Propak Sheet Metal play a key part in a new world-leading and next-generation surgical robot which is evolving the world of surgery across the globe.


Propak Sheet Metal are no stranger to working on stringent and demanding projects – as we work with medical, aerospace and defence industries across the world who require the very best. We are accredited to the highest standard including AS9001, something very few companies can claim fame to and allowing us to partner with these exacting industries. 

So, when a leading and pioneering medical device company based in the hub of ground-breaking medical and scientific research, Cambridge, UK came to us with their latest project – we were a clear partner. We have worked with medical and scientific companies before so understand that only the best is an option – whether it’s medical trolleys, storage & racking, mountings, consoles, monitor or screening equipment they must meet the highest tolerances for the demanding industry.

We were delighted to be asked to produce the casing for such an innovative piece of technology and one which will go onto transform the way surgery is carried out. From the start, we had to think of the right metal to work with and create designs that matched our client’s ambitions whilst meeting the complex requirements of minimal access surgery – this needed pinpoint accuracy!

We also had to consider the expectations of our client and their new technology as robotic surgery requires a versatile system that is portable, transportable and affordable as it will end up being used in hospitals. ‘The new machine is easy to move between operating rooms and even hospitals, quick to set up and always gives the surgical team easy access to the patient’ – this was achieved by using the highest quality materials that are strong, flexible and affordable, and by working with Propak Sheet Metals highly skilled in-house design team to ensure it met the requirements of our client and the work it would be carrying out as the manoeuvrability was paramount.

By mimicking the human arm the new machine allows surgeons the freedom of port placement, but with the benefits of small fully-wristed instruments. With 3D HD vision, easy-to adopt instrument control and a choice of ergonomic working positions, it is hoped the new open surgeon console will reduce stress and fatigue, offering the potential to extend the careers of surgeons.

The new machine promises an impressive skillset of reduced trauma, faster recovery and improved clinical outcomes and we were delighted to be part of this new and amazing piece of technology which will hopefully go onto help save the lives of people around the world.