we rapidly approach our 5th anniversary in business,
I am continuously amazed at the growing number of customers
that are using our products and the "challenges" they
present to us in the way of new and unique applications.
It is through the creativity of our customers that we
are able to continuously increase our knowledge and capabilities.
In addition to a full line of standard parts, we also
custom engineer sintered porous metal solutions to meet
the challenges of many unique applications. Two of these
are highlighted in this issue: Suros Surgical's titanium
marker and ERL's high-performance nozzle filter.
proud as I am of our first 5 years of success and the
work and dedication of the employees of APT, I also
realize that it is time to re-evaluate ourselves and
make some improvements that will help guarantee that
our successes. As you will read in this issue, we have
already embarked on a project to do just that. All of
the people of APT are excited about this project and
look forward to better serving all of our customers well
into the future.
you have a unique application that you feel we can assist
you with, please visit us at our
- Mar. 3. Or, as always, you can contact us at 860-408-9793.
Our engineers are ready for the challenge!
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28 - Mar. 3, 2005
Orange County Convention Center
Small Sintered Titanium Marker Makes A Big Difference in Lives of Women with
Surgical Systems, Inc. of Indianapolis was looking for a new,
way to improve their breast biopsy system,
they went in the direction of expanding options to offer a complete
biopsy solution to physicians and patients. Suros, a medical device
manufacturer specializing in minimally invasive tissue excision
and biopsy within multiple surgical areas, developed a titanium
biopsy site marker that complemented its widely adopted ATEC® breast
biopsy system. A marker is placed at the biopsy site following
a procedure to clearly identify where the biopsy was completed
and is used as a visual reference point for future screenings.
image of the breast showing clear visibility of
marker after deployment. Overlay of
marker in the ATEC® biopsy needle.
Porous was able to manufacture for Suros a biocompatible, implant-grade
titanium marker to Suros's strict specifications.
Titanium was chosen because it provides permanent visibility
under X-ray, MRI and ultrasound imaging. For this project, porosity
density requirements were not based on typical filtration performance,
but instead on the combination of the material's biocompatibility
and its interaction with the different imaging modalities. APT
to incorporate alternative testing methods to better describe
the critical properties and re-certify the materials for use
in an implantable device.
|The titanium biopsy site marker is small and porous,
making it easy for the physician to deploy to the biopsy
area and see it under any imaging system at a later
price were major factors when Suros selected APT as its vendor,
the most important to
Suros’s engineers were looking for a company to react
quickly. To Suros, 'react quickly' meant that they needed a
not only deliver the product quickly, but also provide quotes,
changes and respond promptly. According to Mike Hoffa, Director
of Engineering for Suros, Applied Porous easily met that challenge
and made the entire process work smoothly. "Suros moves
said. "Applied Porous moves just as fast."
Porous is currently supporting several projects that integrate
porous metal media into medical devices. "Over the past
few years, we have seen a steady increase in the use of porous
in medical applications due, in part, to APT's continued
efforts to develop unique micro-sized porous discs, cups
as well as welded assemblies," states Ed Swiniarski,
President, Applied Porous Technologies.
APT welcomes new,
innovative customers like Suros. Together
with these customers, we will work to expand our capabilities
and produce unique porous metal media and assemblies, providing
our customers with a continuing supply of new design tools.
Customer: ERL Ltd.
ERL Ltd. is
an English company that manufactures a small atomizing nozzle
for water injection systems that are used in internal combustion
engines. This "Aquamist" nozzle
was designed to supply atomized water, at various flow rates and
droplet sizes, into high-performance engines such as those found
in Ford, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Seat, Hyundai and Skoda World Rally
Championship and Formula 1 racing cars. Its primary functions are
to provide high-speed, in-cylinder cooling and to reduce the onset
of detonation under extreme temperatures and pressures.
|A: 4-nozzle spraybar provides external air/air intercooler
cooling on the move. B: One single,
internal nozzle supplies in-cylinder cooling for the
highly stressed engine.
to introduce a new "low flow" nozzle in
2004, ERL first looked for an inline filter to prevent clogging.
However, because of the complications of coupling an external
inline filter at high line pressure, they decided that it would
to use an internal filter. Although a convex disc filter was
first choice, it was not practical, due to the dimensional irregularity
and limited space within the nozzle cavity.
metal seemed to be the ideal solution for this application. This
material could be manufactured to tight tolerances
and could meet the requirements of today's CNC-produced mating
parts. In speaking to a number of porous metal manufacturers,
ERL found APT to be the most responsive. We quickly supplied
in-depth engineering information and suggested specific answers
to their needs.
with this customer to develop a small filter cup that could be
incorporated into the existing fittings
design changes. All contact during the product development
stage was coordinated
by APT's Dr. Christian Wegner through Applied Porous Technologies,
Europe/Asia AB, our European Office in Sweden. Richard Lamb,
ERL's Chief Engineer, says, "Excellent engineering support
during the testing stage enabled us to arrive at the final
in less than 10 weeks – a valuable asset indeed."
the design was complete, APT began to supply production
quantities. ERL reports that this nozzle filter has met all
has been field-tested over the past six months on a wide
range of temperatures and media, and it has performed flawlessly.
final unit price was a nice surprise," Richard Lamb adds. "APT
will always be our first choice for sure."
at APT would like to help make your next project involving a
a "success story," as
we have done with ERL Ltd. and Suros Surgical Systems,
Inc. Please contact us with your requirements
and let us show you what we can do.
In March, 2005,
Applied Porous Technologies, Inc. will be celebrating the 5th anniversary
of our business. These past five years have
been both fast-paced and exciting. We are proud to say that we
have enjoyed significant growth every year since our inception.
We would like to thank all of our customers, both new and those
that have been with us from the beginning, for their business and
As we make
plans for the next 5 years, we must first look internally to
be certain we have the proper systems
in place to support our
present and future growth. We realize that some areas of our
business have not kept up with the fast pace of our growth, and
to place a priority on correcting those areas in order to move
ahead. In particular, we recognize a significant
need to improve our method for quoting lead times, as well
as our on-time delivery performance. We know that these issues
to our customers, and we are determined to strengthen our processes
so that we can meet your needs on all future orders.
next year, we will be dedicating significant resources to restructuring
our internal systems to better serve the needs
of our customers. We have already made changes and additions
to our personnel to provide more resources to our manufacturing
project management teams. In addition, we will be upgrading
our data systems and software so that we will have better
real-time information on open orders and deliveries. Finally,
along with our partner, Acceleron, Inc., and with the help
of an outside
consulting firm, we have embarked on a mission to implement
a 5S program throughout our company. Our employees have fully
this program and are working hard to build a better Applied
Porous Technologies, Inc.
All of us
at Applied Porous Technologies, Inc. wish to thank you in advance
for your support as we implement
We look forward to continuing our relationship
with each of you long into the future.
Spotlight: Manuel Cardoso, Manufacturing Engineer
Porous Technologies, Inc. is pleased to welcome Manny Cardoso
to our team. Manny
holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
from the University of New Haven. He has worked in a variety
of engineering capacities for companies such as The Ensign-Bickford
Company, Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky Aircraft. Through
these positions, Manny has gained valuable experience in designing
and managing manufacturing process improvements, as well as
manufacturing systems. Manny is multilingual and speaks Portuguese
and Spanish. He is also an avid soccer player and coaches a
team of youth players in his home town.
forward to Manny playing
a key role in our Manufacturing Process Improvement Projects.
Year of Our European/Asian Sales Office Exceeds Expectations
European/Asian sales office, headed by Dr. Christian Wegner,
has been very successful during the first 10 months
of its existence. Sales topped our expectations, and many
new customers in different geographical areas were served,
most often from the inventory stocked at our European office.
We currently service customers in many different industries,
including pharmaceutical, medical, petrochemical/oil, science,
laboratory, food, automotive, paper, aviation and military.
the past year, we have steadily increased our inventories,
with the goal of handling most requests for standard
items within one business day. Turnaround times have
to an average of just 4 days, and we are working to do
even better. For 2005, we plan to double our inventory
us to answer many of our customers' needs within the
same day of receiving an order. In addition to a wide
of filter discs in different materials, filter cups,
solvent filters and flow restrictors, we stock a variety
rods, filter tubes and other products used by many different
manufacturing industries on a regular basis.
are looking forward to the launching of several new and
products this year, and plans are underway
a more complete catalog of standard products. Most
importantly, we are making arrangements to meet with
and Asian customers at a number of industry trade shows.
though we may not be exhibiting, we will be attending
shows that are related to our industries and will make
available to meet with our customers in person. If
you would like to meet with us during one of these shows,
or at your
facility, please do not hesitate to contact us. We
be happy to be of service to you.
Contact information for Europe office:
Applied Porous Technologies Europe/Asia AB
Attn. Dr. Christian Wegner
Källåsvägen 27, SE 42835 Kållered,
Tel: +46-31-795 32 90 • Fax: +46-31-795 32 91