MIM/PIM Medical Device Components Quality Inspection

Detect Medical Device Flaws with Resonant Inspection

NDT-Medical-mim-applicationIn the Medical industry, shipping defective, non-conforming parts that have the potential to affect patient safety can be catastrophic.  The exposure to liability and government oversight can extend to your company and your medical partners. Non-Destructive Test Resonant Acoustic Method (NDT-RAM™) inspection is a resonant inspection technique designed to help you manufacture 100% fully inspected metal injection molded parts, giving you assurance in the integrity of your product and performance. Learn more about NDT-RAM.

NDT-RAM Resonant Inspection can be used to provide 100% quality inspection for medical parts such as:

  • Surgical Staplers
  • Surgical Anvils
  • Dental Tools
  • CO2 Cartridges
  • Titanium Bones
  • Blood Transfusion Seals
  • Gears

In metal injected molded (MIM) or powdered metal injection molded (PIM) parts, NDT-RAM detects variances such as cracks, voids, missing features and missing manufacturing processes. The entire procedure typically occurs at three seconds per part, allowing for efficient quality assurance. Your performance is guarded, your liability is limited and your reputation in the industry grows. As a contributor to state-of-the-art innovative quality inspection, The Modal Shop is a member of the Metal Powder Industry Federation.

Typical Medical Part Flaws Detected with Resonant Inspection Methods

  • Cracks
  • Missing features
  • Variations in hardness
  • Bonding, welding, or brazing failures
  • Missing machining or heat-treating processes

The NDT Drop Test System (RAM-DROP) allows 100% quality inspection testing of small parts, such as medical device components. The Drop Test Fixture automates easily with components such as bowl feeders or vibratory tables. The Drop Test Fixture offers manufacturers of small metal MIM or PIM parts the benefits of using NDT-RAM technology:

  • Speed - three seconds per part, typical (maximum speed one second per part)*
  • Versatility - multiple part numbers can be used on a single system
  • Ease of use - no part preparation is needed for testing
  • Objectivity - no human interpretation is necessary, a simple pass/fail result determined by the system
  • Automation - automated pass/fail part sorting

*Part throughput rate dependent upon part size, belt size, data acquisition setup parameters, and other part handling requirements