The Role of Heating Tech in Diagnosis, Treatment and Improvement of Life

Andy Selvy, chief system designer at Watlow® discusses medical device trends and the vital role of heating technology in the function of medical equipment.

A WATLOW White Paper

There are around 10,000 different medical devices on the market today. Each individual piece of equipment must be manufactured to the highest standards to ensure accurate, efficient and safe results.

Currently, there are several market trends that create unique thermal challenges. These include the miniaturization of devices, increased throughput for diagnostic equipment and a shift towards point-of-care diagnostics focused on preventative care and faster medical decisions.

From an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) perspective, they must also contend with increased globalization efforts such as leveraging a single device in all regions of the world. This shift creates several manufacturing challenges.

From anaesthesia delivery systems and respiratory therapy devices, such as ventilators, to blood and intravenous (IV) fluid warmers and transfusion equipment, heating plays a crucial function in many medical devices. Without these highly specialized heaters, humidity could not be added to respiratory equipment, instruments could not be sterilised and fluids that help to stabilise body temperature post operation, could not be comfortably and safely injected into the body.

When selecting an industrial heating equipment manufacturer to support with a medical device project, it is important to consider a company’s portfolio of thermal solutions for the industry. Watlow®, which has manufactured heating technology such as controllers, heaters and sensors since 1922, is accomplished in providing OEMs with solutions that enable exceptional thermal control, meeting the most demanding product specifications like combining miniaturisation and high performance.

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