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Automation Strengthens CLT Workforce, Increasing Production Capacity

Coastal Life Technologies (CLT), a contract manufacturer and distributor of sterile, single-use medical devices headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, has added a fully automated system to cut, coil, and band medical grade tubing used in many of the products produced for its customers. The equipment was developed and implemented to provide expanded manufacturing capabilities for the increasing demand of CLT tubing products. The machine features customizable tooling to create specific shapes for different diameter tubing and to apply banding paper in a variety of shapes and sizes, with interchangeable storage bins for managing product handling.

CLT Manufacturing Manager Katie Nance and Engineering Manager Monica Nikolaou were integral in the design of the automated equipment. “With the purchase of the machine, we have eliminated manual, repetitive operations, allowing a modular and scalable production system that will improve assembler health, comfort, and stamina,” said Katie Nance. She added, “Meeting the demand of our customers would not have been possible without the addition of the system. It operates 21 hours per day, 5-6 days per week, facilitating our customers’ growth and allowing CLT to expand.”

CLT provides streamlined solutions for manufacturers of medical devices, including design and engineering, raw material management, final assembly and sterile packaging, management of the sterilization process and warehousing and distribution of product.

Corporate History

  • 2000



Coastal Life Technologies (CLT) is established in San Antonio, Texas. Originally a manufacturer of medical laser fibers, the company quickly responds to customer needs by developing internal tools to handle a variety of production disciplines for the medical device industry.

  • 2003

CLT expands its ISO Class 8 clean room to accommodate growth.

  • 2004

In response to customer demand, CLT increases its warehousing and distribution capacity by 10,000 square feet.

  • 2005

A second ISO Class 8 clean room is added to meet customers’ needs and accommodate increased production levels.

  • 2007

All manufacturing and distribution operations are consolidated into one 40,000 square foot facility, expanded to maximize efficiency, service and convenience for clients.

  • 2009

Approaching full capacity. Exploring busines park expansion options.

  • 2010

CLT adds 15,000 square feet of additional climate controlled warehouse to fill demand.

  • 2011

Automation is added to our production processes for managing tubing.

  • 2012

Form/fill/seal capability is added in response to requests and demands for higher volume packaging.

  • 2013

CLT adds electro-mechanical assembly and soft goods manufacturing to our core competencies.