Grinding into the Medical Device Industry

The medical industry requires confidence to achieve success. Medical professionals must be confident not only in their skills, but also in their tools. The equipment they rely on to save lives on a daily basis needs to reliably perform to the highest standards. If medical equipment malfunctions or breaks at a crucial moment, patients could be injured or worse.

Manufacturers must take great care to ensure that the medical equipment they fabricate will not fail at a critical moment. Manufacturing medical equipment requires a high level of precision. If a component comes off the factory line with coarse surfaces, protrusions, or incorrect dimensions, the manufacturer must be able to identify and discard these defects before they lead to problems for the end user. Allowable variances on medical devices are very small, so the successful fabrication of medical devices correctly depends on precision grinding capabilities.

Precise Tools for Intricate Procedures

Over the past few years, there have been many improvements in grinding technologies. That increase incapability has supported a boost in the quality, precision, and consistency of medical products. 

Grinding facilitates geometric accuracy and smooth finishes for medical devices and cutting tools. Rougher manufacturing techniques such as turning, milling, and handwork cannot consistently match the precision and quality that grinding provides. Grinding equipment can achieve much smaller diameters than mills or lathes. This is especially important for surgical tools, where more precise instruments are crucial to successful operations.

Grinding is used to manufacture of a wide range of medical components. For example:

  • Tiny medical guidewires with intricate end configurations such as steps, tapers, and ball ends are used during surgery to guide longer instruments into place. These shaped ends are made precisely with grinding.
  • Mandrels are used in catheters, and can be ground from many different materials.
  • Hypotubes (thin-walled tubes) are used in many different medical applications, such as stroke intervention, and need to be precisely crafted.
  • For medical devices that need to be used long term, polymers can also be ground.

Solutions That Save Lives

Around the world, doctors perform critical procedures on patients every day. Medical professionals such as doctors and surgeons need to have precisely manufactured products to successfully conduct that work. Without precision grinding, the medical profession would not have accurate enough tools to support many complex medical procedures. These include:

  • Implant and valve delivery systems
  • Placing pacemakers or internal defibrillators
  • Stent production and installation
  • Heart valve repair and replacement
  • Kidney therapies
  • Removal of blood clots and stroke intervention
  • Aneurysm coiling
  • Intervention for glaucoma
  • Catheter tubing
  • Systems for aspiration, drainage, and oxygenation
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Vascular imaging

Learn More from Our Experienced Medical Grinding Team

At Meron Medical, grinding is at the core of what we do. Our advanced equipment and experienced personnel are adept at achieving demanding geometries, the tightest tolerances, and the thinnest tube walls. We use our precision grinding techniques to make the equipment that medical professionals rely on every day. Our team of medical device manufacturing experts is ready to work with you for your application, no matter how intricate your equipment needs, or how thin your medical tubing needs to be.

To learn more about our capabilities for medical components, contact us today.

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Grinding into the Medical Device Industry

Allowable variances on medical devices are very small, so the successful fabrication of medical devices correctly depends on precision grinding capabilities.