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Medical Device Component Delivered Assembly-Ready at a 45-50% Cost Reduction


A 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 a driver.

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 ready-for-assembly.


Integra-Cast, Inc.
Phone: 860-225-7600    Fax: 860-223-8748
265 Newington Avenue - New Britain, CT 06051-2129

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