Manufacturing of medical devices
In terms of deburring and polishing the surfaces of orthopedic implants or injection molding of medical components stringent safety and quality standards plus maximum precision and productivity are called for. Therefor robots from Stäubli are the first choice.
Injection molding of medical devices
In the medical device manufacturing industry, suppliers of plastic injection molding machines are increasingly relying on Stäubli robots. Such machines generally have to be approved for use in cleanroom environments, where Stäubli robots are suited to perform all precisely controlled applications. There is a broad spectrum of concerns regarding single-use medical parts from syringes, infusion sets, dialysis equipment and apparatus, diabetes care products up to surgery implants.
Surface treatment of implants
The polishing of orthopedic implants is one of many high-precision applications in robotics. Established providers rely on six-axis robots from Stäubli which, thanks to their outstanding accuracy, are ideal for high-precision machining to tight tolerances of three hundredths of a millimeter. For example, the TX90 polishes free-form parts with incredible precision and excellent surface quality.
Testing inhalers to destruction
Inside a compact robot cell, a Stäubli TX60L is in charge of testing different components for metered-dose inhalers. When production runs are in the millions of units, the most stringent safety and quality standards apply. Tensile and high-pressure testing operates in parallel with production under cleanroom conditions.
The handling of the parts to be tested is performed by a cleanroom Stäubli TX60L. This automation of testing represents a quantum leap. In addition to a significant increase in productivity, the system facilitates adherence to the highest quality standards under reliably reproducible conditions.
Wet chemical treatments in a cleanroom
The cleanroom compatibility, compact design and enclosed structure of Stäubli robots make them ideally suited for integration into production facilities with wet chemical treatment processes.
They have proven their worth in all manner of wet chemical applications such as cleaning, rinsing and coating, as well as electroplating, conditioning and electro polishing of medical products. The high-performance, high-precision six-axis TX series ensures maximum availability and output in sensitive production facilities.
Packaging of denture teeth
Stäubli TX40 robots form the core of the system for fully automatic detection and manipulation of organically shaped denture teeth due to their high precision. Loose theeth from a large variety of types are detected, manipulated and placed on blank wax strips. The system calculates and detects any three-dimensional position of the parts and calculates in real time without pre-teaching the collision-free robot path. The robot picks up the teeth, puts them in an arbitrarily defined end position. From there, teeth are fully automatically pressed on wax strips.
Processing of hip stems
Quality expectations in the manufacture of medical implants are constantly rising. This calls for manual processes to be automated, wherever possible, to ensure consistent product quality. In the machining center, a Stäubli TX90 robot conveys the implants to the relevant processing stations. The high rigidity of the robot guarantees accurate and reproducible results. After leaving the belt module, the products are sanded and polished on the radial module and then deposited in the logistics module. The latter is adapted to suit customer needs, allowing the system to operate unmanned. Optimized machining strategies for different product variants, has considerably increased system throughput. Cell footprint has been kept to an absolute minimum thanks to the modular and compact design.