If you’ve been reading current medical journals and papers, you know that medical electronics is entering into a new frontier where PCB assembly and manufacturing hasn’t been before.
Leading medical electronics OEMs and top healthcare centers are forging ahead with so-called ingestible smart pills and smart cameras that promise to replace large, conventional medical systems. The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research is among the top healthcare leaders moving into this new medical electronics, Fig. 1.
These revolutionary smart pills are fitted with advanced electronics; they’re designed to inspect, monitor, and do an analysis of a patient’s health. The advent of these new smart pills is dramatically changing the medical electronics landscape. In turn, it is advancing and challenging conventional PCB SMT assembly and manufacturing.
Check out our article in SMT007 Magazine for more details. However, in the meantime, here are some tips and hints to give you a greater understanding.
- EMS providers first must be savvy enough about PCB microelectronics before entering in this new smart pill arena.
- These ingestible smart pills and smart cameras are composed of extremely tiny cameras, MEMS, and equally as tiny components.
- A smart sensor is at the heart of most smart pills to record conditions inside the body. The sensor is activated and triggers a signal to transmit human data to an externally worn smart patch or iPhone or Android device.
- PCB microelectronics along with all its current and new technologies will be the main driver to create these minuscule ingestible smart pills.
- Existing PCB microelectronics know-how puts the industry on the right track to help produce smart pills and smart cameras.
- There are a multitude of questions remaining to determine how new and/or existing materials can be accepted by the human body.
PCB microelectronics assembly and manufacturing is well advanced with its work in IoT devices, wearables, and other portable products, so there is a good storehouse of proven experience available. However, moving into the next stage with smart pill PCB microelectronics assembly and manufacturing will demand considerable research and newly acquired knowledge.