Medicine Industries

Device Manufacturing Medical

Dry ice blast cleaning has helped medical industry manufacturers meet stringent industry process demands for quality and consistency. The systems enable manufacturers to optimize their process by cleaning contaminants from cavities, vents and hard-to-reach places. This is done without the use of chemicals, eliminating chemical residue on the mold. Dry ice is also approved by the EPA, FDA and USDA as an acceptable material in cleaning methods.

Dry ice blast cleaning is a non-abrasive system that can extend the life of the mold by eliminating the need for harsh chemicals, wire brushes and abrasive pads. From catheter tips, surgical device handles, surgical instrument trays, or stents, to cleaning the clamping devices used during the fabrication process, dry ice has a solution. When it comes to product finishing, dry ice systems can be used to deburr or deflash medical products manually or can be integrated into the manufacturing process.

Today’s medical device manufacturers are well-familiar with micromolding of precision (high-tolerance) parts – and all the problems associated with it. From the production of catheter tips to surgical device handles to surgical stents, clean manufacturing equipment is paramount.

Keeping micro-cavities in production molds clean (as well as cleaning the small, deep, complex geometry of micro tools) is a critical concern when manufacturing very high tolerance medical device parts. In addition, cleaning the clamping devices (used during the fabrication process) and removing parting line flash (deflashing) or material burrs (deburring) from final products are equally significant manufacturing issues.

Unlike micro-sandblasting (a common technique used for removing buildup from clamps holding parts in place during manufacture) dry ice blast cleaning does not damage or destroy the clamps – eliminating high tooling replacement costs. Dry ice blast cleaning also requires no secondary waste cleanup from grit media or solvent use, and dry ice blasting systems generally eliminate the need to disassemble tooling during cleaning. All of these savings contribute to not only reduced cleaning costs, but also decreased overall downtime and reduced product scrap rates.

Precision dry ice blast cleaning is the perfect way to improve your medical device manufacturing processes.

Cleaning with Dry Ice Blasting in the Medical Device Manufacturing Industry Will:

  • Improve product quality
  • Provide process and product consistency
  • Help meet contract specifications
  • Reduce downtime
  • Increase productivity
  • Be non-abrasive
  • Eliminate water and secondary waste
  • Clean in-place, no disassembly required
  • Provide an environmentally responsible clean
  • Simplify operation

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