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How Circuit Boards Are Saving Lives in the Medical Industry
How Circuit Boards Are Saving Lives in the Medical Industry
March 04, 2019

A printed circuit board (PCB) can be found wherever you have electronics that require compartmentalization of their wiring. Large electronic equipment that perform complex processes, computers for example, require circuit boards that consist of one or multiple board layers. The PCB has made its way into instruments that are used a wide variety of industries, including the medical industry. In the case of medical equipment, electronic circuit board assembly that follows the highest standards is absolutely necessary to manufacture reliable PCBs.


Medical Applications of PCBs

Many aspects of the medical industry have become computerized to improve efficiency. Devices and equipment used for everything from diagnostics to treatment depend on circuit boards. Some examples of medical devices and equipment that make use of circuit boards are pacemakers, defibrillators, heart monitors, medical imaging systems, MRIs and CT scanners. Even a piece of equipment as simple as a body temperature monitor relies on a PCB to function. High-density interconnect PCBs are desirable for many smaller medical devices—these PCBs pack more connections into a smaller surface area, resulting in a smaller board overall. Another type of circuit board that is ideal for medical devices of atypical shapes and sizes is the rigid-flex PCB, which is also resistant to damage.


PCB Manufacturing Standards for Medical Equipment

As functioning medical devices and equipment are critical for avoiding health risks, electronic circuit board assembly must follow protocols and adhere to recognized standards. The ability to maintain precision in the manufacturing process while producing large quantities of PCBs to meet an order is what any circuit board assembler should aim for. Circuit boards for medical devices are likely to require customization to suit a device’s application. Manufacturers of PCBs should provide customers in the medical industry with prototyping services to optimize a circuit board before large-scale production. And, of course, every circuit board must go through inspection and testing to ensure its quality. At Permatech, we are thorough with every step in our electronic circuit board assembly process, and we ensure that our PCBs meet the standards for medical applications.


We have specialized in electronic circuit board assembly since 1992, and we’ve created the Permatech Quality Assurance manual based on our experience in the industry. Our quality assurance standards are recognized in Canada, the US, the UK and Japan. We aim to provide fast, precision-oriented circuit board assembly services and excellent customer service at an affordable price. Contact us today for circuit board assembly from a company you can trust!

This is a great explanation of how circuit boards are used in the medical industry!
Posted by: Dila | March 19, 2019, 10:30 am
Really cool article. I appreciate looking at PCBs from this point of view.
Posted by: Todd | March 12, 2019, 9:33 am
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