Universal Plastics Corp., in a cooperative venture with East-man Kodak Scientific Imaging Division, is producing a sequencing device to help medical researchers chart and identify strands of DNA. Universal, a Chicopee, Mass., thermoformer, is producing the DNA sequencer in a new, 5,000-square-foot, dust-free addition to its plant, said sales department spokesman Jonathan P. Bader.
Bader said Kodak, based in Rochester, N.Y., produces the X-ray film used to capture the images of DNA strands, but soon will be replacing the film system with digital imaging capability.
Bader declined to disclose the number of machines called for under the one-year contract with Kodak, or the contract's total value, which he termed ``significant.'' He said the major components of the sequencer are two tanks made of machined acrylic that contain electrolyte buffers. The sequencer's dimensions are roughly 18 inches by 24 inches.
Accumed adding four new machines
Accumed Technologies Inc. has increased its ultrasonic welding capacities by installing four devices for its Velcro molding and manufacturing operations.
The $3.5 million Buffalo, N.Y., designer and maker of medical safety textile products employs 60 in Buffalo and 30 in a new facility in Reynosa, Mexico.
Joseph DiMaria, Accumed's manufacturing manager, said the four new machines will be used to make headgear for a sleep apnea product for a Kansas client. Another product is a head harness for an emergency breathing device for airline employees, DiMaria said. Product manufacturing runs can reach as high as 50,000 units a week, DiMaria said.
Another division distributes patented Velcro products for that Manchester, N.H., company.