Jabil Annual Shareholder Meeting

Medical Device Mechatronics

Bringing Extensive Experience and Expertise to Mechatronics-Enabled Medical Device Design and Manufacturing

Mechatronics Devices

Mechatronics is a design process that includes a combination of mechanical, electrical, control, and computer engineering. A major focus area for mechatronics today is medical devices. Nypro Healthcare, a Jabil company, integrates mechanical and electrical hardware with software processes, enabling device designers to deliver highly-sophisticated mechatronic 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.

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 enable faster recovery. The use of micro-actuators and micro-sensors is driving the 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
  • Micro-pumps and auto-injectors for drug delivery products
  • Handheld diagnostics for use at the point-of-care, including ultrasound and blood testing

Nypro brings extensive experience and expertise 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