Material Cable Design Criteria for the Medical Industry
In the medical device industry, there is a much smaller margin of error that can be tolerated than in most other industries. What typically may work well and be economical in non-medical applications can create a myriad of situations that can become problematic in the medical industry. Medical devices are highly precise and sensitive instruments. As such, medical bio-connect cable, and more significantly, the material used in such apparatuses, must be carefully chosen to perform under a unique set of considerations that are often significantly more constricting than standard, off-the-shelf cable products. Therefore, the design of medical interconnect cables is a rather specialized science that requires specific engineering expertise. This expertise insures that developing and fabricating such interconnect devices means that they meet exacting standards, under often less than ideal conditions. This paper will address the particular design and fabrication challenges of medical cables. It will examine the design parameters, material choices and manufacturing requirements that medical device manufacturers need to know to ensure that medical device interconnect is precise, reliable and durable – and protect them from liability.