Mechatronics is a design process that includes a combination of mechanical, electrical, control, and computer engineering. A major focus area for mechatronics today is medical devices. Nypro Healthcare, a Jabil company, integrates mechanical and electrical hardware with software processes, enabling device designers to deliver highly-sophisticated mechatronic functionality.
The beauty of mechatronics lies in flexibility, enabling its use in a growing range of medical applications from positioning systems in hospital beds to robotic surgical devices. Classic examples of mechatronic devices are the pacemaker and defibrillator, as well as the active ankle-foot orthosis featuring computer-controlled actuators to improve gait.
One of the major healthcare trends affecting mechatronics technology is miniaturization. Ever-smaller instruments, devices, and equipment are being developed to enable less-invasive surgical techniques that enable faster recovery. The use of micro-actuators and micro-sensors is driving the development of tiny mechatronics designs for:
Nypro brings extensive experience and expertise to mechatronics-enabled medical device design and manufacturing: