Medical IVs by Advantech

“Checking each valve individually was a waste of man-power and time,” said Pawel Biegunski, President of Vision Controls, Inc. “When we offered them a way to make sure their items were perfect, every time, all while improving the manufacturing process automatically, they knew the old way had to go.”

By Control Engineering Staff November 17, 2004

“Checking each valve individually was a waste of man-power and time,” said Pawel Biegunski, President of Vision Controls, Inc. “When we offered them a way to make sure their items were perfect, every time, all while improving the manufacturing process automatically, they knew the old way had to go.”

Vision Controls, Inc., a machine vision integrator from Naperville, IL, recently combined vision hardware from Cognex Corp. with a touch panel computer from Advantech Automation Corp. to create a vision inspection system tailored to the specific needs of a medical supply manufacturer.

“They manufacture valves for medical I.V. assemblies—it’s something that has to be precise and reliable,” said Biegunski. Before Vision Controls came along, the end-user inspected samples from the assembly line and measured for uniformity under a microscope. With the new setup, vision sensors from Cognex scrutinize every valve, confirming uniformity and communicating the results to an Advantech touch-panel computer. To sweeten the deal, the vision sensors provide process feedback to automatically improve the assembly process.

Medical IVs (2 page pdf)