BD Diagnostics is a medical technology company that sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. BD was having issues with a gamma radiation/sterilization indicator label they were purchasing from a company in the Netherlands.
- Because the product they were using was manufactured in the Netherlands, BD was dealing with significant price fluctuations.
- The labels BD was using required refrigeration for storage prior to use because temperature variations would cause inconsistent label performance. BD wondered if it was possible to eliminate the need for refrigeration all together.
- Long and wildly fluctuating lead times from their supplier in the Netherlands created production planning issues and delays.
The Process & Solution
CleanMark tried three different iterations before landing on a solution BD liked—one they continue to use today. The first approach was to look for a better ink. We worked with a variety of ink suppliers and experimented with the process. BD’s first impression was that the ink still didn’t change color dramatically enough when exposed to gamma radiation.
In the end all parties involved benefitted from the process. To this day BD now offers superior gamma radiation/sterilization indicator labels to their customers that don’t require refrigeration and have shorter lead times which resulted in the perfect win-win scenario for both companies.
CleanMark offers gamma sterile indicator labels that either have an indicator strip built into them, or we can do precision placed gamma dots. Learn more about the gamma labels we offer and how we might be able to help.