Partnerships, Acquisitions, Collaborations

OrthoPediatrics Corp.’s licensing partnership with CoorsTek Medical provides rights to its Variable-Angle technology that will be commercialized in OrthoPediatrics’ PediFoot system, expected to launch later in 2019. The star-shaped design of the StarLoc screw head provides five points of fixation between the screw and the corresponding plate implant. The technology can accept locking and non-locking screws, which have up to 30° of conical freedom.

Protolabs and the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Innovations Alliance are collaborating on an awards program to move novel healthcare ideas forward. The initiative – part of Protolabs’ Cool Idea Award program – will assist Healthcare Innovations Alliance members in turning their ideas into real-world products and devices. Cleveland Clinic and other alliance members are encouraged to submit ideas to the Cool Idea Award: Healthcare Grant. Selected winners will be awarded in-kind manufacturing services from Protolabs to support development.

Cadence Inc. has acquired Arcor Laser Services, a provider of advanced laser welding, laser cutting, machining, marking, and micro-drilling services. Cadence, a contract manufacturing partner, provides advanced products, technologies, and services to medical device, life science, industrial, and defense companies worldwide.

“The addition of Arcor’s laser expertise represents our latest investment in building a broad platform of precision technologies and supply chain services for our customers,” Cadence CEO Alan Connor says.

Moves, Facilities, Expansions

Acu-Rite has moved its manufacturing facility to larger operations at the North American headquarters of parent-company Heidenhain in Schaumburg, Illinois. The centralized location offers faster access to industrial manufacturing resources near Chicago. Acu-Rite products currently on the Illinois manufacturing lines include all DRO models and accessories, SENC encoder bracket kits, and the MILLPWRG2 control and associated components.

Forest City Gear has expanded its turning and milling operations with a 8,500ft2 facility to produce precision gear blanks. The facility has four CNC lathes, three CNC machining centers, and dedicated Zeiss coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Two Mazak Quick Turn 250 turning centers will expand capacity later this year. Plans call for adding a 5-axis machining center to produce small planetary housings and carriers.

Camber Spine has moved into its new corporate offices at 501 Allendale Rd. in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, accommodating the company’s growth and expansion plans. The 27,000ft2 science and technology headquarters brings sales, training, quality, and marketing under the sam roof as engineering, design, and development.