Taking the Pain Out of Medical Device Testing

Thursday, March 10, 2016

With the testing of medical devices and packaging, accuracy and repeatability can make the difference between life and death. Chatillon CS Series digital force testers from AMETEK STC can make that testing process reliable and completely painless.

Take syringes, for example. Needle penetration force, plunger force and syringe fluid extrusion force are a few of the key parameters that need to be measured to make certain patients receive the right amount of medication in a safe, reliable and accurate manner. For catheters, stents, sutures, wound dressings, sealants, heart valves and other medical devices, testing helps ensure that those devices perform as designed and the design is correct right down to the packaging.

CS Series force testers are an excellent choice when accuracy, repeatability and documentation of results are important. They make testing easy and offer a low-cost alternative when advanced material testing functionality is not required. CS Series force testers are versatile with a wide choice of adaptors, couplings, grips and compression fixtures available to accomplish practically every conceivable force testing task at hand.

Painless, Digital Testing
CS Series force testers are able to perform most commonly used medical industry tests from basic static force testing to multistage testing, cyclic testing and more at a fraction of the cost of an advanced materials force tester. CS Series testers feature a large working area of up to 180 mm that allows the operator to not only test the medical device but its packaging as well.

Ease of Use with One-Click Operation
The CS Series is available in two load capacities with the CS225 for testing up to 1 kN (225 lbf) and the CS1100 for testing up to 5 kN (1100 lbf). Both testers provide operators with an intuitive, easy-to-use touch screen console. The user interface makes performing tensile testing, compression testing, shear testing, flexural testing or advanced multi-stage testing that conforms to ISO or ASTM testing procedures a breeze.

The robust, splash-proof IP65 touch screen console is simple to operate and offers tabular and graphical results along with embedded SPC. Most-used tests can be displayed on the start-up screen for immediate testing. One-click operation offers quick access to favorite tests as well as test results. Data can be displayed or easily exported to Excel or OLE2 formats.

Plug & Play
The CS Series is a self-contained, fully operational system that requires no personal computer, propriety software or knowledge of programming language to operate. For improved security, the CS Series force testers feature two levels of user access, which can be password protected.

Chatillon – Measuring Up to Your Standards
Chatillon is a brand of AMETEK STC, which offers a comprehensive range of force testing and materials testing equipment for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, packaging, food, plastic and rubber.  

AMETEK STC is among the world’s leading developers and manufacturers of materials testing equipment. Its high-quality products are manufactured at its plant in Largo, USA.

Medical device testing with the CS Series force tester