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Selecting Connectors for Mobile Medical Devices

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naperlou   12/10/2012 10:43:25 AM
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Jane, isn't it amazing that something so prosaic as a connector becomes important?  It is especially true in high reliability environments.  Whenever I see a site or magazine geared toward the military and aerospace markets, I see lots of ads for connectors.  These are essentially the same ads that have been running for many years, but the importance is still there.

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Cabe Atwell   12/10/2012 4:52:55 PM
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Connectors and harnesses are big business. However, I would like to see some standardization in the medical industry. I worked for a company making some medical products. They literally said that they made a proprietary connector so the industry would have to buy more from them at high prices.

I was disappointed at their attitude towards their life saving devices. I didn't stay there for that and other reasons. Since then, I have been a big fan of standardization and open source.

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Charles Murray   12/10/2012 5:34:38 PM
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This is a nice list of technical issues that should be considered. Datasheets are usually accurate, but many companies publish data in a way that presents their product in the best possible light. Knowing what to look for beforehand is an important part of choosing the right connector.

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Mydesign   12/10/2012 11:04:54 PM
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Jane, to my best knowledge most of the device manufacturing companies are just like a system integrator. They had outsourced all the major component development and manufacturing to third party vendors and finally they will assembly/integrated all such components under their case (outer covering) with brand name.

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Greg M. Jung   12/11/2012 8:24:31 PM
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As you mentioned, one of the biggest factors we look for is ruggedness and the ability of the connector to withstand insertion forces without breakage.  Recently, we switched from a surface mount connector to a through hole connector in order to improve durability in the field.

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