Many Atlas Vac medical device tray sealers are still in service after 10 years? Are you getting this value from your sealer?
Is your sealer process controlled by a robust industrial PLC and large color touch screen with recipe memory or.... an accumulation of timers, microprocessors and mini-regulators? Do you really want to depend on a PC control system when a PLC can demonstrate significantly better stability?
Parameter alarms are a fundamental standard feature easily understood by the operator and stored in a audit trail memory for upload/download to your record system.
Atlas Vac tray sealers, with our patented Force Sensing technology option, can provide a digital readout of actual down-force of the sealing platen on every stroke. Are you getting these readings when you perform validations?
Do you have sufficient mass in your heater section to maintain even heating? Atlas Vac does! It's all about thermodynamics and the Laws of Physics, quite reliable.
Controls & wiring are always in a NEMA rated electrical enclosure with a rated tagout/lockout main power disconnect. Some brands skip this step. Some simply hang the electrical power components on the underside or inner guard surfaces of the sealer. Cheaper but a liability for the owner.
Do you know who signed in and changed a recipe parameter and when? Can you provide the audit trail for this change?
Do you have sealing history data including sealing parameter data, dates, times, operator sign-in, odometer readings, lot codes and UDI available for downloading?
Is your seal tool nest made from a single piece CNC machined block of aluminum or .....made of multiple pieces screwed together with the resulting stack up of tolerances?
Can your validated tool refuse to seal if the sealer does not match its RFID code? With our Atlas Vac Tool ID System option, product changeovers are simple and safe.
Do you have a redundant heater overtemp control (Factory Mutual approved for insurance) to prevent thermal runaway in case of complete system failure? This is standard on all Atlas Vac sealers since mid-2008.
Does your tray sealer have an E-Stop? Of course. But does it have the required manual E-Stop reset button that must be pressed after pulling out the E-Stop? This is a requirement of CE and other codes. Your company may be a legally liable for injuries. Atlas Vac sealers are compliant.
Does your sealing tool rest on a stationary, precision machined flat reference surface for reliable, perpendicular sealing as on Atlas Vac sealers with the platen pressing downward on the stationary tool nest? Or.... is your tray sealer moving the package upwards to collide against the heated platen at the most critical moment? Why isn't your "work piece" perfectly still when sealing?
Or is your tool base "adjustable" and therefore out of parallel? Why don't you have a flat sealing base aligned with your press as on Atlas Vac sealers?
Are your packages moving smoothly and quickly into sealing position without disturbing tray contents using electric drive shuttles?
Do you have calibration ports for time, temperature and pressure? Can you annually adjust calibration factors on the HMI screen with a password if needed?
Can you prove who last logged in to update any calibration settings?
Does your tray sealer have a lockout for the main power switch? Some do, some don't? But, does your tray sealer also have an air supply safety lock out valve to isolate engery from the press? Some do not. Your company may be legally liable for injuries. Atlas Vac sealers have these lockout devices to meet code.
Do you need to keep disturbing the platen thermal path by changing costly relieved sealing platens for every sealing tool? Do you realize a relived platen exerts no more down-force on the sealing contact area than a smooth flat platen which has better thermal characteristics? What happens then to your platen temperature calibration when you keep changing the platen? No changeover worries with Atlas Vac's standard equipment flat platen including Dupont Teflon coating.
Atlas Vac Category 3 safety light curtain system reduce fatigue and increase operator output by permitting work to be done internal to the cycle rate. Is your light curtain system capable of meeting ESA, OSHA and other requirement by demonstrating redundant control of all motion, energy and power? Or did someone just connect a light curtain to a former single channel switch circuit?
Does your sealer manufacturer have a website where you can download important calibration, maintenance and training technical documents from an on-line library? Atlas Vac does.
Can you watch your sealer in its assembly phase on the factory floor? Atlas Vac provides a private web page for each sealer project with access for only the customer.
Can you obtain new parts from the factory that are backwards compatible to your older model sealer?
Is your tray sealer made by the engineers who sell it, service it and provide you with spare parts direct from the Atlas Vac facility. Or is it made in an obscure factory in the far east to specifications "certified on paper", imported here and simply re-badged prior to sale by a shell company with little resemblance to its previous lineage? All to increase their sales commissions?
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