Semi-automated Equipment Line Outfitted to Run Multiple Devices

Sarah SpeltzCase Study, Complex Assembly Equipment, Error Proofing, Machine Vision Systems, Test Systems

semi-automated equipment line

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

Shifting from Manual Processes to Automation

Sarah SpeltzCase Study, Complex Assembly Equipment, Error Proofing, Machine Vision Systems, Test Systems

nest on semi-automated equipment line

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

Automated End-of-Line Tester Adds RFID Tagging

InvotecCase Study, Controls Engineering, Micro Laser Processing, Test Systems

automated end of line tester

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

Medical Device Assembly and Test System

InvotecCase Study, Complex Assembly Equipment, Machine Vision Systems, Micro Laser Processing, Test Systems

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

Tech Tip: Test Systems & Anticipating Your Unknowns

InvotecNews, Test Systems

Solid test systems are a critical component in medical device manufacturing—and for good reason. High international standards set by the FDA and CE regulatory bodies help keep patients and healthcare professionals safe, making compliance necessary but not always easy to achieve. Robust test equipment helps manufacturers ensure that devices can withstand external forces not tested during the assembly process. Designing these systems always presents the same challenge: engineers must learn to predict what they don’t know. So how do they … Read More

Temperature Probe Laser Marking

InvotecCase Study, Error Proofing, Micro Laser Processing, Test Systems

laser marking station

Overview We worked with our customer to develop a custom solution to a significant process problem they had with the testing of their temperature probes. PROBLEMS WE SOLVE One of our customers had a significant process hurdle in the launch of one of their temperature probe programs. They needed an individual machine that measured for performance characteristics as well as labeled and serialized the sensors based on the results of the testing. This process was required to ensure that non-conforming … Read More