In the medical technology sector, very high
precision is often still achieved manually by an experienced surgical
technician or by using a complex machine with multiple machining steps.
However, in light of increasingly sophisticated workpieces, increasing
quantities, higher risk categories and more stringent traceability requirements
for medical products, a new approach is required. These factors mean that it is
necessary to switch to productive, validated CNC processes which enable
high-precision complete machining and ensure maximum, reproducible precision
and surface finish from one part to the next.
View of the Medical & Precision Technology Center.
A center for
precision and special turnkey expertise
In 2013, the CHIRON Group pooled the advanced
expertise it had developed in this field over decades at the Medical &
Precision Technology Center in Tuttlingen, a town in south-western Germany. The
on-site team creates a customized manufacturing solution for every project.
Employees also provide customers with the turnkey expertise required for an
"overall package" ready for production with perfectly coordinated
technology modules. This not only includes machining centers by CHIRON, STAMA
and FACTORY5 (the Group's recently acquired brand) but also covers tools,
holding fixtures, automation, the CAM system and much more besides.
for medical and precision technology
- Comprehensive process design, including
machine recommendation, tool design, clamping concept and program creation
- Skilled engineering, experienced project management
- Validation of statistical process capability
- Assurance of target productivity
- Production support during the initial phase
- Customized automation
- Training sessions for optimal use of the
- Tailored services over the entire life cycle
The approach taken by the specialists at the
Medical & Precision Technology Center is unique, says Martin Brenndörfer,
Head of CNC Application Technology for Medical and Precision Components at
»Customers in the medical technology sector aren't just buying a machining center, they want to see the complete manufacturing process for their product on the machine beforehand. Ideally, it needs to work so well that we can disassemble the system straight away and put it back together again at the customers' premises.«
To achieve this, every project at the Medical
& Precision Technology Center goes through the following four steps: Analyzing,
designing, detailing and realizing.
Benefit from a coherent process.
Benefit from a coherent process.
The key to finding the best turnkey process for
each situation is to have precise answers to a number of questions. To list
just the most important ones:
Which of the
requirements are the special requirements?
Which machine is
suitable for the application?
can offer expertise in the relevant area?
Do we need any special tools, such as specific clamping equipment?
Which parts from the customer's range can also be positioned on the manufacturing
next issue of speedfactor will share the answers given by the team regarding
the specific requirements of Carl Teufel GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer
based in the town of Emmingen-Liptingen in south-western Germany. To give you a
brief preview: Rather than machining high quantities of finished goods for
surgical micro instruments (such as spring scissors, needle holders and
forceps) in multiple machining steps, as was previously the case, they are now
completely machined on a FZ 08 S mill turn with Precision+.
On 💊✌️💉 Medical Wednesdays, we use the hashtag
#medicalwednesday on the CHIRON Group's
LinkedIn and Instagram accounts to share excellent new tools, exciting projects
and much more besides.
Here are a few examples for »maximum precision«: