How Invotec provided flexible testing in the form of a multi-station, semi-automated system. The Challenge A catheter manufacturer was looking for development equipment to be used in their research lab. They wanted the capability to perform testing and analyze the coating and curing process of a variety of materials across products of differing lengths. Most of the details of the tests were kept confidential, but they included adjusting factors such as product height, curing temperature, coating and curing duration, and … Read More
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.
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
When you think about “automation” and what it means for your business, what instantly comes to mind? Perhaps that it’s faster. It’s ultimately cheaper. It requires less labor. While these can certainly be true, what is often lost in translation is how these benefits impact the quality, accuracy, and repeatability that medical device manufacturers seek. In fact, the most important aspect of automation in the medical device industry is its ability to provide better consistency for your product, allowing you … Read More
How Invotec designed an automated end-of-line tester that helped one medical device manufacturer scale-up production while protecting IP The Challenge A large manufacturer of pathology solutions faced increased demands for their tissue-sampling probes. They forecasted volumes rising nearly 400% over the next five years—and they needed an additional, automated end-of-line tester to meet those goals. The company also wanted to add RFID tagging to protect their intellectual property as their products began to be sold internationally. The Solution Having designed … Read More
The Challenge Our customer needed a system that would assemble, test, and label their medical device. Using in-process checks, they wanted to verify that all components in the assembly complied with rigid quality standards; additionally recorded data from post-process testing operations was required on all of the devices. The Solution Invotec developed a system that employed lean cell technology in an assembly line approach— incorporating a manually indexing, pallet conveyor to transfer assembled components between operations. Machine vision systems were … Read More
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