There’s nothing quite like a multistation automated assembly system. Watching robots, actuators and indexers go about their carefully choreographed routines with little or no human intervention can seem nothing short of miraculous. The following systems exemplify the hard work and creative engineering that routinely go into today’s automated assembly systems. High-speed assembly of medical devices poses multiple challenges. Beyond the sheer volume requirement, medical device assembly systems must also meet cleanliness, process validation and regulatory requirements. Based in Cookeville, TN, ATC Automation has been designing and building automated assembly systems for 42 years. For the past 12 years, the company has been focusing particularly on medical device manufacturing. Recently, the systems integrator was approached by a long-time customer to assemble a medical device at a rate of more than 300 parts per minute. The process would essentially involve pressing two plastic parts together. The finished product is about 1 inch in diameter and 3 inches long. Both the upper and the lower housing come in two geometric variants and several different colors. Orientation of the parts ...