[The Ultimate Guide] Interconnect Solutions for Medical Devices

In this ultimate guide, we set the record straight by defining interconnect solutions for the medical device industry. In addition, we dive deep into interconnect diagrams, symbols, and metal conductivity index-ratings. This is the ebook you do not want to miss for your next important project.


The Time Value of Money Calculator

“Time” is an important variable that can have a significant impact on the overall value of a project. A one-year delay in implementing a project can decrease the value of the project by thousands of dollars. This calculator enables you to adjust different project variables (e.g., project investment costs, timelines, cost of capital, etc.) to model potential project outcomes and visualize the impact of the time value of money.


ATL’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2019                             

In 2019, we tried our best to address the medical device industry’s hottest topics. We covered everything from international tariffs to the benefits of cross-team collaboration during the device development process. Of all the content we produced last year, there were a handful of posts that our blog readers really connected with. So, we bundled the top 5 most read posts into a single PDF that you can download for free. Click the button to get started.


An Innovative Approach to Energy-Driven Medical Device Development

Developing an energy-driven device—that is, any device that requires electricity to function—requires a different approach than developing a traditional device. To be effective, engineers who develop energy-driven devices must use a holistic process that considers every component from the capital equipment to the distal tip of the device. In this e-book, we discuss the challenges energy-driven device engineers face during the development process and how they can be overcome with a new approach. 


                           Why Focusing on This Will Have a Profound Impact on Your Project                             The Indispensability of Signal Integrity

Medical facilities are full of devices that help medical professionals care for their patients. From Electrophysiology to Minimally- Invasive devices, their functionality is critical in offering proper diagnosis and even saving lives. Billions of dollars have been spent on the research, development, and purchasing of these types of devices. But if the data sent from these devices is skewed, the device is useless or—worse—deadly. In this eBook, we will discuss how to keep transmitted data accurate, which means maintaining signal integrity.

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Exploring the Risks & Rewards of Standard Commercial Interconnects vs. Custom Solutions in Critical Applications Whitepaper. In selecting interconnect solutions for a product, engineers have a choice of using either standard connector products or custom solutions. Making the decision on which route to pursue involves many considerations. The purpose of this document is to explain these considerations and provide guidance on navigating this decision process.

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                           ON THE CUTTING-EDGE OF CHIP-ON-TIP TECHNOLOGY                             Overcoming Engineering Challenges to Further Miniaturization

Advancements in Chip-on-Tip endoscope technology relies on the continued development of sensors, illumination and lens systems. However, to ensure endoscopes have a viable future, they must continue to shrink in diameter and cost while delivering increasingly higher quality images.To overcome the challenges associated with miniaturization—while not sacrificing quality and performance—specific engineering and manufacturing techniques need to be utilized to ensure optimal chip-on-tip performance.

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Current and Future Demands for High-Density Connectors. The need for high-density electrical connectors is being driven by applications that need smaller, lighter connectors that are also ergonomically friendly. However, adding more pins in a connector is not a straightforward process. With IEC specifications and other safety regulations, designing a high-density interconnect that is not unwieldy or cumbersome is a challenging task. This whitepaper will explore why there is a growing demand for high-density interconnects.

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                                              NEVER UNDERESTIMATE OVERMOLDED CABLE                                              The Benefit of Overmolding Cables

The practice of overmolding has proven to be vital to the functionality and appearance of cables. Thanks in part to the development of thermoplastics, overmolded cable assemblies reduce or eliminate many of the risks and disadvantages associated with mechanically assembled cables. The following article outlines the benefits of overmolded cable assemblies and why using overmolding shouldn’t be underestimated for use in the most rigorous applications.

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Today’s medical devices are becoming increasingly sophis­ticated with smarter technologies that offer tremendous advances in patient treatment. “Use-limiting” is the employment of specific methods to prevent unsanitary or unsafe reuse of a disposable product. This eBook discusses the various use-limiting methods employed to help electronic medical device manufacturers ensure the safety of the end-user and protect their bottom line.

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                                                        IEC 60601 & 60512                                                             15 Minutes to Understand These Critical International Standards

The need for standards regulating the electronics design is paramount to the safety and market acceptance of electrical products worldwide. Compliance to IEC 60601 and IEC 60512 are a necessary requirement for the commercial electrical medical equipment in many countries. However, compliance and testing can be tricky to navigate. This paper outlines how, with an experienced engineering team, your organization can achieve compliance and prepare your medical device for market success.

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                                       INTERCONNECT PROJECT CHECKLIST                                          What You Need to Know Before You Build a Successful Connection

When building a home, you have to have the blueprints. Have a marketing project you need done? A creative brief is what you are looking for. Before starting an interconnect project, there are a number of things you—and we—need to know to kick off a seamless, successful project. This checklist outlines a handful of datapoints you need to have—and engineers need to know—to deliver the best connection for you and your project.

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                        CHOOSING THE RIGHT ADHESIVE FOR INTERCONNECT DESIGN                      Why It Matters and the Mistakes to Avoid

Adhesives are a critical component in the manufacturing of today’s interconnects. Unlike traditional fastening systems like screws and rivets, adhesives offer many mechanical and cost saving advantages. However, choosing the right adhesive involves more than just picking the one with strongest hold. A thorough examination of the interconnect’s construction and application must be conducted to ensure the adhesive will withstand its intended environment.    

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                                                             CABLE DESIGN                                                                     Thinking Beyond Components to Build a Successful Connection

When designing cables, engineers must make a multitude of decisions—including conductor materials, conductor plating, conductor strand­ing configurations, insulation materials, and shield type—to name a few. This eBook outlines how engineers can thoughtfully analyze how each material and component within a cable will interact to ensure a successful connection.
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                        EVERYONE NEEDS RELIABLE CONNECTOR PERFORMANCE, RIGHT?                        Why Contact Force and Material are So Important

A reliable connection is critical for the performance of any equipment with separable electrical connections. An unreliable interconnect can result in intermittent operation, corrupted data, or complete failure, which can lead to customer dissatisfaction, excessive warranty expense, damaged product reputation, or even personal injury. To avoid these problems and other issues, it is necessary to understand and consider the many factors that influence a connector’s ability to perform reliably in the intended application.
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                                      7 FACTORS EVERY DEVICE ENGINEER NEEDS TO KNOW                                   ABOUT WIRE TERMINATION

The physical and electrical connection of a cable end that connects to an­other cable, connector or terminal—plays a key role in determining the successful outcome of interconnect design. Once a wire termination is accom­plished, it typically will need to be protected by electrical insulating material, be isolated from mechanical stress and strain and sometimes from the environment. This eBook discusses the factors to consider when choosing a wire ter­mination method and the most common wire termination methods used in today’s intercon­nect industry, as well as an overview of the common strain relief methods currently in use.
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Prototyping is a critical step in gaining valuable data about connectors. The more data that is gained early on in the prototype phase, the greater chance that the product will be introduced to the market on time, be accepted, perform reliably, and be profitable. Advances in prototyping methods — in both plastics and metal — allows engineers to see their ideas come to life and make informed decisions about the product. This eBook discusses different prototyping processes that play an important role in determining the functionality, manufacturability, and viability of a design.
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As a designer or engineer of electronics, there will come a time to find out whether the connectors are the weak point in the design or whether you have chosen the correct contact mechanism to ensure the best connection. Identifying whether an interconnect is an OTU, a High Cycle Life or a Permanent connector will partially dictate what type of contact mechanism would be ideal for a project, but there are many more factors to consider when picking the right mechanism for you and your application. With this table, we’ve done some of that research for you. You’ll be able to compare and contrast a variety of contact mechanisms, how much the may cost, reliability with numerous matings and un-matings, and so forth.
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