Lateral Flow Assays

Assembly and Automation David Carlberg

Summary

This chapter discusses materials selection, product design and tolerancing, and automated manufacturing processes to help in the efficient and cost-effective design and manufacture of lateral-flow assays. Raw materials including filter materials, membranes, and adhesives are discussed. A detailed discussion on properly dimensioning and toler-ancing a typical lateral-flow laminate is provided. Several illustrations are provided to help in the understanding of proper dimensioning practices and to illustrate potentially problematic housing designs. The chapter concludes with six automation imperatives— six ideas that will help to ensure the successful and cost-effective implementation of automated manufacturing processes for the high-volume manufacturing environment.

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