Medical devices are the medical and health instruments that are used in the diagnosis, mitigation, treatment and prevention of physical conditions which are not normal or diseases. They range from basic items such as syringes, plasters and spectacles to specialized equipment which include wheelchairs and high technology devices like magnetic resonance imaging and scanners. With the availability of medical devices, people’s lives have been made more healthier, productive and longer. There are varying equipment used in the machining of the various medical devices and parts.
There are two methods which can be used during manufacture of medical devices, that is computer numerical control and nontraditional technologies like machining by use of abrasive water jet, both of which have advantages. Depending on the use of the device and the materials to be used to manufacture it the right equipment will be chosen. Abrasive water jet machining can be chosen where there is need to cool the materials and prevent work pieces from being damaged due to high temperatures during machining while for cases where different materials have to be integrated during processing then laser machining will be the right method to use.
Select an equipment for machining of medical device that occupies less space in your manufacturing shop. The aspect of flexibility such that the equipment has the capability of performing several tasks simultaneously with little human involvement is another key aspect to put in mind. In the past computer numerical control machines were connected to large computers externally but these days, the computers have been incorporated onboard together with other controls based on the computer that make the machine interact with the outside environment and thus the increased flexibility.
The equipment to be used in machining should not result in damage of the materials to be used in making the medical device like weakening or melting the material. To avoid many problems occurring during machining process of medical devices, research from the internet the properties of materials which you are going to use to make the devices to determine the most suitable equipment to use.
High precision will ensure that the measurements of the medical devices are exact as needed and also surface finish will be good. Most of the medical device industry requirements should be met by the equipment of choice in machining, and it should have the possibility of being tailored to suit certain specifications of a patient such as size and shape of spectacles.
In order to select the right equipment for machining medical devices, locate other manufacturers to tell you which dealer usually sells equipment that are not faulty. The factors outlined in this article will help you get the best equipment in the market to machine medical devices.