Miniature devices formed by combining mechanical parts and electronic circuits, typically on a semiconductor chip, with dimensions from tens to a few hundred micrometres (millionths of a metre). Common applications for MEMS include sensors, actuators, and process-control units.
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Mems-ID is a technology company developing a tracking system for medical devices. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) platform is based on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. This technology allows the Mems-ID chips to be integrated directly into individual medical devices, such as surgical instruments, and survive high-temperature autoclave and gamma irradiation sterilization processes. In comparison, electronic RFID chips are usually destroyed by these processes.
Automated tracking of surgical instruments can assist in delivering many benefits over existing methods, including: