Miniaturization in Medical Devices

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Miniaturization

As medical devices become smaller and more portable, our connectors and fine wires are advancing technology to meet customer and patient needs.

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TE Medical

Smaller Size

We are seeing a trend towards making components smaller and less expensive. One reason medical devices are shrinking is because they’re being designed for mobile applications which requires the integration of wireless technology, making them smaller and more portable. As semiconductors have advanced from analog to digital, they have become smaller and use less power. 

Lower Cost

The trend we see is making devices smaller and more flexible to minimize patient trauma, thereby reducing the length of hospital stays and reducing costs. Miniaturization also means less material and shipping costs. 

More Functionality

Miniaturization offers many benefits to the patient. Smaller devices make for less invasive procedural techniques and, therefore, less trauma during surgeries and other minor procedures. One example is the swallowable camera. The demand in the marketplace is for the ability to enable similar - or even greater - functionality into a smaller space. Furthermore, there is an important benefit to clinicians who use these smaller medical devices. For example, consider a sonographer who takes ultrasound images all day long. For a sonographer, manipulating the probe and taking images from different angles can be tiring and is a very repetitive motion. Thus, there is an ongoing demand to keep the cable limp, flexible and light to prevent those repetitive syndrome-related injuries. We have pioneered these types of innovations and technology to develop custom solutions that deliver on OEM's next big ideas.