Semi-Automated meniscal implants Monitored Assembly Smart-Benches

Market

Implantable medical device for meniscus surgery

Meniscal absorbable implants for meniscus repair

Customer meniscal products are distributed worldwide


Customer

International group specialized in medical devices

The assembly line, consisting of two separate Smart-Benches, is installed in a cleanroom, in a unit dedicated to medical device production

The facility produces various medical devices with small and medium batch sizes

The Smart-Benches, are used to assemble and control up to 300 thousand meniscal repairs kits per year

The customer acquired the line to:

  • Ensure the production of its new, and recently validated, meniscal repairs device
  • Insure a high level of quality, robustness and assembly time

Project main requests and constraints

Very variable batches sizes (from unit up to few hundred)

3 products variants (base material changes)

Parts size: L = 4.49 x l = 1.28 mm x H 1.69 mm

Monitored Assembly Smart-Benches to facilitate and secure the operations carried out by the operators

User-friendly interface with magnification and video control

Limited floor space in an existing cleanroom


Monitored Assembly Smart-Bench #1 main specifications

Insertion of suture through the meniscal implant:

  • Meniscal implant feeding from bulk, pre-sorting and orienting with specific feeder
  • Automated insertion of the meniscal implant in a dedicated work-piece-holder
  • Manual insertion of the needle with the suture, inside the meniscal implant
  • Automated needle and suture gripping and pulling, with monitored force, through the meniscal implant
  • Final visual inspection through magnification vision system

Monitored Assembly Smart-Bench #2 main specifications

Suture tying and positioning around the meniscal implant:

  • Meniscal implant feeding from bulk, pre-sorting and orienting with specific feeder
  • Automated insertion of the meniscal implant in a dedicated work-piece-holder
  • Manual insertion of the suture, through the meniscal implant
  • Manual pre-tying of the suture
  • Automated final tying of the suture with monitored force
  • Final visual inspection through magnification vision system

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