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.
Andrews-Cooper engineers reviewed the customer’s manually operated prototype fixture and engaged their process development team to define process parameters for an automated preconditioning system. The Andrews-Cooper team designed, fabricated, assembled, tested and delivered an automated fixture that processes a batch of product assemblies. The tabletop fixture is compact and protects operators from potential safety hazards. Our design successfully met important operational characteristics, such as maximization of system uptime, and minimization of required service and maintenance. The fixture is designed to operate in a medical manufacturing cleanroom environment, including clean design features that accommodate wipedown and minimize particulate generation. Our medical automation experience and capabilities empower our medical customers to meet their organizational manufacturing goals.