The Role of Printed Circuit Boards in Medical Technology
Posted On September 9 2022
The electronic age is broadening its scope into all sectors of medicine and healthcare. Almost every process that is a part of modern medicine is touched by electronic evolution. Improving, updating, and bringing medicine and healthcare into the future is happening now.
Examples of medical devices that include printed circuit boards (PCBs):
- Cochlear implants
- Implanted defibrillators
- Responsive Neurostimulator (RNS)
- MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- CT (Computerized Axial Tomography) Scans
- Ultrasound equipment
- Bodily temperature monitors
- Blood glucose monitors
- Blood pressure monitors
- Heart monitors
- Heart pacemakers
- Nerve Stimulator Unit
- Infusion fluid controls
- EMG activity systems
- X-ray computed tomography
- Peristaltic infusion technology
- Flow rate and dispensing systems
- Electrical muscle stimulation equipment
Levison Enterprises is ISO 9001 certified, ISO 13485 certified, and FDA registered, which means we always strictly adhere to expandable quality control practices. It’s easy to think that certifications set standards, but what does that mean when it comes to electronic assembly manufacturing? When a company takes the time to earn certifications like ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 it demonstrates both time and energy has been utilized to meet and exceed recognized standards for quality assurance, improvement, and customer satisfaction.
We also specialize in the following technologies:
Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) Manufacturing
Nearly all mass-produced electronics since the 1980’s are manufactured using surface mount technology (SMT). As the demand for better consumer technology pushed manufacturers to be more efficient and produce smaller, better products, traditional leaded components could not keep up.
SMT is a popular method in medical device PCBs:
- There are not as many holes required for the PCBs, so there’s less drilling.
- Less costly than the through-hole PCBA method.
- Either side of a circuit board can have components placed on it.
- Surface Mount Technology’s components take up less space — they’re much smaller than the traditional leaded parts.
- SMT density is better than that of the traditional component.
- SMTs perform much better than the traditional PCBA when dealing with vibrating and constant motion.
Levison Enterprises offers surface mount technology services in addition to traditional through-hole manufacturing. We understand that occasionally in electronic manufacturing a component will require both processes to precisely produce the right component for your project. Levison Enterprises is proud to preserve the lost art of through-hole manufacturing as many electronic contract manufacturers (ECM) don’t even offer it anymore.
The best all in one electronic assembly manufacturers can often assist with rapid prototyping services and low volume runs. Levison Enterprises offers top-level assembly services including:
- Electro-Mechanical Assembly
- Electronic Control Panels
- Box Builds
- Electromechanical Builds
- DIN Rails and Backplanes
- Multi-Facet Assemblies
- Full System Testing
Box Building and Final Assembly
Box builds can range from single printed circuit boards enclosed in plastic to complex systems inside rugged metal shells. A box build is more than a simple PCB and includes subassemblies, mechanical components, wiring, cables, and installation all housed in the enclosure. The complete integrated system is delivered right to your customer, so when outsourcing, it’s important to consider what you need from your ECM partner. Not every ECM can handle a complete box build like Levison Enterprises.
Testing and Inspection
The quality of the finished product is of the utmost importance in PCB assembly and manufacturing. Testing and inspections are essential steps in the quality assurance process. Levison Enterprises inspects during every step of the process through a combination of automated and human inspection techniques. In addition to being ISO 9001 certified, Levison Enterprises promotes quality throughout every step of the PCB assembly, design, and manufacturing process.
Finding the Best PCB Manufacturer is Easy
The medical field is one of the most sensitive applications requiring PCBs as it demands precision, reliability, and high-quality components. For this reason, medical PCBs are specifically designed to suit specific environments, labs, and testing scenarios. The most important consideration when choosing a PCB manufacturer is safety. The safety of a medical device should never be compromised so it’s important to choose a PCB manufacturer with a strong industry reputation. Levison Enterprises is certified in ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 and experienced in medical device manufacturing. Contact us today for a quote on your next medical device.
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