Solving Quality and Process Challenges for Medical Manufacturing

When making instruments or equipment that will be used on the human body there is no room for error.  Consumers want to know that their pacemaker will keep their heart working properly.  The computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan will provide accurate diagnostic data for their physician.  The new orthopedic hip they received will fit properly and get them moving again.  Medical devices are invasive – they cut, examine, and repair the human body.  This is why medical manufacturers must strive for 100% quality standards – while meeting strict regulatory and compliance goals.

How to choose the right digital work instruction software?

Work instructions (WI) in the past and present are typically printed on paper and many times do not represent the current processes on the plant floor.  It seems that these aids were more of a formality, used to provide training or answer questions as needed about proper processes and techniques.  However, with increasing product variation and consumer demand for higher quality, accurate and real-time work instructions are no longer a formality but an important necessity. Furthermore, paperless work instructions can offer much more capability than paper saving.  But where to begin?  How to choose the right software to start your digital transformation? A few key features and functionalities of WI software that should be considered in the decision-making process are highlighted below.   

Machine Learning 

 by Israel Vicars, Software Developer at eFlex Systems

The "e" in eFlex 

 by Israel Vicars, Software Developer at eFlex Systems

What’s the Best Method for Storing & Organizing Part Inspection Images from Your Manufacturing Process?

Manufacturers are beginning to realize the need to retain images as product is processed through their systems to help with warranty claim management, improve quality and perform root cause analysis. Vision image inspection systems have been growing in recent years because the need for improving assembly line inspection and quality, in conjunction with reduced personnel, has driven demand towards “automated” inspection. Fortunately for manufacturers, vision inspection system prices are dropping and suppliers are coming out with lower cost models which are capable of sophisticated error proofing and file handling. This short guide will help you sort through the features and options to determine what capabilities you want and need.

9 Scenarios of Common Assembly Line Issues

To explain how eFlex Assembly might support the assembly line issues you are facing, the following are 9 common scenarios we frequently hear from engineers.


The Zone vs Distributed Cost Debate: What’s the Best Assembly Line Control Architecture for Assembly Systems?

There has been an ongoing debate over “zone” vs “distributed” control architecture for assembly line systems. It is the old-school “zone” approach verse the “distributed” approach, which takes advantage of Moore’s law.

Thinking Outside the Box - Literally

GM realizes “weeks to hours” reduction in line change and transmission build dynamics at Toledo Powertrain, resulting from Flexible Assembly Configuration System (FACS) and Siemens control/communication. A tried and true euphemism nowadays — “thinking outside of the box” — usually refers to a pattern of thought or action that results in rapid innovation, enhanced relationships being developed from established concepts as well as new ones, plus a genuine willingness to forego past practices in favor of a better way. Enter the GF6 six-speed, front wheel transmission line at General Motors Powertrain on Alexis Road in Toledo, Ohio.