Vision Inspection for Automated Sorting

Sarah SpeltzCase Study, Error Proofing, Machine Vision Systems

automated inspection equipment

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

Automated Assembly Preloads Needles for Ophthalmic Procedures

InvotecCase Study, Complex Assembly Equipment, Controls Engineering, Error Proofing, Machine Vision Systems, Precision Joining

semi-automated assembly station

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

Misconceptions About Automation

Sarah SpeltzCase Study

Over the last 25 years, we have watched automation technology evolve and deliver new possibilities to the assembly, inspection, and testing of medical devices. From force testing surgical devices to inspecting trocars for microscopic defects to loading drug delivery systems, automation helps complete intricate processes with repeatable results. Yet, according to many manufacturing trends, the medical device industry is slower to truly embrace automation than other fields. While most medical device manufacturers understand the benefits of shifting from manual processes … 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