Genesis Plastics Welding — which is doubling its manufacturing capacity through a $2.5 million expansion of its plant in Fortville, Ind. — has been awarded a contract to manufacture a disposable vinyl urine collection and monitoring bag.
The iBag, developed by Future Path Medical Holding LLC in Concord, Ohio, combines a low-cost fluid sensor with an optional thermistor-based catheter to provide wireless urine monitoring and communications.
Future Path Medical said the iBag — which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in July — will contribute to reduced urine spills and backup in the patient. The iBag's monitoring system also can provide an early warning of an increase in bladder temperature, which can be an early indicator for infections.
Genisis is a contract manufacturer that specializes in radio-frequency welding of thermoplastic products for the medical, military, automotive, marine and consumer products industries.
The company's plastics welding technology, ecoGenesis, eliminates the need for expensive heat-seal additives and allows for substitution of lower-cost raw materials.
Tom Ryder, president and CEO of Genesis Plastics, said the company's 50,000-square-foot expansion is scheduled to be completed by early next year. In addition to doubling capacity, it will increase efficiency and material flow, he said.
Genesis welds items such as surgical instrument covers, medical-device inflatable components, oxygen hoods, compression therapy and deep-vein- thrombosis, or DVT, sleeves, and drainage bags.