Asthma inhalers are comprised of a medicine canister fitting inside a plastic sleeve. When the patient pushes the canister, the stem, a small metal pin, releases an actuator inside the sleeve allowing the medication to be released and inhaled by the patient. The stem must mate properly with the actuator to ensure the medication is dispersed properly. Any defect could cause the device to fail.
Current Process & Challenges: Slow Production, High Labor and Integration Costs
Asthma inhaler pins are ground one at a time using multiple production lines and automation integrations. This setup requires a large footprint to meet high demand. Labor and numerous automation integration costs are expensive.
Solution: Glebar’s GT-610 Automated CNC Centerless Infeed/Thrufeed Grinding Machine
Glebar’s GT-610 CNC Infeed/Thrufeed Grinder provides a high degree of automation, data gathering, and gauging feedback. The fully automated system is capable of grinding and gauging multiple components per cycle, increasing thruput. The GT-610 CNC can process challenging components such as titanium aerospace fasteners, stainless-steel arthroscopic shavers, and other small powdered hard metal components. It is integrated with a two-axis CNC work-wheel and regulating wheel dressers, allowing for the dressing of complex shapes to achieve optimal diameter and roundness accuracy.
Found at the highest end of the GT‐610 series spectrum, the GT‐610 CNC High Precision Automated Infeed/Thrufeed Centerless Grinding Machine excels at grinding a wide range of materials and is the complete "lights‐out" solution for applications where a high degree of automation, data gathering and gauging feedback is required. In addition to our 10" work wheel design, Glebar is now offering an ABEC 7 twin-grip work wheel spindle design (with 12" work wheel option) on the GT-610 CNC for increased rigidity, faster component processing speed and larger diameter parts.