Winterthur, February 2020 – During the Medical Expo MD&M West 2020, Kistler will present smart measurement solutions that enhance medical manufacturing to comply with the medical devices quality standards and to save costs. At the same time, Kistler is a strong partner in driving digitalization. As a special highlight, the company will showcase a test station for medical devices featuring the world’s smallest 6-axis robot.
Kistler experts will demonstrate how medical device manufacturing can maximize resource efficiency, process reliability and transparency of its assembly and production processes – and, last but not least, the quality of products.
100% process control is a common goal of medical device manufacturers. Automated process monitoring for precise control during every phase in the entire production chain is key. With more than 60 years of expertise in measurement technology, Kistler offers manufacturers of medical devices a tailored product portfolio to reach this goal.
From micro-molding/injection molding, to assembly and joining systems all the way through testing including quality assurance – customers are enabled to gain added value by combining intelligent, modular process monitoring systems, miniature pressure and force sensors and digital tools for enhanced connectivity.
Reduce scrap during production: ComoNeo and maXYmos
The ComoNeo process monitoring system from Kistler is based on the measurement of the cavity pressure inside injection molds. Cavity pressure is a direct criterion to determine part quality. Thanks to the ComoNeoPREDICT, which is the online quality prediction system involving artificial intelligence (AI), users obtain reliable data about each manufactured component in advance, based on the current cavity pressure profile. With this information, they can improve machine settings in order to maximize quality, production time and process stability.
The maXYmos system, known for automated monitoring and analysis of processes, helps the production quality of medical devices during manufacturing or in testing procedures resulting in curve evaluation. The curve depends on the measurement of the physical quantities that play a key role in these processes: pressure, force and torque. By integrating the maXYmos process monitoring system into assembly processes, 100 percent transparency in process monitoring can be achieved. This ensures, in brief, automated monitoring of process stability, segregation of scrap parts, transparent process control and production monitoring during qualification (OQ and PQ), as well as transparent documentation for quality assurance.