What are your lead times?
Lead times are dependent on a few factors. From the time we receive CAD files, it typically takes 7-10 days to get a layout together for final approval. We will do an initial evaluation of the instrument set and determine the complexity of the project. Some projects will take longer and others will be less time consuming depending on the number and intricacy of the instruments.
Once we have design approval, prototypes usually are completed within 3-5 weeks. The variation depends on whether we use our standardized, deep-drawn aluminum base or if we have to design using folded sheet metal or aluminum. Ongoing production is estimated at 4 to 6 weeks.
Having a clear direction, good CAD data up front, as few “surprises” as possible, and schedules working out on the back and forth required for incremental approvals will all help minimize lead times. The more organized we both can be from the start, the shorter the lead time.
What do you need to get a project started?
The most efficient path to a completed project is starting with clear direction from the client and having the entire set of CAD models from which to complete layouts. We usually have clients download all CAD files via DropBox or upload files via BaseCamp; whichever the client prefers. We will do an initial evaluation of the instrument or implant set and have a preliminary consultation to provide insight, direction, and to discuss any items that need client input.
Once this is completed, we will provide an initial layout for approval. Depending on the complexity, most clients elect to move forward with full production and bypass prototyping due to the attention to detail of our engineering work that goes into the initial design.
What about graphics?
ContainMed offers full graphic capabilities from simple black & white outlines to full color images and photographs of instruments, implants, and logos. We also provide QR coding for inventory control of individual items such as screws and implants. The graphics available for your project depends on the type of case. Deep image anodizing is available for most custom cases while screen printing is the only option with our standardized bases and lids. Either process looks very professional and clean. Laser printing is usually reserved for engraving of lot codes and part numbers.
Graphics are a very important part of any new project as vent holes are usually removed to accommodate images. The removal of these vent holes needs to occur before any validation or 510k submission as the vent-to-volume ratio will be negatively impacted and could jeopardize the approval process. We recommend incorporating graphics early on in the process to accurately represent the eventual vent-to-volume ratio of the final delivery package.
For photographs of instruments, we utilize a proprietary, in-house process. For logos and other graphics, we accept all file types; however, the best formats include any scalable vector file. Most clients send high-resolution .pdf files, .eps, .tiff, .jpeg, or .ai files.
What are ContainMed’s credentials?
- ContainMed has a broad 510k clearance: k071783
- ConatinMed is 13485:2003 and 9001:2008 Certified
- ContainMed owns the following patents:
7,341,148 - VersaPod™ Tray system
7,717,264 – Modular Rail System
7,861,860 – Original Modular Design
8,162,138 – Screw Caddy
8,267,246 – Silicone Pegs
8,272,508 – Silicone Sandwich