and Company History
Medical Designs, LLC.
SMP’s client Medical
Designs, LLC received clearance from the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and announces their national marketing
launch of the FDA-approved SAMBA™ Screw System.
The SAMBA™ Screw System is for the minimally invasive
treatment of SI-Joint dysfunction.
The SAMBA™ Screw and associated
surgical instruments were developed for Medical Designs,
LLC by SMP Tech, Inc. under the direction of Dr. Wilson
Dr. Wilson Asfora, Medical
SMP Tech, Inc.
SMP Tech, Inc. offers a complete range
of engineering services including the design of robotic
DNA spotters, microfluidic devices, medical equipment,
automated machinery, test equipment and sophisticated
The complexities of most of our development
projects require expertise and capabilities in a vast
number of different, yet interrelated disciplines. To
address our clients' needs, we have established alliances
with a number of outstanding companies, such as Advanced
Machining Techniques, Adept Technology and the Technical
SMP Tech, Inc. is a founding member
of the Technical Alliance Bridge (TAB). The TAB Alliance
is a unique technical alliance allowing us to provide
top notch engineering support in a number of specialties
including: electrical engineering, industrial design,
CAD, software, dynamic analysis, digital hardware, analog
circuits, electro-optics, lasers, and specialized manufacturing
services. See the TAB website at:
Please give us a call and we would be
pleased to set up an appointment to talk to you about
your engineering development and manufacturing needs.
Ann Roberts, CFO, SMP Tech, Inc.
Ciphergen Biosystems - Fremont, California
introduced their new ProteinChip System Series 4000
for the rapid translation of SELDI biomarker discoveries
into assays. This new unit enables biomarker discovery,
purification, identification, and quantitative assays
through Ciphergen’s proprietary technology. The
Series 4000 represents a new generation of affordable
benchtop systems never available to biologists that
does not sacrifice sensitivity or quantitation capabilities.
SMP Tech, Inc. assisted in the enclosure
design and development to produce a cost effective housing
that met both the rigorous internal specifications set
by Ciphergen Biosystems and the stringent requirements
of their clients.
Detailed Finite Element Analyses were
performed by SMP Tech, Inc. to ensure that isolation
required for sensitive instrumentation was maintained
while mechanisms and pumps were operating.
Sartorius Stedim North America,
Controlled Freeze-Thaw Technology
Integrated Biosystems, Inc. (IBI) Aubagne, France
- the world's leading supplier of controlled freeze-thaw
technology to the biopharmaceutical industry, and STEDIM,
the world's leading designer and manufacturer of single-use,
sterile plastic bag systems today announced that two
new patents have been issued relating to the new Celsius
product line. Celsius, which is currently being launched
in the US and Europe, (by IBI) offers IBI's proprietary
controlled freeze-thaw technology in disposable containers.
SMP Tech, Inc. designed and built the
production version of the Celsius S3 Freeze-Thaw System.
Celsius S3 Freeze-Thaw System provides the capability
to model the IBI 100 liter system with as little as
15 ml of product. The Celsius S3 is used for simulation
in Scale Up, Scale Down and Stability studies. Sartorius
Stedim North America, Inc. purchased IBI and the products
are sold under the Sartorius Stedim North America, Inc.
Life Measurement, Inc.
Measurement, Inc. launched
PEA POD® Infant Body Composition System at the
Pediatric Academic Societies’ (PAS) Annual Meeting
held in San Francisco, California May 1 through May
The PEA POD provides vital information for optimal infant
growth and nutrition for infants. The system uses air
displacement plethysmography to assess body composition
in infants. The accurate assessment of infant body fat
and fat free mass provides important data to assist
in addressing several infant situations, including optimizing
individual nutritional and pharmacological requirements.
SMP Tech, Inc. was responsible for the industrial design
and packaging of the PEA POD system. The enclosure system
is composed of a combination of sheet metal and pressure
TOWA America Corporation
Technology, Inc. and TOWA America merged and are now
called TOWA America
Corporation. Though their name has changed, the
Towa-Intercon vision and direction as a corporation
remains the same. See the SBS 8000 Series Matrix Array
Sigulation System that SMP helped develop on the TOWA
The merger will allow Towa-Intercon
to combine resources and deliver a broader range of
products and services from one company. They now offer
world-leading solutions in the areas of molding and
die bonding to the North American and European markets
in addition to continuing to deliver a best in-class
solution for singulation throughout the world.
Our client, Affymetrix, starts taking
orders for human genome chip. Affymetrix says its human
genome array has gone on sale after years of research
and development. Called the "GeneChip human genome
U133 plus 2.0 Array," the device is said to offer
researchers the protein-coding content of the human
genome on a single commercially available catalog microarray.
The chip analyzes the expression level
of nearly 50,000 RNA transcripts and variants with 22
different probes per transcript. With about 1.3 million
probes on a chip the size of a human thumbnail, the
Human Plus Array represents a leap in array technology
data capacity, and further demonstrates the unique power
and potential of our technology to explore vast areas
of the genome.
Our client, MODcol, has been acquired
by W. R. Grace Separations Group and moved to Hesperia,
California on August 4, 2003
W. R. Grace & Co. subsidiary, The
Separations Group, has acquired MODcol Corporation,
a manufacturer of preparative chromatography columns
and provider of custom column packing services in Morgan
Hill, California. MODcol will be integrated into Grace’s
Silica Products Separations business at 17434 Mojave
Street, Hesperia, CA 92345.
MODcol produces its own HPLC preparative
columns, designs column-packing instruments, and resells
bulk media for customers to pack their own columns.
The company also provides column packing services. MODcol’s
expertise is in column packing technology: the company
has over 20 years experience of column packing technology,
holds a number of patents, and has developed numerous
packing protocols for a wide range of chromatographic
TOWA America Corporation
SMP Tech, Inc. is proud to announce
our involvement with Intercon during the development
of their newest product, the SBS - 8808 Matrix Array
Singulation System introduced at SEMICON 2003.
SMP Tech, Inc. was tasked to update
an existing product that offered a better user interface,
increased the throughput, all while reducing the overall
unit cost. We met this challenge by applying basic industrial
design and human factors along with engineering analysis
and design principles from the ground up. The frame
was completely redesigned to provide a stable structure
for higher operating speeds. It also incorporated several
features that previously required several separate parts.
In addition, input from assemblers, service technicians,
and customer service were integrated into the design
stage, which resulted in a system that meets the up
front technical requirements as well as the downstream
service and maintenance personnel.
The end result was a system where throughput
increased from 6,500 to over 10,000 units per hour,
material cost of the unit was cut in half, assembly
is measured in hours, not days, and service calls are
now dealt with by modular replacements instead of complete
April 1, 1990
Founded on April 1, 1990, by Ann Roberts
and Tom Roberts, SMP Tech, Inc.'s services include equipment
design, engineering analysis and preproduction services.
Our 26 years of engineering experience is available
to you on a project basis.
We appreciate your past patronage and
look forward to serving you in the years to come.
SMP Tech, Inc.'s Locations
9300 West Stockton Boulevard, Suite 210, Elk
Grove, CA 95758
6203 San Ignacio Avenue, Suite 110, San
Jose, CA 95119