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Medical Contract Manufacturer Proves Business Case for Robotic Gauging of Machined Parts

Q-Span Gauging Systems improve efficiency, capacity, and real-time reporting of quality departments

Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 10:59

(New Scale Robotics: Victor, NY) -- New Scale Robotics has released a new case study video with Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, a medical contractor manufacturer in Bridgeport, Michigan. Orchid uses New Scale’s Q-Span Robotic Gauging System to automate QC inspection of its machined surgical drills.

In the video, Joe Farinella, quality director at Orchid, explains the business benefits of the Q-Span System. These include:
• Realizing immediate savings of more than 50 hours per week of inspection time
• Achieving total gauge repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R) of less than 10 percent
• Deployment in less than a month
• Ability to reassign quality control personnel to higher-value tasks

The Q-Span System meets the strict quality requirements of Orchid Orthopedic Solutions’ customers and regulatory agencies.

“Q-Span Systems automate high-mix manufacturers’ tedious and repetitive gauging tasks to improve throughput, quality, and employee satisfaction,” says Stefan Friedrich, marketing manager at New Scale Robotics. “We’re pleased to count Orchid among our growing list of precision machine shops and medical device manufacturers who are realizing the benefits of QC automation.”

New Scale Robotics helps manufacturers automate manual gauging. Its Q-Span Gauging Systems combine measurements from a wide variety of gauges with robotic part-handling and automated data logging. They improve efficiency, capacity, and real-time reporting of quality departments. Based on flexible and teachable collaborative robots, Q-Span workstations are do-it-yourself, automation kits that fit into existing workflows. These workstations also help quality teams reduce errors, increase throughput, and better use skilled labor in small-batch, high-mix manufacturing. Easy to deploy without specialized training, they deliver return on investment in fewer than 10 months.


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