Clean room assembly facility capacity increased by 100 per cent
Arrow Medical has commissioned a new additional clean room at Kington, Herefordshire, to increase capacity by 100 percent and to extend clean room assembly space to 2,500 sq ft. This new facility, valued at more than £100,000, will support production of medical devices destined for use in cardiology, orthopaedics and ear, nose and throat surgery.
Initially the clean room, installed by Felcon CDI, will be used for assembly of laryngeal masks, and other components and sub-assemblies for the medical device industry, including products destined for and ear, nose and throat surgery.
“This is a key step in our development plan to provide a high quality integrated production facility, so that we provide the medical equipment and biomedical device industry with a complete production service, right from pre-production trials to volume manufacture and logistics support, to serve world markets” said Arrow Medical managing director John Johnson.
The new facilities feature the latest design to maintain Class 10,000 ISO 7 (J) standards throughout, with associated double door positive outflow loading and unloading bays, and staff facilities. The new clean room will be integrated with other facilities at Kington, which include silicone moulding, radio frequency welding, and other assembly processes, such as heat welding and gluing.
CEO of Medilink West Midlands, Tony Davis officially opened the new Arrow Medical facility on 3rd May. “One of Medilink’s key tasks,” he said, “is to encourage the development of the medical device industry. This investment by Arrow adds more high quality manufacturing capacity to support West Midlands medical innovators and entrepreneurs, and helps established medical device businesses produce reliable products to world standards, and to become more competitive.”
The new clean room includes down flow assembly stations, as well as open assembly tables with automated glue dispensing, laser engineering, and other assembly facilities. It has been designed to incorporate silicone moulding, and other discrete production technologies to meet specific customer requirements. This will allow Arrow Medical to assemble a variety of advanced devices, including combinations of optics, and precision engineered metal and polymer components.
The new clean room covers the final assembly phase of Arrow Medical’s production line, and includes secure packaging facilities, so that products leaving the complex go directly to gamma or ETO sterilisation facilities before delivery to clinical customers.
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