Laser Welding vs Conventional Welding for Electrode Assemblies | Integer

Automated laser welding outperforms conventional welding for higher electrode assemblies

Medtech Feature Story

Integer’s Paul McCormick writes in Medical Design & Outsourcing‘s Medical Device Handbook about how outsourcing complex electrophysiology (EP) electrode assemblies allows device manufacturers to maintain their focus on high-value initiatives. 

“Automated electrode welding processes have become a more effective way to produce higher electrode densities,” says Paul. “Compared to manual resistance welding, automated laser welding can provide higher-quality electrode and wire assemblies and greater precision and manufacturing efficiency, delivering more reliable EP catheter performance.

“The automated laser welding process also boosts manufacturing efficiency. In development, it strengthens reliability by minimizing the number of variables to investigate, evaluate and troubleshoot during the design process. Automated quality control also minimizes the potential for waste and product failures downstream in the supply chain – in the testing of spline assemblies or finished EP mapping catheters – where the cost of repairing poor quality is greater.”

Paul is a senior research and development engineer for Cardio & Vascular’s (C&V) R&D team.  

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