Preconditioning Fixture

The client, a medical device company, was experiencing a quality issues with one of their surgical instruments.  The instrument was comprised of a needle that actuated in and out of an outer tube.  In some cases, high friction would prevent the needle from freely sliding in the outer tube.  They determined the issue could be resolved by cycling the needle in the tube a number of times while under a side load.


  • Improved product quality
  • Reduced cycle time for product improvement activities
  • Quick response and project delivery
  • Improved ergonomics for operators

A-C Responsibilities

  • Process Development
  • Design
  • Build
  • Test
  • Deploy

System Features

  • Koyo Click Series PLC
  • SMC solenoid pneumatic valves
  • Precision product translation using cross-roller rails and an air cylinder

Automation Case Studies