L3I: Scanning the Horizon For Faster Throughput
About 5 years ago, Bill Greene and his colleagues at Level 3 Inspection (L3I) foresaw the need for precision 3D scanning and inspection in orthopedic implant manufacturing. So they opened an office to offer professional computer-aided inspection services in Warsaw, IN, known as the Orthopedics Capital of the World. The city owes its nickname to Revra DePuy, an early orthopedic appliance manufacturer who left his indelible mark there. Now, other industry leaders like Biomet, Zimmer, Medtronic and their supply chain partners are also part of the city’s economic landscape.
L3I is first and foremost a digital inspection service provider. Its bread and butter come from precision manufacturers who need to verify that the parts built conform to the design specified. To accomplish this, clients usually contract L3I to scan the part produced in the manufacturing facility, then compare the high-resolution digital scan to the original CAD geometry.
An annotated page from Level 3 Inspection’s report on comparing an as-built orthopedic knee implant and the intended design.
For all intents and purposes, L3I’s services seem like a perfect match for improving the quality of braces and implants commonly used in the orthopedic profession. Considering how costly a recall is for the manufacturer — and how devastating it is for the patient — the industry could clearly benefit from greater quality assurance.
But at the onset, Greene didn’t realize there was a fundamental difference that separates aerospace and automotive manufacturers from their orthopedic counterparts. “[Orthopedic manufacturers] love the result, but just aren’t comfortable outsourcing the job,” he reports. “They’d much rather buy the equipment and bring the operation in-house.”
So, instead of combatting the prevalent culture and tradition in orthopedics, Greene decided to adapt. L3I invented and applied for an international patent for an integrated, automated system that would perform the same computerized inspection operations, but could be used by a nontechnical operator. Thus, the Smart Inspection Station (SIS) was born. Continue reading the full article here!
Everywhere we are engaged with our precision manufacturer clients, we are delivering vastly superior Computer Aided Inspection (CAI) Customer- Ready™ results, which OEMs welcome and prefer, and we are delivering them in a half to third of the time it takes to get lesser results out of the internal layout department and traditional inspection resources. We have made some very big business impacts at a number of our clients, helping them perform on substantial programs to keep their customers happy.
Let us accelerate your product and business. Call us today for a quote, tell us when you need the results, and be prepared to be amazed at how well we can deliver with speed.
Bill Greene – CEO
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