Having reagents on-board the consumable will dictate the manufacturing order of operations. These reagents can be in liquid form, dried in place, lyophilized, or require foil primary packaging (blister or foil pouch.) The ability to formulate, test, store, and incorporate required reagents directly into the manufacturing flow of molded and assembled product simplifies the supply chain and reduces overall time and risk, including concerns of shelf life, transportation timelines and redundant product controls.
Many POC consumables are built on an injection molded chassis utilizing other critical molded parts, purchased components and reagents. Precision requirements include:
- Fluid channels
- Micro features
- Micro-molded components
In-process automated inspection
- 100% vision inspection
- Release testing of formulations
- Sub-assembly and final assembly testing
- Lot release finished product testing
SMC formulates and handles reagents on-site incorporating the chemistry at the best point in the manufacturing process.