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

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

Invotec Engineering and Butterfield Engineering Working Together

InvotecControls Engineering, News

       Dayton, Ohio, USA, December 17, 2018–Invotec Engineering and Butterfield Engineering form a strategic agreement to provide customers robust software solutions for assembly and test equipment.    Invotec Engineering and Butterfield Engineering announced their plans for cooperation on December 17, 2018. Invotec provides custom automation equipment to medical device manufacturers for assembly, test, and inspection. As customers continue to face tighter regulations, Invotec recognized the need to integrate stronger software capabilities into their equipment for better data collection … Read More

Vision-Guided Laser Welding

InvotecCase Study, Machine Vision Systems, Micro Laser Processing, Precision Joining

laser welding on medical device assembly equipment

Vision guidance is used in situations where the combination of tolerance stack-ups, beam diameter, and feature size would cause inconsistent welds. The Challenge With Precision Laser Welding When you manufacture medical devices, automotive sensors, and other intricate products, failure is not an option. With tight tolerances and complicated assembly processes, consistently laser welding complex components can be a difficult task to accomplish and maintain over a long period of time in a production environment. The focused spot diameter for laser … Read More