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Overmolded Cable Assemblies Limit Bacteria Growth

Mon, 03/07/2011 - 5:57am
Overmolded Cable Assemblies Limit Bacteria Growth

Limiting the propagation of bacteria and other microbes in hospitals is essential for patient wellbeing. The manufacturers of medical devices must design their systems so as to be perfectly sterilizable. Right from the initial design of interconnect links for medical applications, Axon’ Cable takes into account this requirement not only in the choice of materials but also in the techniques of molding and overmolding. This is the key issue: the overmolding must perfectly adhere to both cable and connector in order to limit the proliferation of bacteria in the areas that are not accessible for the cleaning or sterilization of the assembly.

The expertise of Axon’ in these techniques allows the company to offer cable assemblies perfectly sealed to contaminations, not only in the connecting area but also in the branch area. This is the case when a cable assembly is made with several branches. The harness must be protected by a Y-shaped overmolding.

In addition to avoiding the spread of bacteria, a perfect adherence between the overmolding and the cable mechanically protects the assembly and guarantees the cable life. The cable assembly must withstand handling from both medical staff and patients.

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