Medical Device Cleaning and Passivating Equipment with a Cleanroom Space Constraint
Cleanroom Cleaning Equipment Background
Large medical device manufacturers have outsourced much of their manufacturing to contract manufacturers for a long time. It’s always exciting to see small businesses succeed and grow. But sometimes business growth can lead to growing pains. Such was the case with a growing medical device manufacturer in Minneapolis recently. Parts manufactured are medical device needles, cannula and other small, tight aspect ratio stainless steel instruments.
Customer demand was up, production was hitting record levels and the company was growing. New manufacturing processes and lines were needed to keep up with demand – including a new medical device cleaning and passivating line. In their clean room….In their already tightly packed clean room.
Sure, an additional clean room could be built – or the current clean room expanded. But customer turn around time and cost both argued for another approach. Enter the E992 Automated Parts Washing and Passivation System.
How This Automatic Parts Washer is Different
Unlike every other parts washing and passivating system on the market, the E992 moves the solution not the parts. By moving the solutions and not the parts, only the processing tank is in the clean room and all four of the fluid storage tanks (alkaline wash, acid passivation and two DI rinse tanks) sit in the storage area next door to the clean room.
In a typical parts cleaning system, each stage requires a separate tank – one for washing, one for rinsing, etc. The same is true with passivating lines.