The medical equipment manufacturing industry is snowballing nowadays, especially after the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. The economic turmoil caused by the epidemic has created both challenges and opportunities for printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturers. At the same time, the demand for medical PCB manufacturing and PCB assembly is greatly increased. Only reliable manufacturers with mature production chain can timely respond to the market changes. For example, with the support from the government and all the staff, NextPCB resumed production and business very soon.
So far, more than 200 countries and regions have reported cases of COVID-19. In the clinical diagnosis and treatment, many medical devices play key roles in saving the patients. These medical devices include oxygen generators, respirators, mobile CTs, patient monitors, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO). The epidemic gets worse, making the demand for these medical devices is increasing. As a result, the urgent demand for medical PCBs is also growing.
Due to the particular importance of medical devices, medical PCBs have a higher quality standard than the PCBs from other industries. Safety, durability, and accuracy are the most critical requests for the medical PCBs. Only those PCB manufacturers with higher production levels can meet the requirements of medical PCBs.
Some requests for medical PCB assembly manufacturer
Medical PCB assemblers usually are responsible for the PCB assembly part of the medical devices. But PCB assembly is really not an easy task, and it requires a lot of techniques and pieces of knowledge.
1. Advanced automatic equipment
Most of the medical devices are made up of small components, which requires medical PCB assemblers can handle these tiny, complicated parts and mount them together precisely. An automatic production line with advanced equipment would be the guarantee of production accuracy.
2. Professional engineers and operators
Except for the top-end machines, professional staffs are also the keys to high-quality fabrication. Because PCB manufacturing and PCB assembly are very professional and have sophisticated processes in production. All the production links from PCB design, PCB manufacturing, PCB testing, and other steps are dispensable from the control of skilled engineers.
3. Good manufacturing practices (GMP)
Good manufacturing practices are not only the guarantee of safe production but also the guarantee of product quality and production efficiency. Medical devices make an incredible difference in our daily life and extremely important for the patients. Therefore, PCB manufacturers must have excellent personal hygiene practices to prevent any potential contamination or defects.
4. A strict quality control system
Medical devices help patients to diagnose disease and improve the quality of life. Based on this particular role, medical PCB assemblies should keep the products with excellent quality standards. PCB manufacturers need to know enough about the details and spot potential errors in the manufacturing process. A strict quality control procedure is conducive to the practical and accurate quality inspection of the products.
Because of the recent global outbreak of the pandemic, most PCB manufacturers launched a series of measures to help customers from the medical industry, such as speed up the production of medical PCBs, offer some discount for medical orders, and prepare sufficient components for medical devices to shorten the lead time of SMT assembly. NEXTPCB insists that people around the world should help each other and work together to tide over the difficulties.