The ever-increasing complexity of miniaturized electronic products is now intertwined throughout every phase of product creation, from initial design, to the final stages of manufacturing and testing. The current trends continue toward circuits that are complex, but also smaller, more energy efficient, and more reliable than previous generations. Miniaturized electronic devices are finding application in life sciences, medical devices, wearable’s both medical and consumer, security, sensor markets, and transforming what we call the “Internet of Things” (IoT).
With more experience and more reason to believe, innovators have the ability to look at healthcare differently through a focused lens on micro-technology and its impact on personal diagnosis and care. At Valtronic, we see first hand how the field is drastically changing and new technologies are being positioned for better quality of care and improved patient outcomes. From our design and development engineering teams to R&D, and our contract manufacturing, the need for high-quality and high-reliability services is vital today.
When reffering to quality in manufactured medical devices, testing is a crucial element, not only during intermediate and final stages of production, but also in the verification of new manufacturing techniques due to the application uses of these devices, implants, sensors, etc. Additionally, test capability must be incorporated into designs so that the need for increased testing does not unnecessarily burden final cost, production throughput, or ultimate reliability.
Today, Origninal Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are now expanding their reach of medical devices (and in some cases nonmedical devices) to perform tasks like back-end cloud storage systems or data transfer, such as biometric data in the medical market. With these types of platforms, medical devices are focused not only on proving their value, but by taking patient care one step further and engaging in big data; the Internet of Things. By effectively transmitting data, users or caregivers have the opportunity to adhere to or communicate patient data. Furthermore, finding treatment or developing a plan for patient medical care.
This field is expected to grow with an“annual growth rate of 38 percent from 2015 to 2022. As smartphones, wearables, and other mobile health devices continue to be adopted throughout the healthcare industry, this market will see extensive growth” (http://mhealthintelligence.com/news/internet-of-things-wearables-stimulate-mhealth-market).
As for the microelectronics market, enough said. Consumers are gearing toward smaller devices, the medical field needs miniature devices for active implants and medical devices, therefore the advances in micro-technology will continue to expand, grow (smaller) and innovate.