- Entry of oils and emulsions during CNC production
- Burrs and chips from cutting, milling and other abrasive processes
- Grinding and polishing residues after CNC production
- Particulate and filmic residues before final cleaning and packaging
- Cross contamination
- Powder residues from the SLM process
- Stainless steel alloys
- Cobalt-chrome alloys (NEM alloys)
- Complex geometries with long, thin lumens
- Cavities, undercuts and deep holes
- Individual components as bulk goods or set goods
- Individual parts and assemblies with complex geometries
Typical challenges when cleaning and packaging medical implants and instruments
- Traceability / Audit Trail
- Qualified processes
- Compliance with regulations such as MDR and FDA
- Innovative, additive manufacturing processes bring new cleaning challenges
- Removal and recovery of powder residues from additive manufacturing (SLM)
- Elimination of cross-contamination along the entire production chain
- Multinational manufacturing strategies require global, reliable partners with local service
Positioning & Handling
- High throughput when cleaning individual parts and batches thanks to the use of powerful and fast-cycle functional parts
- Automation through the integration of handling robots and / or basket frames in multi-stage immersion systems
- Compliance with process parameters and times through software solutions specially developed for MedTech components
- Traceability and production data acquisition through RFID technologies
Technical cleaniness & surface quality
Compliance with specifications such as
- free from particles
- filmic contamination
- cytotoxic values
- bioburden values
- Our team of specialists guarantees a comprehensive system qualification
- IQ / OQ are part of the scope of delivery on request
- At PQ, our specialists are happy to help
- Audit Trail and CFR 21 are part of our systems
Our turnkey cleaning solutions for medical components
Pre-cleaning: after CNC production
The SBS Ecoclean Group offers various single-chamber systems for cleaning after oily CNC machining. These can work with solvents or with aqueous solutions. Thanks to the vacuumtechnology capillaries and blind holes are excellently cleaned. Medical implants and instruments are processed with oils or emulsions in CNC production. The innovative solvent cleaning systems have the advantage that lumens, blind holes or geometries of additive manufactured components can be cleaned without any problems using vacuum technology.
Intermediate cleaning: after grinding and polishing
The SBS Ecoclean Group offers various aqueous single-chamber systems and ultrasonic immersion systems for cleaning after CNC machining or after grinding / polishing. Thanks to the vacuumtechnology capillaries and blind holes are excellently cleaned. Medical implants and instruments must be cleaned before final inspection. The solutions and technologies of the SBS Ecoclean Group enable the customer to achieve excellent cleaning results.
Final cleaning / passivation: after the final inspection
The SBS Ecoclean Group offers state-of-the-art ultrasonic immersion systems for final cleaning and passivation. The latest vacuum pressure technology PPC (Pulsated Pressure Cleaning) makes it possible to achieve the highest cleaning results in final immersion cleaning systems. These systems are equipped with all necessary sensors to ensure consistent quality. The latest generation of systems enables the highest and most valid cleaning results. In compliance with the FDA and MDR regulations, our cleaning systems have been developed for for medical implants and surgical instruments of any geometry.
Spray cleaning: for transferring into the clean room
The SBS Ecoclean Group offers state-of-the-art spray cleaning systems for final cleaning and passivation. The latest technology makes it possible to achieve the highest cleaning results in the final spray system. These systems are equipped with all necessary sensors to ensure consistent quality. The spray cleaning technology enables the customer to finally clean medical implants, surgical instruments and containers before they are packed and sterilized.
Clean room and packaging: infeed for packaging
The SBS Ecoclean Group offers cleanroom and packaging solutions from a single source so that it can be successfully transported into the cleanroom and packaged after the final cleaning. We have already validated the packaging materials so that customers can start production quickly. The various solutions have been designed for medical instruments and implants.
SBS Ecoclean Group - Your global Turnkey solution partner for precision cleaning of MedTech components
As a partner with a global presence and local service, we plan, develop and manufacture solutions for your projects, coordinate the interfaces, implement the machine systems, train your employees for operation and maintenance and ensure high availability in your line – so that you can entirely concentrate on your core business.
Qualified cleaning solutions for the MedTech industry
The new dimension in solvent-based cleaning
Rising demands for the quality of workpieces require increasingly complex solutions from industrial parts cleaning processes. With the EcoCcore a solvent cleaning machine perfectly tailored to satisfy these requirements has been designed. The system offers maximum flexibility and high capacity with respect to throughput and volumes, with optimized cost efficiency as the result. Typical areas of application: cleaning of orthopedic implants such as knee implants and spinal implants, as well as dental components such as dental implants.
The all-around talent for aqueous parts cleaning
The EcoCwave is a powerful spray flood cleaning system with a vacuum-tight work chamber. At the user’s option, it can be equipped for either two or three independent cleaning steps. The use of upright cylindrical flood tanks,which have been developed for fine cleaning applications, ensure an optimized fluid management, a high flexibility and improved process quality. Typical areas of application: cleaning of orthopedic implants such as hip implants and shoulder implants, as well as additive manufactured implants and prostheses.
Developed, qualified and certified especially for the MedTech industry
The UCMPerformanceLine is a multi-stage ultrasonic immersion system that impresses with its modular design and stands for the highest quality standards in medical technology. Your flexible and well thought-out system concept offers numerous options, such as alternating pressure washing and vacuum drying, for solving individual cleaning tasks with the highest demands on component quality. Typical areas of application: cleaning of orthopedic implants such as knee implants and spinal implants, dental components such as dental implants, medical instruments such as surgical instruments or endoscopes, medical single use products such as syringes and cannulas, as well as additively manufactured implants and prostheses.
Compact index system for fine cleaning
The IndexLine is a compact rotary indexing system for precision cleaning on an aqueous basis. Constant component optimization can place high demands on the downstream processes. Due to difficult geometries and blind holes, thorough and multi-stage cleaning is necessary, even with porous surfaces. Typical areas of application: cleaning of orthopedic implants such as knee implants and spinal implants, dental components such as dental implants, medical instruments such as surgical instruments or endoscopes, medical single use products such as syringes and cannulas, as well as additively manufactured implants and prostheses.
In accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice
The SprayLine is a cGMP-compliant cleaning system for the MedTech, pharmaceutical and life science industries. You can use it to clean medical implants, instruments and containers, positioned on individually designed carriers. With the SprayLine you get a consistently good and validated cleaning result. Typical areas of application: cleaning of orthopedic implants such as knee implants and spinal implants, dental components such as dental implants, medical instruments such as surgical instruments or endoscopes, medical single use products such as syringes and cannulas, as well as additively manufactured implants and prostheses.
From vacuum chamber machines to thermoforming machines
From surgical utensils to medical implants to pharmaceutical products, the packaging provides effective hygienic protection against contamination, bacteria and germs and remains sterile. Typical areas of application: packaging of orthopedic implants such as knee implants and spinal implants, dental components such as dental implants, medical instruments such as surgical instruments or endoscopes, medical single use products such as syringes and cannulas, as well as additively manufactured implants and prostheses.
SBS Ecoclean Group success stories
Innovative solutions for the highest cleanliness requirements when cleaning MedTech components
Press Release: Turnkey Cleaning Solutions for the Medical Industry
MDR- and FDA-Compliant Turnkey Cleaning Solutions for the Medical Industry – From Pre-cleaning to Sterile Packaging
Medical products produced in or imported to the United States or EU have to comply to the relevant regulations – FDA or the new European Medical Device Regulation (MDR). With the EU regulation in force since end of May 2021, requirements for cleaning and identifying parts for medical products as well as for the qualification, documentation and traceability of the processes have significantly increased. The SBS Ecoclean Group helps companies around the globe meet these requirements by supplying turnkey solutions for cleaning and packaging medical products, as well as local services.
Case study: Gebr. Brasseler GmbH
A comprehensive cleaning solution for „critical“ dental and medical products – Cleanliness adds value in medical equipment manufacturing.
Products for use in dentistry and human medicine must meet the most exacting cleanliness standards – e.g., instruments classified as “critical” have to be sterile whenever they are used. In order to supply such items in an already sterilized state as an additional customer benefit, Gebr. Brasseler GmbH invested in a new cleaning and packaging facility that even includes a cleanroom. Around 12,000 different parts undergo in-process and final cleaning in an array of solvent-based cleaning systems and aqueous-type ultrasonic ultra-fine cleaning systems of the SBS Ecoclean Group.
Case study: Philips Medical Systems DMC GmbH
Reliable cleaning of X-ray tube parts – Cleanliness for optimal diagnostics and therapy.
X-ray tubes are the basis of a number of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in medicine. Manufacturing precision and cleanliness of the individual parts are key factors for the functional reliability and longevity of these high-tech components. A leading manufacturer relies on equipment from the SBS Ecoclean Group.
Case study: Lake Region Medical GmbH
Ultrasonic cleaning system for medical components – clean over a million parts daily in a clean room-friendly manner.
Damage-free cleaning, in which high particulate, filmic and microbiological requirements are met – according to Lake Region Medical. Therefore the SBS Ecoclean Group designed an ultrasonic fine cleaning system for this purpose, in which over a million rotating and tubular parts made of stainless steel are reliably cleaned six days a week and placed in a GMP class D clean room.
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SBS Ecoclean Group cleaning solutions are based on innovation, efficiency, sustainability and cutting-edge technology that inspires!