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Some people are just born with a mechanical brain and just seem to intuitively understand how things work. Enter Sarah, she has been mechanically inquisitive even as a young girl. Sarah is continuing to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in business management. Sarah, like the rest of our engineering staff is a Certified Kaizen Facilitator and has a sharp eye when it comes to detail. Sarah will lead our effort to expand our empirical medical packaging laboratory as we move into to new test methods to include vacuum decay and accelerated aging. In an industry where the fine points matter, Sarah has the details covered.
The MS-350 and OPL series sealers feature a serial number with an embedded date of manufacture, for example serial number 12132011-0000004/024651. The highlighted portion indicates that this sealer was manufactured on 12-13-2011. To determine if your sealer is eligible for time calibration the serial number must start with 12132011 for OPL series or 02172012 for the MS-350. Only sealers manufactured on or after these dates will qualify. In addition, only MS-350s that have a serial number that ends with an “F” are eligible for force calibration.
Before returning your packaging equipment for service or calibration, please read the following Service Return Authorization (SRA): Third party shipping organizations such as UPS and Federal Express are accustomed to moving a variety of packages, but oftentimes they disregard fragile labels. The handling typically with these types of carriers is very rough. Within our own shipping department we have a dock height drop arbiter to determine how well a machine is packed. In other words, if your product were dropped at the height of a commercial truck dock, it should survive the fall unscathed. In order to achieve this robust packaging, you should not use fillers such as loose filled Styrofoam, as it allows too much movement within the container during the shipping process. When preparing your sealing equipment for shipment, you should first secure the sealing jaws by carefully placing a foam rubber or corrugated insert in the jaws in order to prevent the jaws from moving during shipment, which can cause a sealing jaw breakage. After securing the jaw, the sealing equipment should be placed in an oversized plastic bag in order to prevent packaging material and particulates from entering the inside of the machine during the shipping process. The bagged machine should be placed in a heavy, preferably double walled, corrugated box with a minimum of six inches of buffer space between the machine and the box walls. This includes the bottom of the box as well. A foam sheet should be placed on the bottom of the box. The sealing machine should be placed in the center and all sides surrounding the machine should also be buffered with multiple layers of corrugated or foam material. Pay special attention to the jaw ends where the electrodes are located. This process should be repeated for the top of the machine. There should be no air space on any of the sides within the box, so the machine cannot move during shipment. Also, if you are sending any loose parts with the machine, such as cables, etc. Do not place them near the machine as they may rub during shipment causing damage. On MD Series sealers remove the feed tray as it may get damaged and it is not needed for calibration and service. Do not send the machine table (that the pouch rests on when sealing) as this may rub against the machine and cause damage. If you have any specific requests in terms of how the machine should be calibrated or serviced, or a description of the problems the machine is experiencing, those should be included with the documentation. Also, prominently note any safety concerns or specific hazardous conditions of the sealer under the Additional Comments section of the SRA Number Request Form. A Maintenance Supervisor’s name and phone number should be included. The machine should be strapped with fiber strapping tape or nylon shipping straps and marked excessively with red fragile labels on every exposed panel of the shipping container. Further, the SRA (Service Return Authorization) number should be prominently marked on the face of the box. Also, it has been our experience even when utilizing extreme caution, machine damage can still occur. Therefore, it is vital that you send the equipment insured for the purchase amount of the unit in order to secure your investment. Van der Stähl Scientific Inc. cannot be responsible for any equipment in transit to our facility for service and repair. When submitting a Service request through our online Service form you are acknowledging that you understand how the equipment should be prepared for safe transit and fax back to our customer service line at 866-203-0809. Should you have additional questions regarding this service return authorization, please feel free to contact our customer service agents at 800-550-3854.
As a former director of Sales and Marketing for one of the nation’s oldest custom metal fabricators, Lisa knows something about concept to completion processes. Coming from an industry where on time delivery is not merely a marketing catch phrase but an operational requisite, Lisa drives the fast pace of our dynamic firm. As the General Manager Lisa is involved in all areas of our company and has been known to drive over an hour to see off a critical part in order to keep our customer production online. She is also very technologically savvy about all of our equipment. Lisa is a CKF (Certified Kaizen Facilitator)
As a skilled electrician Cord understands the complexities of layered systems. Cord is a keen diagnostician with mechanical and electrical systems and has been an important addition to our metrology lab. The center of a well run lab is organization, and that has been the key contribution that Cord has made to the Van der Stähl Scientific organization. Cord is always looking at new ways to improve the workflow in our service center in order to create fast turnarounds times that keeps our customer delivering their life saving products on time. Also, Cord is our primary service technician in his mechanical acumen has provided fast and accurate services on our customers. Cord is also a CKF (Certified Kaizen Facilitator).
After graduating with a Business and Management degree from The University of Redlands, Charlie continued his education at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, focusing on an expanding interest in medical devices. Charlie is a certified packaging professional, certified through the Institute of Packaging Professionals and is also is a CKF (Certified Kaizen Facilitator). Charlie has contributed to several enhancements of our medical packaging machinery. Charlie holds two US patents for medical packaging equipment as well as two additional pending patents. Charlie is a six sigma black belt and leads our quality team.