Software Download Machine

Our client required a system to automatically handle trays of un-programmed medical devices and load individual devices into one of three download stations. The system was then to trigger a proprietary download software and then re-load the programmed devices into output trays.

The Challenge

To design and manufacture a medical device handling system. The system was required to accept devices in trays and load the devices into one of three software download system. The system was also required to remove a cover from the device to allow download probes to connect with the device.

On completion of the software download, the devices were then required to be placed into output trays.

• Automatic Tray feed of devices
• Ability to handle different tray configurations
• Loading devices into test stations
• Removal and fitting of device program port cover
• Segregation of reject parts
• Loading of good parts into trays
• Ability to select the correct download program

The Solution

Stacks of trays were loaded into the machine and escaped one at time onto a conveyor. The tray was then stopped at a position where it was located and clamped.
A Universal Robot UR10e was then used to remove the device from the tray. During the removal one of three test stations is opened to allow the device to be placed into it. Once inserted the, a programming port cover is removed and held to allow probes to be inserted to allow programming of the device to take place.
Due to the time it takes to program the medical device, three test stations were used. Once programmed, and assuming the software download was carried out correctly, the programming port lid was attached to the body and placed into an out put tray. Any devices that failed the download were segregated into a reject area.

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