Optimize Product Performance
With over 50 years of experience designing, developing, and manufacturing components for inhalation drug delivery systems, 3M understands the MDI from the inside out. We provide our partners the convenience of working with a single source, while our vertically integrated supply chain ensures a continuous commercial supply can be met. Because 3M is the only supplier that manufactures both valves and canisters, we can optimize these components throughout the product development process, to help guarantee a successful fit into your program.
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Canisters for Any Need
3M Drug Delivery Systems offers a complete range of canisters that can be customized to fit your needs. Each type is compatible with the other components in a metered dose inhaler:
- Coated canisters
- Sleeved canisters
- Deep-drawn aluminum
Coatings for Extra Protection
A variety of our canisters come pre-coated with Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP), a coating designed to reduce drug deposition and improve chemical and physical stability. 3M coatings can be applied to both canister and valve components to improve formulation stability, protect product performance and help extend a product's shelf life.
Sleeved Canisters to Maintain a Common Look & Feel
We manufacture sleeved cans that are perfect for low volume products or sample batches where it is important to maintain a common look and feel with higher volume products. This solution can protect your product from costly actuator redesigns when expanding your portfolio.
Valves for Precise Performance
3M valves provide proven dose consistency and reliability. In addition, their robust construction delivers superior market performance. Because we integrate component manufacturing with valve assembly on-site, we can maintain control and improve efficiency throughout the process to help ensure a seamless fit. Our valves are available for both pressure filling and cold filling manufacturing.
Manufacturing: Putting It All Together
Our simplified supply chain – with vertical integration from canister, valve and dose counter production to final product manufacturing – allows all of the components of your inhalation product to work harmoniously.
- Expertise in advanced metal component manufacturing
- Long-term experience in componentry manufacturing
- Valves, canisters, dose counters and actuators to help you differentiate your product
- Many components are available as a part of a complete systems program or as a standalone component, both backed by full technical support from 3M
3M delivers the core advantages you need to help ensure your success. Contact us for a cost-free, no-obligation feasibility study for the first stage of assessment.
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Related Posters, Presentations and
3M Range of Canisters Information Sheet (107 kb, PDF)
The development of a new rapid screening test for evaluating the non-stick performance of MDI canisters (287 kb, PDF)
3M Retention Valve Information Sheet (97.6 kb, PDF)