This article will attempt to challenge basic principles of outsourcing and provide a different outlook on the highly publicised and challenging subject.
Mikrotech is a leading ISO-certified micro manufacturer of custom-designed components and subassemblies for medical devices used in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Mikrotech offers a comprehensive range of services to support MIS designers and manufacturers in all phases of the product development cycle, including micromachining, micromolding, insert micromolding, micro subassembly, and plastic design and manufacturing engineering assistance.
The company’s micromanufacturing processes overcome the limitations of established technologies, facilitating smaller components with complex features and high-precision tolerances.
Precision plastic micromachining services
Mikrotech offers multi-axis and Swiss screw micromachining for prototype and short-run production. Mikrotech has the capability of micromachining high-performance plastics such as ABS, PEEK, PAI (Torlon), PPS, PEI, PTFE and glass-filled materials including LCP and PEI (Ultem).
Micromolding equipment for MIS components
Mikrotech’s Battenfeld Microsystem 50 offers twice the precision and repeatability of conventional molding equipment. It can accurately mold components weighing less than 0.1g (0.0035oz) and has the capability of micromolding high-performance plastics such as LCP, PC, PEEK, PEI, PPS and PSU. Other features of Mikrotech’s micromolding equipment include:
- Dimensional tolerances of ±0.005mm (0.0002in)
- Maintain wall thicknesses as low as 0.08mm (0.003in)
- Shot-to-shot volume consistency of 0.001cm³
- Runner weight of less than 0.25g
Insert micromolding equipment
Our Battenfeld Microsystem 50 is ideal for insert micromolding. It can reduce complex secondary operations, such as bonding and welding, and increase production yields. Platinum iridium, stainless steel, titanium and tungsten can all be insert micromolded using our equipment.
Micro subassembly of MIS components
Mikrotech offers in-house custom automation for micro subassembly, as well as full-service design, project management, fabrication, machining and welding. Our engineers and machine builders are experienced in medical device automation. Mikrotech also has a complete in-house and on-site service department.
MIS device design and manufacturing engineering assistance
Mikrotech’s in-house design and manufacturing engineering team uses advanced design tools such as SolidWorks, SmarTeam (PDM), Moldflow, GearTrax and CosmosWorks.
Mikrotech has an experienced engineering team with a focused understanding of medical devices used in MIS. We have the ability to help reduce the complexity of manufacturing MIS devices through the process of reducing or eliminating processes that 1) use expensive machined components; 2) require highly skilled labor (artisans) using a microscope; and 3) require complex secondary operations to assemble them.
Micromanufacturing technology can be an excellent lower-cost alternative to designing and manufacturing components and subassemblies for MIS devices.
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Micro moulding can be an excellent lower cost alternative to machining. It can also be a nice alternative to outsourcing offshore, eliminating the complexities associated with logistics, quality control and the potential risk of losing intellectual property.
Mikrotech has released a white paper entitled 'Micro Moulding: An Alternative to Offshoring Medical Devices for Minimally Invasive Surgery'.
Mikrotech announced today that it has increased its micro machining capability by adding a 5-axis micro machining center. The new 5-axis micro machining center will give medical device designers and manufacturers the ability to design and fabricate smaller components with more complex features and higher precision tolerances.
Mikrotech has announced today that John Whynott will be presenting at the UBM Canon Medtech Polymers 2012 Conference and Exhibits in the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, Illinois, US on Wednesday 12 September 2012 at 11:50am CDT.
Mikrotech has announced today that they have updated their website, www.mikrotech.com. The company's goals were to improve the visibility of the website and navigation for additional content in the future. In addition, the website was modified in line with recent changes to search engine optimization (SEO).
Mikrotech has completed the expansion of operations at its facility in Kenosha, WI, US.
Mikrotech to Present Emerging Trends in Medical Device Outsourcing and Contract Manufacturing at the UBM Canon Virtual Event
Mikrotech has announced today that John Whynott will be presenting at the UBM Canon virtual event on Thursday 14 June 2012, at 1pm CDT.