KDI is a leader in low-volume capital equipment manufacturing. We have been helping develop innovative, complex devices since 1982. Our low-volume focus fills a void for customers whose projects may not meet the higher annual revenues that larger contract manufacturers want.
Capital equipment manufacturing involves 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. This helps make manufacturing easy, efficient and repeatable.
The engineering team develops detailed work instructions that include images of each assembly step. The color-coded call-outs require assemblers to document various activities. These can be inspection form entries or measurement verifications. Items in red identify known risk areas. Detailed work instructions are critical for low-volume manufacturing. Small production runs may be spaced a year or more apart. The detailed 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 to support 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
This complex machine is used to apply anti-reflective and mirror-finish coatings to eyeglass lenses. It has over 800 unique components, including a high-vacuum chamber powered by a turbo-molecular pump.
Rubidium Infusion System
This system has a lead encased generator that 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 design of this device prevents the single piece tubing from becoming entangled.
Simulator for Prostate Ablation Surgery
This device simulates a surgical technique that uses green lasers to ablate prostate tissue. Surgeons are able to become proficient in this therapy by using the simulator. The system is powered by an onboard gaming computer and custom software.
Automated System for Isolating DNA From Whole Blood
This automated system replaces a tedious manual laboratory process. It was the first fully automated system to isolate DNA from whole blood. KDI developed automated sub-systems for these functions: labeling, dispensing reagents, mixing, capping/uncapping, transporting to and from an integrated centrifuge, pour off and collection.