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Selecting the Proper Type of Cleanroom Wiper to Improve Quality and Productivity in Medical Device Manufacturing

by | Apr 12, 2023

Manufacturing implantable medical devices require a high level of precision and cleanliness to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the devices. Quality and engineering staff at medical device manufacturing facilities recognize that particles constitute a significant source of rejects and rework. That’s why Foamtec’s cleanroom UltraSORB and CleanWIPE reticulated foam wipers are gaining popularity in the industry. This blog will discuss how these foam wipers can improve the quality and cost of manufacturing implantable medical devices.

Foamtec’s PolyCHECK particle identification process has helped over 100 medical device facilities identify cleanroom polyester and nonwoven Polycellulose and polypropylene wipers as the significant source of particles and fibers larger than 25 microns in size. Polyester and nonwoven wipers are marketed as lint-free, but they shed many fibers to the work surface due to their low abrasion resistance. These fibers can contaminate the manufacturing process and compromise the quality of medical devices.

Foamtec’s PolyCHECK Particle Identification System was able to identify cellulose and polyester fibers as contamination on a medical device. It was then identified to be the cleanroom’s cellulose and polyester wipes used to clean the device causing the contamination.

Foamtec’s foam wipers, on the other hand, have excellent particle entrapping properties and are abrasion-resistant due to their 12-sided open-pore interconnected cell structure. They can trap and hold particles as small as 0.2 microns, making them an ideal choice for cleanroom applications. Using Foamtec’s foam wipers, medical device manufacturers can significantly reduce the rework and rejects caused by particle contamination.

Through our facility audits we have found lint-free wipes such as cleanroom polycellulose and polyester wipes to be the largest source of FM.

Foamtec’s foam wipers can also save medical device manufacturers costs. The foam wipers’ high durability and particle entrapping properties allow them to be used for extended periods compared to polyester and nonwoven wipers. This means less frequent replacement of the wipers and reduced overall cost.

In addition, Foamtec’s foam wipers are compatible with various cleaning agents and disinfectants commonly used in cleanroom environments. This makes them a versatile and practical choice for medical device manufacturers.

In conclusion, Foamtec’s cleanroom UltraSORB and CleanWIPE reticulated foam wipers offer several benefits for medical device manufacturers. Their particle entrapping properties and abrasion resistance can significantly reduce rework and rejects, improving final product quality. Furthermore, their durability and compatibility with cleaning agents can result in cost savings for the manufacturer. With these advantages, it’s no wonder that Foamtec’s foam wipers are becoming popular for cleanroom applications in the medical device industry.

CleanWIPE Cleanroom Foam Wipes

UltraSORB Cleanroom Foam Wipes

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