Medical Device PCB Standard Reaches New Milestone


Reading time ( words)

Recently the IPC 6012 Medical Device Addendum reached a new milestone, passing the ballot after Industry review. 

“We are extremely content with this step forward, moving us closer to industry launch. The development of PCB standards is in general a time-consuming process, the one for the Medical Addendum is no exception”, says Elmatica’s Chair of the Medical Addendum Task group, Jan Pedersen.

In 2016 Elmatica initiated a task group for Medical Applications. IPC accepted the challenge and founded IPC-6012 and 6013 Medical Addendum with Jan Pedersen as Chair.

Different industries require different standard settings

“Developing the standard we have had to look into all aspects and needs for medical devices. Identifying PCBs used in several applications such as implants and hearing-aids that have line widths, thickness, hole sizes and other features below current tolerances and limits in today’s Design, performance and acceptability standard,” says Pedersen.

Imperfections in materials that would be acceptable in other industries, may cause application failures in Medical Devices, same goes for what test frequency waivers are accepted within the industry, all factors that need to be analyzed and discussed in the Task Group.

One down - one to go with the IPC 6013EM

“Other obstacles we have faced are terminology, how to name different sections and PCBs, like Micro PCBs, and different Design Producibility Levels. For the last one we had to suggest a new level due to the complexity for Medical Device Applications, a completely new level, Level D”, says Pedersen. 

“Developing standards is time consuming, however we aim for industry launch of IPC 6012EM late summer. Now we start working on the IPC 6013EM, hoping for launch around November” says Pedersen.

Share

Print


Suggested Items

Predicting a ‘Roaring Twenties’ Innovation Boom

02/24/2021 | Hailey Lynne McKeefy, Freelance Journalist and Supply Chain Specialist
The 2020s have not started as anyone would have wished. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in supply chains and in global manufacturing, yet this could still be the most innovative decade ever.

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

02/19/2021 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
I’m following the landing procedures for NASA’s Perseverance Mars lander as I’m finishing my Top 5 list for the week. The successful landing of the lander seems a nice highlight for this week. Our global aerospace programs, both national and private enterprise, make these missions seem almost, almost routine. They are, as we all know, anything but routine. No surprise, then, that aerospace-related news percolated to the top of mind for our readers this week.

I-Connect007 Editor’s Choice: Five Must-Reads for the Week

02/05/2021 | Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
Another active news week in the electronics industry! February is launching with a high-G burn, to be sure. And if you’re a fan of The Expanse, like I am, then you’ve probably already watched through to the Season 5 finale; this means you have attention to spare for industry news all of a sudden. And if you haven’t reached the current end of the line for The Expanse, then today’s list is just what you need while you catch up.



Copyright © 2021 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.