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Web Industries Announces Extension of Contract Manufacturing Agreement with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
Web Industries to continue manufacturing chemistry and immunoassay diagnostic cartridges through 2017
September 14, 2012
MARLBOROUGH, Ma. – Web Industries, a leader in medical product development and contract manufacturing, today announced the extension of their existing contract with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, a global leader in clinical diagnostics, under which Web Industries manufactures the Dimension® Cuvette cartridges for Siemens. These cartridges are used on the Dimension® family of integrated chemistry systems, which offer efficient, automated medical panels and disease-state profiling on a single analyzer. The Dimension® systems are used in healthcare and clinical laboratories around the world. Under the contract extension, Siemens retains Web Industries as the only authorized manufacturer of the Cuvette cartridges through 2017.
Web Industries manufactures the Cuvette cartridge at its Boston location using a custom-designed, proprietary, semi-automatic production operation housed in a Class 100,000 controlled environment. Multiple film substrates are slit to narrow widths and tight tolerances before being loaded into the diagnostic canister for final assembly. Web Industries manages the entire product supply chain, from sourcing a dozen materials from component suppliers to shipping the finished product to multiple client destinations. Web Industries also handles all ISO 13485 and FDA-required quality assurance and material traceability requirements.
The Dimension® integrated chemistry systems, an important part of Siemens’ portfolio of solutions, are designed to address the needs of any sized lab. Siemens’ initial contract with Web Industries to manufacture the Cuvette cartridge began in 1996, with volumes rising as market adoption of the system increased. Over the past five years, Web Industries has produced more than two million cartridges to the highest quality specifications while maintaining a perfect on-time shipping record.
“The success that we’ve seen with the Dimension® Cuvette diagnostic cartridges exemplifies the benefits of having a great partner like Web Industries,” said Thomas Gentilucci, Director, Strategic Sourcing, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. “Web’s contract manufacturing, quality assurance, and supply chain management expertise have allowed Siemens to focus on providing innovative solutions to serve the growing medical diagnostic market, and we’re pleased to extend our relationship with Web.”
“The duration of the Cuvette cartridge contract is a great example of what Web Industries offers medical device companies,” said Blake Batley, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Web Industries. “We find efficient, long-term solutions to manufacturing challenges while staying committed to continuous improvement and maintaining the quality levels that the market demands. This lets our partners focus on what they do best: developing the next generation of medical device solutions.”
About Web Industries
For over 40 years, Web Industries has been a leader in providing contract manufacturing and development services for products involving flexible materials, including slitting, spooling, printing, laminating, specialty extrusion, assembly, packaging, and complete supply chain management solutions. Web has a long history of applying expertise, innovative thinking and creative problem solving to help speed time to market and drive costs down in order to ensure our customers’ product success.
The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology, and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better, and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information, please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.
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Military Market Embraces ZHFR SUPERBULK® For Shipboard Use
Zero-halogen, flame-retardant polypropylene cable filler chosen for use in mission-critical cables
October 31, 2013
MARLBOROUGH, MA. – Adoption of Web Industries’ innovative SUPERBULK® family of polypropylene cable fillers continues to grow as several cable manufacturers have selected it for inclusion in products designed for the military market. ZHFR SUPERBULK, the “zero-halogen, flame-retardant” variant of Web’s cable filler product, is being featured in shipboard cabling designed for use on important domestic and international naval projects. Engineered to help control fire, ZHFR’s chemistry helps smother burning cables without producing dangerous halogen gases or excess smoke, which can be hazardous to personnel in the area.
In the United States, many cables utilizing ZHFR SUPERBULK have received Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) certification for use on current and future US Navy vessels. To receive NAVSEA approval, both the finished cable and its component parts must pass strenuous safety and performance tests before being cleared for use in the field. In a recent technology planning “roadmap,” NAVSEA reported that shipboard electrical usage is projected to grow exponentially as electromagnetic sensors become more powerful, lasers and rail guns are introduced as standard weapon systems, and hybrid- electric drives are developed. As the supporting energy distributions systems become more complex, cabling weight and safety become increasingly important, and the weight, strength, and fire retardancy performance advantages that ZHFR SUPERBULK offers over traditional cable fillers make it an ideal solution for tomorrow’s Navy.
In the United Kingdom, ZHFR SUPERBULK has been selected for use in specialty cables designed for Britain’s two newest aircraft carriers, the Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales. Due to enter service over the next four years, the carriers will contain an estimated 2,500 km (1,553.4 miles) of wires and cables, with ZHFR SUPERBULK approved for inclusion in critical command cables. Both ships will utilize a centrally controlled, highly automated weapons-handling system that will move pallets of ammunition from storage magazines to weapon-prep areas through a series of lifts and tracked pathways, reducing the number of crew needed for combat operations. When complete, the carriers will be the largest and most capable surface ships in the history of the Royal Navy and represent a dramatic shift in Great Britain’s ability to project strategic power around the world.
“We’re excited to play a crucial part in building ‘tomorrow’s Navy,’” said Blake Batley, vice president of Sales & Marketing, Web Industries. “US servicemen and the servicemen of our allies will increasingly rely on the electrical systems that our cable filler products help improve and protect, and we’re certain that ZHFR Superbulk will exceed our customers’ expectations far into the future.”
As markets demand safer, better performing products, cable manufacturers are turning to Web Industries and the SUPERBULK family of cable fillers to be the high-performance cable filler of choice for their next- generation products.
About Web Industries
For over 40 years, Web Industries has been a leader in outsource development, converting, and manufacturing services for products involving flexible materials. We perform a full range of precision formatting services, including slitting, spooling, cutting, winding, coating, laminating, and printing. We also offer a wide array of value-added services, such as automated assembly and packaging, specialty plastic film extrusion, electronic document control, and complete supply chain management solutions, and we hold ISO 9001:2008, 13485, 14001, and AS9100C certificates. Constantly innovating to provide converting solutions for a changing world, Web Industries has a long history of applying expertise, innovative thinking, and creative problem solving to speed time to market and drive costs down in order to ensure our customers’ product success.
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