Artificial knee polish. Source: AV & R
At first glance, industrial automation and healthcare robotics don't seem to have much in common, but one technology can benefit the other. Since its establishment in 1994, AV & R Inc. specializes in robotic surface finishing. The company, headquartered in San Bruno, Quebec, announced yesterday that it had applied its expertise to orthopaedic surgical implants.
AV & R represents "automation, vision and robotics", with more than 70 employees, providing services to the aerospace and energy industries. The company designs robots to perform surface finishing processes such as contour analysis, polishing, deburring and mixing, as well as automatic visual inspection for turbine gas manufacturers. It said it had installed 360 innovation systems and built a reputation in 17 countries.
AV & R shine on orthopedics
AV & R said it has developed a robotic system that can perform various surface finishes on implants in the knees and hips. In order to meet the needs of orthopaedic implant manufacturers, the company now provides a series of modular robot systems that can perform multiple processes such as polishing or super polishing.
In addition, AV & R says it has designed a system for visual inspection of orthopaedic implants. After years of research and development, the company has developed a technology that can detect 2D defects on the smooth surface of prosthesis. AV & R claims that by detecting surface defects that cannot be seen by the human eye, the automated system can ensure the best quality of implant manufacturers.
In order to optimize the system, AV & R developed operating software. Its brainwave interface specializes in surface treatment and allows users to control the process performed on complex surfaces. The company says brainwave has become a link between robots and operators by promoting the adjustment of system parameters and the development of new process formulas.
AV & R said that the user interface of asis visual inspection software allows operators to monitor the detection of surface defects. Brainwave and asis interfaces are designed to enable manufacturing employees to easily control tools according to the supplier's humanized robotics tasks.
Polish the hip. Source: AV & R
Potential benefits of Robotics
AV & R said its long experience in automation enabled it to develop robotic systems, providing orthopaedic implant manufacturers with the following advantages:
The surface treatment system is ergonomically designed to reduce the risk of operator injury and help achieve health and safety goals. Medical device manufacturers have a small footprint and can easily integrate systems into their factories. The robot system can reach the quality, accuracy and consistency level unmatched by human operators. Technological innovation can automatically Polish hard to reach areas such as knee areas, and detect surface defects invisible to human eyes. The surface treatment process is optimally controlled to reduce the consumption of abrasives used, thereby significantly reducing production costs.
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