Medical Electronics and the Use of PCB Assemblies in Medical Devices
Many medical devices are based on PCB Assemblies, as they need to be able to meet the demands and constraints of electronic medical devices, including wearable medical devices. The need to create the smallest and densest design possible to support the use of medical devices demands that PCB Assemblies be included in the design.
For this reason, specialty high-density PCB’s are commonly used in medical electronics and in medical device assembly. Also, since medical devices often need to have the ability to flex, flexible PCBs are often used in medical device applications.
Some medical devices that use commonly use PCB Assemblies include diagnostic imaging equipment, lasers, and handheld dental tools.
What Should You Look for in a Company that Manufacturers Medical Electronics?
Here are a few things to look for in a company that manufactures Medical Electronics that use PCB Assemblies:
Does the company have experience assembling complex electronic assemblies and medical electronics? The assembly of medical electronics places an additional demand on manufacturers to achieve a level of precision that exceeds most other electronic manufacturing. As a result, experience and expertise within medical electronics are critical.
- Are their Personnel Trained to IPC J-STD-001 class 3 and IPC-A-610 class 3 Qualifications?
Having this level of certification serves to accommodate the already stringent demands of the medical electronics industry. It demonstrates the commitment of the company to producing medical devices of the highest quality, that meet and exceed standards.
- Does the Company place an Emphasis on Traceability and Process Validation Requirements?
Medical device manufacturing requires that processes are adhered to and that they are well documented to ensure quality. Be sure the medical electronics company has a demonstrated commitment to providing documentation for every medical device they produce – from low-volume highly specialized equipment to the most basic handheld medical device.
- Does the Company Offer Design Expertise and Help?
Look for a company that provides assistance in the development of medical devices, including design expertise and help. An experienced company will be able to evaluate your design, and/or suggest design improvements for cost and manufacturability.
We’d love to talk to you about your medical electronics needs. At ADCO Circuits, we offer electronic design, electronic contract manufacturing, and PCB assembly services for medical electronics, automotive electronics, telecommunications, aerospace, industrial/commercial, and wireless equipment markets. We provide electronic designing, contract manufacturing, and rapid prototyping and PCB assembly services. We are an ISO 9001, TS 16949 and AS 9100 certified. Our personnel is trained to IPC J-STD-001 class 3 and IPC-A-610 class 3 qualifications. We also have the latest equipment and technology, and advanced information and quality systems to support all of our electronic manufacturing services.