Inspection of Over Molded - Encapsulated Medical Devices

Over Molded and Encapsulated medical devices present a difficult challenge when investigating process issues or returns from the field due to the nature of their design. Visual inspection and electrical tests provide very little information as to why the assembly failed internally. Destructive testing is a viable alternative to visual and electrical tests but often destroys the assembly and can easily obliterate or mask the actual component failure. If your intent is to repair the assembly and return it to the customer, the process of quoting the repair can become much more costly for you and your customer if you only use these three test modes in you evaluation and repair quote.