At a first look, you might not see any differences, but there are.
First thing to notice is that there is new cap and just the cap is full of new benefits. More importantly is the new
construction of the valve and the new revolutionary OxiBlock® coating on the inside of the cartridge. All these benefits
comes with a cartridge that is refillable. We have gathered all our experience to develop a cartridge that will meet the
new medical standard and a sustainable environment for our future generations. This cartridge with its new features
will benefit your customer in a way that has not been possible until now.
The new coating OxiBlock® on the inside of the cartridge gives you a contamination-free environment for the gas. With
this technique, we are the first brand that can offer you a cartridge that meets the new upcoming Medical Device Regulation (MDR), that will become active 26 May 2020. What we have seen is that without our coating you are not able to obtain a contamination free surface inside. This effects the durability and purity of the gas.
The valve has not only a new construction it also has a complete new fastening in the cartridge. To ensure higher durability we have a harder brass composition and the inside piston is made of stainless steel. The valve is mounted to the cartridge in a new way. The cartridge is sealed not only by a unique designed O-ring but also by a second O-ring. This allows the cartridge to handle up to 200 bars of pressure, which will give us a very secure and long lasting cartridge. Our goal with the new valve construction was is to have a solution where we could refill the cartridge and at the same time ensure a longer shelf life. We have been asked from many user; - What to do with the cartridge when empty? It was there it started! To be able to refill a cartridge we also needed to reconstruct the inside of the valve so it could handle refilling. If one construct such a good cartridge, why
throw it away?
The fine and precise thread in the valve requires a precise cap to seal completely. Our new cap construction is in fine metal and it has its own sealing to ensure an even better shelf life for the cartridges. The previous solution was a combination of a plastic cap with a small plastic stopper that was placed inside the valve. In some cases we noticed that the cap did not seal properly. It also happened that the inner plastic stopper was forgotten to be removed when installing the device. This caused damaged on the devices and a lot of frustration.
All of our cartridges are filled in-house. We have put a lot of efforts in developing a unique gas filling station that has the latest technique to optimize filling of cartridges. To establish a more precise and clean filling process, the filling station itself is equipped with nine separate 5 microns gas filter to ensure 100% purity. With our in house filling process, we have 100% traceability of the gas used in our cartridges. It was important for us to find an independent solution where we could fill and refill our cartridges. We have a close cooperation with Praxair who is our consultants and manufacturer of medical gas, but more importantly, we have the in-house knowledge. Today we have in our production two filling stations and are now looking for a fully automated filling line, with a capacity of more than 500 gas cartridges per day to meet future demands.
With our filling process, we can ensure that the medical gas we use is kept 100% clean during the entire filling process. We have seen not only once but several times that medical gas is filled in cartridges under conditions that does not fulfil Medical standard, then one lose the point of using medical gas.
Together with our gas manufacturer, Praxair, we have implemented a Just-In-Time system so that we can always offer you as our dealer the best shelf life for your gas cartridges. From the production day of the gas the durability is 3 years and with our system we never have gas older than 1 month in our production. What we have seen before is that larger batches of production results in shorter shelf time for the gas cartridges. With our Just-In-Time system we have adjusted our production so that we never needs to build unnecessary stock. This system isalso very cost effective which enables us to keep our prices on a low level.
With the meticulous control of all production steps of the gas cartridges, we are able to offer you, that if any faults in the devices from CryoIQ® or Cryoalfa® appears caused by use of CryoIQ gas cartridges we will replace the unit with a new equal CryoIQ® device. Just remember it is important that you follow the cleaning instructions in our User Guide.