Our Medical Business

Our Medical Business

At TE our purpose is to create a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future. We innovate and co-create solutions with our customers to make better and safer medical devices for their customers; physicians and patients.

TE’s Medical business

TE’s Medical business is built upon a legacy of leading and acquired brands:

  • Creganna Medical minimally invasive and catheter based technologies.
  • MicroGroup surgical tubing advanced precision engineering.
  • HSI FEP tubing for advanced minimally invasive applications.
  • AdvancedCath innovative catheter design, development and manufacturing. Learn More
  • Measurement Specialities advanced sensor solutions.
  • Precision Interconnect fine wire and medical cable assemblies.
  • AMP high end connectors
  • Raychem medical tubing

 

Together we are the medical business unit of TE Connectivity.

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Contract manufacturing partners

– essential and transformative

Contract design and manufacturing outsourcing (CDMO) partners play a critical role in the medical device supply chain. Medical device companies increasingly rely on outsourced development and manufacturing to access innovation and specialist technologies at scale with the added benefit of improved cost and operational efficiencies. Successful OEM and CMO relationships are enduring, built on high-trust partnership models founded in know-how. In an increasingly competitive MedTech market, medical device companies demand partners who can maintain high quality standards, competitiveness and technical expertise on a global scale. Such is the success of the contract design and manufacturing model, the value of outsourced goods and services is poised to double over the next 5 years. Partners with the highest degree of vertical integration and widest global reach will spearhead this structural transformation, including TE Connectivity, which is currently ranked among the world’s Top 3 full service CMO partners.

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Meet our Engineers

    

Leigh Lei

Leigh Lei

Manager, Product Development Engineering

Dramatic design change is not always welcome-or necessary-in the medical device field.  Leigh Lei believes every little improvement in the design of products leads to a better future. Born in Yichang City, Hubei province in the middle of China, Leigh moved from Dongguan/Shenzhen to Suzhou with TE in 2014. With over 10 years’ experience, he’s been focused on medical cable, connector and cable assembly design for the past 8 years. He says, “I love my job, not only because the products I build are used to save people’s lives, but they’re also changing the world.” Like many engineers, Leigh enjoys bringing new technology to enhance human life.

 

1) What is a current industry challenge that TE engineers are working on?

One of the challenges our team is targeting is to better help customers in emerging markets. For example, compared to more mature markets, our customers in emerging markets such as China are more reliant on us to use our engineering ability and experience to guide them to define what they really need. This requires our engineers to learn even more about the products and companies before we present in front of customers, so we can enter in with some well-formed advice from the start.

 

2) What has been your favorite/most interesting project to work on at TE?

I am currently working on a challenging project that demonstrates the strength of the strategic acquisitions TE has made. It integrates the full capabilities of TE from our catheter business in Suzhou in cable assembly and connector design, to AdvancedCath balloon capabilities in multi-lumen and balloon design to the Measurement Specialties thermistors.  This is also the first catheter assembly project for the TE team in Suzhou. Our engineers are working together with engineers from the U.S. to build the engineering prototypes now, and we are looking forward to launching this product in China soon.

 

3) Tell us about your job.

I lead the Product Development Engineering team of TE Connectivity’s medical business unit in China.  My job is to help build the world’s best medical devices. Now that TE’s Suzhou factory has been in operation for two years, my focus has shifted from building a strong engineering design team, which we have now, to making our team more efficient. An efficient engineering team requires good communication, problem-solving skills, breakthrough thinking, accountability and innovation, and TE has a system in place to help us operate more lean and advance these skills at the same time.

 

5) Describe a recent breakthrough you made with a customer.

We recently expanded our engagement with a global customer into the Diagnostic & Therapeutic market by winning the bid for their next-generation patient monitoring platform. We completed the quotes very quickly for the multiple parts involved and, after the customer visited our Suzhou factory, they were impressed and immediately awarded the project to TE. So far, they’ve been happy with the work we’ve done, and their engineers have already discussed working with us on more projects that are in their engineering pipeline. By delivering an extraordinary customer experience, we can turn one business opportunity like this into a long-term relationship with a loyal customer.

 

5) Which personal traits are essential for today’s engineering challenges?

Innovation should be in an engineer’s blood. Being innovative is the only way for you to become an outstanding engineer. Innovation requires engineers to learn more about new technologies, do more research, understand manufacturing capacities, and know how to design a quality product using efficient processes. Innovation happens in the daily work of an engineer, so that the ability to think creatively and quickly is important.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore

Senior Design Engineer

1) How do you think you make a difference?
Working for a number of years over a vast amount of concept projects has provided me with a good working knowledge of processes and materials used within the medical device sector.

 

2) A typical day
My work within the Concept Team means I work across a wide range of smaller projects, often working with minimal time & challenging budgets. This brings a lot of new challenges every day. The fast turnaround and search for creative solutions make each day fast-paced and dynamic.

Jamal Rezayee

Jamal Rezayee

Associate Development Engineer

1) What challenges you in a positive way?

Our customers are always pushing the boundaries of manufacturing, so keeping up with the latest technology in order to meet our customer’s demand is one of the best things about my job. I also relish using new advancements and technologies to adapt to new challenges.

 

2) How do you think you make a difference?

I have 13 years experience in guidewire design and manufacturing; this experience enables me to quickly understand the customer requirements and get prototypes to our customers quickly and accurately.

Patrick Boylan

Patrick Boylan

Project Manager

1) What do you love about your work?
The wide variety of projects which we work on in Creganna Medical. Our projects apply to a wide range of clinical applications, are at different stages in the project lifecycle and are focused on varying device complexity.

 

2) How do you think you make a difference?

Customers come to us with an idea that could change people’s lives. Translating these ideas into reality may not be possible for the customer due to a wide range of factors. We have the expertise and experience to make these ideas possible.

Chen Xie

Chen Xie

Sr. R&D/Product Development Engineer

1) What do you love about your work?
I enjoy working directly with our customers to develop medical devices to meet product performance specifications with the latest technologies available.  I love that we enable the development of future medical device technologies while partnering with customers by translating ideas and concepts then making them into a reality.

 

2) How do you think you make a difference?
Knowing that my every day work can improve the quality of life a patient can have.

Makiya Kimura

Makiya Kimura

Manager, Product Development Engineering

Insight. Experience. Creativity. Resilience. These traits define TE engineers. Makiya Kimura has had a love of designing and assembling models since he was a boy. As a TE Medical engineer, he still enjoys working with multiple components to construct a product--only now he's solving customers' problems and often helping build products that change people's lives. Collaboration with customers is key, to understand their challenges and find solutions quickly.

 

1) What has been your most interesting project to work on at TE?

I had the opportunity to work on two new I/O connectors, which both required a high-degree of design skill. The high pin count (456 pins or 456P) connector is very complex, and the other USB size 38P connector is simple but very small. Our product lines are full of variety, so every new project seems very interesting to me.

 

2) What do you enjoy most about your work?

I get to learn different types of connector design and development and have many possibilities to develop my career at TE. Here, I am on the cutting edge of technology and enjoy creating new products and seeing them be released to the market. Because of all the ways our products connect to people’s lives, I feel like I am contributing to society in a positive way just by working at TE.

 

3) What are the biggest challenges customers face?

Material selection for connectors is very challenging and very important because the materials must be able to tolerate sterilization. We use plastic and metal for connectors, so as sterilization requirements increase or become more harsh, being able to understand how materials will react and offer alternative, more durable solutions is crucial for design. Collaborating with customers is key because the customer’s challenge is our challenge as well.

 

4) Why did you choose to join TE?

I feel like I have been an engineer since boyhood—I always liked making plastic models and radio-controlled model cars. Now, my interest has shifted to connectors and I still enjoy working with multiple components to design and assemble the product model in development. Another aspect of working at TE Medical is that both mechanical design and electrical design skills are needed for connector design--something that interests me greatly as an engineer.

 

5) Which personal traits are essential for today’s engineering challenges?

As design requirements become more complex, the latest tools such as CAD systems and CAE tools help engineers design and build to specifications. However, it is important for engineers to consider the simplest solutions even in complex designs and systems. If some failure happens during development, which it often does in new product development, we have to be able to solve the problems quickly and the best way to do that is to start with the simplest solutions. Overall, the most important trait is to not give up—there is surely an answer somewhere and it’s our job to find it or to create it.

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