10/22/2013

AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG

AT&S in Medical Technology

Ottobock develops and manufactures high-tech prostheses that are sold around the world. AT&S and Ottobock worked together for years to develop the AT&S printed circuit boards used in an intelligent prosthetic device that gives the user a variety of gripping actions, just like a natural hand.


In medical technology, AT&S focuses on applications in the following areas:


Diagnosis and imaging: the most important applications are diagnostic instruments that provide high-resolution images of internal organs and structures. Printed circuit boards are used in conjunction with MRT, X-rays and ultrasound for diagnosis and imaging.


Medical therapy: in this area, implanted and external electronic devices are used to treat specific conditions.


Patient monitoring systems: instruments for measuring and monitoring patients’ vital signs, such as blood glucose meters and ECG.


New materials that are absorbed by the body


Together with the Medical University Graz, TU Graz, TU Vienna, BOKU Vienna and Heraeus Medical, AT&S is developing revolutionary materials for implants that help to heal broken bones in children and are then absorbed by the body. The aim is to shorten hospital stays and reduce the stress on the children. Implants are necessary with difficult fractures in children, because without stabilisation the bone may heal incorrectly. In order to reduce surgical intervention, the project partners are now working on the development of new types of implants that dissolve in the body.


“The BRIC project – bioresorbable implants for children –involves fundamental research into suitable bioresorbable materials. These materials could very well later be used to make printed circuit boards,” says Heinz Moitzi, AT&S’s Chief Technical Officer, describing a vision of the future.


About AT&S AG


Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft (AT&S) is European market leader and one of the world’s leading producers of high-end printed circuit boards. AT&S is especially well positioned worldwide in the highest tech market segment for HDI microvia printed circuit boards, which are chiefly used in mobile devices. The Group is also highly successful in the automotive printed circuit board market, and in the industrial and medical technology sectors. In 2013 AT&S took the next logical step in implementing its high-tech strategy by entering the IC substrate business as part of a joint venture with a leading global semiconductor manufacturer.


As an international growth enterprise AT&S has a global presence, with two production facilities in Austria (Leoben and Fehring) and one each in India (Nanjangud), China (Shanghai) and Korea (Ansan, near Seoul). It currently employs some 7,300 people. For more information visit www.ats.net.