The global market for medical optical devices is continuing its steady growth and now accounts for an increasingly large proportion of the worldwide $593 billion photonics market. Optical assemblies are widely used in many areas of medical devices for all stages of diagnosis and treatment and are the key to offering more precise surgery, more accurate diagnostics and minimally invasive treatments.

Technological Advances in Medical Devices

Advances in laser, sensor, and display technology are transforming the capabilities of medical devices. Manufacturers and medical device OEMs are producing devices with more efficiency, accuracy, reliability and capability than ever — all while achieving higher-quality, less expensive tools for healthcare providers to use. As advances in sensor and laser technology continue, we’ve seen increasing and complex requirements aimed at ensuring optical system performance. The rapid pace of developments in the field means that minimizing development and prototyping time is crucial for new devices to be competitive in the market.

From Concept to Production

Medical applications are heavily regulated to protect patient safety, and regulatory compliance is vital in the development process. Once the device concept has been created, regulatory compliance must be factored in to minimize downstream problems as part of the planning and design stages. 

OEM medical devices often have very strict material and cleanliness requirements, meaning that fabrication and assembly may need to be carried out in temperature-controlled clean-room facilities coupled with very high levels of quality control. To ensure compliance, medical device instrument companies must ensure that the medical optics are manufactured exactly to the initial design specifications. Proper quality control begins in the design phase, ensuring that the concept aligns with the desired application and continues throughout the entire manufacturing process. While quality demands are high, cost is also a major concern for the viability of a medical product. It is critical to collaborate with a company where the design engineers have an intimate relationship with fabrication and assembly on the entire project from incoming inspection of material to every element of the manufacturing process. 

Customized Solutions for Medical Optics

When selecting an optical assembly partner, working with an expert that precisely understands the end-use application and all the steps needed to complete the program is critical. Companies should look for a partner that has the experience and confidence to get the right design the first time and the manufacturing infrastructure to repeatably build the product in a full rate production workflow. Equally important is to work with a vendor that has the metrology expertise that can validate the quality of their work with reliable data. 

ZYGO can meet these requirements. Our medical and life science customers rely on us to provide high-performance, cost-effective, compliant instruments and components. We employ a battle hardened design and development processes to move from spec to prototypes quickly, and we deliver it right the first time with high yield. We draw on 20 years of history bringing unmatched program agility, knowledge and experience in ever-changing optical products to meet today’s sophisticated design challenges. 

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