Millstone Medical Outsourcing expands contract packaging division, strengthens status as premier provider of packaging services to medical device industry

February 16, 2006 — /PRNewswire/ — FALL RIVER, Mass. — Millstone Medical Outsourcing recently expanded its Contract Packaging Division through investment in four additional key assets, including a state-of-the-art PMS (Particulate Monitoring System), a second Omni 2000 Branson Ultrasonic Cleaning system, a class 100 laminar flow hood, and Nitric Acid passivation system. Millstone, outsource partner to three of the world’s top orthopaedic companies, is the fast-growing provider of aftermarket services, start-up solutions, and premier contract packaging services for medical device manufacturers. The company’s enhanced suite of packaging services will enable Millstone to offer clients the most advanced technology for a wider range of services and superior quality assurance.

“At Millstone Medical Outsourcing, we consistently improve our facility, equipment, and capabilities in order to meet the growing needs of our customers,” said Millstone President and CEO Shannon Tillman. “Our goal is to consistently deliver outstanding services that reduce costs, decrease time to market, and ensure quality compliance.”

With the addition of the PMS technology, Millstone is the only contract packaging provider to the medical device industry with superior real time monitoring and control of its Class 10,000/ISO 7 rated clean room. This advanced system allows for real time measurement of particulate, relative humidity, pressure, and temperature at one minute intervals, 24 hours a day via 10 Airnet sensors mounted above each and every clean room work station. Millstone’s approximate $100,000 investment in this technology was made in an effort to achieve the highest level of customer responsiveness and quality assurance possible as it relates to the provision of clean room, sterile packaging services to leading medical device OEMs.

Millstone’s second Branson ultrasonic cleaning system allows for turbulator pre-conditioning, ultrasonic wash, ultrasonic rinse, and tertiary rinse as well as built-in dryer processing. The system includes a TDR 15 automated, robotic transport arm to move product between cleaning stations at the command of pre-approved and validated programs. The second system provides Millstone with increased capacity for clean and pack processing of implants, which must be reliably cleaned just prior to transfer into a clean room environment for sterile packaging.

The company acquired a Nitric acid passivation system, also operated via robotic arm for maximum efficiency, that includes a Nitric acid wash, ultrasonic rinse, and dryer system. The addition of Nitric acid passivation enables Millstone to receive product directly from machining suppliers that do not have validated passivation capabilities. Parts are passivated and cleaned immediately before packaging, thereby reducing the risk of contamination during shipment to the OEM in unpackaged form.

Finally, Millstone’s investment in a class 100 laminar flow hood now makes it possible for the company to provide extremely low level particulate operating space for critical operations involving powder fill, vial fill, and syringe fill operations and requiring fluids and polymers to be absolutely free from compromise.

“These added capabilities, combined with Millstone’s existing 4,000 square feet of Class 10,000/ISO 7 clean room operating space and seasoned engineering team, widen Millstone’s lead in the race to become the premier provider of contract packaging solutions for the Medical device industry,” said Tillman.

About Millstone Medical Outsourcing

Millstone Medical Outsourcing is a leading and innovative provider of customized outsourcing solutions to the medical device industry. The company offers superior aftermarket services, customized start-up solutions, and premier contract packaging services to medical device manufacturers worldwide. With tens of thousands of units processed each week for many of the industry’s most prominent companies, Millstone has significant expertise in a wide range of services. Superior quality service and increased ROI are what clients have come to expect from Millstone Medical Outsourcing. The company is privately- held and headquartered in Fall River, MA. Millstone is FDA registered and ISO certified by BSI, Inc. to ISO 13485. For more information, please visit

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Rachel Tillman
Cool River Marketing
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Source: Millstone Medical Outsourcing

CONTACT: Rachel Tillman of Cool River Marketing, +1-202-251-3625,
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