Medical Device Component Delivered Assembly-Ready
at a 45-50% Cost Reduction
reagent rack is a functional component. Its purpose is to hold medical
sample vials for testing. But in the medical device market even
a component as simple as this has exacting specifications. Quality
is always a major factor, and as in any other industry, price is
ICI, a producer of aluminum cast high-integrity,
assembly-ready components, collaborated with a medical device manufacturer
to preserve the quality standards for its reagent rack, while reducing
costs 45%-50%. The 9 in. long x 1.4 in. wide x 2 in. high rack was
originally designed and produced as a highly machined aluminum component.
ICI, with its extensive knowledge of investment casting and design-for-manufacturing,
cost-effectively converted the machined component to a machining-free
investment cast component.
Flatness is critical to the rack's integration into the reagent
equipment. ICI delivers a component that is flat over its entire
length to within 0.004 in. Investment casting also produces a porosity-free,
smooth surface maximizing the heat transfer properties of 356 aluminum.
The rack is finished in an electroless nickel plating and delivered