Tiny devices with great significance
In this hybrid seminar, hosted by German Centre Beijing, two MedTech experts introduced innovative solutions in the field of miniaturization in medical technologies. They also shared best practice strategies on how to be successful as a foreign enterprise in the challenging Chinese market.
Rainer Kaltschmidt, Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS, provided an overview on key trends in microsystems and miniaturization (not only) in medical engineering. The presentation focused on MEMS technologies (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) – a technique of combining mechanical and electrical components together on a chip to produce a system of miniature dimensions. Key advantages of the use of MEMS compared with larger devices include minimal invasiveness, lower power consumption, a higher sensitivity to input variations, as well as cheaper mass production due to smaller size.
Kaltschmidt presented various impressive examples for MEMS application in innovative MedTech products, including ultrasonic transducers, stretchable and flexible substrates, or sensor and actuator systems. It became clear that the application of these technologies in medical engineering is quite varied and allows for a broad range of multisensory integration, including sight, focus, balance, touch, audio, or even taste and smell.