In the medical field, traceability is critical. You must be able to trace back to the original source when using all machines, during tests, etc. With the proper printed circuit board assembly, this is possible. When using medical equipment, you can track every little part, material, and component, ensuring that you have all essential data to make wise decisions for your patient and to provide quick repairs on the equipment if needed.
All custom circuit board assembly companies must meet certain traceability requirements for each medical device that they create. Meeting these requirements is essential. Here are a few reasons why.
Ability to Accurately Identify Parts
When one part fails or is not working correctly, you must be able to determine what other parts of the medical device are also experiencing issues. Many parts rely heavily upon one another and it can create a domino effect. If one component is not working as it should, others will also fail. The ability to accurately identify all parts that are not working and are affected by the failed part will help you know where repairs need to be made, what information is missing, etc.
Prevent Performance Issues
In addition to easily identifying parts that must be replaced, the traceability requirements for printed circuit board assembly can also prevent any performance issues. The performance of the hardware or software must be documented to meet traceability requirements, helping you discover problems before it is too late and the device does not work as it should.
Ability to Make Improvements
For custom circuit board assembly manufacturers, following all traceability requirements is one more way to improve their products. To meet these requirements, manufacturers must document everything from test results to certifications. They must identify all pieces, both small and large. The more these products are looked at and worked upon, the more familiar individuals become with them. This makes it easier to build upon current knowledge and improve the products.
Printed circuit board fabrication requires extensive knowledge, many small pieces, and extensive documentation. At Star Engineering, we understand what it takes to create a quality product that meets all requirements and provides outstanding performance. We pride ourselves on our products and work hard to provide reliable and versatile PCBs and other items.