BFM-500-S Flexible Process Interface

Software innovations to make better medical balloons

BFM-500-S Flexible Process Interface

Recently, 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

New : Flexible Stent Crimping Platform CR-240-FSCP

Medical Production Technology Europe BV has recently added another stent crimping machine to its portfolio. This CR-240-FSCP machine has been developed to function as a Flexible Stent Crimping Platform with a 240 mm long stent crimping unit.

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.

 

If you like to have more information on this latest development please contact us as info@mpteurope.com

MER & MPT : Time to go separate ways

Dear and valued customer,

After more than a decade of pleasant and successful collaboration, Medical Production Technology Europe BV will no longer be represented by the Medical Engineering Resources sales group.

Founded in 2005, these days MPT has an extensive range of capabilities and solutions on stent and catheter production.

The company has grown to a highly professional company and has a broadly skilled team, operating in a fully equipped facility, using efficient production methods, automation and a solid quality assurance & control system.

To take the next step in the company’s growth and evolution, from June 15th 2018 onwards all sales activities will be handled internally by the MPT team.

Jurgen de Vries
CEO
Medical Production Technology Europe BV

New Balloon Forming Equipment Presented

MPT Europe BV (based in Leek, the Netherlands) is proud to present its most recent designs for the Medical Industry in the form of a new Balloon Forming Machine (BFM-500-S) and a new Parison Stretching Machine with Split Die Technology (PSM-400-SD).

Both machines are built according to the MPT high level of quality standards and have been developed listening closely to customers experiences. The designs incorporate innovations that increase capacity and allow for more control on the processes to produce better products.

The BFM-500-S Balloon Forming Machine

The machine is first in a range of balloon forming machines that is being developed by MPT Europe BV and has full servo control on the proximal and distal axis. This allows for precise and fast stretching of the parisons during the balloon blowing process. The axis have force control and individual loadcell systems allowing forces to be monitored and used as control parameters during the process.

BFM-500-S-Balloon Forming Machine

Innovation on heating systems provide a much faster and even heating of the parison materials, allowing for shorter cycle times, thus increasing production capacity.

For the first time ever a balloon machine is available were you can control the pressure drop during the balloon blowing process. This Active Pressure Drop Control (APDC) provides a significant control handle to the blowing process and allows for more optimization of your balloons.

A high impact design optimazion step has been made in the process control software with the Flexible Process Interface (FPI).

This FPI allows for a virtual limitless process control. Every process cycle you desire or will desire in the future can easily be composed by yourselves. Furthermore the revolutionar but simple way of representing the process ensures you always know what is happening , what is going to happen and why it is happening. Additional software tools are available for developing processes off-line on your desktop computer.

The machine has full data logging capabilities and is receipe controlled. Barcode scanners can be utilized.

The high quality built ensures repeatability in the process parameters and guarantees a long lifespan of the machine combined with a low cost of ownership.

The PSM-400-SD Parison Stretching Machine

Parison stretching is an integral part of balloon forming. So MPT Europe BV has put its innovative design capability to built and design the perfect parison stretching machine.

The PSM-400-SD is the result of this design effort and provides a parison die stretching machine that has innovations to give optimal stretching results without some of the drawbacks of the current available machines.

The machine is full servo controlled and can strech parison materials with forces upto 500N. A accurate and easy to control sensor system allows for a well defined secondary stretch and thus repeatable parisons. All parameters are recipe controlled.

Parison Stretching Machine PSM-400-S

To round it all off the machine is of very high built quality and combined with the MPT Europe BV general design philosophy the PSM-400-SD is the perfect solution for your parison forming demands.

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Friday Fun in the Toolroom at MPT Europe BV

At MPT Europe BV we built the machines we design for the medical industry completely in house. For that we have an well equipped toolroom available with CNC machines for milling (Haas), turning, grinding (Jung)  and wire-EDM (Sodick).

We always try to optimize production to be able to shorten lead times and produce better products. This video shows the use of the latest types of tools with one of our mills. A little Friday afternoon experiment that proved the tools were perfectly suited for our use!

NEW : Solution for Self-Expandable DES Stent Crimping

When crimping Drug Eluting Stents (DES) there could be an issue with cross contamination. Drug particles from the first stent get onto the second stent. The dose is no longer known or guaranteed. Also, drugs can build up in the system over time and suddenly and unknowingly be transferred to a single stent somewhere in a batch. Stent crimping machines can get polluted with toxic drugs. However used, the machines require extensive cleaning between batches or even between every single product. Time consuming processes that are hard to validate. To solve this issue, foil based systems have been developed.

The issues however remained for Self-Expandable stents as they have a very different requirement to the system with regard to the transfer from crimper head to the delivery system. Until now, the systems that have been available could not cope with self-expandable stents.

MPT Europe BV has further developed their existing foil protected crimping solutions for DES and made it possible to utilize the foil based system with DES products. Due to the unique Four Foil Shielding System and the extremely stable crimp head design, the solution that MPT is now offering allows for crimping and loading Self-Expandable Stents using foil protection!

The systems can be made based on a variety of head lengths (standard sizes are 80 mm and 160 mm) and they all use the MPT-developed Compact Head Technology with an extremely stiff servo controlled crimper head.

The 12 micron foils are routed through the heads and have servo controlled indexing and tensioning. During the crimping process, the foils have very little relative motion to the stent – preventing unwanted drug loss by scraping. The foils are extremely stable and smooth and make sure the stents can be pushed from the crimper head into the delivery system at low forces. After every stent the foils are indexed and the used surfaces are wound onto two waste roller systems – capturing any lost drugs safely between the foils and ensuring a clean working surface for every single stent.

For more information on how this technology can improve your products and production process – call or email our sales team!

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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.

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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.

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