Guidewire Case Studies

Challenge: To eliminate additional processes in the production of guidewires. The conventional process uses several machines to profile a shape in an interventional guidewire.SolutionGlebar eliminated pre- and post- processes by incorporating them on a CAM.2 machine in one operation. Wire can be supplied in cut form or can be l...
Challenge: Cycle time reduction and a sharp corner needed for a medical guidewireSolutionThe CAM.2 machine has several modes of operation configurable for different shaped guidewire geometries. In this case, combination of the modes were utilized to successfully grind this part. In the first mode, a profiled grinding wheel is employed to maxi...
Recognized for improving process efficiency, reducing scrap rates, and creating safer work environments, Glebar has delivered innovative grinding solutions to guidewire manufacturers for over 50 years. Our newest automated solution process guidewires from the feeder to a finished part in a single operation.Current Process & ChallengesLegacy gri...
Challenge: To eliminate additional processes in the production of guidewires. The conventional process uses several machines to profile a shape in an interventional guidewire.SolutionGlebar eliminated pre- and post- processes by incorporating them on a CAM.2 machine in one operation. Wire can be supplied in cut form or can be l...
Challenge: A Medical device customer needed to rapidly changeover between a family of Nitinol guidewires having various lengths and geometries. Since the geometry of the components varied in length, the customer needed to change tooling over frequently, a process that can take up to 4 hours. Also, rapidly removing over 30% of the the material ...
Challenge: Lack of a clear, simple method to inspect the geometric profile of many components. Existing systems are slow, unreliable, and complex to operate.SolutionGlebar’s P4K gauging system was designed to inspect components ranging from medical guidewires and arthroscopic shavers to titanium fasteners and medical bone drills with the pus...