KDI is a leader in capital equipment manufacturing with a 36-year history of developing innovative, complex devices. Our low-volume focus fills a void for customers whose projects may not meet the higher annual revenues that larger contract manufacturers want.
KDI’s business model supports flexible manufacturing cells that allow quick setup for low-volume production runs. We reduce lead times with in-house capabilities like CNC machining, custom cable assembly and laser marking.
Capital equipment manufacturing can involve highly complex engineering challenges. KDI’s Director of Engineering is the original founder of the company and guides the team with hands-on involvement in all projects. We offer customers design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) suggestions, as our goal is to make manufacturing easy, efficient and repeatable.
The engineering team develops meticulously detailed work instructions that include images of each assembly step. Color-coded call-outs require assemblers to document various activities — from inspection form entries to measurement verifications and cautions/warnings that identify known risk areas. Detailed work instructions are critical for low-volume manufacturing. Small production runs may be spaced a year or more apart. These work instructions insure that equipment is built accurately the first time and when the next order is placed many months later.
Complex systems require testing at various stages. KDI engineers develop and build all types of test equipment, supporting sub-assembly and final system test requirements. Additionally, we assist customers with FCC and safety agency testing.
KDI is ISO 13485:2016 and FDA registered. Our reliable quality system helps ensure that products consistently meet applicable requirements and specifications.
Some examples of our capital equipment manufacturing:
Thin Film Deposition System
Used to apply anti-reflective and mirror-finish coatings to eyeglass lenses. Over 800 unique components, including a high-vacuum chamber powered by a turbomolecular pump.
Rubidium Infusion System
A lead encased generator is eluted with saline to produce a sterile, non-pyrogenic solution of Rb-82 chloride. This radioactive diagnostic agent is used along with PET imaging to evaluate adult patients with suspected or existing coronary artery disease.
PRP (Platelet-Rich-Plasma) Separation Device
PRP is separated from whole blood through the use of an integrated centrifuge and two separate syringe pumps. Whole blood is pumped in and PRP is pumped out — all while the centrifuge is spinning. The unique centrifuge design prevents the single piece tubing from becoming entangled.
Simulator for Prostate Ablation Surgery
The system uses an onboard gaming computer and software to simulate a surgical technique that uses green lasers to ablate prostate tissue. Surgeons new to this therapy can become proficient through the use of the simulator.
Automated System for Isolating DNA From Whole Blood
A tedious manual laboratory process was transformed into the first fully automated system to isolate DNA from whole blood. KDI developed automated systems for labeling, dispensing reagents, mixing, capping/uncapping, transporting to and from an integrated centrifuge, pour off and collection.