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Commodity plastics are versatile materials appropriate for a breadth of applications. However, specialty or complex injection molded parts like those required for medical, fire, and safety industries may contain requirements that mainstream polymers can’t fulfill, such as chemical resistance, fire retardant properties and mechanical grade strength.
Critical-use medical devices are essential in the performance of important and often life-saving tasks. As such, they often boast complicated designs and functionality that require the expertise of a complex injection molder to produce. However, that’s only part of the equation.
Manufacturers of medical devices and other medical applications often turn to a complex injection molder for help correcting defects in their engineered plastic components. At Kaysun, we actively seek to prevent defects before they even occur by using a design for manufacturability (DfM) approach that incorporates a comprehensive mold flow analysis and extensive plastics engineering experience to identify any potential issues in the design phase and determine the best strategy to produce defect-free parts.
The success of a medical component project, like any other, depends on accurate communication of needs and expectations, especially in injection molding design. Engineers responsible for executing the project carefully review any initial designs submitted by the customer or potential customer, looking for specific elements that could help or hinder the medical component production.
Medical device performance is inextricably linked to the characteristics of the plastics used. Enhanced properties such as strength, flexibility, transparency, biocompatibility, and temperature and chemical resistance ensure patient safety. They are also mandated by the stringent regulations and classifications of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).
Critical-use medical device manufacturers are faced with keeping pace with technological advancements and earning market share while simultaneously producing extremely precise and reliable medical products. Meeting all these challenges is a tall order, and utilizing the scientific molding process can help.
Advancements in the medical community are happening rapidly. Devices are coming to the market that address a wider range of patient issues and, in some cases, designed to work autonomously to assist staff in treatment. The intricacies of these medical advancements demand that the injection-molded plastic components they use perform with precision.
Evaluating a complex injection molder for the manufacture of critical-use medical device components isn’t narrowly defined by ISO 13485 certifications or clean room capabilities. It extends to all aspects of the potential partnership, from an injection molder’s plastics and engineering expertise to their readiness to work with and learn from you in order to achieve optimal outcomes.
The Internet of Things (IoT) – everyday objects having network connectivity for sending and receiving data – is being adopted by a number of industries, including healthcare.