Published on 08.11.2021
The transformation of manufacturing & development and supply chains
Medical technology is a fast-growing industry with great potential for expansion. Technological advances are enabling better and faster diagnoses and opening the way to personalized medicine. Development is also facing new challenges. On the one hand, short development cycles are required. On the other hand, new technologies must be mastered and successfully integrated. To meet this challenge, a rethinking of current development processes is required. In order to keep pace with technological progress and withstand time pressure, the use of standardized modules – in both hardware and software – will increasingly be the subject of modern development processes. By dividing tasks and using standard platforms, developers can concentrate on their core know-how.
The use of tablets and smartphones has fundamentally changed both operation and interaction and has become indispensable in the 21st century. New developments therefore require a modern, well-connected HMI control system that increases ease of use through simple and error-free operation. At System Industrie Electronic, we have recognized this trend and the complexity of the entire process – from usability to integration to life cycle management. That is why we have developed a platform for modern HMI controls with a focus on interaction and control. This modular system of pre-verified hardware and software modules enables rapid implementation, fast prototyping and easy development. 80% of the platform are standardized modules with a customization level of 20%. In addition, the necessary documentation for certification is available. This drastically reduces time-to-market and costs.
Modern HMI controls are complex units in themselves and consist of a large number of components as well as complex manufacturing processes such as the optical connection between cover glass and display. Standardization therefore also facilitates supply chain management, as the unit can be supplied as a single module from a single source. In addition, the availability of the components used is increased by active life cycle management, which conserves resources and ensures availability over the entire life cycle of the product.
Combining the complexity of operation in an intelligent HMI operating unit and simplifying the associated supply chain makes it possible to manage technological progress in the future and thus help patients. This is what we believe in – this is what we stand for.