Enclosure maker wins medical device contract

Paul Boughton

Enclosure specialist Smartboxx has been awarded a contract to manufacture several key components for the OrganOx metra, an innovative medical device that enables the repair, preservation and objective viability assessment of livers prior to transplantation.

Smartboxx will undertake the manufacture of the trolley bases, the enclosure, the internal air management ducting and several other components. The trolley bases employ an aluminum honeycomb material to minimise weight and the enclosure utilises a composite material.

“We are very pleased to have won the OrganOx contract,” said Karl Sears, Operations Director. “We had a hand in designing the honeycomb internal chassis, the external cladding and internal components for airflow management. We also helped manufacture two units for clinical trials. In this respect, we feel some pride in the success of the project to date, and are excited to be a part of its future growth.”

Smartboxx’s approach to enclosure design is one that is based on the tool-less manipulation of flat sheet plastic by CNC machining, bending and forming, all carried out to strict tolerances. This approach enables its design team to turn around a working prototype within 1 week from receipt of drawings, or approval of CAD/CAM designs.

“Smartboxx have played a key role in designing and manufacturing several components of the OrganOx metra. Bringing their expertise to bear on the device has added real value and it’s been a pleasure working with the team at Smartboxx” said Dr. Colin Story, Operations Director at OrganOx.

For more information, visit www.smartboxx.co.uk