Supplier Stories for the Week of February 16
Schott Primoceler has developed a new bonding process for hermetically sealing implantables at room temperature using its laser-based Glass Micro Bonding process. “Our core philosophy at Schott Primoceler is to find ways we can use Glass Micro Bonding to enable improvement of existing products in the market or even open entirely new application possibilities," explained Ville Hevonkorpi, managing director of Schott Primoceler Oy, in a news release. "Innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We are particularly excited about the prospect of implantable devices that cooperate with miniaturization requirements and critical medical imaging processes thanks to an outstanding collaborative effort with IRD Glass and Geissler.”Typically, implants such as pacemakers, RFID tags, neurostimulators, and various other implants with wireless communication functions and electronic components are constructed with ferrous metals, the company explained. The resulting magnetic properties mean exposure to other magnetic fields must be minimized. Room-temperature bonding allows for the use of heat-sensitive materials, opening up the possibility for non-magnetic materials to be used in implantable electronics that have heretofore used heat-resistant ferrous metals as part of their construction, the company explained. The process uses a laser to create a vacuum-tight bond between two or more glass interfaces, and the sealing procedure generates a heat-affected zone of just a few microns. Added Jochen Herzberg, medical program manager of Schott’s Electronic Packaging business unit: “We are a ready and willing partner to take on the complex component design and quality challenges faced by top innovators in the medical industry. This exceptional collaboration from the teams at Schott Primoceler, Geissler, and IRD Glass on this project adds to the established custom-designed components and capabilities Schott offers for implantable and medical devices, including customized glass-to-metal sealed hermetic packages and feedthroughs as well as sterilizable connectors and LEDs for surgical devices.”[Image courtesy of SCHOTT]
Here’s what was new in the world of medical device suppliers during the week of February 16.