07591716 cites 5 patents.

A notch-locating fixture for forming notches at predetermined locations along a needle wire used in a surgical suturing apparatus includes a base having at least one semi-circular recess shaped and dimensioned for receiving the needle wire. The fixture also includes a cover member including at least one aligned slot formed therein in a manner providing a grinding wheel with access to needle wire held between the base and the cover member. The fixture further includes a securing structure selectively coupling the base to the cover member.

Title
Producing notch feature in small diameter steel alloy needle wire
Application Number
11/445469
Publication Number
7591716 (B2)
Application Date
June 2, 2006
Publication Date
September 22, 2009
Inventor
Terry A McFarland
Burlington
KY, US
Kenneth V Moran
Loveland
OH, US
William A Crawford
Cincinnati
OH, US
Agent
Welsh & Flaxman
Assignee
Ethicon Endo Surgery
OH, US
IPC
B24B 41/06
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