PlasticsEdge™ Lead Generation Program: Call 978-342-9000 for details or email [email protected]

Medical-Plastics-News-Today-robots-revolutionising-medical-device-manufacturing Reece Armstrong looks at how medical manufacturing has reacted to Industry 4.0 and where the sector sees robots and automation having the most impact.
The factory of the future is a term that has been thrown around for a number of years now but what does it mean? We entered the fourth age of the industrial revolution – Industry 4.0 – some time ago and manufacturers have explored the range of digital technologies that Industry 4.0 encompasses.
One of the biggest technologies used in industrial manufacturing is robotics. Europe represents the second largest market for industrial robot sales and in 2016 there was a 12% increase in the number of sales made using the technology.
Whilst it’s difficult to gauge the uptake of robotics within the medical manufacturing industry, figures do show that robot sales to the electronics industry, which includes medical devices, have risen significantly since 2013.
The reason for this? Robotics offer manufacturers a way to streamline production lines, helping to increase productivity and optimise workflows. Within medical manufacturing, robots are being used across the entire production line – from assembly to inspection and packaging. Due to the strict regulations device manufacturers are under pressure to reproduce the same product, under the same stringent conditions, with little downtime. To keep up with the pace of innovation, medical manufacturers must be able to change manufacturing lines when new products are needing to be developed. Robotics and automation offer manufacturers modular systems that promote efficiency and workflow. Motion control systems help production lines assemble and move medical devices in a flexible workspace; meanwhile control sensing and vision-guided systems can help manufacturers not only pick-and-place devices but ensure product safety by scanning and verifying barcodes.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Anti-straw legislation causes increased thievery

New York Post — Mugs, cups, silverware, hot sauce — you name it: If...

Hadley bringing lightweight thermoform barriers to heavy trucks

ATLANTA, Ga. – Hadley is joining forces with its Corvac Composites...

Stupid Plastic Things

Laura Stec — Yeech! I was just cleaning up around the house and it...

Seafood packagers appealing to the senses in 2019

Seafoodsource.com — “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It’s an...

TransXL announces the completion of a management buyout

Swindon, UK — TransXL has announce the completion of a management...

Celanese (CE) to Hike Prices of Ateva EVA Polymers in Asia

Nasdaq.com — Celanese Corporation CE is set to hike selling prices...

Bemis Company, Inc. (BMS) Holdings Decreased by Burney Co.

NYSE:BMS — Burney Co. cut its holdings in shares of Bemis Company,...

Israeli company announces tiny triumph in micron-level 3D printing

Tel Aviv — Startup Nanofabrica announced that it has developed an...

Tiger Packaging CEO Confronts Plastic’s Image Problem

Tiger Packaging — Boca Raton, Florida — Peter Horwitz was rather...