The medical device industry involves many industries such as medicine, machinery, electronics and plastics. It is a multi-disciplinary, knowledge-intensive and capital-intensive high-tech industry. The basic characteristics of high-tech medical equipment is digitalization and computerization. It is the crystallization of modern high-tech with multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary fields. Its products are high in technical content and high in profits. Therefore, it is the commanding height of competition among major technology countries and large international companies. The threshold for intervention is higher. Even in the sub-sectors where the overall gross profit margin of the industry is low and the investment is not high, there will be continuous emergence of high-tech products, and some enterprises with strong profitability will be bred. Therefore, the overall trend of the industry is high investment and high returns.
The range of printed circuit boards applications in the medical field is vast and ever-growing. You can find medical printed circuit boards in everything from pacemakers, defibrillators and heart monitors in the case of cardiovascular medical specification PCBs, to medical imaging systems, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasonic equipment and more. You will also find PCBs for medical devices like body temperature monitors, blood glucose monitors and electrical muscle stimulation equipment. PCBs for medical equipment are everywhere.
Because the internal computer circuits for many medical devices must be quite small to fit into the device, businesses in the medical device industry will often require high-density interconnect PCBs, or HDI PCBs. These printed circuit boards pack a lot of connections into a minute area, allowing for a smaller board you can fit into a smaller device.
Medical industry professionals will also often select flex or rigid-flex PCBs for their important medical devices. This is because medical devices often do not conform to typical standards of PCB shape and size, and medical device professionals will want to make sure their printed circuit boards can fit into as small of an area as possible while still remaining resistant to damage.