Disposable RFID expiration valve for intensive care ventilation
In times like these, each and every lifesaver plays a critical role. This one is one of a kind.
Each ventilation valve is subjected to a full mechanical, optical and pneumatic functional check using customer-specific testing equipment. The RFID components (antenna and transponder) of each valve are programmed with the current batch number (production order number) in the test device. This ensures that each valve is fully traceable in use and ready for immediate use at the hospital.
GPE carried out assembly, testing and packaging in a class 9 clean room according to DIN EN ISO 14644-1 and fully tested each assembly with regard to flow rate, seal and overpressure. In addition, GPE handled the complete quality documentation (DIN-ISO documentation) of the final product, from raw materials to country-specific labelling. The production technologies utilised comprised one- and two-component plastic injection moulding, liquid silicone injection moulding under class 8 clean room conditions according to DIN EN ISO 14644-1 with assembly and packaging in a class 9 clean room according to DIN EN ISO 14644-1.
Supplier management for all of the assembly’s components, right down to the packaging material, is fully handled by GPE. Sealing and packaging in PP foil pouches including label printing with LOT-No. and Data Matrix coding is carried out under clean room conditions. Complete documentation of incoming purchased parts and outgoing deliveries of saleable ventilation valves is stored for each batch by GPE using a CAQ system, including test certificates.
The Added Value
Due to the fractal structures in the assembly lines, it is possible to respond extremely quickly to order fluctuations. GPE was able to realise short-term demand increases of 100%, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In this context, GPE serves the customer as a full-service supplier and TIER ONE supplier.
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