Visit us at MD&M Minneapolis 2022

We are happy to announce we will be attending MD&M Minneapolis on November 2nd-3rd, 2022. MD&M Minneapolis is a large medical design and manufacturing event located at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minnesota. As a supplier to the MedTech industry, we are looking forward to meeting with attendees and sharing our range of medical device components and capabilities. Let us help you meet your application needs.

Please visit us at MD&M Minneapolis at booth #2735!

About Component Supply

Component Supply is dedicated to providing materials for the medical device, aerospace, and laboratory sciences industries. We have fast lead times and offer the most comprehensive standard and fabricated hypodermic tubing, PTFE tubing, mandrel wire, woven filter mesh, fittings, and blunt needles.

To learn more about our products and services, visit https://componentsupplycompany.com/, email parts@componentsupplycompany.com, or call 931-761-4000. To learn more about the upcoming tradeshow, visit  https://www.advancedmanufacturingminneapolis.com/en/show-brands/mdm-minneapolis.html

May is National Cancer Research Month

At Component Supply, we advocate for research and development by supplying quality, affordable components faster than anyone. For the month of May, we are focusing on National Cancer Research as a part of our REAP- Research Engagement and Awareness Program. We honor all the patients, survivors, scientists, and physicians battling this deadly disease. Our goal is to see cancer patients benefit from the lifesaving R&D advancements for their disease. Therefore, we are offering discounts all month long to those in the cancer research field to make this possible.

To facilitate research engagement, Component Supply will offer 25% off catalog pricing* for standard supply items for cancer research. Also, for customers requiring custom fabrication, we will waive our $150 prototyping minimum. All you have to do is send us a link to your research lab website or a 3-5 sentence summary of your work in the field, and we will apply the requested discounts. **

Please send your RFQ, orders, and links to your research website to parts@componentsupplycompany.com with the subject “REAP2022.” We look forward to working with you!

Learn more about About Cancer | American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

*Discounts cannot be applied to volume price breaks. 

**Research website and research summary must highlight cancer research to be eligible for the May discount.

Visit us at MD&M West on April 12-14, Booth #2822

MD&M West is the largest MedTech event in the United States located in Anaheim, California, at the Anaheim convention center and will be held on April 12-14, 2022. This tradeshow brings together engineers, business leaders, and innovative thinkers worldwide to create robust solutions and life-changing medical devices. With over 1,000 exhibitors and 13,000 attendees, we are excited to have the opportunity to grow our business and meet new clients.

At Component Supply, this is our first tradeshow as exhibitors. In the past, we have always attended as guests, visiting other vendors and growing our network, so we are very excited to participate with our own booth this year. We welcome you to visit us at booth #2822 to learn more about our company, meet our staff, and even look at our products and capabilities.

We look forward to seeing you at MD&M West 2022!

Researcher Spotlight: GeorgeAnn (Georgie) DeAntoni, UC Santa Cruz Ph.D. Candidate Anthropology.

Meet GeorgeAnn (Georgie) DeAntoni. Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz.

GeorgeAnn (Georgie) DeAntoni. Ph.D. Candidate

Education:

B.S. Anthropology and Native American Studies UC Berkeley 2015
M.A. in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz 2018
Seeking Ph.D. Anthropology UC Santa Cruz

Research:

GeorgeAnn DeAntoni began studying archaeology in 2012 and participated in her first excavation in 2013. Currently, she is studying the plants that Native Californians used for food and medicine during the mission period in California (1769-1833). She uses Component Supply’s Nylon mesh for a seed project for her current research project. DeAntoni explains how she retrieves the plant materials to study, “To do this, I look for seeds and charcoal that can be found in the soils of an archaeological site. Using a process called flotation, which relies on moving water and a series of fine meshes, we separate charred plant matter- which floats because it is less dense than water- from artifacts and dirt. Once the botanicals are separated from the soils and artifacts, we look at them under the microscope to identify the different plant taxa found in the samples.”

She goes on to describe her current project, stating “The seed project that I’m using the mesh for is a small part of a larger effort to do some fully collaborative and community-based archaeological research. This means that I’ve been working very closely with California State Parks and multiple tribal communities- primarily the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Indian Canyon Mutsun Band of Costanoan Ohlone People- to make sure that this project centers their research goals and emphasizes their connection to the site. The California missions had and continue to have a major impact on many Indigenous Californian communities, and for a long time the missions were portrayed as a place where Native peoples acculturated or were effectively erased. However, it goes without saying that Native peoples are still thriving and very active at the site today, and we want to make sure that their relationship to the site and its history is told in a way that is reflective of their experiences.”

Fun Facts Q&A:

What’s your favorite food?

So many types of food, but I’m a real sucker for an asada burrito.

What’s your favorite song or music group?

This one changes a lot, but I’m super into Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers and Sturgill Simpson at the moment. Just Let Go may be my current favorite song. Also love pretty much anything by ABBA, Dolly Parton or Marty Robbins.

What book do you recommend?

I just finished reading “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” by Mary Roach and couldn’t put it down! Super good and fun. “Tending the Wild” by M. Kat Anderson is also one that I think is really eye opening and important

What’s the coolest gadget you’ve ever seen?

This is a little archaeology-nerd of me, but I think a Ground-Penetrating Radar is pretty cool. It’s one of the geophysical methods I mentioned earlier that uses radar pulses to get an image of what is below the ground. In the case of archaeological sites, it can help locate clusters of artifacts, changes in soil density (that might be caused by something having been either dug up or buried on the site), or structural remains like house floors or buried walls.

What’s on your bucket list?

Someday I’d like to live in the woods with a donkey, a couple of goats and pigs. Not sure if that’s a bucket list item or just how I’d like my future to pan out.

Who is a person throughout history you’d most like to meet?

Not a person, but I might say Balto, one of the sled dogs from the final leg of the “Great Race of Mercy” in Alaska in 1925 who helped deliver a serum to treat diphtheria. The trek was over 650 miles and there were twenty dog sled teams, but Balto led the final leg of the journey. It was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and the fact that it was based on a true story is just really cool. Some would argue that Togo (the lead dog for the most hazardous and longest distance of the route) should be equally famous, and I’d have to agree. Yay for dogs!

What is the best trip or vacation you’ve ever taken?

After my first year of college my three roommates and I took a three-week cross country road trip in a Prius and went to 28 different states! Before then I had only been to California and Oregon, so it was a really awesome and eye-opening experience. Plus, we got to visit some really beautiful National Parks, Historic Landmarks and museums, which is just about an ideal vacation for me.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not in your lab?

When I’m not in the lab you can probably find me hiking out in the woods somewhere! Or maybe learning to roller skate.

What is one research discovery you’d like to see?

Archaeology is an inherently destructive discipline, which means for the most part we have to take something apart (effectively destroy it) in order to study it. There have been so many advances in the field to be as minimally invasive as possible (for example, using geophysical surveys to get a sense for archaeological features and artifacts below the ground before starting to dig), but I would be really interested to see how we can continue to do culturally relevant research while leaving an even smaller footprint at an archaeological site. One of the great things about paleoethnobotany (the archaeological study of plant use) is that you can get a fine-grained understanding of a site from only a small sample of soils, and so I think future advances in other methods where you can get high-resolution data from small sample sizes would be awesome!

Learn More:

Read more about a project DeAntoni volunteered on here: Rising from the ashes (ucsc.edu)

For products that have been useful to DeAntoni’s and other researchers around the world, visit https://www.componentsupplycompany.com

To share your research story, email Kristin at kristin@compsuco.com

304 Stainless Steel vs 316 Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a widely used material in medical applications due to its versatility, corrosion resistance, and cost-effectiveness. At Component Supply, our 304 and 316 stainless steel mandrel wire stock is spring tempered, drawn, and straightened with a bright finish. When viewing the two stainless steel wires, you may not see an apparent difference in appearance. However, the two differ in chemical composition and application uses.

304 stainless steel contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. 316 stainless steel contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel, and 2% molybdenum. The distinguishable difference between 316 from 304 is that 316 contains molybdenum, which aids in corrosion resistance to chlorides. Due to its higher corrosion resistance, 316’s lifespan will be longer than 304’s, specifically when used in highly acidic conditions. 316 contains less chromium than 304, reducing the hardness and decreasing the tensile strength. Therefore, the uses for 316 will slightly differ from 304’s. Many researchers are quick to remember only the positive attributes of 316 compared to 304 without fully considering the adverse effects in chromium may cause.

Generally, 304 Stainless Steel is the most popular choice in wire because it is less expensive and has a high tensile strength. In other cases, 316 might be preferred over 304 if your application occurs in a highly acidic atmosphere, and slightly lower tensile strength is sufficient. When it comes to application, you must weigh the longevity versus the strength of the stainless steels. 

In the medical industry, 304 and 316 are both commonly used. Medical devices utilizing 316 stainless steel have more reusable life than 304. Because of their higher rust resistance, they can undergo continuous sterilization for extended periods. For example, it is common to use 316 ss as temporary rods and pins in a medical procedure. Still, if the rods and pins are permanent, a more durable metal would need to be used, such as nitinol or titanium. Medical devices containing 304 are standard tools that are less expensive and are discarded after use, such as a scalpel. 304 is acceptable in most scope procedures or outpatient surgeries such as dentistry, vascular therapy, orthodontics, and endoscopy. Other demands include Aerospace (high-performance wire and cable, fasteners, springs), Industrial: springs, resistors, jewelry. 316 is more commonly used in marine applications where it is exposed to harsh acidic conditions. More potential end-uses of 304 and 316 include catheters, mandrels, stylets, introducers, push-pull rods, guidewire assembly. However, while 304 and 316 are high-quality metals that will have longevity, over time, rust will begin to form when exposed to oxides, an inevitability with any ferrous metal.

Component Supply is not always aware of the end-uses of our researchers’ applications. Suppose you’re still unsure which material is the most suitable for your application. In that case, we advise purchasing a small quantity of either material to test with before committing to a larger quantity.  

February is American Heart Month

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is nearly impossible not to feel the impact of heart disease, either personally or through a family member or friend. I have witnessed the effects of heart disease on many of my relatives, including my grandfather and great-grandmother, who both suffered from congestive heart failure. Currently, my grandmother has high blood pressure, and according to the American Heart Association, “at least 48 percent of all U.S. adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, such as coronary artery disease, stroke, heart failure, and high blood pressure.” With numbers this alarming, Component Supply wants to continue to support research and development for heart disease. There’s good news: we already know that a regular exercise routine and balanced diet can reduce risks of heart disease! However, that might not always solve all the problems. So, during American Heart Month and continuing months, Component Supply, is offering special support to cardiovascular researchers through REAP – our Research Engagement and Awareness Program.

As the R&D resource, Component Supply has always believed that we are more than a supplier and fabricator of metal and plastic tubing and wire. We promote and support research every day by supplying quality, affordable components faster than anyone. But, in February 2022, if you are a researcher of heart disease, please reach out to us for opportunities to receive a discount on your standard or fabricated components in the month of February.

We look forward to working with cardiovascular researchers by providing materials to further their development. 

For more information about heart disease visit:

American Heart Association | To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives

Nylon Mesh Sterilization

At Component Supply, we frequently receive inquiries regarding the sterilization options for our nylon mesh products. Typically, they want to know which methods of sterilization are most effective between autoclave, gamma sterilization, and EtO.  

First, can you autoclave nylon mesh? To this question, we say, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” While we have had customers successfully autoclave nylon mesh, many more have attempted this process without success. The autoclave process speeds up the absorption of the water in the polyamide causing the material to either become brittle and break or gummy. The settings and the autoclave itself lead to varying degrees of success, or rather, failure.

Gamma sterilization of nylon 6/6 doesn’t perform well either. From our experience, you will see a decrease in the melting point, causing the material to become brittle, which can result in cracking. Additionally, the fiber surface can become rough, which can affect filtering in some application. These changes also do not happen at the time of sterilization but can continue over time after irradiation.

That brings us to our last sterilization method, which is EtO. To our knowledge, EtO is the best sterilization method for nylon 6/6 because materials sterilized with this method are not exposed to excessive heat, moisture or radiation as seen with other sterilization methods.  

For more information about the suitability of nylon mesh for your application, please visit our website or contact us directly at parts@componentsupplycompany.com.

Component Supply Expands Burr-Free Cutting Capacity

As the economy continues to reopen and production ramps up in the medical device industry, Component Supply has quadrupled its burr-fee cutting capacity for hypodermic tubing and stainless steel wire. Adding equipment and skilled personnel allows Component Supply to cut more material to tight length tolerances while keeping the lead times short.

“We were starting to see more and more requests for medium to large volume tubing and wire cutting, so we wanted to be prepared for those new requests while still providing the same level of speed and quality to our current customers,” said Kristin Livesay, vice president of sales and marketing.

While burr-free cutting of stainless steel tubing and wire has been a core business for Component Supply since its inception in 2009, the need for larger volumes and faster lead times has increased over the past year. Length tolerances range from +/- 0.002” to +/- 0.005” and the average lead time is one week.

The mission of Component Supply is to be a resource to researchers and product designers by connecting them with the components and knowledge they need to change the world. While research and development has always been a priority to the company, this added capacity will enable Component Supply to bridge the gap between R&D and production.

Component Supply Increases Production of Hypodermic Needle Fabrication as Coronavirus Vaccine Production Ramps Up

As the United States braces for the manufacture of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccines by early 2021, Component Supply is increasing its resources to support both the diagnostics for the coronavirus as well as the production of the vaccine by increasing capacity for needles and nozzles.

In an interview with JAMA editor Howard Bauchner in early June, Dr. Anthony Fauci director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the mass production of coronavirus vaccines will proceed FDA approval so they can be distributing as soon as approval is extended.

“We’re going to start manufacturing doses of the vaccines way before we even know that the vaccine works,” Fauci said. “We may know whether it’s efficacious or not by maybe November, December. Which means that by that time, we hopefully would have close to 100 million doses. And by the beginning of 2021, we hope to have a couple of hundred million doses.”

Component Supply is prepared to supply hypodermic tubing products at increased quantities as testing and vaccination production increases in the US.

“We have been following the development of testing and vaccination research of coronavirus and have already partnered with pharmaceutical companies who are developing the testing resources,” said Component Supply president Mark Maffett. “We are prepared to keep up with the demand for hypodermic needles for as long as it is needed.”

At the end of 2019, prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Component Supply quadrupled its burr-fee cutting capacity for hypodermic tubing and wire. In the first quarter of 2020, Component Supply also tripled its needle production capacity.

“Burr-free cutting of hypodermic tubing has always been a core business for us,” Kristin Livesay, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said. “But the need for larger volumes and faster lead times was already increasing at the end of 2019, even before the pandemic hit, so we were already headed in the right direction to meet production quantity demands.”

The mission of Component Supply is to be a resource to researchers and product designers by connecting them with the components and knowledge they need to change the world. While research and development has always been a priority to the company, this added capacity will enable Component Supply to support early production of diagnostic testing equipment.  

Micron Size For Fruit Fly Larvae

At Component Supply, we receive questions every day about recommendations for mesh opening sizes for a multitude of applications. Whether your separating larvae or blood samples, understanding mesh specifications and micron sizes is helpful in making sure your tests run smoothly.

The University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department published a paper on one of its “featured creatures” – the Drosohpila suzukii or more commonly known as spotted-wing drosophila, which is a species of fruit flies. Researchers working with species such as this need to understand what mesh filtration screening size they need in order to work with their specimen. While there are variations within the Drosohpila genus, general information is available to help researchers determine a mesh size they need depending on what stage in the life cycle they are working with. For quick reference purposes, the adult Drosohpila suzukii ranges from 3,000 to 4,000 microns. First instar larvae are around 70 microns and mature larvae can grow up to 6,000 microns. The pupae are between 2,000 and 3,000 microns long. Keep in mind that these are length measurements and not equivalent to what size mesh will either keep them in or out (depending on the application or requirement). Estimations will need to be made for each specific tests. However, Component Supply suggests ~1,000 micron mesh for adults and more developed larvae, ~ 400 micron mesh for pupae and ~40 micron mesh for earlier larvae. Because each test is different, we recommend trying several sizes to determine the mesh size needed for each individual test or application. That’s why we offer as little as a 1/4 yard length of mesh for purchase to researchers and product designers. To read more about the spotted-wing drosophila, click on the link below:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/fruit/flies/drosophila_suzukii.htm