Document Control from the First Design

We start from the first design concept, implementing our well-documented design rules and fabrication processes into the design, ensuring functional performance in the first batch delivered. Every batch of parts, starting from the first build, includes:

  • Design & revision control documentation
  • Material lot numbers
  • Lot numbers on any customer supplied components
  • Equipment parameters
  • In process QC

Final assembled parts are delivered to you with packaging that captures: date, quantity, lot number and part number.

Final assembled parts are shipped with a test report that captures three levels of QC evaluation on 100% of the parts:

  1. Visual inspection up to 7x to scrap parts with particulates, debris or other defects
  2. Measurement on an optical comparator up to 20x for critical alignment tolerances and to verify dimensions
  3. Non-destructive functional testing with pressure or vacuum
  4. Destructive testing with fluids with video recording, accessible via a unique customer link.

What’s Unique about Our Processes?

As part of our microfluidics manufacturing and quality assurance protocols, ALine integrates a rigorous post-cutting cleaning process to reduce debris and residuals on laser cut or machined parts before they are laminated together. Components processed in sheets are protected during singulation and cleaned before being assembled to other components.

Clean, dry, compressed air is used to dry the parts, which are then stored in a class 7 cleanroom and staged for further assembly step.

Upon request, substrate materials can be plasma treated, silanized, or treated with a customer-specific protocol to eliminate, for example, RNAases.