Medical device inspection

Sub-micron precision for medical parts

The medical industry is fast moving into an era of autonomy, reducing dependence on skilled labour to inspect critical parts for use within the human body. Now the demands placed on high-quality, high-precision parts created at sub-micron level tolerances is in focus, so too is the quality control process. At OGP UK, we supply world-class industrial metrology machining for medical-grade use making inspection fast, reliable and repeatable.

Medical uses for measuring machines

Due to the specialised nature in form and function of medical devices and their component parts, they can be extremely small- such as the parts that form a middle ear prostheses for ENT (ear, nose and throat) applications. Medical device parts are often made to extremely strict tolerances and so measurement systems that characterise these medical devices must be capable of high precision, often to the submicron level. Some applications for OGP measuring machines in the medical industry include:

medical metrology

Orthopaedic implants are one of many medical devices controlled by multiple simultaneous profile tolerances because they are designed to mimic the human form. These prosthetics, which are organically curved in order to fit with both prosthetic and human body parts, can be for anything from a joint to a bone such as a tibia, femoral knee, ankle implants, hip ball joints, and machined plates and screws for repairing skull and bone fractures, to plastic parts used in delicate heart surgeries. 

Such devices require precision measurements to ensure accuracy. OGP UK solutions provide the tools to measure complex parts quickly and accurately, with systems and software that comply with FDA requirements.

The benefits of multi-sensor in medical metrology

Speed, precision and flexibility are just some of the reasons that make multi-sensor metrology a must for medical manufacturing. Expectations are higher with advancements in technology and mistakes are no longer tolerated at any level of medical device manufacture. Stringent regulations are in place to prevent measures that don’t adhere to pre-defined specifications. Inspection is the process whereby any errors in the manufacturing process of medical parts is captured and then rejected or verified. Multi-sensor measurement means video detection and measurements in seconds to sub-micron levels reducing time and costs while increasing accuracy and repeatability. Here are just some of the benefits of multi-sensor technology for medical inspection:

Making mistakes a thing of the past

Medical devices are in many cases designed to be integrated into the human body, thus component accuracy is imperative. If component dimensions, for example a hip joint replacement, are inaccurate not only is money wasted during production of the part, and the patient’s condition prolonged, but also without the correct equipment to identify the production line problem then this error is likely to repeat itself in the future. You can track patterns, find mistakes and file reports quickly and easily using state-of-the art software from ZONE3 which features an easy-to-use interface. 

Confidence in results

"We need to provide the customer with results that we are confident in. It's something the OGP is very good at and one of the main reasons for us purchasing the machine in the first place."

"We struggled with our previous equipment in that we would occasionally need to go back and reset the part, reset the programme. It's not something we've ever had to do with the OGP. You can imagine on a shopfloor scenario it would do the same programme day in day out without fail, which is something that is very good for us and gives us confidence."
Dean Richardson
Torus Group

Primed for the future

Inspection is getting faster and more accurate, and multi-sensor metrology is leading the charge. To experience how your business or organisation can benefit from futureproofing their inspection process – why not book a FREE site visit or demonstration with our expert team today. 

Why OGP UK for medical-grade metrology?

OGP UK offers tailor made solutions for all industries by integrating a variety of multi-sensors that are able to measure even the smallest, most complex components, making OGP’s advanced metrology technology ideal for medical device manufacturing processes. 

Our measuring machines are perfect for ensuring high standards of quality are met throughout your medical manufacturing process, enabling you to feel confident in your products with the knowledge that tight specifications are met.

Read our Medical Case Studies to discover how OGP UK helps the Medical Industry here in the UK as well as Ireland.