What Challenges Do We Face in Wound Dressing Manufacture?

Our experience and expert knowledge in the wound care industry make us one of the sector’s most established and trusted companies. Despite our reputation as being one of the wound dressing field’s leading organisations, we still have to overcome a number of hurdles on a daily basis.

We never want to let our standards slip, which is why we embrace these hurdles. To find out what challenges we face and how we face them, be sure to read on.

Challenge no.1: The need to provide a unique service

It is not possible to offer a one-size-fits-all service in the wound care sector. To retain our position at the top of this industry, it’s essential that we provide each individual customer with a bespoke service that is tailored around their unique needs. Anything less, and we wouldn’t be able to provide the optimised service that we have become known for.

Offering a blanket service would be much easier than offering a unique one, that much is for certain. Nevertheless, we strive to manufacture wound dressing products in as bespoke a fashion as possible by following a five-phase process. This helps us to understand the individual requirements of our customers and ultimately develop the best products on the market.

Our five-phase process aids us as we take on the challenge of providing a unique service to each and every customer. It helps us get right to the heart of each individual matter, and it allows us to make the most out of the time we are afforded with our consumers. Here is the exact process that we follow:

Phase 1: Enquiry — We hold an open discussion with our customers to understand their needs, outline a project timeline, and make arrangements with regards to packaging and transportation

Phase 2: Samples — We discuss samples with our customers so that we can attain a better idea of what adjustments need to be made and what prices need to be set

Phase 3: Sample development — We develop our samples while still remaining in close contact with the customer (we may run a pilot line and/or mainline trials at this stage to ensure that the customer in question is 100% happy with our service)

Phase 4: Operational Qualification — Once the customer is happy to proceed, we confirm our final quotes, set our final costs, and move on to the manufacturing process

Phase 5: Performance Qualification — The production, perforation, conversion, packaging, and transport specification are signed off, and we start the manufacturing process

Challenge no.2: Our sector is constantly evolving

All industries undergo changes from time to time, but it’s safe to say that our field undergoes more than most. The wound care sector is in a constant state of flux, simply because there are always new technologies and materials being introduced into the wound care market. In our bid to consistently provide wound dressing products that are befitting of the day, we strive to keep ahead of the curve at all times.

In the fast-paced sector that we work in, this is no mean feat. Our laboratory is constantly abuzz. The expert workforce that we employ stops at nothing to ensure that our products meet high standards and specific specifications.

We assess a whole host of coated bi, tri, and quad laminated products on a daily basis. Some of the specific tests that we perform include:

  • Adhesion
  • Stripping linear force and tack
  • Moisture vapour transmission rate (MVTR)

For more information on how Raleigh Coatings can support your wound dressing requirements, and to find out more about our processes, contact our team on 01785 850 357 or email our Business Development Project Manager, Jenny Reeves (Jenny@raleighcoatings.com)

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