MPT Europe BV

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BT-NG with product carrier system

Today another version of our thermal bonder platform (BT-NG) is ready for shipment to the customer. This time prior to the thermal bonding process the components are positioned and clamped onto a special design carrier.

This allows precise positioning (with an additional camera system) off all the components that need to come together. Then it is simply placed onto the BT-NG machine and is bonded. While the operator can prepare, position and align the next product.

Having a stable and reliable production platform makes your life easier and your products better. With the BT-NG platform we offer the perfect solution.

Highland Fun(d) Raising

Running 154 km in 48 hours with 3100 vertical meters. With this sporting challenge, the Hoeksema brothers and their team want to collect € 8,000 for Spieren voor Spieren.

Spieren voor Spieren (Muscles for Muscles) has the mission to beat all muscle diseases in children. As much money as possible is collected with partners, with sports activities and events and with the efforts of top sports and child ambassadors. This money is spent on scientific research, rapid diagnosis, the best treatment and innovative care in, among others, the Spieren voor Spieren Kindercentrum at UMC Utrecht. 

The Highland Fun(d) Racing event has been devised for this. An ultimate running challenge through the Scottish Highlands.

Do you also want help to help them achieve their goal? Become a partner or sponsor just like us!

See their webpage www.trailrunchallenge.nl for more information and on how you can contribute to their challange!

 

New thermal bonder BT-NG

The BT-NG thermal bonder is the latest development in bonder technology developed by Medical Production Technology Europe BV

This machine incorporates all our bonding technology in an ergonomic and high quality machine. Providing you with the stability and reliability to develop a good process.

The new thermal bonder has a large number of features and (in the BT-NG-2 version) is capable of bonding two products simultaniously with weld individual temperature control.

It is fitted with our unique fast exchange die units with fully automatic plug in functionallity for the electrical and pneumatic connections. The dies are positioned using a stepper motor allowing for extremely easy alignment of the dies in respect to the product.

An onboard lightsource make sure the built in color cameras perfectly visualize the product you want to weld. The recipe controlled crosshairs can easiliy be manipulated on the 10″touchscreen and they can be set to a variaty of colors.

Optional axial compression modules can be mounted on either side of the die module.

AgieCharmille DRILL 20

Another capabiliy has been added to our toolroom with the AgieCharmille DRILL 20 EDM machine for hole drilling. This machine further streamlines our production by having the capability of drilling small deep holes. Allowing us to drill starting holes for our Sodick Wire EDM machine.

Flexible Stent Crimping Platform CR-240-FSCP

With this FSCP platform we have created a machine that enables the R&D engineers to develop an accurate stent crimping process and perform all sorts of stent crimping testing.

The base of the machine is the MPT Europe BV zero-gap stent crimping head. This reliable, stiff and accurate stent crimping head is servo controlled.

Furthermore the machine has two working platforms available at either side of the crimping head, that allow for user-specific modules. Pneumatic and digital IO are available on each platform. The platforms themselves have integrated loadcell systems to measure pulling and pushing forces accurately. All pneumatics can be controlled by easily accessible pressure and flow reducing valves.

All functions and motions are controlled with the unique Flexible Process Interface (FPI) interface. This FPI interface, that was originally developed for the MPT Europe BV Balloon Forming Machine BFM-500-S, has proven to be so good that it was requested to be utilized in more applications to provide ultimate flexibility in development of process cycles.

As always with the MPT Europe BV machines the level of quality is very high and designed to be low maintenance.

Software innovations to make better medical balloons

In 2018 Medical Production Technology Europe BV has introduced their BFM-500-S balloon forming machine. This machine has innovations helping the medical balloon manufacturers making better balloons, by allowing more process control with for example the Active Pressure Drop Control (APDC), as well as speed up the balloon forming process significantly, thus creating more balloons in a shorter time and be more economical.

The largest innovation however is found in the controlling software, and goes by the name of Flexible Process Interface (FPI).

This is an advanced control software interface, that was especially developed for this machine, to outperform existing machines on their control level, and create better products faster.

The old way……contraints and risks

Conventional balloon forming machines are programmed by the user by activating or deactivating certain programmed functions implemented by the machine manufacturer, and by changing the parameter values of these functions. The basic behavior of the conventional machines are pretty much pre-determined and hard-coded in the machines.

This makes that the user, the balloon forming expert, is constraint by the possibilities, thought of by the machine developer and software coder. Who do not necessarily fully understand all the requirements of the balloon forming process for any specific balloon design.

Changing the software of conventional machines to implement user wishes and additional user requirements is a risk. It can easily create software maintenance and version issues, and bugs can be introduced without knowing because of the unforeseen impact of changes to the software. Basically every such a change would require a full (and expensive) software validation. A secondary risk is the support required from the manufacturer to implement these changes. Sometimes it takes a while or resources are simply not available (any more).

The new approach……flexibility and process ownership

The FPI allows the users to have full control at process cycle level. Building blocks are made available to graphically drag and drop a process. Like one would do on a sheet of paper. With intuitive status indications and parameter entry.

This means the balloon forming process is fully owned by the balloon blowing expert. And the expert can decide what to do or not to do. But always in a safe manner without risk of physical harm to operators or the machine.

The FPI will always check the process for impossibilities and logical issues. All of the functions are guarded by the FPI and the program will simply not run when not safe or physically possible. Not leaving the user in the dark on the cause of not running, but clearly showing, with graphics and text, were a modification is required to get things going again.

Years of machine building and software coding experience have made it possible for Medical Production Technology Europe BV to develop the FPI. The feedback of the users so far make us proud of the result and we are convinced this is the way to program your balloon forming machine.

It is now up to you, create your perfect balloon.

For more information contact us at info@mpteurope.com

3D printing capability added

MPT Europe BV has a well-equipped toolroom with modern CNC machines. In this toolroom we fabricate all the parts used in the machines we design an built for the medical industry. Doing so gives us the high quality levels we desire, and enables us to quickly modify and change designs. And provides us with the possibility to provide excellent service having full control.

Amongst the available technologies are wire-EDM, CNC grinding , CNC milling and CNC turning and laser cutting and engraving (both CO2 and fiber).

Now we also have the possibility for 3D printing components as we invested in a 3D FDM printer (Ultimaker S5)  allowing us to print both prototype parts & functional parts from a large variety of materials.

We have started working with this new technology already for our prototype equipment, allowing us to have yet another way of making parts. Soon you might find 3D printed components integrated in your machine!

Is it a bird ? Is it a plane ? It’s FPI !

The production machines of today contain lots of software. At Medical Production Technology Europe BV we develop all this software ourselves. And have always done so.

Over time we have developed extensive libraries of code that are beeing (re)used in the machines we develop and build. Having these blocks of code readily available enables us to quickly construct bug free software for our new machines.

The thoroughly tested building blocks are selected and tied all together into the base structure for a new machine. We then tailor the software to your exact needs.

There are blocks allowing access over TeamViewer providing remote support to all our machines. Other blocks control the servo motions, regulate the temperatures and maintain the recipes.

A very innovative block we offer on our more advanced machines (balloon forming & stent crimping equipment) is the Flexible Process Interface (FPI). This block allows you to define your own process by tying the available process blocks together in any cycle you can imagen.

This new and innovative method of programming your production machine provides you with unlimited process cycle options. Only the physical impossible is safeguarded by the software. Your creativity in process definition is not restricted by the code. And it works as easy as writing a flowchart on a piece of paper!

And as a secondary benefit you are the sole process owner. Your ideas do not have to be shared to be able to realize them.

FPI gives you control. Now get creative!