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The Critical Nature of Use-limiting Technology in Medical Connector Assemblies

“Use-limiting” is the employment of specific methods to prevent the unsanitary and potentially unsafe reuse of disposable products. This paper discusses various use-limiting methods employed to help electronic medical device manufacturers ensure the end user’s safety and protect the manufacturer’s bottom line.

The Cutting-Edge: 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.

A Case Study on Incorporating Imaging into Single Use Devices

Enabling Engineers to Quickly Incorporate Imaging into Single-Use Medical Devices

In this Case Study, we talk in-depth about:

  • Applying an Engineer-to-Engineer approach.

  • Designing with the end in mind.

  • A real-world example of innovating on the fly to solve customer pain points.

  • Utilizing a plug-and-play camera assembly to incorporate imaging where it had not previously existed.

Medical Device Risk Management: Our Approach

When it comes to device development, there are many risks that you must consider.

    In this ebook, we talk about how ATL:

  • Identifies, analyzes, and evaluates project risk.

  • Utilizes a phasegate approach to manage product and process risk.

  • Approaches every medical device project with an eye toward the many risks that can threaten project success.


Intelligent Medical Devices: An Overview

In this ebook, we talk in-depth about:

  • The rise of intelligent medical devices.

  • The difference between “intelligent” and “smart” devices.

  • The role of intelligent medical devices within the Internet of Medical Things.

  • The promise of AI within the intelligent medical device market.

What is Reshoring? What is Nearshoring?

Determining the best manufacturing location for your product requires weighing and considering numerous factors and variables.

    In this ebook, we discuss:

  • The benefits and difference between reshoring and nearshoring

  • The questions to ask before undertaking a reshoring or nearshoring initiative

Case Study: A Better Way to Bring Minimally Invasive Medical Devices to Market

XYZ Medical—a large medical device company whose name has been redacted for confidentiality reasons—encountered a problem. With the clock ticking, XYZ turned to ATL to find a better way to improve its minimally invasive device and bring it to market in time to make an impact.

[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.

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.

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.

The Indispensability of Signal Integrity – Why It Will Have a Profound Impact on Your Project

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.

Custom vs Standard Connector – Settling the Debate Once-And-For-All

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.

The Benefits of Overmolding Cables – Never Underestimated Overmolded Cable

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.

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.

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.

The How and Why of Connector Prototyping

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.

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.

Why Contact Force and Material are So Important – Everyone Needs Reliable Connector Performance, Right?

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.