As we close out the year with a variety of tooling and CNC machining projects, I wanted to share a demo project that we recently completed.
A few months ago, we developed an automated robotic system for the assembly and inspection of a handheld medical device. A robot was used for a pick-and-place operation and featured an on-arm 3D scanner.
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The robot was set up to assemble and then transfer a device to a nest. In turn, the nest actuated the device and exposed an electrode. Once actuated, the robot 3D scanned the device and provided immediate feedback on whether the electrode met the tolerance requirements. A passing unit was placed into a finished unit nest, while failing units were transferred to a reject bin.
A system like this one is ideal for medical device assembly operations. A 3D inspection compares the scanned data to the CAD model and evaluates preset locations to decide if the unit meets spec. Then the system automatically outputs the data into a customized report specific to the user’s quality system. With this system, the device never leaves the clean room. There is no return to QC for a complicated vision system or CMM inspection. This system easily saves a day per lot, and eliminates or reduces the number of items on a manufacturing router.
Robots are becoming far easier to use and their prices continue to drop. They are flexible and can be readily set up for multiple manufacturing processes with limited change over time. Companies are finding it easier than ever to justify a robot purchase with a rapid ROI, often under a year, for lower volume applications.
Do you have throughput or quality issues with your manufacturing line? We’d love the opportunity to propose a solution with a rapid return on investment to kick off 2018.
Contact us so we can help cut your manufacturing costs.
Have a great holiday and see you in 2018!