IMS challenges and solution
At the start, IMS and the customer jointly defined a Proof of Concept (POC) investigation with the goal to determine the best fitting cutting technique. We underwent this POC phase by developing concepts, performing tests and in doing so, supported the customer in making the right choice for the cutting technique. As a result, we found a highly accurate and repetitive process in the use of a Femto laser. This brings a much more robust repeatable process compared to other cutting technologies.
Next, we needed to look at how to automate the complete product assembly. To minimize risk and reduce the total lead-time, we decided to use a modular equipment concept on which we could develop and build the several process steps independently. Its independent control system allows for offline testing and adjusting of a (new) process module prior to integration on the machine. This leads to more reliable testing and validation of the machine.