Medical Products

MPPE in the Medical Device Market

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by Kimberly Versaw

As you know, mPPE insulation’s capabilities and possibilities are seemingly endless. We could discuss dozens of products and industries that mPPE insulation could be used in to enhance performance and minimize environmental impact.  In this blog we will identify where mPPE insulation can excel in the medical device market.

The medical device industry is one where the need for smaller components is crucial.  There are several reasons why the medical device industry is calling for smaller devices.  First, with an increasingly aging population, the traditional devices found in hospitals are now transitioning to home care, to allow for a more comfortable experience.  Therefore, equipment needs to be miniaturized and simplified to allow for ease of use.  While advances in technology can improve patient care, such an influx of new machines and devices result in an overwhelming amount of electrical noise in the hospital environments.  Medical devices today are being designed to not only be smaller but more complex, to reduce the overall noise in hospitals.  Lastly, in developing countries today, the typical doctor’s office might not be ready available.  With this in mind, medical equipment needs to be designed with portability and ease of use in mind.  How can mPPE insulation be used to increase portability and create smaller devices?  Let’s review mPPE’s benefits that tailor specifically for medical device applications.

To state the obvious, a smaller diameter sized wire and cable results in easier routing in small spaces.  When the medical device shrinks, the components need to shrink as well so as to maintain the proper flexibility.  MPPE insulation allows for the reduced wall thickness to make this possible.  MPPE is able to be successfully used in stringent environments such as hospitals, as it has been approved as a suitable insulation for more than 100 AWM cable styles and VW-1 Flame Rating.  While its properties and benefits are innovative, mPPE insulation still abides by the stringent UL and CSA Ratings.  Lastly, and perhaps the most significant for the future of medical devices in the introduction of the RoHS 2 Directive to now include medical devices.  This addition will change the face of medical devices, as they become under more scrutiny for their inclusion and use of hazardous materials.  With this in mind, mPPE insulation can provide the perfect alternative to harmful PVC in order meet such guidelines.  Devices such as portable x-ray machines and diagnostic equipment can all benefit significantly from the use of mPPE insulation.

In summary, the implementation of mPPE insulation with wire and cable provides endless options for the future of our industry and the medical device market.

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