With Robotics and automation gaining popularity in the manufacturing arena, it brings along various benefits to the businesses.
FREMONT, CA: The rise of automation and robotics has an impressive impact in the manufacturing sector along with the opportunities this technology offer, in terms of its financial contribution and the advantages that these technologies bring to the business with regard to long term cost savings and improved efficiency. The market is expected to reach $33.8 billion by 2025. In the manufacturing ecosystem robots and automation systems have an array of uses, including polishing and deburring implants or injection moulded components. Robotics and automation additionally have a specific place in the medical packaging sector and can help in enhancing efficiency and cost throughout the process.
Robots that are in Action
A well-known name in the market Staubli, stated by the medical device manufacturers and suppliers of plastic injection moulding machines are progressively depending on its robots. Other applications of the robot are polishing orthopaedic implants and automating the quality process.
Boehringer Ingelheim provides pocket-sized inhalers with the product name Respima Soft Inhaler. It without a doubt requires stringent safety and quality standards which leads to extensive testing during production, consisting of process-integrated testing as well as strain, compression and high-pressure testing under clean-room conditions. The tests are conducted in parallel along with a continuous output to provide information about the product quality.
The inhaler spray’s functional area is tested on the system seven days a week in shift operation. Six-axis TX60L robot’s centrally placed cleanroom version from Staubli handles the components that are to be tested. The system verifies the parts to destruction.
Universal Robots also accounts for positive installations. For example, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions were in need to optimize production with the orders ranging from a single unit to several million. The customers were demanding low prices, faster delivery, with higher quality. Post a significant modernization of the machinery at the company’s Danish production site they came across space problem, and the new CNC machines were taking up more cubic meters than the old-fashioned turning machines. This means that optimizing with a robotic arm was a challenging task.
The robot additionally needed to be easily deployed and programmed to shelter in production with orders ranging from a single unit to a series of multiple million. Hence these systems offer usefulness and versatility both.
Moreover, it is an exciting time for the robots market. Not only for the suppliers but for medical device manufacturers also who are set to gain from the ongoing developing technology which will augment the production process.