End-user needs continue to evolve as healthcare and research facilities pursue operational improvements related to lean operations, custom workflows, and process/device integration. Implementing these initiatives can be challenging, and become even more complex when temperature-controlled products and storage environments are included.
Helmer Custom Products combines expertise with temperature-controlled storage and processing equipment for clinical, research, and production environments with organizational competencies in integrations, software, design, testing/validation and manufacturing.
Helmer Custom Products
Temperature controlled custom solutions for healthcare and research applications. We partner with you to understand your temperature-controlled applications and workflows to develop your custom solution.
Branding & Paint
Testing & Validation
Custom Products Projects
Interested in Security and Integration, Storage and Configurations, or Cosmetics and Branding?
Helmer Scientific provides integrated solutions for safeguarding medications, blood therapies, biologics, and other temperature-sensitive products. Helmer serves healthcare, research, and biopharmaceutical customers in more than 130 countries from its US headquarters, which also houses its R&D center and advanced FDA GMP design and manufacturing operations. Helmer Custom Products designs, develops, and manufacturers specialized temperature-controlled solutions to address custom workflow, lean operation, and device integration customer needs.
Examples of Previous Custom Projects
Our customers have come to us with challenges that cannot be solved with standard products. Together we have developed solutions to meet those needs. Enclosed please find examples of customer projects addressed through Helmer Custom Products. We look forward to working with you to design and manufacture the right solution for your facility!
Security and Integration
Helmer Access Technology/Mechatronics
Ensuring only authorized users have access to restricted products can be a requirement across many applications. Inventory control systems exist for products stored at ambient temperatures but enabling inventory control systems for refrigerated and other temperature-controlled environments is a challenge. Managing humidity, temperature uniformity, recovery, and stability is critical when considering solutions that provide security to sensitive, expensive, and/or regulated products.
Helmer Access Technology integrates medical-grade temperature-controlled devices, software, and secure-access bin technology to enable interoperability with third-party systems and applications. Helmer Scientific’s innovation and expertise in cold storage and electronics allows for fully integrated refrigerated device integration to improve workflow efficiency, safety, and security.
Pass-thru Refrigerators with Electronic Interlock Door Technology
Pharmacies and manufacturing environments with refrigerated Pass-thrus allow technicians to move product between clean and non-clean spaces. However, refrigerated pass-thru cabinets typically allow technicians and staff to open both doors of the pass-thru at the same time. This can occur when staff wants to use the pass-thru as a communication medium or staff just inadvertently has doors on both sides of the pass-thru opened simultaneously.
Helmer Scientific has developed pass-thru refrigerators with iLock® technology. When doors on one side of these pass-thru cabinets are opened iLock electronically locks the doors on the other side. Electronic interlock functionality helps ensure refrigerated pass-thru doors on opposite sides of the cabinet are not opened simultaneously. This product is designed to help protect sensitive refrigerated product while allowing efficiency in clean room spaces.
Access Control Lock Integration
Limited solutions exist that allow a facility to use a 3rd party software systems with independent user validation (badge reader) to manage access to a temperature-controlled cold storage or incubator cabinet. If a facility has standardized to a specific badge reader system for room access, they may want to use the same system to access refrigerators and/or incubators.
Helmer created a custom integration that allow 3rd party systems to control the integrated door lock on Helmer refrigerators and incubators. These integrations can be implemented using an ethernet enabled API or via a hard connection via access cable to badge readers.
Storage and Configurations
Clinical and life science applications use a wide variety of products, with endless packaging and configuration options. Off the shelf internal storage may not maximize storage space for capacity or enable good organization and user workflows, which could result in safety risks or inefficient inventory management.
Helmer Custom Products creates customized internal storage designed around your unique application. Customized shelves, drawers, divider systems, hanging systems are designed and manufactured to optimize inventory management around your specific storage needs to improve efficiency and safety.
Custom Equipment Carts and Stands
Healthcare facilities embrace projects that create new workflow processes. Managing temperature-controlled equipment can be challenging when equipment mobility is required, when there is limited installation footprint available, or when room configuration affects user ergonomics.
Helmer has designed mobile carts and equipment stands, tested and validated to industry safety standards, to assist customers in meeting unique process and layout needs.
Testing and Validation Services
Custom Paint and Logos
Healthcare or research facilities may prefer to maintain a certain look and feel to lab spaces. In addition, institution logos or team colors may be desired on equipment to create the desired work environment. When choosing laboratory equipment, styles and colors offered are limited by the manufacturer.
Helmer can color-match exterior finishes of equipment to your specification. In addition, we can work with your facility to add company logos and branding to equipment. Color and branding requests require approval from the Helmer marketing team.
Ambient Temperature Environments
Controlled Room Temperature Pharmaceutical Cabinets
Room temperature medication storage is subject to FDA regulations to ensure products are stored according to labeling requirements. Storage conditions for pharmaceuticals at room temperature is typically 68-77F (20-25C). Maintaining these temperature ranges can be a challenge, especially in locations where HVAC systems are not controlled by hospital pharmacy staff (e.g. HVAC not controlled on nights, weekends, etc.).
Helmer ambient room temperature cabinets are designed to maintain a set temperature, even when room temperature is as cold as 59 degrees or as high as 95 degrees. These cabinets help ensure sensitive pharmaceuticals are maintained at manufacturer recommended temperatures, even with ambient room temperature is not controlled to help mitigate safety and regulatory risks.
Ambient Pass-thru Cabinets
Pharmacies and manufacturing environments routinely use refrigerated pass-thru units to improve workflow between clean and non-clean work areas. Pass-thrus allow access to critical products without requiring staff to enter and leave clean spaces. Ambient pass-thru cabinets used in these environments are typically limited in capacity and do not match the look and feel of the larger refrigerated pass-thru cabinets installed in similar areas.
Helmer Custom Products creates ambient pass-thru cabinets that allow products stored at normal room temperatures. These cabinets allow technicians to manage high volumes of products in a space that is accessible by clean and non-clean sides of a room. High capacity ambient cabinets help reduce the frequency of staff garbing and entering restricted clean areas to manage bulk and non-bulk ambient temperature product and supplies.