SCHOTT Electronic Packaging, a business unit within SCHOTT, is a leading developer and manufacturer of hermetic housings and other components for the reliable, long-term protection of sensitive electronics. Our core technologies are glass-to-metal and ceramic-to metal sealing, thermal sensing components as well as a variety of cutting-edge specialty glass competences. In the medical field, SCHOTT EP manufactures hermetic, customizable, and fully autoclavable LEDs, connectors, and component housings for medical devices. SCHOTT components meet the challenging sterilization requirements of medical devices and have been tested to withstand over 3,500 autoclaving cycles in humid heat at a temperature of 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Partnering with a glass company to incorporate glass-to-metal sealing into medical instruments can boost reliability and longevity by offering superior electronics protection and providing unmatched capability to be autoclaved thousands of times.
The technology group SCHOTT has entered into an agreement to acquire Primoceler Oy to expand its hermetic packaging portfolio with pioneering glass micro bonding technology. This process enables the manufacture of vacuum-tight, ultra-miniature electronic and optical devices with superior reliability. Based on laser technology, this state-of-the-art bonding method can be completed without any heat or added materials, allowing device packaging for sensitive electronics made with only transparent materials, such as glass. Offering excellent biocompatibility with new glass types, the technology creates new possibilities for wafer level chip scale packaging (WL-CSP) in a wide range of applications, including medical implants, MEMS devices, and other reliability-critical electronic and optical devices.
The medical market requires good hygiene in medical devices in order to make sure that all instruments are clean and properly sanitized before any medical procedure. There are several avenues used to achieve this cleanliness, including disposable devices and device sterilization. When autoclave sterilization procedures are used, it is important to have components that are able to repeatedly survive the harsh process. The arrival of autoclavable LEDs bring the light source directly to treatment sites while being able to withstand the heat and moisture of the autoclave.
Glass-to-metal sealing technology, already used in other harsh-environment applications - such as aviation, aerospace, and automotive safety - has emerged as an ideal solution in the development and manufacture of medical connectors.
Medical device manufacturers and designers must overcome various challenges to succeed in an expanding global marketplace, challenged along the way by aspects of design, research, validation, and bringing their devices to a competitive market in a cost-effective manner.
Electronics in medical applications require continuous power and signal transmission for reliable performance. However, the medical connectors that enable these functions are a potential weak point.
In an ever-evolving medical landscape, innovative designs can make all the difference in gaining a competitive advantage for device manufacturers. SCHOTT Solidur® LEDs can withstand thousands of steam sterilization cycles, opening a wealth of new design options for device engineers.