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Lansmont Opens Technical Center in Southern California

Originally Published MPMN April 2002

INDUSTRY NEWS

Lansmont Opens Technical Center in Southern California

Susan Wallace and Daphne Allen

Vibration test systems are used to evaluate products and packages for design purposes as well as to simulate the vibration effects of product transportation.

Lansmont Corp. (Monterey, CA; www.lansmont.com), a manufacturer of product- and package-testing equipment, announced the opening of its Technical Services Center in Irvine, CA, at an open house on Wednesday, February 6. The center provides services for product and package testing, field measurements, consulting, and customer education that can help manufacturers develop transportation packaging.

The opening coincided with the Medical Design & Manufacturing West 2002 exhibition and show in Anaheim, CA.

"Lansmont has invested in equipping the Irvine Technical Center with state-of-the-art equipment," says Dave Huntley, the center's new director. "The physical tests are conducted on our own equipment, recognized in the industry as the highest quality for repeatability and accuracy. We also serve as a demo center for those customers who are interested in purchasing Lansmont equipment to set up their own labs and provide training on the equipment as well as education regarding testing procedures and protocols."

Huntley recommended that medical device manufacturers begin testing devices for transport early on during the design process, preferably at the prototype stage. Testing involves fragility analysis to determine damage boundaries and vibration sensitivity and to provide a thermal evaluation. "You need to determine the critical areas of the product, determine the potential hazards of the shipping environment, and then design transportation packaging to protect those areas of fragility," he explains.

Once an appropriate shipping package has been identified, Lansmont can test it according to industry-standard test protocols such as International Safe Transit Association standards. Package testing also takes into consideration medical device packaging validation requirements and package performance testing.

Testing equipment at the multimillion-dollar, 7000-sq-ft facility includes drop, shock, vibration, and compression testers; a walk-in temperature and humidity chamber; and an altitude chamber. Instrumentation consists of the company's Saver and Shock Logger data acquisition systems, and Photon and SpectraBook signal analysis systems.

Other services include hazardous materials package certification per UN/DOT, transport environment measuring and linkage to laboratory simulations, package design and consulting, and supplier auditing.

These services include live viewing of testing on-line via Web cameras and instant reporting of data via the Internet. This enables a product or package engineer to view tests in progress and obtain timely reporting of data without leaving the office.

For medical applications, the Irvine center is staffed with degreed package engineers who can provide on-site field measurement and protocol generation. Same-day turnaround services are available in the case of filing for FDA 510(k).

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