The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021 has created a negative impact and economic disaster for businesses and manufacturing entities worldwide. Many businesses suffered and continue to suffer and finding prosperity during Covid-19 has been outright difficult. For those that were deemed essential and did not have to close their doors, it was challenging. Due to being a supplier to medical device manufacturers, Static Clean International (SCI) was deemed essential as we bring a unique solution to a long-time problem that happens when particles are attracted onto medical devices and inside of their packaging materials. One of the biggest issues that can cause rejects, rework and potential harm to patients that need medical devices is foreign matter (Particles). A relationship between airborne particles and potential viruses has been established and the need for critical action has put Static Clean at the forefront. Devices such as catheters, syringes, valves, deliver systems with narrow fluid paths are impacted by particles.
Static Clean International (SCI) is a leading supplier and manufacturer of Static and Contamination Control Products in North America and around the globe. Static is what causes particles and debris to attach to other things, especially plastics, which makes up most medical devices. The Static Clean team has really stepped up to provide equipment that helps to ensure that medical products are kept static-free and contamination-free and ready for use in procedures at clinics and hospitals. This is especially important on devices that will end up inside of the human body.
Did COVID-19 change the game for companies that support medical device manufacturers, such as Static Clean? Or is the rest of the world finally catching on to the idea of being Static “Clean”? Whatever way you look at it – being Static Clean is a good thing in the times of COVID-19 and always. Static Clean feels blessed to have been able to stay open and contribute to the cause during times of Covid-19.
To address the demand and to continue manufacturing “Static Clean” products—they are expanding the operation into additional manufacturing space with a new buildout at 7 Stuart Road in Chelmsford, MA. This new space will be in addition to their existing facility at 267 Boston Road in Billerica, MA. Static Clean’s core products were as relevant before as they are now. The new world is finally catching onto what Static Clean has always known.
WCVB recently visited Static Clean to learn about the company and their products. Their static and contamination control products can be used in industrial, medical and electronic industries. During this Covid-19 pandemic, area universities are installing Static Clean systems to assist in contamination control.
Static Clean remains open for business during the coronavirus as an essential part of the Medical Device Industry. Static Clean manufactures Particle Trap® products that help the medical device community to deliver a cleaner and safer finished product. These devices include catheters, skin grafts, artificial heart, diagnostic test apparatus and many other interventional devices. Recently a key supplier of valves and components for ventilators reached out to our company for the Particle Trap® Cube, which is an ionizing, cleaning vacuum system that neutralizes static electricity, dislodges particles and source captures them in multiple stage filtration systems. These systems insure that dislodged particles are contained and not let back into the clean room. There is a tremendous focus in the medical device community on delivering the best possible solutions to hospitals and clinics and Static Clean is proud to do its part in helping those efforts.
Jim Patterson, President of Static Clean & Bob Fraser, Managing Director of Fraser Anti-Static shook hands on a deal that gives each company broader coverage and depth of products in static neutralization, static generating and particulate control in their respective markets.
Both companies have a long history of manufacturing its own products for the static industry. Static Clean has also been manufacturing one of the Fraser 24vdc static bars in the US for more than a year and the plan is to expand into manufacturing other Fraser products in the first quarter of 2019. The plan also includes Static Clean becoming Fraser’s major distributor in the Americas for its 24vdc ionizers. The Fraser products helps Static Clean gain a strong position in the Plastics and Converting markets.
Over the past 15 years, Static Clean has developed a unique line of static eliminating, particle source-capturing systems for the Medical Device sector. With medical device manufacturing growing in Europe and beyond, Fraser Anti-Static Techniques looks to include Static Clean products to serve these emerging market opp
Let’s face it, the Medical Device Manufacturers have come under scrutiny, not only from their customers, but also from the FDA in an effort to create a manufacturing environment that has less particulate which can impact quality. Static Clean International manufactures static control and particle source-capturing products that aid in this effort by reducing particles at critical points in the process. Three of the most critical areas in the process are at the molding, assembly, and packaging stages of these medical devices. Packaging is the primary source of foreign particles in the process. Remember, these packages are going to house a medical device that eventually ends up at a hospital or a clinic for use on patients where “clean” is critical.
Medical Clean Room Test Environment
Customers ask us how well our Medical Cleaning Systems work and to what level our “Clean and Pack” system helps to reduce contaminants. In an effort to guarantee success, Static Clean International recently installed a brand new ISO Class 7 Clean Room that is fully equipped with products that are designed to reduce particles, lower rejects and improve yields. Customers are invited to visit our facility, bring their trays or devices into our clean room, and learn first-hand the value that Static Clean and its products bring to the Medical Industry.
On Sunday May 1st, 2016 one of Static Cleans’ own participated in the once 20-mile, now 10-mile Walk for Hunger put on by Project Bread. She walked alongside nearly 40,000 people at the 48th Annual Walk for Hunger in Boston, MA. As she was walking – she said her mind was racing. Sounds crazy, right? How can you walk and race at the same time? Seems nearly impossible, doesn’t it? As you start to walk – your minds racing so naturally you want to walk faster to reach the finish line… or at least run to keep up with your thoughts. But that’s impossible to do when as you are walking along the path you read signs that include statistics of the poverty stricken community.
Some of the thoughts that went through her head: There are 9.6% of households in Massachusetts with some level of food insecurity. Of that 9.6%, 5.5% have a low food security and 4.1% have a very low food security. All households with children make up 19.2%. This means that half the population of households in Massachusetts that have children are not food secure. Half of them! How is that possible? How can we stop this? What can we do to help? In 2013, 10.6% of households in Massachusetts (nearly 700,000 adults and children) were food insecure. From the years of 2003 to 2013 – the food insecurity rate has gone up by 71%… and hasn’t moved since!
There are numerous outreach programs available to help the food insecure community. Some of them include CNOP (Child Nutrition Outreach Program); Community Garden – where the community helps to garden land that provides crops; Farmer’s Markets are on the rise; Food Rescue – where fresh food is collected from restaurants and super markets and delivered to community organizations where it’s cooked & distributed; and Gleaning – which is where leftover crops from farmer’s fields can be used as they are not economically profitable to harvest. There are programs in place, but it’s up to us to bring awareness.
As she was walking alongside the nearly 40,000 people – one gentleman, a dad and his son stuck out in particular. How do you explain hunger to a child that barely understands what it means to be hungry because his belly is filled with food; his family is food secure. Well, this father explained that as much as our feet hurt from walking the 10 miles – the bellies of our brothers and sisters hurt, from hunger. Our feet hurt for the 10 miles and maybe the day after, but these men, women and children have hungry (or hurting) bellies every single day. It doesn’t go away.
How to Help
Support comes in many different shapes and sizes. Consider donating to the Walk for Hunger: Every little bit helps. $25.00 provides a hot meal for fifteen people at a community supper program! (See if your company will match your donation!) Maybe you can’t provide financial support, but you can donate your time to a local shelter to help serve or prepare the food. Or maybe, just maybe you are a large corporation in the food industry that can help donate the food to a local shelter or even to next year’s Walk for Hunger! What better way to help others, support your community and get your name out there at the same time! Let’s walk for Hope… hope that things will be different in the future.