News - Medical Production Technology Europe

MPT Europe BV at Compamed November 13th to 16th 2017 hall 8B-K09

Medical Production Technology Europe BV will be present at the Compamed / Medica show this year in Dusseldorf Germany.

You can find us in hall 8B at booth K09 were we will be exhibiting our CR-150 stentcrimping machine for self expandable stents. We also will bring our PTF-120 automatic balloon pleating and folding machine to the show as well as a BT-N thermal bonding system.

Please come by to dicuss your exact needs. At the same time you can have coffee and a look at these high quality production machines and we can talk about how these machines can help you in your production environment. Or how we can modify and adjust them to fit your exact requirements.

New Balloon Pleat & Fold Machine added to the PTF series machines : PTF-240-M

 

 

PTF-240-M Balloon Pleat and Fold Machine with manual product transfer action and dual inflation/deflation

 

Medical Production Technology Europe BV today presents the PTF-240-M Balloon Pleat & Fold machine. This machine has a 240 mm long servo-pneumatic pleating unit and a 240 mm long servo controlled fold unit with force and position control. The pleaters can be quickly exchanged (typical exchange time for this design-series is 10 seconds) and the machine can accommodate 3,4,5 or 6 fold pleaters. The pleaters and zero-gap fold head can optionally be heated to 85C max.

The PTF-240-M has manual product handling. The product is positioned and moved between the pleat and fold position by the operator. The machine has two inflation/deflation ports allowing for a secondary process either in between the pleat and fold step or after the fold step, without using too much production time. The PTF-240-M is an addition to the earlier presented fully automated systems (PTF-120) and the systems with product tensioning (PTF-240-T)

As with all the Medical Production Technology Europe BV machines this new Balloon Peat & Fold machine is built with a very high quality standard and is easy to use and maintain.

PTF-240-T Balloon pleat & fold machine with pre-tensioning system

Medical Production Technology Europe today presented the PTF-240-T machine.

This automatic pleat and fold machine has been developed for long balloon products (upto 220 mm balloons can be processed). The machine has internal tensioning systems to keep the product tensioned while the balloons are pleated and folded. Doing this ensures the inner bodies are not caught in the pleater heads during the pleating action. And super crisp pleats are the result!

The machine has quick interchangeable pleater heads (typically pleaters are changed in 10 seconds) and a servo controlled folding head. The machine can be equipped with 3,4,5 or 6 pleat pleaterheads.

Medical Production Technology at the Galway racecourse

Medical Production Technology Europe BV will be present at the Medical Technology Ireland exhibition at the Galway Racecourse September 27th and 28th 2017.

We will have the new PTF-120 balloon pleating and folding machine on display. This fully automated balloon pleating and folding machine has some interesting innovations. It allows swapping balloon pleating heads in as little as 10 seconds! Allowing fast changeover over balloon product types and number of folds.

Please stop by at our booth (18C) to have a look for yourselves!

Improving Customer Product Quality through Innovative Technology

We recently delivered a CR-150 Stent Crimping Machine to one of our customers. Their product is a self-expanding nitinol stent with a very fragile outer layer. One of the system requirements is that this outer layer may not be damaged while being loaded into the delivery system.

The CR-150 Stent Crimping Machine is equipped with MPT Europe’s stent crimping head design: a zero gap design that is unique in its stiffness and rigidity. It also incorporates a low friction, high wear resistant coating that ensures minimal drag on the stent surfaces.

Testing has shown the friction in the crimping head to be equal to or lower as the friction in the delivery systems that were used. This ensures that stents are loaded without damaging the fragile outer layer.

Customer testing during the Acceptance Stage of the CR-150 machine illustrated that the forces required to place the stent in the delivery system were significantly lower as the forces of their current machines (which were not built by MPT Europe).

Additionally, it became evident that the deployment forces of the stents were greatly impacted by the new stent crimping machine. The deployment forces were reduced to half or even one third of the original deployment forces, and they were now well below the maximum allowable values.

These aspects prove the superior friction reduction and dimensional stability of MPT Europe’s Crimping Head. By using the new CR-150 machine, the customer’s product quality improved significantly.

Thanks to the lower forces the stent are subjected to the amount of rejects significantly dropped. Finally, as a result of automatic stent loading, single stroke crimping action, and proper machine ergonomics the processing time was also significantly reduced.

The new CR-150 machine opens the door to new product developments and enables customers to design and manufacture products that they could not previously handle.

 

CR-150 Stent Crimper Medical Production Technology Europe

Local high school participates in Shell Eco Marathon

Yesterday we were present at the revealing of the eco-car to participate in the Shell Eco Marathon in Le Mans. The car has been designed and build by a team from our local high school 5 VWO class from RSG de Borgen in Leek.

They will try and make as many miles possible on 1 liter of compressed natural gas. We wish them a good race and congratulate them with their team effort in building the car.

We were happy to be able to be a small sponsor of this effort. We really want to stimulate students to go and discover technology is great fun. And we need young people to engage technology. No better way to do that by projects like the above.

Off course also the environmental aspect of the race is important. We at MPT Europe also try to minimize our footprint by working with easy to recycle materials (80% of our materials are aluminum) and we generate approx. 70% of our own energy requirements by solar energy panels on our building.

10 fold Balloon Pleater with insert rig for large balloons

10 Fold manual pleater for large balloon folding project

For a large balloon folding project we recently developed a 10 fold pleater. The pleater head opens upto 50 mm opening diameter. The length of this specific pleater was 160 mm and it was designed to make a 10 fold pre-shaped fold.

After discussing the product and talking to the customer on what he exactly needed we came up with a few custom specific modifications.

To aid in the introduction of the product in the pleater we suggested the use of a separate insertion rig that was placed in front of the pleater.

Due to the customer wanting to perform a special production step on the product we decided he would be better of with a pleater that did not have any handling restrictions at the front of the pleater. So we designed it to be like that.

We always design and build on customer order and are able to accommodate your specific needs and wishes in the design. Please contact us to see how we can help with your production challenges!

10 fold Balloon Pleater with insert rig for large balloons

Stent crimping machine

Stent crimping technology

Stent crimping machine for self expandable stents

The latest models of  stent crimping machines developed by MPT Europe BV (based in Leek, the Netherlands) use Compact Head Technology (CHT). With the use of this CHT the stent crimping heads are more stiff then ever. Resulting in an even better diameter control. For self expandable stent applications the stiffness of the head is one of the factors that determines the required pushing forces to get the nitinol stent in it’s delivery system.

The crimping head blades are coated with the special high-wear low-friction coating. The heads have a  unique self-supporting 8 blade zero gap design. That, together with the coatings, causes the stent friction to be very low. Tests show the friction in the crimping head to be comparable to the friction of the nitinol stent in the delivery systems. This results in lower axial forces and lower risks of buckling and damage to the nitinol stent. And that ensures a more reliable assembly process!

The stent crimping machine automatically calibrates to diameter. It also automatically compensates for loading force. These features save a lot of valuable time in the calibration process.

The heads fully close and can optionally be made with heated and/or cooled blades.  Depending on the requirements you can buy the systems with pneumatic or servo controlled (+/- 0.01 mm) heads. The heads can be made in lengths up to 300 mm length.

The heads have by design very little relative motion to the product. That feature helps crimping stents without damaging the surfaces and has proven to be superior to other stent crimping machines.

Foil protected balloon pleating and folding for DEB products

Foil protected balloon pleating and folding

The demands of the FDA regarding DEB (Drug Eluting Balloon) products is getting more and more stringent. To be able to produce DEB in the best way possible MPT Europe BV has developed foil protected balloon pleat and fold systems.

The drug eluting balloon folding systems are offered in manual versions (for the balloon pleating systems), semi-automated (for both balloon pleating and balloon folding)  and fully automated.

Protective foils guarantee a clean surface for every single balloon product being subjected to the process step. It prevents the cross-contamination of products. It also helps in getting more even dosing of the drug due to more repeatable behavior.

Very thin foils (12 micron) minimize the effect of the film thickness on the products. MPT Europe BV has designed a unique foil handling system.  During the foil protected balloon pleating and folding the foil has very little relative motion to the balloon products. This feature results in minimal scraping issues during the balloon pleat and balloon fold steps.

The routing of the foils in the folding head prevents scraping the drug coating from the surfaces when inserted in the pleating and folding heads.

For more information on how we can help you with your drug eluting balloon folding issues contact our sales representatives to discuss.

Medical Production Technology Europe builds equipment exactly to your needs and requirements. Why settle for standard if you can have your balloon pleating and folding solutions tailored to your needs.

Our Europe / Asia  sales contact is Tim Noppert

If you are a USA company please contact our local USA contact Paul Mazelin

Paul Mazelin sales

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