Minimally Invasive Medical Devices
Minimally invasive medical devices are improving patient outcomes and changing the healthcare landscape.
As the minimally invasive medical device market shifts further toward energy-driven technology, the need for complex interconnect solutions has become increasingly important.
Our engineer-to-engineer approach means you work directly with a technical expert to overcome this challenge and develop the custom interconnect solution necessary to get your minimally invasive device to market faster.
Minimally Invasive Surgical Devices
Bringing a new, energy-driven minimally invasive surgical device to market can be difficult, especially with the increasing requirements and constraints of the market.
With advancements in minimally invasive surgical devices engineers are being asked to provide more—more functionality, more power, and more performance—in less space.
From laparoscopic surgery—where analysis, dissections, and repairs are performed via small incisions—to endovascular surgery, with its myriad of applications and procedures, minimally invasive surgical devices are being used to improve patient lives around the world.
At ATL, we’ve used our engineer-to-engineer approach to develop complex interconnect solutions for a wide range of minimally invasive surgical devices—helping our customers bring their life-saving products to market faster.
Minimally Invasive Procedural Devices
Minimally invasive procedural devices are being used to push the boundaries of in vivo guidance to improve patient outcomes.
In contrast to minimally invasive surgical devices—which are used to cut, coagulate, or remove anatomy—minimally invasive procedural devices typically utilize modern compact camera modules for guidance and imaging (e.g., endoscopes).
These camera-based devices frequently utilize cameras ranging from 0.64 mm2 to 1.05 mm2 (which equates to approximately 2 to 4 in French diameter).
The ability to incorporate light sources, active working channels, air or fluids channels, and/or other electronic sources is a common challenge with minimally invasive procedural devices.
ATL’s Chip-On-Tip methodology for mounting compact cameras into cannulas, catheters, and other device components has enabled us to overcome these challenges and drive innovations in this space.
We leverage our interconnect development and manufacturing expertise to partner with you throughout the life of your minimally invasive medical device.
You’ll receive hands-on engineering support from design until the last part is produced and the new product line launches.
Working with ATL also means you have access to global manufacturing and engineering support that maximizes your uptime and mitigates the risk of supply chain disruptions.
To learn more about how ATL can partner with you to bring your minimally invasive medical device to market, contact us today.
Case Study: A better way to bring minimally invasive medical devices to market.
ATL initially began its relationship with XYZ Medical—a large medical device company whose name has been redacted for confidentiality reasons—as a vendor, manufacturing a cannula assembly for one of XYZ’s camera-based minimally invasive devices.
However, the relationship quickly blossomed into a strategic partnership when XYZ encountered a problem medical device engineers and organizations alike fear: its camera supplier would be altering the design of the camera they were supplying to XYZ, rendering XYZ’s device design un-useable.
The issue was straightforward:
XYZ was using a surface-mount methodology to connect the camera to a rigid PCB and then soldering it to wires to transmit the camera signal over several feet.
The new camera design made this methodology untenable as a surface-mount would increase the size of the camera footprint and interfere with the fluid delivery channels of the device.
With the clock ticking, XYZ turned to ATL to find a better way to connect the camera to the flex PCB without expanding the camera footprint or losing camera resolution.
That’s when we got to work.
First, we paired our technical team directly with the technical team at XYZ—a classic example of what we consider our “engineer-to-engineer” approach.
Next, the two technical teams collaborated to explore potential solutions and analyze the impact they might have on the device.
Finally, the two teams utilized a lean-development approach to improve project velocity and decrease the time to market.
What was the solution?
ATL’s proprietary Chip-On-Tip technology.
By connecting the camera directly to the edge of the flex PCB without using a traditional surface mount, XYZ and ATL were able to decrease the footprint of the camera and increase the size of the fluid delivery channel to provide enough room for a pair of forceps to fit through the channel—something that couldn’t be done with the old design.
What was the result?
XYZ was able to bring the improved device to market before the new camera design could cause a disruption while also significantly reducing manufacturing costs.
The ability to utilize forceps in the new design also enabled XYZ to make a bigger impact on patient outcomes.
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