In her opening letter from July’s issue of Today’s Medical Developments, editor Elizabeth Engler Modic stresses the importance of companies investing in new technology to stay on top in the medical device industry. “Companies must invest in technology that enables advanced manufacturing,” Modic writes, “and contract manufacturers need to remain technologically savvy,” to meet customers’ ever-changing needs. Her letter conveys the importance of embracing the latest technological advancements if manufacturers wish to thrive and survive.
MICRO has always been at the forefront of the competitive curve for new technology investment, offering cost-effective manufacturing solutions for our customers. For example, we have greatly increased our MED (MICRO Electrolytic Dissolution) production capacity within the last year. We use this advanced machining method to create complex parts for medical instruments used in surgical and orthopedic procedures.
The technique dissolves part of the raw material from the work piece electrochemically to make components of unparalleled precision. In order to handle customer manufacturing requirements, we operate 4 PEM works cells in our recently expanded machining department.
MICRO has also invested heavily in “automation” for CNC machining—combining robotics cells with CNC machines to create streamlined production systems—for the manufacture of machined medical device components.
Each of the RoboFlex cells can service two multi-axis CNCs at the same time. The robotic arm picks-and-places raw material blanks into the CNC staging fixtures to be machined into precise parts. Automated loading eliminates the production downtime associated with human operation and results in an efficient and cost-effective work environment.
As our corporate logo indicates, “We Manufacture Solutions.” By combining a commitment to invest in new technology and a dedication to create cost-effective manufacturing solutions, MICRO has become one of the premier contract manufacturing operations in today’s medical device industry.
View the full letter from Today’s Medical Developments here.