By Raghu Vadlamudi, Chief Research and Technology Director and Brian Woolery, Engineering Manager for Automation, Donatelle
In a perfect world, medical devices would be manufactured in a process with zero errors. Today, customers’ expectations for zero defects are higher than they have ever been and medical device manufacturers are looking for error-reducing solutions. Automation offers great promise. While automation is frequently thought of as a cost-savings solution, and it does reduce defects and scrap, what is less understood are its risk-reducing benefits that result from the consistency of parts and consistency of process. Manufacturers must find ways to achieve the expectation of zero errors while reducing costs and risks. This article explains how automation can help manufacturers reach those goals.