Invotec helps medical manufacturer transition manual coiling process to a more repeatable, accurate, automated process. The Challenge A medical device manufacturer was struggling to produce consistent results in a highly complex, manual sub-assembly of their device. The process called for an operator to manually coil a delicate, .020” thick wire around the exterior of a mandrel. Doing so required operators to feed, wind, clamp, coil, and cut the material before transferring the device to a welding station—all of which was … Read More
Vision Inspection for Automated Sorting
How Invotec helped a contract manufacturer improve the accuracy of their inspection process for medical device components. The Challenge A contract manufacturer supplying critical pins for medical device assembly was given eight weeks by their largest customer to improve the accuracy and reliability of their currently manual inspection process. The stainless steel pins are .030” in diameter and require inspection for size, length, features, and coating, before shipment to the medical device manufacturer. Due to the small scale of the … Read More
Medical Device Manufacturers are Improving OEE with Automation
What is OEE? OEE – Overall Equipment Effectiveness – measures how well a manufacturing operation is performing compared to its full potential. To calculate OEE, we identify the availability, performance, and quality of the manufacturing process.
Automated Assembly Preloads Needles for Ophthalmic Procedures
How Invotec helped one medical device manufacturer increase the efficiency and accuracy of a microscopic process with automated assembly. The Challenge An ophthalmic drug delivery company faced an inaccurate, manual process as well as increased demands for their ocular drug delivery systems. They needed an automated solution to replace their tabletop process, which relied heavily on operators and yielded only a 40% success rate. The challenge involved loading a needle hub assembly with a compact, cylindrical medicine. Due to the … Read More
Semi-automated Equipment Line Outfitted to Run Multiple Devices
How Invotec helped one medical device manufacturer meet volume demands of two products with one line A large medical device manufacturer was ready to invest in an equipment line to produce their newest surgical device. However, with fluctuating volume demands on an existing device, the customer was looking for a line that could potentially handle both devices. Additionally, the equipment would be installed in a China-based facility where the customer would need access to both remote and in-person support. Invotec … Read More
Medical Device Assembly FAQs
Medical device manufacturing is precise and complex. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we’ve compiled the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions when it comes to ensuring quality with automation: How do I determine the right level of automation? How do I design my product for vision? How can I improve my operators’ efficiency & consistency? How do I scale-up my production? Download our e-book to learn the answers.