Many advanced medical devices today rely on precision motion components and value-added sub-assemblies as core functional elements. Skincare devices, surgical tools, in vitro diagnostics, haptic interfaces, and robotic guidance systems all serve as prime examples. Successful motion system design for these devices emerges from the synergy of key drive technologies and acquired expertise, yielding optimal end solutions in each case.
However, the selection and integration of motion technology is driven by a set of shared performance metrics across all of these applications. This article presents these common performance metrics, along with specialized design tools, analysis techniques, and integration practices within the realm of motion engineering.
Additionally, in contrast to the traditional approach of outsourcing of device assembly to contract manufacturers typically adopted during later stages of the ISO 13485 product life cycle, this paper suggests the advantages of collaborating with a more vertically integrated motion solution provider throughout the entire medical product life cycle. This holistic approach enhances the potential for comprehensive and seamless outcomes.