Healthcare manufacturers use individual plastic components in single-use medical devices, as well as complex assemblies in different medical systems. Since the healthcare industry is heavily controlled, manufacturing processes must conform to numerous guidelines from regulatory agencies in the US and worldwide.
Materials & Processes
Engineered plastic resins are selected for physical properties, such as strength and resistance to chemicals, as well as cost and manufacturability. Medical applications involve molding processes, as well as multiple fabrication processes. Additionally, materials may be selected for biocompatibility and excluded when they involve plasticizers, such as phthalates.
Advanced molding processes are often used for cost effective production. Product identification and control makes use of in-mold decoration, pad printing and other techniques.
Assemblies can be delivered with different materials through multishot molding and overmolding. Components that require further assembly can be supplied with inserts and gasketing.
Certain medical applications require sub-micron filters, which can be molded into a supporting structure.
Silicons are often used in medical devices because of their very low solubility and ability to stand up to high temperatures and chemicals (such as PeO) used in sterilization processing.
Products for the healthcare industry require attention to both Quality Control and Cost Savings.
We offer a library of existing molds and tooling to produce luer caps, tethered luer, tethers and tether luer cap assemplies and other common fittings. In fact, we have many of these medical components in-stock.
Our years of experience with molding dynamics and shot control allow us to deliver consistent results, even with multi-cavity molds and long production runs.
When a medical device involves additional assembly stages, we can accommodate that work in our facility. That means an entire product can be produced from resin to finished goods under the same roof. We can provide plastic welding, fasteners, and we can control the supply chain for customer-specified components.
Many customers prefer to outsource assembly of specific components instead of developing their own production facility. This allows them to allocate capital and floor space to other operations, and lets them turn a fixed expense into a variable cost, saving inventory and purchasing costs.
How to Get the Best Results
Partner early in the development process. We can help select the best resin for product performance and manufacturability. In many cases, multishot molding and in-mold decorating can help control assembly costs and make for a better product.