester, polycarbonate, polyimide, and FR-4. Substrates can then be coated to protect the printed pattern. Top-performing inks, coatings, & plating include:

  • Silver
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Nickel
  • Gold
  • Silver/Carbon

The printed electronic devices can then be molded, cut (laser or die), or formed into any required shape.

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What are the Advantages?

The versatility of printed electronics is a huge draw for all manufacturers and markets. Some common applications for printed electronics include:

  • Antennas (VHF, UHF, RF)
    • Digital TV
    • Wireless
    • Security
  • Disposable Medical Items
  • Flexible Circuits
  • Flexible Pressure & Temperature Sensors
  • Automotive Embedded Circuits
  • Contour-Shaped Products
  • Printed Memory & Batteries
  • Wearable Technology

Printed electronics have also been used for flexible displays, animated posters, smart labels, and even clothing. When you start to think about what could be done in the future with printed electronics and all the different uses that they could serve, a multitude of possibilities open up.

While versatility is one huge benefit of printed electronics, another is low-cost volume fabrication. With the ability to create more electronic devices at a lower cost to you, it is a win-win situation. Some companies have even started to develop disposable printed electronics specifically for the medical industry where sterilization is always a concern. Patients can use the electronic device, and then dispose of it when they are done with it, something you wouldn’t want to do with an expensive circuit board.

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What are the Possibilities?

Every day scientists and engineers are coming up with innovative new ways that printed electronics can be used in all kinds of applications. It could be that someday instead of having to visit your doctor for a check-up, you put on a disposable monitor that can send your health information straight to your doctor’s office over the internet.

Perhaps someday we’ll be able to wear workout clothing that can monitor your heart rate, distance, & number of calories burned during a run, or maybe we’ll be able to wear a t-shirt that uses solar activity to charge our cell phone.

There are an infinite amount of possibilities; your next step is discovering what printed electronics can do for you.

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

For more information on Wilson-Hurd and our capabilities, visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com, and contact us at 1.800.950.5013 or at sales@wilsonhurd.com

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Wilson-Hurd: Serving customers for over 100 years

When Wilson-Hurd was established in 1904, nobody had heard of a POP Display, or a Membrane Switch. Surely neither George Wilson nor Arthur Hurd would have imagined that these were the products their company would someday be providing to customers. Although the company, the clientele, the products themselves, and our employees’ fashion sense may have evolved over the years, one factor has always remained the same, and that is quality; the quality of our products, and the quality of our service.

In 1904 Wilson-Hurd was but a small factory located in downtown Wausau, Wisconsin manufacturing a patented bag holder that was designed for agricultural and industrial purposes. Almost 110 years later, Wilson-Hurd has 3 manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin. There is one manufacturing facility still in Wausau, although quite a bit larger than the former, along with 2 facilities in Berlin, Wisconsin. The company went from supplying bag holders, remembrance advertising and nameplates to producing Electronic Control Products, POP Displays, Medical Devices and Custom Metal & Plastic products.

Then and Now

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While initially the bag holder was Wilson-Hurd’s specialty, in 1919 the company decided to delve into the Remembrance Advertising market, producing blotter covers, thermometers, whiskbroom holders and hand held fans. 9 years later in 1928, Wilson-Hurd began to print and fabricate aluminum nameplates, which is something that we still specialize in today. Plastic was added to this division in 1979 when Wilson-Hurd began screen-printing and printing on plastic. As technology progressed, other opportunities arose for Wilson-Hurd. In 1993 the company’s Electronic Control Product division was established, kicking off a division of the company that would soon become one of its driving forces. With this new division, Wilson-Hurd began offering customized engineering solutions for data input devices.

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Wilson-Hurd’s Electronic Control Product division, or ECP for short, produces a wide variety of the highest quality customized electrical components including membrane switches, elastomeric, metal & plastic keypads, capacitive touch switches and PiezoPanels, along with Engineered solutions that are created specifically to meet the customer’s needs. Today, the ECP division has grown to include electronics for medical devices and machines such as hospital beds, and insulin pumps. Recently, Wilson-Hurd has started a Medical Contract Manufacturing division. This division focuses on developing monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic devices. In developing these products, we utilize modern materials and processes including conductive inks and medically approved substrates, to produce disposable hydrogel-based sensors for leading edge medical device owners.

While our ECP and Medical divisions were taking off, we also established our POP Division that creates a variety of POP display components including risers, signage, formed bases, unique logo plates, trim, electronic displays as well as appliqués for cosmetic packaging. Every single component that is created is custom designed to meet our customers’ needs. Over the years many new and exciting processes have become available for our POP Division customers including custom color matching, die-cutting, digital, screen and litho printing, large-format printing, laser cutting and more.

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In 2004 Wilson-Hurd celebrated 100 years of service. Although we  may no longer make bag holders, we do take pride in the quality of our POP Displays, Nameplates, Electronics and Medical Devices that we are able to create for our customers, many of which have been with us for decades. If we have not yet had the pleasure of doing business with you, we welcome you to take a look around our website, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn, or even sign up for our E-Newsletter, to learn more about us and the things we are capable of. Who knows… maybe you’ll decide to stick with us for the next 100 years!

Wilson-Hurd is headquartered in Wausau, WI with additional facilities in Berlin, WI. For more information on our company and what we can do for you, give us a call at 800-950-5013, or visit our websites; www.wilsonhurd.com; www.wilsonhurdelectronics.com; www.wilsonhurdpop.com

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