SUSTAINING ENGINEERING CHALLENGES IN LONG-LIFECYCLE MEDICAL ELECTRONICS
Author: Paul F. Van Hoorickx Company: Kimball Electronics Group Date Published: 1/31/2008
Medical Electronics Symposium
Abstract: Medical instrumentation typically requires lifecycles far beyond those found in standard consumer products. Yet the increasing consumer electronics content of medical instrumentation creates “life support” issues because component and critical subassembly lifecycles are increasingly depending on consumer product lifecycles. Processors and displays can be particularly vulnerable to product obsolescence issues. This paper will look at options medical device manufacturers have to mitigate this challenge in the design process and sustaining engineering strategies which can provide life support to existing products already facing these component obsolescence issues.
Key words: Obsolescence, medical electronics, sustaining engineering, EMS, contract manufacturing.