01 January 2013
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Pin insertion technology provides solution for surgical tool maker

Spirol Industries has been able to help a surgical tools manufacturer, which was looking for a means automatically to install a miniature pin, less than ø2 mm outside diameter and 10 mm long.

The pins were proving very difficult to manipulate by hand and to meet specific clean room process specifications, Spirol recommended instead the use of a standard pin insertion machine, customised to meet the specific application needs of the customer.

The pin to be inserted would ultimately be used in the human body and therefore there were strict cleanliness requirements to prevent any risk of contamination. For example, the pin could not come into contact with epoxy paint or steel during the installation process. Therefore all the parts of the insertion machine which would be in direct contact with the pin had to be manufactured from a specific list of materials and finishes.

The machine also provided an operator interface for a functional work station in the assembly environment. An Allen-Bradley Touch Screen HMI was integrated in place of conventional buttons and switches, and an ergonomic adjustable table was provided to mount all machine components and to provide operator comfort.

Author
Paul Gay

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