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Concurrent Engineering & Outsourcing: Ingredients for Success

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Stephen C. Cooper | Articles | Comments

Outsourcing using concurrent engineering practices provides the hands-on approach for a company that enables it to gain the most in efficiencies from manufacturing. It can be used by virtually any company of any size and applied to any medical device, product, or component.

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Design Talk: Roadblocks to Managing Supplier Quality

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Matthew Kopecky, Product Manager, Sparta Systems | Sparta Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

In the medical device industry, designers continue to face unique challenges that stem from the broader manufacturing process. These can include anything from shorter product lifecycles and increased regulatory scrutiny to the need to source materials from a myriad of suppliers across the value chain.

Design Talk: Software Solutions Address Changing Industry Needs

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Randy Flamm | Articles | Comments

By Randy Flamm Medical device manufacturers operate in one of the world’s most competitive and highly regulated industries where success hinges on time-to-market and traceability.

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Design Talk: Where Will Lean Take Us?

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | Articles | Comments

By Kevin Duggan Medical device companies have achieved significant improvement using lean techniques. Improvements in quality, productivity, lead time, inventory, on-time delivery, and cost have been obtained and further improvement continues each day.

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Handling the Pressure

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Michael Hansen, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The Project: Create a handle for a defibrillator durable enough to withstand exceptional performance requirements. The Solution: Use computer-aided engineering and various flow simulation software to ensure that the final product met the specific characteristics necessary for success.

Medical Device Molding: A Commitment, Not a Choice

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | by Brian Wright | Articles | Comments

By Brian Wright With more and more jobs heading overseas, a growing number of molding companies have been changing their focus to medical device manufacturing. This can make sense; however, it is usually easier said than done.

Design Talk: Ceramic Injection Molding

November 10, 2008 6:52 am | Articles | Comments

By Andrew Nield For the medical device industry ceramic injection molding (CIM) can be an alternative to metals or plastics, especially when conditions demand a more advanced type of material.

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Design Talk: Micro-Molding Devices and Components

November 10, 2008 6:51 am | by Jeff Randall, PE is vice president of engineering for MRPC. Visit MRPC at <a href="http://www.mrpcorp.com" target="_blank">www.mrpcorp.com</a>. | Articles | Comments

By Jeff Randall, PE As medical technology advances and the demands on surgical parts increase, the need for high-quality, tight-tolerance components continues to rise.

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Sensor Designed for Monitoring of Electrostatic Charge Build-up

October 13, 2008 12:07 pm | Trek, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This electrostatic voltage sensor (Model 875) is designed for in-line monitoring of electrostatic charge build-up, which if left unchecked, would disrupt manufacturing processes and/or cause product degradation and early life failure of semiconductors and other charge-sensitive components.

Black-and-White Double On/Off Switch Is RoHS Compliant

October 13, 2008 12:07 pm | Switches Plus | Product Releases | Comments

A black-and-white double On/Off switch has been added to the company’s range of economically-priced RoHS compliant Series 44 industrial controls. This product features a large, illuminated central lens to indicate the status of equipment.

Visible Radiometer for Visible Light Curing Systems

October 13, 2008 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Consistent curing requires consistent light intensity. The new ACCU-CAL 50V radiometer is simple to operate and offers repeatable measurement of visible light. The ACCU-CAL 50V can measure visible light energy emitted from lightguides (3.0, 5.0, and 8.0 mm), flood systems, and conveyors.

Modular Video-Based System Enables Precision Inspection

October 13, 2008 12:07 pm | The L.S. Starrett Company | Product Releases | Comments

The Galileo KineMic, an entry level modular video-based inspection system, is well-suited for quality assurance, receiving inspection, training, manufacturing, assembly, research, documentation, and a variety of other applications.

Snap Rings Are Interchangeable With Eaton Rings

October 13, 2008 12:07 pm | Smalley Steel Ring Company | Product Releases | Comments

These snap rings are directly interchangeable with Eaton rings. The XAH, XAS, XDH, and XDS series are available from stock in over 300 sizes ranging from 0.375? to 10?, 13 mm to 300 mm. The company also offers four additional standard series of snap rings in both inch and metric units.

Narrow Web Slitting Services Support IVD Development

October 13, 2008 12:07 pm | G&L Precision Die-Cutting, Llc-A Lohmann Co. | Product Releases | Comments

Company offers narrow web slitting services of IVD components including nitrocellulose, fiberglass, absorbent pads, pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, conductive films, and more. Its proprietary process supports working with delicate materials with little or no tension and slitting as narrow as 3.

Oscillator Has Wide Frequency Range

October 13, 2008 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

This low cost, 3.2 mm × 2.5 mm HCMOS XpressO oscillator can be shipped in 10 days or less for production quantities and next day for samples in any frequency from 0.75 MHz to 250 MHz. With a uniquely wide frequency range as well as an industry standard footprint and pin-out, the new 3.

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