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Medical Device Leak Testing 

When it comes to the development and manufacture of medical devices, product leakage could cost a person’s life. Accurate, reliable leak testing solutions are critical for mitigating risk, containing R&D costs, and complying with 21 CFR Part 11 EU Annex 11

CTS offers instruments to address a range of test methods and requirements. With our Sentinel line of leak testers, we’ll help you accurately and reliably test medical devices such as catheters, tubing sets, and fluid bags for leaks or blockages. We also provide customizable systems for benchtop or automated assembly operation, while meeting the specific testing requirements for your medical device. 

High Precision Testing for Disposable Medical Devices

What sets CTS apart is our extensive knowledge of regulations and industry-accepted equipment testing guidelines for medical device testing, including applications, process validation, data collection and storage, calibration, and test specifications. Because every customer is different, we provide reliable medical device leak testers that can be configured based on your exact needs. 

We work confidentially with partners ranging from global corporations to small, specialized startup ventures. Our team has extensive experience in testing equipment and will work with you to develop a medical leak testing solution that is specifically tailored to your unique needs.

Trusted Leak and Blockage Testing for Medical Devices

The trend toward personalized medical care has also driven a demand for precision medical devices. No longer a one-size-fits-most industry, many types of medical devices now come in a wide range of sizes and features, along with complex geometries like as tubes, balloons, bags, and other components that can make testing more challenging. Variables like flexibility and elasticity of common polymer-based disposable medical device materials can have a significant impact test repeatability. 

To address these complexities, medical device leak testers must provide effective sealing and understand how to deliver and measure the pressure with adequate sensitivity to produce accurate test results. Part of this includes selecting the optimum medical leak testing method and equipment. With years of experience in the medical device industry, CTS’s team of application experts will work with you to identify the best leak testing solution for your specific needs. 

Leak Testers, Seals and Turnkey Systems for Medical Device Manufacturing Quality

CTS Sentinel Blackbelt and Blackbelt Pro instruments feature technology that provide greater measurement precision and accuracy—up to 6x more compared to other systems. We also offer  automated, turnkey leak and flow benchtop system for medical devices. When superior sealing is required, particularly for catheters and small valve assemblies, we provide Luer connectors for a durable seal.

What is the Difference Between Pressure Decay and Mass Flow Medical Device Leak Testing? 

Pressure decay testing involves pressurizing the component and then isolating it from the pressure source. If a leak is present, the air will move from a high-pressure area to a low-pressure area, resulting in a decrease in overall pressure that is then measured by the equipment. 

Mass flow leak testing involves pressurizing the component and then monitoring the amount of air flowing into the part. The medical device leak tester then detects the presence of a leak by measuring how much air is required to maintain the internal pressure. 

The higher the volume of air required, the larger the leak. Our application engineers will work with you to determine the best solution for your unique requirements. 

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