Automating the Manufacturing of Medical Device and Diagnostics Products with SOLIDWORKS


Kinematic Automation, Inc.

The Company 

Whenever diabetics check their blood sugar level, there is a good chance that the glucose test strip that generates the reading was made on a Kinematic Automation machine. As the leader in the development of automated diagnostic test strip processing systems—with at least 50 percent market share in the glucose test strip market alone—the company outputs more than 8 billion diagnostic test strips of all types per year on its machines.

Patients, doctors, and medical personnel use diagnostic test strips to test blood, urine, plasma, and saliva for a range of biological information, such as glucose and cholesterol levels, the presence of infectious agents like anthrax and HIV, or the hormones that confirm a pregnancy. Because all of these diagnostic test strips are disposable and utilized at high volume every day, the equipment that suppliers use to manufacture diagnostic test strips, by its very nature, needs to function with a high level of automation, reliability, and serviceability.

The Challenge

Address high-cycle rates, precision requirements, and efficiency needs in the development of automated systems for manufacturing medical devices and diagnostic products.

The Solution

Implement SOLIDWORKS design and SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM product data management software in concert with a lean manufacturing program to reduce costs and accelerate time-to-market.

The Result

  • Shortened time-to-market by 30 to 40 percent
  • Cut development costs by 25 percent
  • Reduced prototyping costs by 50 percent
  • Decreased scrap and rework costs by 50 percent

"With SOLIDWORKS software, we are improving quality and eliminating unnecessary costs while we stay on the cutting edge."

Patrick Grimes
Mechanical Engineer