FREMONT, CA: Medical device PCB design and development is a complex process rife with regulations, specifications, and end-user demands. These factors must be given importance to come up with a product successfully. If a medical device lacks usability, its market share will suffer. Rather than simply coming up with an innovative idea and developing a product, there is much more that goes into medical device PCB designing and developing. Here is a comprehensive guide on medical device PCB design and development.
• Partnering with CMs Early in the Design Stage
Any electronics or PCB design should be tailored to the contract manufacturers’ (CMs) capabilities and equipment, and medical devices are no different. Due to the quality management requirements and other regulations for medical device development, it is advisable for developers to partner with CMs early in the design stage to support compliance. Besides regulatory compliance, safety, reliability, and usability must be the major concerns that navigate medical device PCB design.
• Reusing Circuits of Previous Designs
Medical device PCB designers can use a subcircuit from previous designs that perfectly suit the needs of current projects. Reusing a sub-circuit from a previous design will help developers save money and time. Switching power supplies are a good instance of circuits that can often be transformed from one design to the other. It can be daunting to design everything from scratch, so it is always advisable to reuse.
• Ensuring Quality through Inspection and Testing
Ensuring the quality of medical devices throughout the design requires testing at each step. Inspection and testing will reduce costs associated with equipment defects and will accelerate the production process. Delivering finished products quickly and at a competitive cost, but with suffering quality shows the lack of sufficient inspection and testing processes. This might put developers at the risk of an expensive redesign, or an even more expensive recall on the backend.
As advancements in medical field flourish, experimentation and continued development pertaining to medical PCB design will also prosper. The above guidelines can help PCB developers continue to work towards providing the highest quality medical devices.