Many production and assembly processes within the medical products industry benefit from the use of VAIAs custom Medical Machine Vision systems. While there will always be critical assembly processes that require complex manual inspection, more and more products are suited to inline automated inspection throughout the manufacturing process

In many instances, the manufacture of consumables is ideal for automated inspection, as the components used are generally built up on an assembly line and, at each stage, there are measurable parameters that must remain within tolerance for correct assembly or production.  

For example, VAIA has provided inline inspection systems for:

  • Dry powder inhaler assembly
    • The inhalers are comprised of multiple “layers”, including the housing, gearing required to ensure the proper dosage or to monitor doses provided, the dosage indicators, assembly pins, and other components that are key to the proper operation of the inhaler.
  • Glass slides used for medical testing
    • The glass is checked for size, the presence of chips along the edges, and scratches in the surface
    • Any printing on the slides is checked for correctness, placement, color, missing ink, scratches, and other parameters
  • Patient care systems, such as chest drains
    • Inspection ensures that all of the expected internal components are present and properly assembled
  • Molds used to manufacture gelatin capsules
    • Since it takes 2 halves of a capsule to automatically assemble the finished product, it is critical that precision metrology inspection is applied

In addition to inline inspection, VAIA has developed numerous R&D systems used to aid in the design and manufacture of higher quality medical products, including:

  • Analysis and measurement of surgical staple shapes
    • Analyzing the shape of the staples after squeezing so that the design is optimized and the manufacturer better understands the resulting shapes within the staple
  • Analysis of the focus of medical endoscopes after they have been inserted through a trocar used to create the entrance way into a body cavity
    • Focus analysis aids in the development of trocars that do not impart contaminants that affect the surgeon’s view through the endoscopes