Cicor, Your Technology Partner

Turning ideas into life-changing medical devices.

AsianScientist (July 24, 2017) – Hundreds of thousands of people depend on medical devices to get through their day, from pacemakers that keep their hearts beating to hearing aids that help them stay connected to their friends and family. As technology becomes better able to replace and augment bodily functions, scientists and inventors have developed new medical devices ranging from retinal implants to endoscopy cameras that can be swallowed.

However, getting these innovations manufactured so that they can ultimately reach patients is a challenging and often underestimated part of the development and manufacturing process. With years of focused expertise and a global presence, the Cicor Group has been helping medical device manufacturers at all stages of the product life cycle, from development to industrialization, production and after-sales.

Cicor manufactures highly complex printed circuit boards and hybrid circuits, and offers a broad range of production capabilities in printed circuit board assembly and box building, control cabinet construction, and cable assembly, as well as toolmaking and plastic injection molding.

Picking the right partner

Apart from our extensive knowledge and experience in the industrial, automotive and aerospace sectors, Cicor has the capability to meet the exacting needs of medical device manufacturers. By outsourcing the development and production of electronic and plastic parts to a technology partner, companies not only save costs but also free up time to develop in-house core competencies.

Cicor offers tailored outsourcing solutions that help turn ideas into final products, with services spanning technology components, logistics and a global production network. This integrated approach factors into the total cost of ownership, a crucial consideration in the face of intense competition faced by medical device manufacturers worldwide.

Furthermore, choosing a partner that can provide end-to-end services is particularly important for medical device manufacturers, as the safety and reliability of medical devices requires strict compliance with various standards and seamless traceability throughout the entire product lifecycle.

Huge advances in miniaturization

As medical devices get smaller, they become less invasive to use and more likely to be widely adopted. With improvements in technology, it is now possible to pack rich features into increasingly small packages, enabling functions that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Miniaturization, therefore, has become a top priority for many manufacturers.

To increase the functionality of medical devices, printed circuit boards need to be packed more tightly, pushing conventional technology to its limits. Panel plating, for example, cannot be used for circuit widths smaller than 25 µm and is not compatible with modern connection technologies such as via stacking or integrated antennas.

Although thin-film technology can be used to achieve circuit widths less than 15 µm, it can only produce boards less than 36 square inches, making the production of larger circuits prohibitively expensive. Instead, Cicor’s DenciTec platform combines two well-established manufacturing processes, to enable the production of reliable, extremely high density circuits at an attractive price.

The ability to perfectly dovetail processes at all stages of manufacturing allows Cicor to offer an optimum outsourcing solution.

Asian Scientist Magazine is a media partner of Cicor.


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