The Instron TestMaster Automation System configured to perform unattended tensile testing of biomedical cord and yarn specimens provides an ideal solution for high volume tests of medical sutures.
The system has been designed to accommodate specimens of varying lengths and thicknesses, utilizing barcode labels to pass specimen information and testing specifications to TestMaster 2 automation control software.
Increase Throughput, Improve Repeatability and Reduce Costs.
The specimen storage racks contain removable shelves allowing for preloading of suture specimens, saving tine and increasing throughput. Consistent specimen loading and testing improves repeatability and reproducibility of results by minimizing human error. Overall costs are lower due to a reduction in both training and injury-related expenses. Operators are available to work on more value-added activities.
- REMOVABLE SHELVES 100%
- MINIMIZE HUMAN ERROR 100%
- RELIABLE 100%
Robotic system for handling sutures. Instron 5965 universal frame with 500 N load cell and 1 kN pneumatic grips. 6 specimen storage racks, each with 10 shelves designed to accommodate 8 sutures or batch separators with total capacity of 480 spaces. Instron Bluehill® Materials Testing Software and TestMaster2 Automation Testing software. 6-Axis Mitsubishi robot. Robot Table with positive locking and alignment to the testing frame. Omni-directional barcode reader. High suction, low noise industrial vacuum.
A typical automated test sequence includes the following steps: The robot retrieves a batch separator with barcode label affixed from a rack, scans the barcode and downloads the specimen and testing information to the TestMaster 2 automation control software. The separator is discarded into a bin and then a specimen is retrieve from the racks, the specimen is placed in the tensile frame and tested. After the test has ended the specimen is removed via a specimen removal device at the back of the frame. This removal device utilizes a low noise, industrial vacuum to aid in full removal of the tested sutures from the grips area. The robot then inserts the next specimen to be tested.