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Medical Device Mechatronics

Mechatronics is a design process that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. A major focus area for mechatronics today is medical devices. By integrating mechanical and electrical hardware with software processes, device designers can deliver highly sophisticated functionality. 

The beauty of mechatronics lies in flexibility, enabling its use in a growing range of medical applications from positioning systems in hospital beds to robotic surgical devices. Classic examples of mechatronic devices are the pacemaker and defibrillator, as well as the active ankle-foot orthosis featuring computer-controlled actuators to improve gait.

Trends in Mechatronics

One of the major healthcare trends affecting mechatronics technology is miniaturization. Ever-smaller instruments, devices and equipment are being developed to enable less-invasive surgical techniques that allow faster recovery. The use of micro actuators and micro sensors is driving development of tiny mechatronics designs for:

  • Scientific instruments for flow cytometry, DNA identification, pathogen detection and DNA sequencing
  • Medical imaging using small, precise modules for lens control and laser tuning
  • Implantable devices that can be dynamically adjusted in-place
  • Mobile miniature robots
  • Micropumps and auto-injectors for drug delivery products
  • Handheld diagnostics for use at the point of care, including ultrasound and blood testing

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What Nypro and Jabil bring to Mechatronics-enabled medical device design and manufacturing:

  • Wireless connectivity, particularly secure and efficient communication protocols to ensure regulatory compliance and speed
  • ISO 13485, FDA compliance
  • Miniaturized component technologies
  • Material technologies allowing integration of mechanics and electronics
  • Advanced power technologies such as low-power components and efficient power supplies
  • Flexible, high-performance, low-cost display technologies
  • Accurate and small sensor technologies

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