About Cadence, Inc.

Cadence, Inc...

Cadence, Inc. manufactures the critical elements of the most complex minimally invasive surgical devices in the world.  We do this in ways that help them perform better and improve patient outcomes.

Our partners choose us for:

Critical components - with a focus on the “business end” of the device.  This is where the real surgical work gets done.
Complex sub-assemblies - leading the market in precision joining technologies, such as laser welding and overmolding.
Complete devices - providing full service, including clean room assembly, packaging, and sterilization.

Cadence creates new-to-the-world manufacturing technologies to make complex MIS tools the world has never seen. This is Outcome-based Manufacturing™.

In addition to expertise in medical devices, Cadence also provides:

  • precision products for the Life Science market under the Cadence Science® brand
  • high performance Specialty Blades under the Endurium® and Optima® brands

Expanding capabilities

  • Cutting Edge Technology Focus (grinding, machining, electro-chemical, sharpening, etc.) - Cutting edge geometries
  • Point Technology Focus (electro-chemical, machining, grinding, pointing, etc.) - Point geometries
  • Micro Manufacturing Focus (laser, edm, sharpening etc.)
  • Micro Measurement Lab
  • Cut Force & Penetration Testing
  • Sharpness measurement
  • Value Added Complex Sub-assemblies
  • Rapid Prototyping (1 week delivery)
  • Precision Machining
  • Custom Packaging
  • Final Assembly of Finished Medical Devices

New Technologies Include:

  • Nitinol Shape Setting
    • Nitonol tube and nitonol wire custom forming and shape setting
    • “Superelastic” nitinol components and sub-assmblies
    • “Shape memory” nitinol components and sub-assmblies
    • Convection furnace and fluidized bath processing
  • Micro Machining for the Smallest Requirements - Latest technology has:
    • Positional Accuracy of +/- 0.00004" (+/- 1 micron)
    • Built in System 3R workholding
    • Automatic Tool Change and Measurement Process
  • Swiss Machining - Latest technology has:
    • dual channel CNC control for overlap machining on the main and sub spindles simultaneously
    • 8-Axes Simultaneous Control
    • Magazine Bar Feeder and High Pressure Coolant
  • Next Generation CNC Laser Welding Capability - pulsed rod laser with 150 watts of power - featuring a wide variety of innovations and unique technological characteristics, including:
    • Micro-weld technology - uses smallest weld spot diameters for finest applications
    • Dual beam technology - the capability to weld on opposite sides of a part at the same time
    • Double-closed loop power control - Pulse to pulse stability of less than 1% yields better joints and less variation part-to-part
    • 5-axis control for the most complex laser-welding requirements
    • Cleanroom laser welding, if needed
  • New Insert Molding Capability - 60 ton presses with two station rotary tables configuration that are optimized for the manual or automated insert molding of sharps
  • Extreme Profile Grinder for Cylindrical and Point Grinding
  • New Wire EDM and Laser-Marking Capability
  • CNC Programmable Forming Capability
  • Completion of a leading-edge IncisionLab™ to aid in cutting edge and pointed tip qualification and new process development
  • An Edge Enhancement and Pointing Process optimized to more precisely de-burr certain types of cutting edge and point configurations
  • Environmentally friendly, citric acid passivation processing for use on most stainless steels
  • Custom tube sharpening machinery
  • Two US Patents for a novel blade sharpening method! This new technology is already in production and benefiting our customers.
  • State-of-the-art programmable video inspection systems to consistently measure blades at up to 480X magnification and resolution of .0001"mm
  • High precision CNC laser cutting machinery, allowing quick turnaround times for prototyping and low volume manufacturing runs
  • Certified ISO Class 8 (100,000) Cleanroom

Technology improvements continue to be at the forefront of Cadence's strategic plan, and the company is committed to continually seeking new methods of manufacturing to better serve the needs of the medical device OEM.

Our History

The business now known as Cadence, Inc. began in 1985 as Specialty Blades to address the needs of companies who required high performance, razor sharp custom-made cutting blades. Cadence is now headquartered in Staunton, VA with additional facilities in Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.

Cadence is ranked among the top life science companies providing outsourced manufacturing solutions for surgical devices and scientific applications. The Cadence reputation as the market expert for improving product performance comes from a commitment to using innovative fabrication technologies. Our proprietary “sharps” processing technologies enable Cadence to supply the most critical components and complex sub-assemblies for medical devices, scientific, and industrial applications.

From humble beginnings...

Specialty Blades developed a proprietary CNC sharpening process that featured precisely controlled, multiple step grinding and honing sequences similar to that used on razor blades, but optimized for maximum product flexibility. As one of the leading surgical manufacturers, the proven success in developing high performance cutting solutions spilled over into the sophisticated medical device market with the continued penetration of MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgery) techniques. The increasing need for smaller cutting components with razor sharp edges on unique materials created significant growth opportunities for Specialty Blades during the late 90's.

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To IncisionTech - A Cadence Company...

Recognizing the pressing need to serve the growing medical device market in new and unique ways, Specialty Blades created IncisionTech in 2005 with a new mission - To enable better patient outcomes through innovative incision technologies. As the Center Of Excellence for all incisional components, IncisionTech's core competence was providing expert solutions for surgical cutting, piercing, and delivery system applications.

In January 2008, Specialty Blades, Inc. and its medical device division IncisionTech completed the acquisition of Popper and Sons, Inc.. The acquisition of Popper, a leading specialty needle and metal tubing manufacturing company, made the combined company one of the leading contract surgical manufacturers of cutting and piercing devices for the medical device industry.  It also paved the way for the creation of the Cadence Science division that was focused on lab and analytical science applications, such as fluid delivery.

"This acquisition supports our strategy of focusing the value we bring to medical device companies on improving devices through functional expertise. While we now have one of the broadest arrays of manufacturing capabilities, our unique value proposition lies in our ability to work with OEMs to enhance the performance of their instrumentation, leading to better outcomes for patients" said President and CEO Peter Harris. "From laser cutting and welding to CNC sharpening to EDM to tubing fabrication to electrochemistry, we believe we are the only tier one device manufacturer with such focused functional device expertise, differentiating us from other contract manufacturing generalists." 

In January of 2011, the three divisions of Cadence (Cadence Science, Incision Tech and Specialty Blades) were combined to create a truly unique partner for the healthcare and life science markets.