Contract manufacturing solutions for life science
The United States life science industry is predicted to grow at 8% annually, reaching $427.78 billion by 2027, according to Market Research Future. Axenics supplies critical components to the manufacturers of patient diagnostics and performs contract manufacturing for other life science companies as well.
Several factors contribute to this projected industry growth, including an upsurge in research and design for biotechnology companies, pharmaceuticals, research facilities and laboratories. With this growth, many companies turn to contract manufacturers like Axenics to provide production equipment. We’ve manufactured anesthesia units for medical testing and gas panels and gas boxes for imaging systems among other components and assemblies.
Our in-house experts help companies develop solutions – such as when to use thermoplastics or metals – that will guarantee a long-lasting, reliable product. When it comes to contract manufacturing for life sciences companies, some of the top services we provide include:
Producing diagnostic equipment for life science companies often includes the need for tiny weldments on process piping. Systems that use gases and chemicals for process control solutions are often made up of stainless steel. TIG welding results in the permanent fusing of two pieces of metal. For Axenics’ life science customers, that is generally performed with stainless steel because of its corrosion-resistance and its ability to maintain its structure even after long-term exposure to different temperature environments.
Transportation systems for gases and chemicals must be free from contaminants while operating at the optimum level to ensure safe, reliable dispensing. That’s why Axenics’ team of welders is consistently acquiring skills for welding smaller, cleaner and with the utmost precision.
Some thermoplastics are more chemically resistant than metals. Depending on the chemicals that will travel through your process piping, we may recommend plastic manifolds. Manifolds offer a simple solution for transporting caustic gases safely and reliably. Manifolds provide an ongoing supply of gas and/or chemicals in various medical diagnostic equipment productions. High-performance thermoplastic manifolds are used in:
- Lab accessories
- Patient monitoring devices
- Diagnostic instruments
Benefits of thermoplastic manifolds:
- They offer the benefit of better insulation than many metal manifolds
- Plastic manifolds resist thermal degradation and maintain a high operating strength and rigidity in high temperatures
- There’s minimal out-gassing (gas release within solid material) under vacuum, which helps maintain a sterile environment
- Plastic manifolds have a strong plasma resistance that reduces the chance of corrosion
- Plastic manifolds also have a strong resistance to acids, alkalis, greases and solvents, hydrogen peroxide, de-mineralized water and hot steam
Gas manifolds consist of a condensed transportation system designed for chemical filtration and mixing. We use vacuum coupling seal connections to eliminate potential leaks. The part count is often lower when using a gas manifold system, making the functionality more reliable for a long time. The design of gas manifolds also provides easy access for repairs, if needed.
Axenics watches the changing technology in life science manufacturing, which is why we’re constantly training on advanced techniques to ensure our customers receive optimal-performing components and complete delivery systems.
Plastic pipe welding
Precision plastic pipe welding is used to produce robust control, monitoring or purification systems that meet the exact project requirements. We utilize plastics such as polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, and our pipe-to-pipe weldments can be produced at a miniscule measurement.
Our technicians also weld polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a low-friction plastic that is easily formable and boasts great resistance to chemicals. It works well in varying temperature environments, making it the ideal solution for delivery systems within the field of life sciences.
Specialty gas panels and boxes
Gas boxes, aka gas cabinets, are developed and tested at Axenics to provide the different tiers of life sciences manufacturing with process control solutions that utilize a durable, clean and reliable delivery system.
Based on your goals, our team can develop a gas system to offer you better control over output, rate and pressure. Customers appreciate our end-to-end solution of gas systems designed, engineered, assembled and tested by our team of experts. It’s ready for installation upon arrival.
One more thing to keep in mind, when we manufacture components and entire systems for the life sciences industry, we understand it is crucial to ensure that all systems are free of oils and contaminates. That’s why we perform many jobs in our Class 100 cleanroom. High-purity and defect-free are two of the top characteristics of our work for life science manufacturing.