As today's medical devices continue to pack more features into ever-smaller packages, manufacturers must find new ways to apply adhesives, coatings, and other assembly fluids in smaller, more-precise amounts than before.
Air-powered dispensing equipment provides a cost-effective way to improve process control by making it possible to put the same amount of fluid on every part, every time. Additional benefits include faster throughput, greater reliability, higher first-pass yields, and lower production costs.
Originally Broadcast: 9/29/08
There are many reasons for medical device manufacturers to consider automation óreducing human error, accelerating processes, maintaining regulatory compliance, and keeping a core activity in-house that otherwise might be outsourced to a low-wage country, for example. In this Free Webcast, speakers addressed when and why automation makes sense for medical device manufacturers, especially in such areas as assembly, testing, and robotics. A live Q&A followed the presentations.
Experts forecast that the U.S. market for minimally invasive devices and instruments will balloon to $11 billion by 2011. But, along with the potential for profit, the multi-billion-dollar market is presenting new challenges to the tubing industry as it demands tighter tolerances, thinner walls, biocompatible materials, and greater functionality in a much smaller package.