Short-term leases provide an affordable trial, testing the market
without agreeing to own the equipment long-term. So it’s a try-before-you-buy arrangement. We also have what we call an off-balance sheet. This allows you to treat the lease payment as a
business expense and there are tax advantages. These are the big
pros of leasing.
There are also pros when purchasing direct—if you’re a company
Fenske: What are some of the newer capabilities
with deep pockets and cutting a check for $750,000 is not an issue to
you. I think that’s even better if you have that kind of capital avail-
able. But I’m a big fan of leasing models because I think it’s a great
way to manage the risk and manage the assets.
of the equipment that are attractive to orthopedic
Abraham: Standard Atlas Vac units have, for years, included
dynamic output data (time, temp, psi, time/
date, and recipe number) to label printers as
a means to capture and document unique
package sealing data. The same is now avail-
able to drive a Videojet printing system for di-
rect application to the package in the sealer.
For 2016, with Class II UDI package labeling
requirements in mind, Atlas Vac has taken the
next step to include data logging of not only
the dynamic cycle data but also logging of op-
erator IDs and passwords, sign-ins, password
changes, recipe changes, alarms, odometer
reading, etc., all on a new standard color touch
screen. What is interesting, this capability can
be retrofitted to many existing standard Atlas
Vac units in the field as a means to enhance
and extend capital equipment life.
Bannayan: The integration of inspection
and machine feedback into the machine pro-
cess dramatically reduces the time to set up
the machine and improves quality control.
Gauging also adds to traceability and allows
for the compensation of length variation.
Lindstrom: Process control capabilities
have become more refined in abrasive blast-
ing over the years. Closed-loop air pressure
monitors, media flow control, media-sizing
devices, and accurate tracking of nozzle pre-
sentation/part movement provide repeatable
finishes every single time. The orthopedic
industry has been slow to integrate robotics,
but the benefits will soon become apparent.
Scherpenberg: Each new generation of
machinery typically results in advancements in
speed, cutting capability, and tooling flexibility.
Other benefits of new machine models in-
clude more user friendly control functionality,
improved operator ergonomics, and enhanced
compatibility with automated technologies.
Automation has seen a significant rise in
demand for its ability to provide more flexible production quantities. Part mix and part
volumes can be changed quickly and reliably
in order to address a manufacturer’s evolving
needs. Lead times are reduced. Automation
also decreases cycle times, eliminates repetitive