Boddingtons to exhibit at Medical Technology Ireland 2019

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Leading injection moulder, Boddingtons, will bring its medical injection moulding expertise to the Medical Technology Ireland exhibition for the first time.

Boddingtons will offer turnkey medical moulding and manufacturing from concept through to shipping. Market demand sees the new Boddingtons Class 7 clean room – capable of making Class 1 and 2 medical devices  – already being extended. And Boddingtons is one of the first global injection moulders invited to now register for the new international MDSAP Medical QA standard.

Medical Technology Ireland will take place at Galway Racecourse on September 25-26, 2019. Over 200 suppliers to the industry will exhibit alongside an innovative conference programme.

Andy Tibbs, Boddingtons CEO, says that ‘Boddingtons is delighted to be taking part in this prestige event for the Irish medical industry. We shall put the full range of our manufacturing and medical services in the service of the Irish medical sector and thereby hope to do good business.’

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Chris Philpott, Business Development Manager and Andy Tibbs, CEO will be available to welcome visitors to the stand – Ground floor 82

Boddingtons enjoyed a successful experience at the UK’s Med-Tech exhibition, NEC Birmingham in May 2019. And November 18-21 sees the business exhibiting at the Medica Compamed exhibition, Düsseldorf, for the 3rd year in succession.

Since the launch of its £4.6m manufacturing facility in early 2017, Boddingtons has steadily expanded the scope and volume of its med-tech manufacturing services. The company is certified to ISO13485 and ISO9001 Quality Management Systems Requirements and is also compliant with FDA 21 CFR Part 820.

Andy Tibbs adds that ‘our aim at Boddingtons is to be nothing less than a world-class supplier of injection moulding competences to the global medical and healthcare sectors – from first concepts to final assembly and shipping and all manufacturing and injection moulding points in between. We invite all in the sector to partner with us for future growth.’

Boddingtons – PIA finalist for Industrial Design work on life-saving device.

Leading injection moulder, Boddingtons, has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Plastics Industry Awards (PIA) for its Industrial Design work with advanced diagnostics company Cytosystems.

Boddingtons played a key role in bringing the latter’s life-saving medical device to market – ensuring that the potential of new design was successfully realized in all manufacturing matters.

The full manufacturing skill set of Boddingtons was utilized in putting the various device components together – technical moulding, welding, assembly, and deployment of medical needles were all been factored into production.

The device functions as a point-of-care collection device for fast and fail-safe testing/screening of bladder cancer cells. Modestly sized and eminently portable the device is a relatively complex construction involving many mouldings, sharps (needles) and vacuum based technology.

The Cytosystems device is titled BladderLight™ and is currently being piloted and trialed within the NHS. Its eventual marketing scope is worldwide.

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Boddingtons took the original product ideas and designs and honed them working with an Industrial Designer – via CAD work and various testing systems – in order to enable the first prototype tooling for initial clinical trials.

A total of 38 parts for BladderLight™ needed to be assembled at Boddingtons. The assembly was complex and it included needle handling for which Health and Safety training and provision needed to be provided.

As well as its design-for-manufacturing services Boddingtons also designated certain BladderLight™ moulding areas within its Class 7 cleanroom environment.

Boddingtons also created dedicated assembly workstations involving welding, automated gluing, a UV curing process and leak detection.

The design and operation of the automated gluing station was particularly critical; in order to allow precise dosing in the assembly process and to ensure against the prospect of adhesives running into the precise and delicate flow path channels.

Parts of the BladderLight™ device use a specific volume of vacuum in operation. This vacuum is essential to the device’s functionality and limits the damage of cells for analysis. Specific testing to each needle vacuum therefore needed to be established, controlled and measured at Boddingtons in order to make sure that every BladderLight™ product was fully sealed, enabling the correct pull of fluid.

Polymers such as PP, HDPE and TPE’s – all medical grade materials – were developed and tested by Boddingtons in the production of BladderLight™ and the chosen polymer grades are now critical to the device’s future.

Boddingtons created a total of twelve injection moulding tools for BladderLight™; some of these more than single cavity, thus creating nearly twenty moulded parts for BladderLight™,

Chris Philpott, Business Development Manager, Boddingtons says that ‘we are delighted to be once more be selected as a PIA finalist for our Industrial Design work. In all modesty we doubt whether any other manufacturer could have carried our client over the finish line without the need for third party involvement.’

Chris adds that ‘the BladderLight™ is truly a good news story – for healthcare and for the benefits of plastics technology. We now have a new way of accelerating the detection of bladder cancer; thus pre-empting many deaths and also saving many millions of pounds in costly treatment further down the line.’

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