Only absolute quality counts
Uncompromising commitment to excellence is the key to the fulfillment of the highest expectations in the areas of patient safety and quality. Here, we have proved that PIA production methods can deliver the highest levels of product safety. Alongside conventional, customer-specific solutions, PIA Automation also offers meditec®, an innovative product line for integration in medical systems. These products fulfill strict hygiene requirements and are the first medical-technology assembly systems to have been assessed and approved for use in clean room environments by the Fraunhofer Institute.
meditec® unites sophisticated assembly tasks with compact, clean-room-approved design and fulfills the most stringent documentation requirements. The assembly systems demonstrate a high degree of standardization and enable short time-to-market cycles.
We have developed a large number of automation solutions for a wide variety of products from the health sector.
The PIA assembly product portfolio in the healthcare sector:
- Medical mouth sprays
- Syringe filters
- Drip chambers
- Pill dispensers
- Pump dispensers
- Lancet drums
- Transfer needles
- Syringe handling
- Insulin pens
- Blood gas analysis systems
- Reagent containers
- Capillary blood samplers
- Blood sample filter attachments
COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL SOLUTIONS
In this sector, PIA offers a wide range of individual production equipment of the highest standards. In addition to the Meditec® cleanroom modules, we have more production modules available. These include turnkey production facilities, test systems and laboratory automation for liquid and solid-state products.
OUR EXPERTISE STARTS IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ALSO IN THE MEDICAL SECTOR
In particular, we offer the rapid and efficient implementation of auxiliary devices that are required for pre-series production or for products at the development stage. Our flexible solutions for new and innovative products in the medical sector can be implemented for different cycle times in a scalable and process-safe manner.
INTEGRATION OF SOFTWARE & MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SUBSYSTEMS
In addition to in-house expertise in innumerable technological areas, we are also specialized in the integration of mechanical, electrical and software-based subsystems. Depending on customer and product requirements, our systems are designed in the desired or required cleanroom classes.
With PIA you have a comprehensive competent contact partner for the entire production process of medical technology. Our range of services extends from design, prototyping, mechanical and electrical construction to programming, commissioning and production ramp-up – from hand-held devices to complex, fully automated facilities.
Modular system concepts that support different levels of automation are also part of our portfolio.
- meditec® manual workstation
- meditec® SEMI-AUTOMATIK
- meditec® rotary indexing assembly system
- meditec® Linear transfer system
- meditest® SYSTEM
- Interview with the Head of Medical Division
meditec® manual workstation
The special solution for small series, clinical tests and process validation.
We support our customers with manual workstations for clinical samples or for proof of principles. Our flexible and ergonomically designed manual workstations are based on a standardized basic structure. They enable economical small series production with high process reliability at the same time, thanks to extensive poka-yoke measures and workflow monitoring by a central control computer system. Multiple PIA manual workstations can be easily connected to lean production systems.
The special solution for medium-sized lots with automated processes and manual loading and unloading
The semi-automatic manufacturing station can be manually loaded and unloaded. Up to 15 cycles per minute are possible, with an integration of four process and test stations each. The system can be designed as a cleanroom class 6 and can be upgraded and retrofitted as a fully automated production system. It is characterized by its adaptability to other applications and types and the simplicity of integrating new processes.
meditec® rotary indexing assembly system
Designed for the fast assembly of modules up to cleanroom class 5.
Due to the special hygienic requirements, the station drives are mounted below the table top. This production line attains up to 60 cycles/min with 1-8 feed lanes. Components up to 80 mm can be assembled. In the case of very compact dimensions, the system requires only a small footprint.
meditec® Linear transfer system
Suitable for complex and fast and modularly expandable assembly of modules up to cleanroom class 6.
This assembly unit has a workpiece transport and allows variable processing times of up to 200 cycles/min. Components of up to 60 x160 mm can be assembled.
Optional for all Meditec® modules:
- Cam control
- Integrated control cabinet
- ESD design
- PIA clictec®
- Laminar flow
- Turnkey facilities including packaging machines
- Facility qualification
This system is especially suitable for testing pens and auto-injectors containing active substances.
Product features are tested, such as the torque of threads (torque test), the actuating pressing forces and the corresponding paths. Other decisive test procedures are the gravimetric recording of the dosing quantity and the dosing duration. The module can be carried out up to cleanroom class 8. It is characterized by its unmanned operation. This autonomy can be extended by an additional palletizing system.
Interview with the Head of Medical Division
Head of Medical Division
Mr. Mehren, PIA Automation develops manufacturing concepts for the production of goods. For this purpose, automation solutions are available on a total production area of around 40,000 m² at seven production and three service/engineering locations in Germany, Austria, Croatia, USA, Canada and China for sectors such as mobility, green energy and industrial and consumer goods. Why is the focus now increasingly shifting to the health care sector?
First of all the increasing demand from the medical industry was a decisive factor for strengthening the position of PIA Automation with an expanded Medical Division. The aim is to meet customer requirements even more precisely and to be able to handle further projects with greater efficiency. For this reason, additional employees from the automation sector will be assigned to the medical sector.
PIA Automation develops each system according to the customer and product specific requirements. It is therefore ideal to already participate in the product development process and to provide the relevant information for automated manufacturing. How do you proceed here?
The success of a project depends significantly on the close collaboration between the project partners and a constant exchange of information. This is why our experts attach great importance to tailoring each technical process to the specific requirements. Customers benefit from this in many ways. This not only reduces development times and costs but also curbs project risk. Moreover, we already consider the assembly and testing requirements during the creation of production concepts for high and low volume manufacturing lines. And after all, we can draw on reliable processes which are used in the consumer products and automotive industry, for example. That includes the assembly of electrical components, control units and sensors as well as the handling of circuit boards in all sizes, laser soldering, ultrasonic welding and the assembly of small and micro parts. If necessary, we also tread unconventional paths to integrate individual assembly solutions.
Digital transformation is a key concept that will redefine production. How does this affect automated manufacturing?
Digitalization opens a new chapter in industrial history that will change automated serial production on all levels. From interconnected machines and workpieces, through the cost-optimized production of even the smallest quantities to flexible production solutions. In addition, there are optimized decision-making processes in real time, also during the production, and the increase in productivity and resource efficiency. Digital interconnectivity can also be used to optimize the service and maintenance of the systems. Furthermore, machines and manufacturing systems become smart due to the extensive interconnectivity. This not only allows them to be controlled more efficiently and adapted to characteristic requirements, but also enables them to learn. Additionally, a versatile connected manufacturing process goes hand in hand with a more flexible and efficient production process. In the future, the limitation “1 machine - 1 product”, for example, will be a thing of the past. Ultimately, automated manufacturing processes will lead to intelligent cross-company production chains which will span from the raw material to the end product. The final goal is a globally networked production, the “Global Factory”, that can transcend national borders, factory locations, specialized fields and even company boundaries.