Last month, the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP; Indianapolis, IN) awarded Intertech Medical (Denver, CO) first place in its 2017 Innovation Award program for its work cell automating quality inspection, de-gating and packaging. A full-service injection molder and contract manufacturer specializing in medical devices, Intertech Medical had to wrestle with some unique molding challenges on its path to success and MAPP recognition.
Intertech had been molding a medical part with complex geometry and features that made it difficult to trace defects using conventional inspection methods and sampling. Given the part’s critical application and an expectation of zero defects from the customer, this was particularly problematic. After receiving three customer complaints within six months, it was clear to both Intertech and the OEM that a solution was needed.