WP2 - Pilot line: Assembly
Work package leader: Machiel Peters (Philips)
 
Assembly bridges the gap between device and system
Assembly is an essential part of any electronic device and system. This especially holds for medical devices where the requirements for assembly are often very specific and diverse. The demonstrators products in the InForMed project illustrate the broad range of assembly capabilities needed for a broad selection of medical devices ranging from detectors in diagnostic X-ray equipment to flexible miniature systems folded into or around the tip of catheters or implantable probes.
 
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One of the unique propositions of the InForMed pilot line is that these kind of assembly capabilities have been integrated into one pilot line so that the complete fabrication of the pilot product from bare (silicon) wafer till completely assembled device is done in one organisation, using an aligned and single integrated process flow. The assembly facilities integrated in the InForMed pilot line include the Philips Greenhouse - a 3500 m2 ISO13485 (manufacturing) certified facility comprising an extensive collection of assembly techniques not often found in one building - and a flexible 200 m2 Catheter Workshop specialized in the fabrication of smart-catheters.
In order to meet the requirements for the most advanced miniaturized medical devices and systems, advanced micro assembly of micro modules is crucial. New processes are needed to meet the requirements of future medical devices. In the InForMed project the Greenhouse assembly centre will develop and implement a number of essential new capabilities (PDMS coating, printing of adhesives and handling of extremely small dies) in order to remain on-par with latest trends and requirements for medical systems and offer the most advanced broad range of assembly services.
 
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Smart catheters represent an emerging field, and it is not clear a priori what the specific quality requirements for these new instruments are. In the InForMed project a study will be made to determine and define the quality requirements for smart catheters, and actions will be taken to bring the workshop to the required level of maturity for a pilot line with respect to technical capability and quality control.
The activities in this work package will result in an infrastructure (equipment and capabilities) which helps to bridge the development from prototyping to manufacturing of high quality back-end processing devices in a controlled, predictable manner within PInS- Greenhouse and Catheter Workshop.
The end result of this work package is a pilot line for advanced assembly for medical modules/devices with determined design rules for the new process modules.
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