Argon Medical Devices recently invested in collaborative robots to lower production costs and increase productivity. Photo by Austin Weber This dual-armed robot recently replaced an operator who was manually loading, unloading and checking parts that are insert molded. Photo courtesy Argon Medical Devices Inc. Two-thirds of Argon Wheeling is comprised of ISO Class 8 clean rooms. Photo courtesy Argon Medical Devices Inc. Needles are one of the most basic and least glamorous types of medical devices. But, every day, doctors and nurses rely on “sharps” to administer medicine, draw blood, conduct biopsies and perform many other vital medical procedures. To keep up with demand, Argon Medical Devices Inc. produces millions of needles and catheters every year. The 45-year-old company recently invested in state-of-the-art automation to lower production costs and increase productivity. Argon is deploying collaborative robots and autonomous mobile robots at its state-of-the-art plant in Wheeling, IL. The 85,000-square-foot facility assembles more than 4 million needles and catheters every month. “We invested in automation because, like any manufacturing facility, we are continually looki...