The Industry 4.0 revolution redefined the way people, machines, and companies worldwide connect. Our needs are continuously changing. Our awareness is growing simultaneously with the desire for harnessing the Internet of Things (IoT) to facilitate data collecting across various industries. Here, the challenge arises for the electronics manufacturing services companies, as lots of products connected to IoT and flexible displays demand smaller and lighter products.
The answer to this challenge are flexible PCBs, which are now in high demand, and it seems that this trend will continue to grow. VECTOR BLUE HUB had the opportunity to support one of our customers in completing the flexible Printed Circuit Board Assembly prototype for medical laboratory use, and I am thrilled to share some highlights with you.
What we did
Our customer specialises in quality control instrumentation for specialised laboratories. Its product guides the user through the control and calibration of critical equipment in a specific laboratory environment. As a result, the product can control and calibrate incubators, IVF workstations, warming systems etc., with no need for other third party instruments.
The product itself is compact, and so the technology inside should be as well. That’s why flexible PCB was so essential due to the advantages it brings, which include:
- Smaller dimensions, especially thickness.
- Lower weight compared to traditional PCBs.
- Ease of adapting the board to the shape of its housing, whereby allowing agile assembly.
At the prototyping stage, we verified the effects of work done by product design engineers. We validated the device against the simplicity of installation in the production process and optimisation of components and materials involved. We checked everything very carefully under the microscope using the latest technologies.
At the end of the process, we could lean on our Quality Assurance team that put all their effort into conducting tests, delivering proper documents and designing the process so that the cost-quality balance falls into the optimal point.
Partnership with Elmatica
Having a qualified partner that supports our product development process was essential to complete this project. To have the guarantee of quality, we chose Elmatica, which has a strong background in the medical industry. They even delivered their first Flex-Rigid board in 1992! Impressive, right?
Bridging the flexible PCB and the sublimate hardware, the combined VECTOR BLUE HUB and Elmatica solution supports our customer in delivering lab instruments that can perform most quality controls in the IVF or stem cell laboratory with just one reference instrument.
Our flexibility in knowledge transfer is an advantage that comes from comprehensive engineering services, starting with a raw concept through feasibility study, design, prototyping, to volume ramp-up – all under one roof. Therefore if you have on your radar, a medical device you quickly want to transfer into a PCB prototype and have easily assembled in a few days, contact me directly or visit our (Vector Blue Hub) website. ▶ https://bit.ly/39xhBds
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