1. Design

Being recognized in the market is of vital importance in any business. Also, healthcare markets set a very high standard for products. This is why Creanova starts with a careful study and analysis of the application and environment where the products are used. During this phase, the end users and ultimately the patient's needs are taken into account, to ensure the concepts will have the right mix of emotional design, functionality, innovation, feasibility and cost effectiveness. And, where desired, this can help to create or reinforce an already existing Visual Brand Language (‘Family Feeling').

Working with Creanova in the Design phase of its projects, clients experience a close sense of teamwork with Creanova's designers and engineers and their many innovative contributions.

  • Market Research

    Market research is a vital part of our product development process. According to specifics of every client and product, we implement extensive market, sector, industry, and design trends analysis, in order to develop the design approach in line with current market and design trends. We extend our market research far beyond the healthcare field to other fields in order to define the best compromise between healthcare market trends and general design trends.

  • Competitive Landscape Analysis

    Competitive landscape overview and benchmarking analysis is an important tool to identify the unique selling points of your new healthcare device. It helps us develop not only a superior design concept but also winning functional properties and mechanical aspects.

  • Layout and Feasability Analysis

    Detailed technical analysis of existing or planned device components, structure, mechanical elements in order to propose an innovative and ergonomic design solution which is aligned with specific needs of device functionality, maintenance, assembly, technical performance and project requirements.

  • Compliance Analysis

    We carefully and attentively study the set of regulatory requirements, established guidelines and specifications to develop the design according to all standards, which is an especially important aspect in the certification process of healthcare devices.

  • Human Centered Design

    Human Centred Design is the backbone of our design approach. Every design concept is tailor made and developed with maximum attention to the end user – whether for patient or medical personnel needs. We strongly believe in Human Centred Design as one of the fundamentals of an outstanding end user experience.

  • Visual Brand Identity Development

    Analysis of client and brand values, selling points, marketing, and sales strategy is made in order to work out a graphic proposal which can be applied to the visual identity of the brand. This includes such elements as shape, colors, user interface, visual language of the product and its communication. We prepare an extensive proposal that includes all physical product attributes (such as shape, colors, user interface, etc.) as well as all elements that are related with brand (such as logo, brand colors, website, graphic elements, etc.) and can be used in further corporate communications.

  • Design Development

    For more than 12 years we are specialized and experienced particularly in design of medical devices and we know the extensive set of specific aspects that are important for you. Based on our detailed analysis of various aspects, we create aesthetical, functional, ergonomic, and Human Centred Design concept that is aligned with client needs and preferences, according to current and future design trends for a medical and professional appearance. Already in the design development phase our specialists are working closely with the engineering team and take into account production needs, ensuring that the design concept is feasable and particularly detailed from the technical point of view. This also serves to ensure a smooth flow in the process from one phase, Design, to the next, i.e. Engineering.

  • Family-Feeling Creation

    We are fully aware about importance of unified visual language for the recognition of your brand, marketing and sales success. We not only carefully study existing product line to align the new design proposal with your current product portfolio and visual brand language. We also analyze the market, product and brand visual attributes to propose a personalized identity with specific features (shape, color and finishing) that characterize your existing and future product portfolio.

  • UI Design

    Medical devices have to be designed so that people can use them easily and reliably. UI, or intuitive, user-centered interface, not only increases the overall quality of healthcare, it is also part of set of crucial aspects in a life-and-death situation. Designing user interface, we analyze and propose the user interface layout solution, which is aligned with the most efficient work-flow of the software, including proposals for simplification of the process. We take into consideration not only device functionality, but also carefully analyze the end user needs. We take care of development of all needed elements such as the graphic solution, icons, background style and other elements needed for creating the final user interface of the software.

  • Packaging Design

    Packaging design requires a detailed knowledge of products, therefore to ensure a full design service package. Our team also provides design development for product packaging. Taking into account the product design and visual brand language, we develop your packaging as an integral part of your new product's communication.

  • Product Cost Analysis and Estimation

    We calculate the possible expected costs of further development of the proposed design concept already in the design phase. We closely cooperate with our engineering and production team, to take into account the best possible materials and production technologies for your healthcare device, therefore we are able to provide the first provisional cost estimation that has already reached the end of the industrial design phase.

2. Engineering

In this phase the design concept gets transformed into a feasible product, ready to go into production. Creanova's expertise in engineering custom plastic and metal injection molded parts enables to ‘conserve' the concept design, while respecting the manufacturing limitations and optimizing tooling investments.

The creation of a new part engineered with 3D modelers and optimized with mold flow where necessary, is carried out in close collaboration with Creanova's mold designers to ensure a smooth and cost effective production implementation.

  • Layout Analysis and Definition

    The Creanova team includes experienced engineers with specialized expertise in healthcare devices engineering. We fully understand the special needs of the healthcare sector and start our work with a detailed and accurate analysis of technical, mechanical and functional components of the device. Full understanding of the functions, subfunctions and all components, ensures our ability to define the most efficient position and interconnection of all elements inside the device.

  • Engineering and Mechanical Development

    In the engineering phase, our experienced engineers will transform design concepts into a feasible product, ready for prototyping and production. In every project our engineers are working in close cooperation with the design and production teams, ensuring smart functional and structural solutions for design concepts and ultimately a smooth flow from engineering into manufacturing. We use 3D CAD modeling to transform a design concept into a manufacturable parts and also take care for engineering of internal mechanical structures, integration of all device components with a detailed definition of production materials and technologies.

  • DFM

    DFM or Design For Manufacturing is the method of design to provide maximum quality of manufacturing process. Within this process we integrate the manufacturing preliminary evaluation with engineered parts. After implemented simulation, we can verify if the engineering of parts is correct for production. DFM allows implementation of all potential improvements such us raw material, the form of the raw material, dimensional tolerances, finishing and others, already in the engineering phase where it is the least expensive place to address them.

  • Moldflow

    Moldflow analysis is a special simulation, which we implement to verify parts behaviour during and after the molding process, allowing us to enhance mold design and create the highest quality products possible. It helps to create molds of the highest quality, maximize product performance and appearance, improve manufacturability, and choose the best materials. Any possible needed improvements to ensure highest production quality are captured already in the engineering phase.

  • Project Documentation

    In the conclusion of the engineering phase, we provide all needed documentation such us drawings, assembly instructions, bill of materials (BOM), PDF 3D for production of each part we have developed and engineered. In addition we provide our support also in development of the user manual.

  • Support in Product Certification

    Validation verification and testing are crucial elements of our work to ensure the outcome of highest quality. We implement product testing of the device in accredited laboratories to support our clients in the product certification process.

  • Packaging Development

    Unique package solutions are an integral part of your brand language. As turn-key service for the whole process of your healthcare device development, our team also takes care of engineering of your product package. Our engineers will transform the packaging design concept into a manufacturable packaging solution. We know that it is more than just a question of design, shape and material - your healthcare device must be protected, preserved in package that not only is well designed, but also engineered taking into account the special requirements of your device, transportation and storage process.

3. Prototyping

Prototyping is one of the most efficient ways to verify functional and aesthetical aspects and identify feedback from the market before further significant investments are made in product development.

When considering the most appropriate prototyping approach, the quantity of units and needed level of functionality must be defined. Whilst all prototyping methods have benefits and limitations, by evaluating needs of the customer, we choose the most suitable method, considering time required and cost.

Creanova provides multiple prototyping technologies that serve different needs of our customers. One of the greatest strengths of our prototyping services is the ability to provide combined – highly aesthetical, functional as well as structural prototypes at competitive costs, as well as performance maximization of device, through assembly process verification.

  • Vacuum Casting

    By vacuum casting (also called silicon molding), a mold is made out of silicone rubber based upon a master model created by CNC milling, SLA, SLS or other rapid prototyping services. Vacuum casting ensures excellent surface finishing, uniform strength of prototype and constant mechanical properties in different stress directions. Unlike other technologies, vacuum casting has a one time initial mold cost, making it economically interesting when more than 4 prototypes are needed. In addition silicon molding allows to combine similar parts in one mold, optimizing prototyping process.

  • SLA / SLS

    SLA (stereo lithography) is a 3D printing method in which a special type of liquid plastic reacts with ultraviolet (UV) light to form a solid, whereas in the case of SLS (stereo laser sintering), the raw material is a fine powder. SLA technology ensures a smooth surface finishing and fine resolution while the SLS process is faster, provides rigidity and resistance. Thanks to high precision, SLA and SLS are suggested for aesthetical prototypes, very small and detailed parts, as well as for prototypes with very complex shape that need to be implemented in short term.

  • FDM

    Fused Deposition Modelling is a 3D printing process that builds parts up layer-by-layer by heating and extruding thermoplastic filament. By using such materials as ABS plastic with FDM technology we can provide prototypes with complex shape, outstanding thermal and chemical resistance, and excellent strength. FDM is suggested for detailed functional prototypes with high accuracy, low - volume production scale, durable parts with high stability.

  • CNC Milling

    Using advanced software control, raw material is removed from solid block of material with a variety of precision cutting tools to make a part or product. CNC milling is suitable for both aesthetical and structural prototypes and for different needed volumes. In this technology various materials (aluminum, various plastics, resins, polyurethane, etc.) are used, allowing to use exactly the same material that will be later used in production. Milling advantages include excellent surface finishing, high precision, time and cost efficiency, as well as outstanding strength of prototype and constant mechanical properties in different stress directions.

  • Prototyping Assembly and Mechanical Validation

    In addition to providing prototypes for aesthetical and functional evaluation, we also take care of assembly verification of all elements in your device. During the assembly of all internal components of the prototype, we verify correct assembly sequence, position and compatibility of all components and cables. We make sure that through precisely defined positioning of elements and verified assembly procedure, we maximize functionality and ergonomy of device.

4. Mold Making

Creanova is specialized in mold construction for:

Injection Molding of plastic parts
Die Casting of aluminum parts
Glass fiber

Before the actual mold construction (ca. 100 molds / year), all requirements are taken into account to determine the correct number of cavities, mold construction material and if necessary a mold flow analysis is done to ensure the part quality and cost effectiveness in production.

  • Injection Molds for Plastic Parts

    A good quality mold manufactured to industry standards by qualified toolmakers is the basis of a good molded part. A mold affects the shape, configuration, quality, and uniformity of a final product. Our injection molds can be made of steal or aluminum and allow production of plastic parts of your device with final color and texture. Main advantages of injection molds are high precision tolerance, repeatability, and large material selection with little or no need to perform further finishing of parts after molding. These molds are suggested for serial production batches of plastic parts.

  • Die Casting Molds for Aluminum Parts

    We provide precision molds to meet our customers' specific applications. Die cast molds or dies are made of steel and are intended for production of aluminum (or other metal) products, components and parts. Dies have relatively long durability and allow achieving strong dimensional accuracy with excellent surface finishes of the final parts. These molds are developed to produce structural elements of healthcare devices.

  • Glass Fiber

    The key characteristics of fiberglass are strength and lightness; therefore these molds are developed for production of parts that must be lightweight and resistant. Some of the other advantages of using a fiberglass mold are that they are easy to make, have low material cost, are long lasting, and can be used for different sizes of production batches.

  • PUR / RIM

    Main advantages of reaction injection molding (RIM) and polyurethane (PUR) are the ability to achieve a more rigid, stronger and thicker material with higher chemical and mechanical resistance. These technologies are suggested for production of parts that must have higher resistance than injection molded plastic parts. PUR/RIM molds are more cost efficient and are suitable for various production volumes. These molds are commonly CNC-machined out of aluminum to stand up to the low pressures and high temperatures during the production process.

5. Production

Depending on device functionality, maintenance, assembly, technical performance, and project requirements, our experts carefully analyze and suggest the most suitable and efficient production technology. The most suitable production technology is taken into account already starting from the first phases of project development, to ensure producibility of design concepts.

Depending on the applied production technology, Creanova's service also includes any second process such as painting, reworking and a wide set of device personalization techniques as well as pre-assembly and packaging. Creanova's strict quality control procedures ensure that the parts adhere to required specifications and are produced in the highest quality.

  • Production of Plastic, Metal and Glass Fiber Parts

    We offer a wide selection of production technologies with a special expertise in the production of aesthetical parts, also in UL94-V0 certified material and in white color. Some of our main production technologies for plastic parts are injection molding, PUR/RIM, whereas for production of metal parts, die-casting is suggested, as well as laser cutting, blanking, folding, turning, milling, and welding. In addition we provide CNC machining for high precision parts.

  • Clean Room Production

    We are aware of the specific needs of medical device development and the importance of sterility for any medical device that comes in direct or indirect contact with patients. Clean rooms are enclosed spaces where production of medical devices takes place in controlled environment. Temperature, humidity, pressure and the level of contaminants such as dust, microbes and others are kept within strict limits. All our specialists already from the first development phases pay special attention to the demands of clean room production. Starting from appropriate cleanroom designs, strict quality control is applied in every step – we pay maximum attention to every procedure to produce safe devices, thereby reducing potential risks to patients.

  • Reworking

    One of our areas of expertise is a customized approach to every project in all our activities and project phases. Being aware of the special needs of our clients, we offer numerous capabilities that can adjust manufactured parts to meet the highest demands of precision and other specific requirements. Some of our main reworking capabilities are drilling, milling, welding, gluing, threading, sandblasting for metal parts, and several others.

  • Painting

    Depending on the chosen production technology, the painting of production parts might be needed. In addition to painting of aluminum, polyurethane, and metal parts, and according to the customer's specifications, we provide painting with conductive shielding for prevention of electromagnetic interference. In some cases, the painting of plastic parts is implemented to achieve a perfect finish after the production process or in cases when various parts of the device are produced by different technologies.

  • Device Personalization

    The closing phase of the production process is device personalization according to the company's corporate identity. We use such technologies as pad printing (tampography), serigraphy and laser engraving to apply text, logo or other visual brand identity elements on the new medical device.

6. Assembly

Ultimately, the production solution involves the final assembly of complete products and/or subassemblies. The final stages of production are as important as the first as medical devices require high precision assembly.

Creanova's experience allows implementing assembly with accuracy, efficiency and quality. Our globally based resources ensure our ability to offer numerous flexible solutions - various approaches that may be explored and proposed to meet the needs of our clients.

  • Pre - Assembly

    Before final assembly our specialists implement numerous tests and quality control procedures to verify the correct assembly sequence of all device components, including position and compatibility of all elements and cables. We make sure that the final installation of all parts will be implemented with maximum precision, taking into account the device specification and functionality.

  • Assembly of Housing and Structural Parts

    When it comes to products for patient-care, quality is non-negotiable - medical devices require a large amount of attention to detail. We take care of assembly of all housing and structural parts, including plastic, metal, and fiberglass parts with maximum accuracy and quality.

  • Standard Components

    We take care of the complete assembly of housing parts, including assembly of various standard components such us screws, wheels, legs, handles, lights, sealing (hermetic or other type of enclosure), links, bumpers and other components.

  • Electronic Parts

    In addition to housing parts and standard components, Creanova also takes care of assembly of electronic PC boards. We insert and solder all electronic components for complete assembly of your device.

  • Packaging Assembly

    We know that packaging is much more than just a question of design, shape and material - your healthcare device must be protected and preserved during transportation, storage and sales process. We provide packaging solutions for safe shipment of produced parts or product assembly in consumer packaging. With our extensive knowledge about the device functionality and its’ special requirements, we carefully pack and deliver all produced parts according to the highest standards and strict quality control procedures. In addition we can assembly the device and it’s accessories in the final consumer packaging which is provided by client or developed by us and after assembled in shipping containers.

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