As technology advances, the demand has skyrocketed for every kind of medical device. Manufacturing plants are developing new technologies and injection molding production methods to accommodate these advances. From prosthetic devices to wearable medical devices, the demand for these devices is flooding the professional and public markets. Here are some of the most popular trends in medical device manufacturing.
Injection Molded Prosthetics
Medical device manufacturing has become increasingly efficient, which has caused custom injection molding to become more accessible. Because of this, so has the demand for custom medical devices, such as prosthetics, nylon sheaths for electronic prosthetics and silicone prosthetic liners. Prosthetic limbs have become increasingly personalized, technologically advanced and, subsequently more comfortable for the user. This is due to advances not only in technology, but advances in medical device manufacturing.
Hybrid Medical Monitors
Along with the many apps available to monitor blood sugar, blood pressure, and heart rate, there are an equal number of corresponding devices that read these vital signs and attach, directly or remotely, to a person's phone. These devices look and act like their traditional, analog counterparts. In fact, they may even work independently without the aid of electricity, but there is a definite electronic component.
Blood pressure cuffs, blood glucose monitors and heart monitors record and measure in a traditional way, but send a signal with results to a smartphone app. Because these devices are meant to be portable, many of them require a plastic injection molded sheath. Also, like cell phones covers, consumers purchase injection molded covers that protect the outer sheath of these devices, keeping them looking like new.
Wearable Activity And Medical Monitors
Some of the medical equipment being manufactured is not just portable; it's wearable. Fitbits, Google watches and Apple watches aren't the only wearable devices in demand. Unlike the devices we mentioned above, these devices don't resemble their analog counterparts. They resemble and function more like a digital watch.
Ring scanners, blood-oxygen monitors and cardio monitors can be worn as easily as a Fitbit, but may provide lifesaving monitoring such as hydration levels, blood pressure, blood glucose and even posture. Remember those heavily dramatized "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercials? Much like their "Life Alert" predecessor, they can also contact loved ones or the hospital in case of an emergency. However, they are far lighter and sleeker than the original medallion design.
Also, much like the digital watches and Fitbits they resemble, these devices have injection molded enclosures, injection molded silicone bands, and molded protective cases. This allows them to be not only functional, but fashionable as well.
Be Aware Of Increasing FDA And Health Canada Regulatory Laws
Because of the increase in demand, Health Canada and the FDA's regulations have become increasingly tighter. There's an increase in control, involvement and approval from Health Canada and the FDA. This means that it's more critical than ever to work with a medical device manufacturing company that strictly adheres to Health Canada and the FDA's guidelines.
Baytech Plastics, has been a leader in medical device manufacturing since 1946, Trust the Baytech advantage, because when you're choosing a medical device manufacturer, you don't want to leave FDA and Health Canada regulations to chance. Call or email to request a quote for more information on how Baytech can help your company stay ahead of the medical device trends.
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