Testing suture strength – a case study
A large medical manufacturer which produces a variety of medical equipment relies upon the accuracy of its products. In the medical field, life-saving equipment just can’t fail. An automated solution to test suture strength will ensure that products are reliable and proven.
The Problem: This medical technology company manufactures and tests suture threads of various types. In the past, the strength of these sutures were tested by hand, using an internally developed test rig. This was not an acceptable solution, because in tensile testing a controlled force must be applied, combined with instant data feedback.
The Solution: Our programmable actuators by SMAC feature variable, controllable force with instant feedback. The ability to collect data on the force, position and suture breakage point is logged by type of suture. The GUI provided utilises a data logger to show position and force while pulling on a sample suture. A SMAC linear actuator was ideal for this application ,providing controllable force and giving quality control feedback to prove the reliability of the tested product.