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Connectors for medical instruments

28 May 2008 Interconnection

Portable and miniature medical electronic instruments are rapidly evolving to include new electronic catheters, probes, sensors and even ultra-miniature electronic surgical tools. Highly reliable mini-modules are more portable and adaptable to a wide range of environments and spaces that older instruments can not service. The instrument-to-patient interface is more visible in out-patient procedures and must also be friendly, flexible and able to be sterilised or disinfected. As medical-electronic probes and systems evolve, designs require change.

New requirements arise in relation to reduced size, weight and reasonable cost. There is also a demand for disposable portions that touch the panect needs to be customised and even built into the medical instruments system.

Omnetics offers a series of standard, off-the-shelf connectors that can be reviewed, and then adjusted for size, shape and attachment method to fit the varied demands of equipment designers. The company also provides a clean-room assembly lab, which can be specified when necessary for critical quality needs.

A wide range of over-moulding methods can help build the connector into the medical instrument, in much the same way as connectors inside cameras mate to a docking-station. Shapes also include a rectangular series with or without latching, in colours to meet instrument applications.



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