High-quality and cost-effective manufacturing of precision polymer parts and consumables are of utmost importance in the diagnostics industry as well as other industries.

Our interdisciplinary team of engineers offers full solutions for the fabrication of macro-, micro-, nano-structured and multi-layer polymer devices. Frequently beginning with the redesign of the device of interest we enable industrialization for mass production of precision polymer parts at our ISO13485 certified plant. Product categories and core competencies:

  • Cartridges for clinical and Point-of-Care IVD
  • Microfluidic devices
  • Wave guides
  • Micro arrays
  • Optical lenses


 

“Especially in diagnostics we offer an unbeaten value chain. We provide innovative design solutions and reliable manufacturing for increased throughput, standardization, lower assay costs and integration of various functionalities, plus customer focused world-class logistics” says Georg Bauer, SVP Product Development.

Our comprehensive value add for polymer parts encompasses design, manufacturing and logistics.

Industrialization starts with the right idea and the right design - usually co-developed by our customer and our interdisciplinary team of engineers.

We offer a smooth transition from device conception to mass manufacturing by fully understanding the initial system and assay requirements, as well as the essential cost drivers.

 

 

“Integrating different functions on one chip, e.g. molded filters or printed electrodes, is routine for us. Being able to anticipate and reduce the number of components and manufacturing steps at an early stage might sound trivial, but it can have a massive impact on yield, quality and final price” says Gottfried Reiter, Principal Engineer.

Case studies

  • Client 1: Maven Biotechnologies

    Client 1: Maven Biotechnologies

    Chips for label-free detection. Our job started with the design of a highly precise multi-layer coating.

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  • Client 2: Quanterix

    Client 2: Quanterix

    Disc shaped chips for bead based ELISA assays. Thanks to our redesign standard packaging solutions for CDs can be used.

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  • Client 3: Raindance Technologies

    Client 3: Raindance Technologies

    Chips for DNA sample preparation ahead of next generation sequencing. The design of an existing PDMS chip got adapted to meet the challenges of injection molding of solid polymer.

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  • Client 4: Shimadzu Corporation

    Client 4: Shimadzu Corporation

    Chips for MALDI mass spectrometry. Traditional steel targets got replaced by a polymer solution. Two main challenges were tackled: Making polymer conductive and "steelish" from the chemical point of view.

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Having translated the proof-of-concept into fully functional prototypes, these prototypes are used to optimize processes during pilot production - already with a view to future mass-production.

 

“Frequently, we work with standardized formats e.g. CD format to keep the cost of prototyping as low as possible. For example we make a disc with all functional features mimicking the final production process. To maximize efficiency during the prototyping phase, we often obtain the final outer dimensions by micro milling the design from the disc” says Werner Balika, Manager Assembly Projects.

Case studies

  • Client 1: Cube Dx

    Client 1: Cube Dx

    Cylinders for diagnostic micro-arrays. With this project we started injection molding and sputter coating of three dimensional objects.

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  • Client 2: Maven Biotechnologies

    Client 2: Maven Biotechnologies

    Chips for label-free detection. For first prototypes we had the advantage of the standard MS format and strong expertise in coating from disc production.

     

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  • Client 3: Quanterix

    Client 3: Quanterix

    Disc shaped chips for bead based ELISA assays. Using a standard formats severely reduced efforts regarding cost and time.

     

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  • Client 4: Raindance Technologies

    Client 4: Raindance Technologies

    Chips for DNA sample preparation ahead of next generation sequencing.

     

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  • Client 5: Shimadzu Corporation

    Client 5: Shimadzu Corporation

    Chips for MALDI mass spectrometry. Using the standard MS format sped up development to replace existing steel solution by polymer. Two challenges were tackled: Making polymer conductive and "steelish" from the chemical view.

     

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Most mastering is kept in-house for a rapid customer response and short turn-around time: Our digital customizable mastering technology affords the following advantages and capabilities.

  • Multi height features
  • Layer heights: 10 nm – several mm
  • Aspect ratios up to 12:1
  • Small structure sizes down to 150 nm

 

In our business precision mastering is an essential prerequisite. Thanks to our in-house service the best technology and short turnaround time is a true value add for our customers” says Adrian Prinz, Development Engineer Mastering.

Case studies

  • Client 1: Quanterix

    Client 1: Quanterix

    Disc shaped chips for bead based ELISA assays. It does not only look likes a CD. Also the mastering process was highly similar.

     

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  • Client 2: Raindance Technologies

    Client 2: Raindance Technologies

    Chips for DNA sample preparation ahead of next generation sequencing. In-house mastering guarantees full control of design and mastering.

     

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  • Client 3: Shimadzu Corporation

    Client 3: Shimadzu Corporation

    Chips for MALDI mass spectrometry. In-house mastering ensures full control of design and mastering and guarantees fast implementation of client projects whilst meeting our high quality expectations.

     

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Challenging aspect ratios and complex microstructures? We provide solutions for the highest quality mass production by injection molding.

Critical phases of our production cycle are computer controlled. Our equipment is integrated with state-of-the-art robots that carefully handle molded parts, discard sprues and place finished parts on automated conveyors for laser marking, checking and packaging.

 

 

"Our integrated and flexible equipment enables us to offer proficient mass production of a customized product throughout our global manufacturing network, from quantities as low as hundreds up to millions of units” says Martin Karl, Manager Molding.

Case studies

  • Client 1: Cube Dx

    Client 1: Cube Dx

    Cylindrical micro arrays for diagnostics and drug monitoring. Using an existing mold we successfully transferred mass production to our main plant in Anif/Austria.

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  • Client 2: Caliper

    Client 2: Caliper

    Chips for DNA electrophoresis for sample preparation ahead of next generation sequencing. An early project with comparably big parts.

     

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  • Client 3: Maven Biotechnologies

    Client 3: Maven Biotechnologies

    Chips for label-free detection consisting of a highly sophisticated injection molded bottom plate and "chimneys".

     

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  • Client 4: Quanterix

    Client 4: Quanterix

    Discs for bead based ELISA assays: two injection molded precision discs. One discs contains an array of holes with a diameter of 4.5 µm only.

     

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  • Client 5: Raindance Technologies

    Client 5: Raindance Technologies

    Chips for droplet-based sample preparation ahead of next generation DNA sequencing. This chip combines several functions: filtering, droplet generation, merging and storing.

     

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  • Client 6: Shimadzu Corporation

    Client 6: Shimadzu Corporation

    Polymeric MALDI targets for mass-spectrometric analysis. Their beauty and challenge lies in its constant quality: Constant wetting behaviour for reproducible sample preparationa and analysis is the main challenge and the key to success.


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  • Client 7: Sony Corporation

    Client 7: Sony Corporation

    Chips for FACS analysis. Two halfs manufactured by precision injection molding have to form the perfectly circular channel to ensure always the same flow characteristics for easy handling and reproducible scientific results.

     

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Almost everything can be sputtered (e.g. metals or insulators) onto almost everything (e.g. plastics, metals, glass).

Apart from aesthetically improving polymer parts with an impressive metal look, achievable functional effects include:

  • Defined wetting behavior
  • Reflectivity
  • Vapor barrier
  • Adhesive layer
  • Chemical resistance
  • Preparation for crosslinking
  • Conductivity
  • Light filtering

 

Sputter coating has clear advantages over other coating techniques

  • Cost-effective manufacturing due to the option of in-line processing
  • Product consistency due to a highly reliable process
  • “Green” process - no harmful emissions, no waste water pollution


 

„Our expertise in sputter coating is built on 10.000.000.000 discs manufactured and coated by our company. We have optimized this coating process for discs over the last 25 years, now we offer this service to a number of diverse industries” says Nora Doppelmayer, Project Manager Process Development.

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Our specialty is complete, fully automated bonding solutions with seamless in-line QC.

Our leading edge bonding tools include thermo-compression-bonding, low temperature polymer bonding and pressure sensitive bonding, all operated under Class 1000 cleanroom conditions.

 

 

"Starting out from extensive expertise in bonding for DVD manufacturing, assembly of discs into cartridges and wafer components we have successfully adapted our services to excel in other industries and products” says Dario Borovic, Manager Bonding Solutions.

Case studies

  • Client 1: Caliper

    Client 1: Caliper

    Chip for DNA electrophoresis. A hard channel plate and a foil joined by laser welding.

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  • Client 2: Maven Biotechnologies

    Client 2: Maven Biotechnologies

    Chips for label-free detection. One precision bottom-plate and upper chimneys glued together with double-sided adhesive tape.


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  • Client 3: Quanterix

    Client 3: Quanterix

    Disc shaped chips for bead based ELISA assays. Two microstructured precision discs glued together by laser welding.

     

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  • Client 4: Raindance Technologies

    Client 4: Raindance Technologies

    Chips for DNA sample preparation ahead of next generation sequencing. One challenge is bonding of an integrated microfilter. We master it with our fully automated bonding liner.


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  • Client 5: Sony Corporation

    Client 5: Sony Corporation

    Chip for FACS analysis. Precision bonding ensures circular channels, prerequisite for re- producible laminar flow characteristics. Our bonding liner with 100 % in-line QC check ensures reproducible chip-to-chip performance.


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As part of our coatings portfolio we offer coatings to provide amino and epoxide activated surfaces for subsequent spotting and DNA/protein binding.

We achieve minimal variation in optical density across a plate with a standard deviation of less than 5%.

 

 

"We have started to set up dedicated, environmentally controlled spotting facilities suitable for the production of DNA based and antibody based microarrays. By November 2013, our first spotted consumables was commercially available” says Maria Kaufmann, Engineer.

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For every customer`s specific needs, we can develop a made-to-measure assembly solution enabling semi-automated / fully automated assembly, full integration into the manufacturing process and automated in-line QC.

Primary competencies are:

  • Insertions of pins or gaskets
  • Integration of MEMS, electrodes, etc.
  • Mounting of chips into caddies
  • Gluing
  • Laser welding
  • Sealing
  • Application of stickers
  • Laser engraving

 

 

 

“The list of services we offer is comprehensive and continually expanding to meet ever-growing customer requirements” says Josef Hasibeder, Manager Automation Engineering.

Case studies

  • Client 1: Caliper

    Client 1: Caliper

    Chip for DNA electrophoresis. Complex assembly: Bonding, welding, insertion of pins and combs.

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  • Client 2: Maven Biotechnologies

    Client 2: Maven Biotechnologies

    Chip for label-free detection of biomolecules. Assembly using double-sided adhesive tape.

     

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  • Client 3: Quanterix

    Client 3: Quanterix

    Disc for diagnostic bead based ELISA assays. Precision laser welding.

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  • Client 4: Raindance Technologies

    Client 4: Raindance Technologies

    Chip for filtering, droplet generation and handling. Electrode printing, bonding insertion of gaskets, insertion of chip into the caddy.

     

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  • Client 5: Shimadzu Corporation

    Client 5: Shimadzu Corporation

    Chips for MALDI mass-spectrometry. Application of stickers, insertion into boxes, application of sealing stickers, final packaging.

     

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Individual and standard packaging.

In addition to standard packaging, such as cardboard, blister or box packaging, we have engineering resources to design the right packaging for any customized product.

Worldwide logistics expertise is integral to all activities.

Supply chain management worldwide include

  • Order management
  • Warehousing
  • Shipping
  • Returns management
  • Cash collection

 

"Providing standard or customized solutions - single packaging as well as industrial bulk packs for all kinds of markets - is a key attribute for STRATEC Consumables. Using us as both your manufacturer and logistics partner ensures products will be available to your customers whenever and wherever required” says Christof Egger, Manager Packaging and Logistics.

Case studies

  • Client 1: Caliper

    We offer a vast variety of standard packaging solutions.


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  • Client 2: Maven Biotechnologies

    Client 2: Maven Biotechnologies

    On demand we provide customized packaging solutions (standard cardboard box with plastic containers).


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  • Client 3: Quanterix

    Client 3: Quanterix

    Shrink tube packaging is a popular standard packaging solution in the CD business.


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  • Client 4: Raindance Technologies

    Client 4: Raindance Technologies

    Customized box with protective foam inlay.


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  • Client 5: Shimadzu Corporation

    Client 5: Shimadzu Corporation

    Keeping costs as low as possible with a semi-customized packaging solution.

     

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  • Client 6: Sony Corporation

    Client 6: Sony Corporation

    Single chip packaging using vacuum pouches.

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We believe a strong focus on quality, process excellence and reliability, together with an unwavering commitment to customer needs, creates the foundation for a best-in-class commercial service.

ISO 13485 certified and GMP ready we offer:

  • High-speed inspection
  • Functional check for final products
  • Optical in-line quality check for each product

 

“We have installed and validated processes for 24/7 QC monitoring in order to meet customer agreed specifications. Furthermore we consistently follow and analyze real time data and trends; this ensures a fast reaction time and potential failure prevention” says Chris Mayrhofer, Manager QC.

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