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Healthcare products are goods or services used to improve, maintain or prevent the deterioration of health or ease the consequences of illness. Healthcare products include a wide range of goods, from hospital clothing, over plasters, wound care products and diagnostic devices. These products must be clean and contamination-free, which is achieved with strictly regulated healthcare equipment.

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Flexible web converting system for healthcare products

Flexible web converting system for healthcare products

The market for web-based goods moves fast and may outpace the manuf…

Modular assembly line for healthcare products

Modular assembly line for healthcare products

Assembly setups need to be constantly rethought and reconfigured to adapt qui…

Side Load Case Packer For Facial Tissues

Side Load Case Packer For Facial Tissues

When packing facial tissue boxes into large cases at high speeds, adjustable infeed…

Facial Tissue Box Cartoning Machine

Facial Tissue Box Cartoning Machine

Tissues come in various formats, such as men’s sizes, family boxes, or travel tissue pa…

Hygienic Cartoning Machine For Pharma and Health Products

Hygienic Cartoning Machine For Pharma and Health Products

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Which healthcare product equipment do you need?

As healthcare products entail a wide range of goods, the production processes vary considerably depending on the product type. However, they all undergo strict regulations regarding sterility; therefore healthcare equipment such as steam and air mixture sterilization autoclaves as well as GMP autoclaves, is crucial in healthcare products production.

Furthermore, the products must be safely packaged. Appropriate machinery includes automatic medical forming and sealing blister machines for packaging goods such as capsules and tablets. Although production processes vary depending on what you are making, one of the most common processes used in medical device production is injection molding, which is suitable for various materials.

Plasters and wound-care products: production of wound dressings

Skin surface wounds of various severities must be treated with wound care products such as plasters and other wound dressings. Most band-aids consist of an absorbent pad covered by woven fabric, plastic, or latex rubber as an adhesive. The production starts with a thin coat of glue being applied on one surface of the fabric and heated to roughly 49°C. The fabric is cut into varying sizes, put into a large roll, and sealed with a small cushion pad.

Other types of wound care products include modern wound dressings that come in the shapes of passive dressings made of synthetic polymers or active dressings that come in the shapes of foams, hydrogels, etc. Another modern wound dressing is bioactive dressings made from biomaterials which influence the healing process due to collagen as it initiates fibroblast formation and accelerates endothelial migration upon contact with wound tissue.

Liquid healthcare products: eyedrops, eardrops, ampules and vials

Eyedrops and eardrops are liquid medical products that are applied directly onto organs to treat inflammations, infections, and diseases. The formulation starts with preparing a solution that contains preservatives, antioxidants, stabilizers, and other required ingredients, which is then clarified and sterilized. Due to the direct contact with organs, the crucial step in manufacturing ear and eyedrops is using purified and sterile water, as well as modifying viscosity and pH. Ampules and vials, on the other hand, are plastic or glass containers for liquid medicine. Therefore, specialized ampule making equipment should be made from high-quality stainless steel because the contents must avoid contamination.

The production of both products necessitates specialized liquid filler machines, such as aseptic vial filling equipment, to ensure safety and quality as it removes harmful pyrogens, strict sterilizing processes, and labeling machines. Sterilization is essential as any microbial contamination could result in disease transmission. Finally, using fully or semi-automatic inspection machines with image sensors and magnifying cameras guarantees the outright safety of the finished product.

The delicate process of packing and cartoning healthcare products

When packing vials, ampoules or medical devices into boxes, it is necessary to handle them carefully to prevent breaking. Furthermore, cartoning machines must be sterile and hygienic to prevent cross-contamination. The cartoning control is ensured by a robot-supported automated process to ensure complete control, reliability, and low rejection rates. The healthcare product is unloaded onto the device to the conveyor belt, and the microcomputer will transmit the command to the suction cup to unload the box. Once the box is opened and stabilized, the push rod places the product into the box. Both the product and carton must be handled carefully to prevent damage to delicate materials. Finally, the box is closed by the mechanism using hot melt.

Quality and regulations of healthcare products

Although standards for healthcare products can vary from country to country, WHO works to develop globally standard norms and guidelines for quality, safety, and efficacy. At the regional level, WHO supports countries in building regulation systems that promote certain standards. For instance, FDA’s regulations for healthcare products entail informative labeling, reports of device-related injuries, having the manufacturing business registered with the FDA, and ensuring that the device is effective and finished. In the EU, standard rules are provided for conducting clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of healthcare products under controlled conditions. The authorization is based on three key criteria: quality, safety and efficacy.

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