The commissioning of a new MecWash MWX400 has led to ‘big wins’ for the quality team at Croom Precision Medical, the Co. Limerick-based manufacturer of medical implants and instruments.
Set up in 1984, the company is a FDA-registered contract manufacturer of orthopaedic implants, specialising in designing and manufacturing components for the medical device industry, and machining and handling precious metals for use in a sterile environment. Croom Precision Medical supplies precision components and high value consultancy services for medical applications, like orthopaedics, trauma and extremities, cardiovascular and vascular.
Croom, located in county Limerick, Ireland, has invested €8.6 million into its new production facilities, manufacturing Class I, II and III medical implants and instruments. Part of the investment went into a MecWash MWX400 to support the exacting cleanliness standards required of medical equipment, increasing decontamination levels, according to CEO Patrick Byrnes.
“In the manufacture of Class II and III medical implants here at Croom, we must raise the bar on qualification criteria to ensure that every implant is prepared for sterility. After all, everything we produce here ends up in a human body somewhere around the world,” he says.
“The MecWash system is utilised in our validated production process. The system has undergone full qualifications in installation, operation and process. These conditions test the process under ‘worst case cleaning conditions’ according to a set of parameters defined by our quality team.
“It’s imperative that our products for the medical industry are cleaned with the sophistication required. Everything in the machining process, all oils, contaminants, swarf, tissue papers; all of these elements must be removed in the cleaning process as the standards for medical equipment are so stringent,” he adds.
“Previously we used a series of single modular ultrasonic baths and we were limited by volume, pressure and power. The MecWash machine meets all of our requirements and more by giving a controlled, validated outcome on each processing cycle.
“This was a big win for our quality team where operator interference was completely removed. In addition, the system’s cycle time is a great deal faster, enabling our operations team to get more production through on a shift basis.”
Croom Precision’s investment also brings new advanced grinding machinery, CNC machining, finishing and inspection equipment to a factory floor being expanded by 30,000ft².
Mr Byrnes concludes: “In order to position ourselves for continued success on the global stage and attract new customers from the North American and European markets, we’ve made the necessary investments into new equipment for our manufacturing facility.”
John Pattison, managing director of MecWash, comments: “This application of the MWX400 is further proof of our credentials within the healthcare industry. We have a proud history of providing the immaculate cleaning standards required by the medical and precision engineering industries.”