Frequently Asked Questions
Got a question? We get those a lot. So we've compiled some of them here to help out. If you still can't find the answer you're looking for, get in touch with us and we'll be happy to help.
How do MEMS pressure sensors work?
MEMS pressure sensors make use of piezoelectricity. Pressure applied to certain materials produces an electrical voltage, which can be measured. MEMS piezo-resistive sensors sense a change in resistance across a thin silicon diaphragm. This technology is widely used in industrial sensors and is well proven. The sensors are rugged and measure pressure only at the source. Over the years, Millar has perfected integration methods with these sensors to greatly reduce the effects of drift resulting from integration. Catheters built with sensor tips are robust and can navigate tortuous paths in the human vasculature. The interface electronics are fairly simple and can connect to commercially available monitors. Since pressure is measured only at the tip, this technology does not suffer from damping and resonance effects of fluid-filled lines.
What size sensors do you integrate?
We offer a diverse range of sensor sizes for integration, catering to various medical applications. Our sensors span in size from 1F (French) to 3F (French), accommodating a wide spectrum of medical device requirements.
The integration process of these sensors is a meticulous and collaborative endeavor. Our comprehensive approach involves several steps, including assessment, consultation, sensor selection and more. To learn more about the integration process and how Millar can assist you, contact us today.
What is the average lifespan of a sensor that you integrate?
The average lifespan of a sensor that we integrate can vary based on its application and usage. Our sensors are designed to function in both short-term and long-term applications, with operational lifespans ranging from less than 24 hours to greater than 5 years.
Learn more about TiSense, our chronic implantable sensor module, contact us.
Are your sensors implantable?
Yes. All of our sensors are designed to be implantable. We offer support for a wide range of applications and implantation times, ensuring versatility and compatibility with various customer needs. Examples of implantable applications include cardiovascular, nerocritical care and more. Learn about the markets and applications that we serve here.
Can you offer custom configurations?
Yes. We provide the option to create custom sensor solutions tailored to your specific application and requirements. Examples of custom configurations include sensor sensitivity adjustments, specialized functionality consultations, unique installation methods, and more. Our OEM Solutions team is here to collaborate with you in achieving the optimal solution. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.
Is the output analog or digital?
The standard output of our sensors is analog, providing continuous and nuanced data that is well-suited for a wide range of applications.
However, we are also actively working on expanding our offerings to include digital output options. The development of digital output capabilities is driven by the growing demand for streamlined data integration, compatibility with digital systems, and the need for more robust communication protocols. Our commitment to developing digital output options underscores our dedication to staying at the forefront of sensor technology.
How long is the medical device development process?
The duration of the medical device development process varies, as it is tailored to meet the unique requirements of each solution and customer. In-depth knowledge is required for successful MEMS sensor integration and Millar’s commitment to providing optimal outcomes means that we invest the necessary time and resources to ensure a comprehensive development journey. The learning curve associated with this can add years and millions of dollars to a project. An effective OEM process needs to account for every stage and our proven integration process does just that and includes the following phases:
- Proof of Concept
- Prototype Development
- Manufacturing Development
- Clinical Engineering
- Commercial Manufacturing
- Sustaining Engineering
Learn more about our OEM integration process here.
Can Millar assist with Regulatory submissions?
Yes. Millar understands that navigating the complex landscape of regulatory compliance is a crucial aspect of bringing medical devices to market and we’re able to assist. Our teams can help with various stages in the regulatory submission process, including assessment and planning, documentation preparation, regulatory strategy, and submission.
Are your sensors absolute or vented?
Millar offers both absolute and vented sensor configurations. To learn more about the differences between these configurations, check out our blog: Absolute vs. Vented Sensors.
At Millar, we believe in equipping our customers with knowledge that empowers them to make informed decisions aligned with their specific requirements. Contact us today if you have any further questions or if you're seeking tailored guidance on sensor configurations for your applications.
Has the sensor been used in an FDA approved device?
Yes. Millar's pressure sensing technology has been successfully integrated into several FDA approved devices, demonstrating the reliability and quality of our solutions. Some examples include the Millar Mikro-Cath™ and the Codman Microsensor® ICP Transducer.
The Mikro-Cath™ combines Millar’s cutting-edge pressure sensing technology with the intricacies of catheter design and delivers insight into cardiovascular, respiratory, and intra-compartmental pressure cases. The Mikro-Cath™ also provides expert evaluation for benchtop studies when evaluating efficacy of medical device performance.
The Codman Microsensor® ICP Transducer addresses the critical need for intracranial pressure monitoring. The Codman Microsensor® is part of the Codman CereLink™ System and provides uncompromised advanced continuous ICP monitoring with MR conditional capability, durable, flexible ICP sensors, and advanced data presentation features and minimal drift.
Our commitment to providing tailored solutions extends beyond these devices. Learn more about how we’re equipped to assist customers in bringing a variety of pressure-enabled devices to market through our custom OEM custom solutions.
What is Millar’s Relationship with ADInstruments?
Millar's partnership with ADInstruments represents a collaborative effort to provide comprehensive solutions for physiological research and data analysis. This strategic relationship leverages the strengths of both companies to deliver cutting-edge tools and technologies that empower researchers and scientists in their quest for deeper insights.
ADInstruments is renowned for its expertise in data acquisition and analysis systems, particularly in the field of life sciences and physiological research. By joining forces with Millar, a leader in advanced sensor technology, the partnership aims to integrate high-quality physiological measurements with robust data analysis capabilities.
Through this partnership, researchers gain access to an integrated ecosystem that seamlessly combines Millar's precision sensors, which capture accurate physiological data, with ADInstruments' powerful data acquisition and analysis software. By collaborating on technological solutions, Millar and ADInstruments empower researchers to make meaningful advancements in the life sciences.
What is Millar’s Relationship with Transonic Scisense?
Transonic Scisense exited from the life science research market to focus on its clinical and OEM product lines, and in doing so, transferred its Scisense product lines to Millar. Through Millar’s exclusive distribution partnership with ADInstruments, we can continue to provide researchers with support and solutions for pressure measurements and pressure-volume (PV) loops products. Learn more about the strategic alignment here.
Does Millar Have a New Headquarter Facility?
Yes, After 54 years, Millar has planted new roots at a state-of-the-art headquarters facility that serves as a hub for innovation and growth. The new headquarters facility is located at 11950 N. Spectrum Blvd in Pearland, TX, and stands as a testament to our commitment to advancing medical technology and research. It provides us with a dynamic environment to develop cutting-edge solutions, foster collaboration, and continue making significant contributions to the field of medical sensing and monitoring. Learn more about the new facility here.
Can I Test Millar’s MEMS Pressure Sensors?
Customers can test Millar's MEMS pressure sensors through our Developer Kit which offers a comprehensive solution for evaluating the performance and capabilities of our sensors. The Developer Kit provides an accessible way to integrate and test our sensor technology for your specific applications.
This kit includes the essential components you need to begin testing and validating Millar's MEMS pressure sensors. It comprises a sensor, interfacing electronics, and software tools designed to streamline the evaluation process. By utilizing the Developer Kit, you gain insights into the sensor's performance characteristics and how it can meet your application requirements. Learn more about our Developer Kit here.
What is the History of Millar?
The story behind Millar is one of innovation, dedication, and a commitment to advancing medical technology and research. Founded in 1969, our journey began with a vision to revolutionize medical pressure measurement by creating more accurate and reliable solutions. Huntly Millar's pioneering spirit laid the foundation for our company's core values: excellence, trust, learning, collaboration, and innovation.
Today, Millar stands as a global leader in sensor design and manufacturing. Our sensors are trusted by medical professionals, researchers, and OEM partners alike, shaping the future of patient care and scientific discovery. Our dedication to innovation remains unwavering, and our commitment to improving human health and understanding remains at the heart of everything we do. Learn more about the history of Millar here.
How can I work for Millar?
Working for Millar offers the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team at the forefront of medical technology innovation. We are always on the lookout for individuals who are passionate about making a meaningful impact in the field of healthcare and research. To explore potential career opportunities and join our team, click here.
Ready to bring your medical breakthrough to life? Contact Millar OEM Solutions today to see how we can make it happen together. US Headquarters T: +1 832.667.7000 Toll Free: 800.669.2343 (US Only)