Presentation on theme: "Team 10, Catheter Wash System Problem TERUMO® Medical Corporation, manufactures medical catheters for use in arteries and veins These catheters must be."— Presentation transcript:
Team 10, Catheter Wash System Problem TERUMO® Medical Corporation, manufactures medical catheters for use in arteries and veins These catheters must be cleaned to remove foreign matter and contaminants accumulated during the manufacturing process, before packaging Current cleaning process, requires a trained operator Benefits of a solution would be higher throughput, improved product quality and ergonomic improvements After benchmarking we found no commercially available devices to perform all the required tasks. Wants/ Constraints Lure Lock Fittings ISO 594 to hold catheters Inner surface rinsed for 5 sec with AK-225 Outer surface cleaned with AK-225 Operator Safety AK-225 reclaimed and recirculated Teflon tubing for transporting solvent Solvent Level Indicators Catheters undamaged (minimum bending) Ease of Use/Speed of Use Low Matianance, Automated Device Low Cost Small device footprint Jon Blyer, Jim Moore, Dan Muhlenforth, Gwen Thorson Advisor: Dr. James Glancey Sponsors: Deborah Grohol, Bill Gregory Preliminary Design Verification We were uncertain the submerged pressure washing system would work. This system was verified by designing a single catheter washer that utilizes the concept. The results of the cleaning method was evaluated with respect to Terumo’s standards. Machined Fixture with 104 cm Catheter Pressure Vessel Preliminary Design Verification Methods/Results Method: Prior to cleaning, a thin layer of silicon is applied to the catheter surface. After cleaning, a coating is applied to the tip of the catheter. The coating will not stick to any silicon residue not removed by cleaning.Catheters are then dipped in a red dye that will stick to the coating. Therefore, non dyed spots (green spots) on the catheter are undesirable. From these tests it was determined that the cleaning method is viable. Further testing is necessary to determine best operating conditions Pressure Duration Air/Solvent Mixture Trial 1A: Good ResultTrial 5: Bad Result Proposed Concepts Vertical Rotating Washer: catheters are rotated as scrubbers clamp and move the length of the catheters. Vertical Non-Rotating Washer: a pair of perpendicular scrubbers move the length of the catheters. Power Washer: a manifold of high pressure nozzles move the length of the catheters. Submerged Pressure Washer: catheters are placed in tubes and solvent flows past them. Catheters Scrubbers Upper Manifold Lower Manifold Catheters Proof of Concept Prototype Opening large enough so that maximum deflection is not reached Repetitive motion of cleaning the lengths of the catheters by hand, is eliminated from this process Design verification shows that cleaning method will allow final coating to stick Solvent contained and recycled with minimal losses. Automated controls to adjust the cleaning process More consistent cleaning method for any operator Less training necessary Higher throughput overall Operational Procedures 1.Load catheters into the designated lure lock positions when the “load” light is illuminated. 2.Close upper manifold via pneumatic cylinder until the “Closed” light is illuminated 3.Clasp the latches, pinching the upper and lower manifolds together 4. Press the “Start” button 5.The valves controlling the air into the Pressure Pot and the pressure relief in Catch Tank are energized (opened) 6.After 5 seconds, a valve is energized sending AK-225 to the upper and lower manifolds. Simultaneously, the valve which sends air to the lower manifold is energized producing a mixing effect on the exterior of the catheter. 7. After 15 seconds, the valve controlling the AK-225 is de-energized and the valve which sends air to the upper manifold is energized. 8. After 5 seconds, the valves delivering air to the manifolds and Pressure Pot are de- energized. Also the pressure relief valve in Catch Tank is de-energized. Simultaneously, the valves allowing air into the Catch Tank, the pressure relief valve on the Pressure Pot, and the valve allowing AK-225 to transfer from the Catch Tank to the Pressure Pot are energized. 9.After 20 seconds, all the open valves are de-energized and “Finish” light is illuminated. 10. The operator can now remove the latches and raise the pneumatic cylinder until the “Remove Catheter” light is illuminated. 11. After every 50 washes, the “Check AK” light would be illuminated at this point 12.When this happens, the AK-225 fluid level is checked and add as needed. Press the “Reset” button and continue cleaning. Metrics/ Target Values Minimize the amount of defection of the catheter tip with respect to the luer lock fitting. In order to determine a maximum value for this, a catheter was held horizontal and the amount of natural deflection was determined to be 20 inches. The primary goal of this process is to clean the catheter so that the final coating will stick properly; thus the target value is 100% of coating sticking Produce an ergonomic improvement for the operators by reducing repetitive motion In order to have an economically viable solution the throughput must be greater then or equal to what can be produced by hand. Minimize loss of the AK-225, solvent by reclaiming and recirculating it because it is very expensive. Internal Wash External Wash Enclosure Solvent Delivery Solvent Recovery Actuator Control System Chosen Concept Upper Manifold delivers AK-225 and air to inside of catheters through luer lock Lower Manifold delivers AK-225 and air to the outside of the catheters A Pressure Pot delivers AK- 225 and air to the manifolds A PLC controls the system of eight valves involved in AK- 225 delivery and recovery, and includes several indicator lights Pneumatic Cylinder moves the upper manifold for catheter installation and seals cleaning chamber Stainless steel tubes enclose the length of the catheter during the cleaning process The Catch Tank is a pressure vessel that collects the AK-225 as it finishes cleaning and returns it to the start Front of Prototype Back of Prototype
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