10/18/2022 | Author: Konstantin Lömtschew | Reading time: Approx. 6 minutes

Connectivity solutions in medical technology

What they must achieve

Whether in the operating room, in doctors' surgeries or for mobile applications: In the field of medical technology, the quality of technical components can be relevant to health and sometimes even crucial to life. In this highly sensitive field, enormously high demands are therefore placed on technical components - including connectors and connectivity solutions.

What connectors, cables and connection solutions have to achieve in medical technology and how manufacturers react quickly to the needs of the industry? Find out the answers to these questions in this blog post.

What role do connectors serve in medical technology?

Especially in hospitals, the failure-free functionality and permanent availability of medical systems are relevant. Connectors are of essential importance in this area. After all, they are jointly responsible for ensuring that machines and equipment are supplied with power or that data transmission from device to device is guaranteed.

This is precisely why flawless workmanship and reliability are the first and most important requirements for connectivity solutions in the medical sector.

Manufacturers are aware of this responsibility and invest a lot of time in the development of high-quality connectors for medical technology. In doing so, they face great challenges. After all, in addition to the reliability of the corresponding systems, other product characteristics are essential.

Connectors: robust & durable

Durability is a central requirement for connectors. The specified number of mating cycles is therefore a decisive factor in determining whether the connector is suitable for the medical sector. In addition, the materials used should be optimally matched to the respective area of application. The following factors are relevant here:

Degree of protection

The so-called IP code can be used to determine which degree of protection the respective product offers with regard to the ingress of dust and liquids. Most medical connectors have an IP value of IP54 or higher. Some makes are even designed with IP67. In specific areas of application, such as magnetic resonance imaging, powerful shielding against electromagnetic interference is also required.

Connectors with screw locking usually have very good IP properties. They also offer optimum protection against unintentional disconnection. Push-pull locking systems are also considered very reliable in these areas. Meanwhile, corresponding products are also available in plastic versions. Latching and bayonet connectors are particularly easy to handle and now have IP values up to IP67.

Disinfection & biocompatibility

Medical technology components must also meet the high hygiene standards in hospitals, doctors' surgeries and the like. In concrete terms, this means that the materials used should be able to withstand the sometimes aggressive chemical cleaning agents as well as possible and also be easy to clean. Manufacturers therefore carry out numerous tests to check the reaction of the connector material to different disinfectants and make the results transparent.

If connectors are used very close to the body, it is also necessary to check the biocompatibility of the product according to DIN EN ISO 10993. Numerous tests are carried out to determine whether a product could, for example, damage tissue or cells or inhibit their growth.

Connectors & cables: optimally tuned

To ensure a reliable signal or power connection between devices, it is important to match the respective cables to the properties of the connector in all essential areas. Various factors play a role in this.

On the one hand, the conductor must guarantee the required current carrying capacity and withstand the ambient temperature. In addition, the respective type of shielding, the insulation material and the strand structure, but also the size of the assembly solution, the material, the protection class and the shape of the connector are important. It must also be clarified whether active electronic components must be integrated or whether a wire-to-wire connection is the better solution.

In this respect, there are numerous decisions to be made with regard to the selection of the appropriate cable. The overriding goal: to match all components to each other in the best possible way.

In order to ensure an optimal solution for the respective application, numerous manufacturers therefore offer connectors and cable assembly from a single source.

Innovative laser marking for medical devices in the EU

The Medical Device Regulation (MDR) regulates the requirements for medical devices in the EU. For example, it also prescribes the labelling of various components with the traceable UDI code. In concrete terms, this is intended to facilitate a rapid recall within the supply chain.

Connector manufacturers are also called upon to look for solutions in this area to ensure labelling. The challenge: It must be ensured that imprints etc. do not disappear when devices are cleaned.

With innovative laser marking, various connector manufacturers have found a way to ensure permanent marking.

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