Medical Electronics Symposium Conference Proceedings


OPTIMIZING COMPONENT SELECTION IN YOUR MEDICAL PRODUCT TO AVOID THE EOL NIGHTMARE

Author: Cary Kronebusch
Company: Benchmark Electronics
Date Published: 1/31/2008   Conference: Medical Electronics Symposium


Abstract: Component selection during the design stage for medical products is a critical factor in long-term product success. Increased regulatory constraints combined with limited resources to qualify and validate material changes have impacted the ability to rapidly respond to changes in the supply chain for medical products. The paper will review areas where original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers can collaborate to provide robust product designs by preventing unplanned end of life (EOL) occurrences on medical products. The ultimate goal is to prevent supply disruption to the market.

Areas covered in this paper include; evaluating the challenges and tradeoffs of utilizing consumer electronics within the medical product or accessory, stressing the importance of a multi-sourced approved vendor list (AVL), partnering with component suppliers on their technology roadmaps, utilizing configurable components instead of fixed designs, understanding the tradeoffs of specifying medical grade components and selecting the correct component technology from a manufacturing perspective.



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