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Tornos at the heart of medical device manufacturer

Posted on 08 Oct 2020 and read 430 times
Tornos at the heart of medical device manufacturerBased on a long-standing tradition and vast expertise, the Swiss Azurea Group has made its mark and earned a reputation that reaches far beyond the Swiss Jura Mountains, home of the Swiss Type sliding headstock lathe.

Founded in 1914 as a bar turning workshop under the name Célestin Konrad SA, the parent company Azurea has been headquartered in Moutier since its early days. Today, the company has four distinct production sites including Azurea Technologies Bévilard.

Specialising in the production of components and sub-assemblies for the medical equipment industry, the company was certified with ISO:13485 in June 2019, a standard that specifies the requirements for a quality management system (QMS) for the medical device industry.

Even if this standard is not mandatory for many medical products, it stands for the utmost in quality and safety of the products manufactured in accordance with it. It has been Azurea’s primary desire to be able to offer its clients this certification and ensure tracking and traceability of its devices.

In 2009, Azurea Holding SA acquired the Bévilard Company with the primary aim to strengthen and evolve the medical device sector.

Tornos 1Samuel Geiser, Azurea’s Bévilard site manager (pictured), said: “It is now about providing a service – assembly. Azurea has decided to stand out as a supplier of finished products. This is undeniably a pledge of added value that makes us real specialists, not only in the field of assembly but also in terms of specific functions. We can develop innovative solutions from materials that are sometimes very exotic.”

As well as working with stainless steels and different grades of titanium, thanks to its vast inventory of Tornos machines that comprise thirteen Deco 10 and two Deco 13 machines, some equipped with gear cutting function, Azurea can also machine materials such as PEEK, a thermostable plastic material.

There is no material and no challenge that phases Azurea and the company prides itself on airing versatility and a pioneering and visionary spirit.

Nicole Crisci, Azurea’s executive assistant and communication manager, said: “In 2020, we will have a grey room for assembly that we want to use to put the finishing touches to our products. This investment aims at the limitation of potential contamination of the processes by the users.

“We make the experience and expertise of our technicians available to our customers in the medical, dental and microtechnology sectors for them to achieve impeccable quality.”

She added: “Open-minded, reliable and competent – that’s how Azurea’s representatives at all levels of the company can be described best. What began as a family-owned business has developed over time and now presents itself as a company that is acting on a global scale while remaining true to its principles of independence.”

Tornos 2With an efficient quality system, committed and skilled workforce, Azurea can pool all the ingredients required to guarantee the control and traceability of the processes while meeting its deadlines. The employees enjoy working in this environment and most of Azurea’s apprentices are retained within the Group.

To always be a step ahead in response to customer requirements, Azurea has specialised and diversified its businesses. As the latest group-wide example for this, there is a new feature offered by the Belprahon site, an e-shop.

The site in Belprahon specialises in the production of gauges and measuring devices as well as providing a metrology service. Via the internet e-shop, the customers can obtain high-quality finished products and pin-type gauges made of the desired material, not to mention complete gauge boxes. The e-shop is easy-to-use and convenient with the order amount immediately calculated online.