Automation of great ideas:

The healthcare industry

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Automation and the use of robotics is widespread in the healthcare industry, especially when it comes to the production, assembly and packaging of complicated single-use components such as injector pens and catheters. An automated production line has a range of benefits including:

  • Extreme precision
  • No human contact for safety and to avoid contamination
  • Very low downtime and production loss
  • Ability to produce 24/7
  • Ability to produce consistent quality products in extremely high numbers, which is important e.g. in single-use devices

Co-development and front-end design

Our project engineers have decades of experience in the design, manufacturing, installation and servicing of assembly and packaging lines for the medical production industry. Our track record shows that we have the capability of delivering advanced solutions with low TCO and time-to-market and with very high OEE.

Assembly

In the assembly of medical devices and single-use consumables, our expertise covers processes such as:

  • Parts feeding and transfer, including high-speed manual or automatic infeed, foil handling, vials handling, tray handling and stacking
  • Joining, including press fitting, welding, gluing and flanging
  • Pick-and-place operations, such as pneumatic-driven, servo-driven, robot-driven with SCARA, 6-axis and collaborative robots
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Processing

Our solutions are found in the processing of medical devices and single-use consumables, particularly within the following processes:

  • Laser stripping and cutting
  • Impulse sealing and cutting
  • Heat and light treatment such as curing, UV and corona treatment
  • Inkjet, laser engraving or pad printing
  • High-precision micro-sticker application

Integrated Product Control (IPC) and Quality Control

Quality control within the healthcare industry is of extreme importance. Our solutions help producers maintain the highest possible control standards through:

  • In-line vision at hi-res/hi-speed and Smart Cam/sensors
  • Mechanical tests such as force/torque testing, position/dimension test (0,1 µm resolution), weight test (0,01 g resolution) and pull test
  • Liquid/gas testing, air leak/pressure test and water/air flow test
  • Electrical tests in the production of medical devices, including high voltage leak testing, electrical isolation test and electrical function test of devices

Our solutions also cover sorting and counting operations for packaging applications.

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Advanced automation

We provide documentation for test runs in accordance with GAMP/GMP for products and systems for the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

We can also assist you with our knowledge on

  • 21CFR part 11
  • Traceability and serialization
  • Batch check
  • Performance data dashboard
  • Cybersecurity
  • Audit trail

Design for automation

In the design phase, we are often able to assist in creating a product design that is suitable for automation.

We can bring our expertise and experience to the table and help you make alterations in the product or production design that will enable automation to be successful.

Sometimes, it's the tiniest detail that can make all the difference and result in a production line that is faster, safer and far more efficient. In fact, the sooner you take us on board, the more value we can add to your process.

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