Developing new medical devices? Start with a free design review for reliability and manufacturability.

by: Rosie Medina, Director Sales & Marketing

Medical devices and biotech systems often involve people, animals, bacteria, viruses and other living entities lacking standard electrical connectors. Instead, they use sensors, actuators, antennas and probes to receive and transmit signals. These specialized products may also include channels, pumps and seals to move liquids. MEMS devices to detect physical phenomena or to affect the movement and motion of a mechanical element. An army of specialized components – pressure gages, altimeters, magnetic field detectors, molecular detectors. And more.

Of course, specialized components demand specialized processes – chip-on-board (COB), flip chip, precision die attach, die stacking, sealing or encapsulation, micron-tolerance optical component attach, sealing of liquid joints, geometry control for RF devices. Some can’t tolerate temperatures exceeding 85°C during assembly or be exposed to low temperatures below 100oC. Others cringe when exposed to standard cleaning processes.

Then there’s the really picky ones like antennas that must be located and fabricated with tightly controlled geometries and dielectrics, fluid processing devices insisting on excellent adhesion between surfaces, and organics for which controlling voids or bubbles is essential. While we’re at it, add to the list of “must haves” assembly in a Class 100 or Class 1000 cleanroom environment, specialized test equipment to control and monitor processes.

No matter how specialized your requirements, our engineers and technicians are equally specialized in design, assembly, materials, fixturing and test. They’ll specify the best materials and processes to ensure stable performance. They understand the FDA requirements for materials and processes needed to manufacture Class II and Class III devices. Along with the importance of providing complete documentation packages.

Because we specialize in heterogeneous assembly, we make all of these processes come together seamlessly in one exquisite, cost-effective service. So If you’re responsible for fast-tracking medical device development, designing microfluidic devices, incorporating more sensors in a smaller package, we can help. Even if all you have is proof of concept, our engineering and materials experience will get you to assembly of beta units, followed by scaling to high-volume production. Email RMedina@promex-ind.com or call me at 1-408-496-0222 for your free design review.