A Project To Be Thankful For

by Todd McDonald on November 22, 2011

Watching a young mom bowl with her family, seeing a grandfather pick up his grandson, witnessing someone riding a bike – even seeing someone dance, take a walk in the park, mow the lawn, or do something as simple as walk up a flight of stairs. These are things that we are thankful for at TEQ.

At first glance, these may see like everyday activities. But to us, they can carry a special meaning. That’s because these are examples of life’s little pleasures that we’ve seen advanced heart failure patients enjoy after a ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation. Why does this mean so much to us? Because we’ve had the incredible opportunity to work with Thoratec to improve the sterile packaging for their HeartMateII LVAD.

Before working with us, Thoratec was experiencing quality issues such as warped flanges, thin spots and inclusions – all of which resulted in the rejection of multiple lots of packaging. In addition, because the sterile package consists of three parts mated together, Thoratec faced the additional challenge of requiring parts from different lots to be interchangeable in order to create the final package.

To solve for these issues, TEQ created a custom tool with state of the art plug assist material, special coding, heated cut dies and a special mold finish for better release of snaps. The existing tool was also converted from male to female for better sealing and flange thickness distribution, and a superior monitoring process was put in place. With a marked increase of quality in the form, fit and function of the HeartMate sterile packaging system (uniform flanges, good sealing characteristics, and good material distribution from cavity-to-cavity and production lot-to-production lot), we are happy to share that since working with TEQ, Thoratec has reported a dramatic decrease in quality issues.  In fact, our Thoratec solution was so exceptional that it has earned TEQ the Silver Award in the SPE Thermoforming Division Parts Competition.

At TEQ, we are thankful to be part of a critical project like this one that has had an impact on so many lives.

At this time of Thanksgiving, what projects are you most grateful to be a part of?

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