Precision Swiss Screw Machine – Medical Device

Health benefits

Medical device components made with Precision Swiss Screw Machines meet the highest standards of health care industry

The medical device industry faces ever-increasing challenges as manufacturers produce ever more complex products and equipment. These manufacturers often make the life-saving products that medical professionals and patients rely on every day, from ventilators and syringes to implantable devices such as pacemakers. The industry must also satisfy stringent, government regulatory oversight, including manufacturing and quality control practices.

To remain competitive and help meet regulatory standards, medical device companies are turning to the latest manufacturing technologies to maximize production and quality. And while Swiss screw machine technology is not new, the medical device industry is seeing the benefits of these types of machines more and more, from precision and reliability to speed and flexibility.

In this post, we will look at some of the benefits of Swiss screw technology for medical device manufacturers.

Complex product mixes – Many medical device manufacturers have widely varied product mixes and require the flexibility to make production changeovers quickly and efficiently. Furthermore, many medical devices are made with a wide range of different components which requires the same production flexibility. Depending on the type of equipment, Swiss screw machines can have as many as 4 or 5 tools working together to speed changeover and operation time for unequaled efficiency. Set up times on the Swiss screw machine are significantly shorter as well, resulting in faster delivery of components.

Superior accuracy and tolerances – The demand for high volume, precision components continues to grow rapidly in the medical device industry. Even simple components such pneumatic control valves or linear motion components must meet strict tolerances to ensure error-free performance. Swiss screw technology delivers that accuracy through better support for all stock material. That’s because the part moves while the tooling is stationary. There is less risk of the support material moving resulting in high precision accuracy. A process called guide bushing further enhances rigidity to produce higher tolerances on Swiss style tools.

Regulatory requirements – Swiss screw technology can help medical device manufacturers meet the rigorous quality control required in their operations for regulatory purposes.  The superior accuracy and precision of the machines also help enhance how manufacturers comply with regulatory oversight, with documentation of tight tolerances for components and for machine parameters.

Medical device materials – More advanced medical devices require more advanced materials. Numerous types of metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, titanium and a range of alloys are used in everything from hip replacement components to other metal-containing implants.

Swiss screw machining is ideal for such high strength materials, providing the dimensional control, surface smoothness and other properties required. 

For more than 50 years, Sheldon Precision has been a leader in Swiss screw machine technology. As an independent manufacturer, we can produce the most challenging and complex Swiss screw machine components for your medical device applications according to the strictest process control rules.

For more information on how we can help with your medical device components, contact Sheldon Precision today