In the field of medical technology, electronic implants and devices provide valuable diagnostic data, facilitate the continuous monitoring of body functions and perform medical services, allowing patients to be more independent. With miniaturisation, devices are getting so small that they no longer impede recipients, meaning that physiological parameters can be monitored without difficulty – everywhere and at all times.

As a rule, implantable systems require an external device in addition to the actual implant, enabling the gathered data to not only be transferred, but to also provide the implant with a wireless energy supply. Special technologies and boxbuilding capacities are, therefore, a key topic in the field of medical technology. Thanks to external devices, data can be transferred to an internet database using state-of-the-art transmission methods, so a physician can directly access information about the medical condition.

With years of focused expertise and a global presence, Cicor Group has been helping medical device manufacturers with all stages of the product life cycle, from development to industrialisation, production and after sales.

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

Significant progress in miniaturization

As the miniaturisation trend sweeps across the medical device industry, manufacturers like Cicor have had to make changes to keep on top of it. With improvements in technology, it is now possible to pack rich features into smaller packages to add functions that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Miniaturisation has, therefore, become an important topic for many manufacturers.

To increase the functionality of medical devices, the printed circuit boards that are used 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_m and is not compatible with modern connection technologies, such as via stacking or integrated antennas.

Although thin-film technology can achieve circuit widths of under 15_m, it can only produce boards of less than 36in², making the production of larger circuits expensive. Instead, Cicor’s DenciTec platform combines two wellestablished 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.

Picking the right partner

Cicor’s tailor-made outsourcing solutions help to 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 with the 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 life cycle.

Asides from its extensive knowledge and experience in different 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 save costs and free up time to develop in-house core competencies.