News from Arrotek

Thanking Staff for Their Support and Hard Work During the COVID-19 Lockdown

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
As with many other companies, the past six months presented new challenges for Arrotek. With the threat of COVID-19 came a responsibility to help protect the health of our staff while also contributing to the national effort to slow the spread of infection. We had to do this while continuing to serve our customers and maintaining our business. Our ability to achieve these goals was in large part down to the backing of our staff. We found new ways to work together, often remotely, balancing the needs of the business with the health and welfare of each member of our...

Opening of a New Cleanroom in Our Sligo Medical Device Manufacturing Facility

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
Investing to deliver for our customers today and into the future has been central to the Arrotek approach from the very beginning. Our latest investment will soon go into full operation – a new cleanroom at our medical device design and manufacturing facility in Sligo. We moved to this new facility in 2019 to provide us with additional production capacity. It is a purpose-built facility that already includes two cleanrooms: A Class 7 (10,000) cleanroom which we use for assembly and packaging activities A Class 8 (100,000) cleanroom that we use for moulding operations This new investment has added a...

Pushing the Boundaries of Catheter Wall Thickness to Improve Patient Outcomes

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
Minimally invasive catheter technologies have been transforming patient treatments, care, and outcomes for decades. With new advances come new challenges and a desire to push the technology further. Today, this means developing catheter solutions capable of transporting new treatments and therapies that require a wider diameter to pass through without any increase in the overall width of the device. Other challenges include developing catheters thin enough to safely navigate very small vasculatures to access areas of the body that are delicate and challenging to reach, such as the brain and the lower leg. Therefore, new catheter solutions need to be...

New Machine Investment Enhances Our Capabilities to Manufacture Thin-Walled Catheters

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
At Arrotek, we constantly seek to improve our capabilities in the design and production of innovative medical device products. Our latest machine investment will enable us to manufacture thin-walled reinforced tubing-based catheters. This means catheters with walls less than 0.1mm thick. The new Rothgreaves 4000 Series Coil Winding Machine is now up and running in our medical device production facility in Sligo. It uses high-speed CNC servo motors and a precise linear actuator to wind coils, adding reinforcement to the catheter products we manufacture. It can manufacture coils in various lengths and pitches. Mark Pugh, Director at Arrotek said: “The...

Getting Started with Your Idea for a Medical Device

by Mark Pugh
You have an idea for a new medical device. What do you do now? What are the next steps you should take? Each medical device development project is different, but there are common steps regarded as best practices in the industry. You might have already gone through some of the points below, but this will give an overview of the first stages of the medical device design and development process. Ideation As you already have an idea for a new medical device, you are likely to be part of the way through this stage. It’s helpful to review what ideation...

Arrotek Exhibiting at Virtual MedtecLIVE

by Arrotek
Update: Arrotek Technical Sales Manager Ronan Scott will be giving at talk at Virtual MedtecLIVE 2020 on the 6 Step Design Process for Medical Development. Get a ticket and find out more. This year's MedtecLIVE event is going virtual, and Arrotek will be there as an exhibitor. MedtecLIVE is an annual event that brings together all parts of the medical device industry. Last year, there were over 400 exhibitors with over 4,500 MedTech industry and medical industry professionals in attendance. With the COVID-19 emergency, however, this year's MedtecLIVE event in Germany had to be cancelled. There will still be a...

Virtual Bingo – Just One of the Ways Arrotek Has Adapted to the COVID-19 Lockdown

by Arrotek Medical Ltd
Dealing with a changed work environment as we do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 isn't just about homeworking and holding meetings on Zoom. Those things are important, of course, but what about those spur of the moment trips to the local cafe to grab lunch together, heading to the pub after work on a Friday for a few drinks, or chatting over a cup of coffee on a Monday morning about what you did at the weekend? These things are also important in the work environment, but how do you maintain a connection with colleagues in...