Innovations in Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing and PCB assembly proving to be an opportune to develop unveiled in Medical and Bio- Medical Equipment Industry with a subtle tuning of health to technology

March 5, 2016


The broad arc of innovations introduced and coming up in today’s era calls for attention to the developing medical and bio-medical equipment /devices. It is now becoming a prime element in the lifestyle of people right from the carrycot to the tomb. Even with the rapid pace seen in the medical industry with technological advancement, a number of challenges hit up the engineering of medical devices. With this, high grade printed circuit boards are being developed with the latest designs for complex therapeutic equipment. Until now, all the major inventions in PCB used for medical devices were the soul concentration of PCB manufacturers in the USA. This gave a stride to use of customized PCB in predominant industries with the introduction of accurate analogue/digital design; multi-layered circuit boards, BGA with varied fabrication techniques like Through-hole-technique, Surface Mount technique, Box-build assembly, Cable harness assembly and many more. This article is a brief spotlight to the drifts in the development of the newer concepts in the medical industry with the enhanced PCB assembly and PCB manufacturing methods. In addition, it also highlights the recent medical technological up gradation with medical inventions going on worldwide.

The printed circuit boards were under fashion from the onset of 1900 and gradually it trended to provide electronic solutions to the Defense and US army. Right from the origination of PCBs and the idea of the auto assembly process was grounded by the PCB manufacturer in the USA. Sooner the use of PCB was found in all the industries that focused on putting forward new ideas with a modern touch to their production and NPL (New Product Launches). The medical, aerospace, military, industrial, renewable, telecommunication and automotive industry are now a part of these transformations. This was a new dawn of the revival in the medical industry with state of the art electronics and PCB solutions getting into the vein to enhance the lifestyle of people with many user-friendly curative methods. As a result, this generated more and more health consciousness among the people and also a sense of concern for maintaining high-quality control as well as safety measures with the usage of medical devices.

Medical technology has taken the podium to the next level of competition by giving pause to the new ideas to mend and heal the people. The trends of modernization in fitness and health devices, diagnostic methods and AT (automated therapy) equipment made the rigid/flex PCB manufacturing and PCB prototypes with embedded components and 3D modelling a natural choice for PCB manufacturer. This even gave rise to a demand for miniaturization in PCB prototyping. Behind the scenes, the leap in the development of PCB assembly and the PCB fabrication process has altered the use of medical equipment with bettered therapeutic results.

The innovations outlined in medical devices like Cardiac Mapping as used for diagnosing heart diseases, Medical Motion Control System that controls position and velocity of motors, Electronic Nerve Stimulation Device that delivers smooth electrical impulses to the paralysed muscles, In Robotic braces and Motor Controller to command the speed and direction from the central logic controller of any robotic device, Artificial Cardiac Pacemaker that regulates the heartbeats, Blood Glucose Monitors to test the sugar level in the body, Computed Tomography (CT ) scanner that scans the bones- blood vessels – soft tissues and internal organs of the body for diagnoses, Ultrasonic equipment for sonography and many more have shown improvements in dealing with the diseases .

Apart from these developments in the PCB used in medical and dental equipment, quality and safety are the prime focus considered in PCB manufacturing services. For stringent control in quality and to achieve defect free PCB production techniques, few testing methods are used which includes ‘Thermal profiling method’ that measures the temperature profiles for complex PCB’s, ‘Flying Probe Testing’ to validate the component placement, ‘ICT Testing’ to detect the parametric failures and design faults in prototypes and ‘Functional testing ‘to control the behavior and functions of the circuit board.

Thus, numerous transformations are seen in building medical diagnostic equipment, developing HDI circuit boards, Making imaging with lab equipment, 3D sensors in printed circuit boards and many more. In addition to this, the latest upcoming fade is spotted out in manufacturing echo friendly PCB’s. At last, a recent ray of discovery is heading towards an antidote for the Zika virus that is mushrooming towards many countries, namely New Zealand and the US which needs a sheer technological invention to curb and eradicate the Zika virus across the globe.

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Last Update: March 5th, 2016