Feb. 15, 2017
 
Banner Sees Healthy Medical Market

Banner Medical, the business unit of Banner Service Corp., Carol Stream, Ill., is up and running at a new facility the company built in Warsaw, Ind. Banner Service Corp., a long-time supplier of precision ground bar products, expanded its medical products division last August to include the new 43,000-square-foot Indiana processing center.

Banner Medical launched its medical business unit in 2008, but outgrew its facility in the Chicago suburbs. Today, it stocks over one million pounds of medical grade stainless, titanium, cobalt chrome and other exotic materials, which it supplies to makers of implantable medical devices and surgical instruments. It claims key supplier relationships with over 260 medical device OEMs, contract manufacturers and precision machine shops serving the orthopedic, spine, trauma, patient mobility and dental industries.

Banner Medical’s services include precision straightening, turning, grinding, polishing, end conditioning, water-jet cutting and machining of bar, plate and sheet. It also offers ultrasonic testing and full material traceability back to the melt source. Ultrasonic testing ensures there are no surface or subsurface defects that could cause a problem down the road, especially in implantable devices such as artificial hips or rods used to repair broken bones.

Banner Medical is ISO 13485 certified and brings specialized expertise to this very demanding field. “We went through a process that validates we do not change any of the chemical or physical properties of the metal when we process it, and that is really important. The material we supply is of the highest quality for medical-grade products,” says Dave Simak, Banner Medical marketing manager.

By offering a local presence and quick delivery, Banner Medical helps customers lower their inventory levels, shorten lead times and reduce the supply chain’s complexity, he adds. “We want to help customers improve their internal manufacturing efficiencies by supplying a part that is near-net shape, so it can come right out of the box and into a machining center for its final operation.”

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