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10 SMT007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2018 Furthering the conversation, John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO, files his column on the IPC Education Foundation and its mission to prepare the emerging workforce. In "Printed Electronics and the Fast, Flexible Future of Connected Healthcare," Girish Wable and Ralph Hugeneck from Nypro collaborate to explore IoT and the increased use of printed electronics in medical devices. Next, NexLogic's CEO, Zulki Kahn, sits down with I-Connect007's Stephen Las Marias to discuss what he sees as the trends and chal- lenges in medical electronics, such as how cleanrooms will increasingly matter, and how to find a manufacturing partner. Bob Wettermann knocks down the bone pile with his column on rework "gotchas" and guidelines to ensure successful rework. Bringing it all home is Goepel Electron- ic's Jens Kokott and Matthias Müller detailing Goepel's improvements to AOI test program- ming. Strap on your smartwatch, check your heart rate, and enjoy the emergence of the next golden age. SMT007 under your tongue when you were a kid?" This is why we decided to take a step back to survey the changes this month and have a discussion on these pages about what is happening with medical device development. We kick things off with an experts inter- view on medical electronics trends featuring Dr. Despina Moschou, a lecturer at the Univer- sity of Bath, and Kaspars Fricbergs, vice presi- dent of global quality, and Tom Reilly, director of marketing and sales operations, of EMS firm Vexos. We examine challenges and opportuni- ties in medical electronics design and assembly. Dr. Jennie Hwang's column considers solder and its role in adhering components to substrates. Could there be other options avail- able for emerging technologies? In "3D Printing and Medical Electronics: A Beneficial Disruptive Technology," Dan Fein- berg, consulting technical editor, brings us an exposé on 3D additive processes and their innovative effect on medical and dental appli- cations. In "FDA Approval: A Beginner's Guide," Managing Editor Nolan Johnson explores all the basics of FDA approval and shares perspec- tives from two medical startups and a medical electronics contract manufacturer. Eric Camden's testing column joins the quest for reliability in medical devices. His case stud- ies remind us to consider not only the entire supply chain for cleanliness, but also the target work environment. The future of the global medical device market looks bright with opportunities in public and private hospi- tals. The global medical device market is expected to reach an estimated $409.5 billion by 2023, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% from 2018 to 2023, according to a new report from market research firm Lucintel. Major drivers for growth include healthcare expenditure, technological development, aging popula- tion, and chronic diseases. North America is expected to remain the largest market during the forecast period mainly due to a large target patient pool coupled with a high adoption rates for advanced treatments in this region. Emerging trends that will have a direct impact on the dynamics of the medical device industry include the changing medical technology landscape, software as a differentiator in medical devices, and design and manufacturing of patient portable and smaller devices. Lucintel notes that the orthopedic device segment will show above average growth during the forecast period. (Source: Lucintel) Global Medical Device Market to Reach $410B by 2023 Nolan Johnson is managing editor of SMT007 Magazine. Nolan brings 30 years of career experience focused almost entirely on electron- ics design and manufacturing. To contact Johnson, click here.

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