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Obtaining Robust Ultrasonic Welds for Medical Device Assemblies

April 30, 2015 | by Jeffrey Thumm, Charles Aubin, and Benjamin Piecuch, Proven Process Medical Devices; Barbara Donohue, Technical Writer | Proven Process Medical Devices | Comments

Ultrasonic welding is particularly suited for bonding medical devices because it uses the device material itself to form a bond and does not introduce glues or adhesives into the device. A fast, clean, efficient and repeatable process...

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New Memories Breaking the Gamma Barrier for Medical Consumables

April 9, 2015 10:25 am | by Nathan Sharp, Business Manager, Maxim Integrated | Comments

Today’s medical instruments and their supporting equipment often incorporate single-use consumable sensors, cables, probes, and/or other peripherals to ensure sterility before making contact with the patient. In many cases these consumables...

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Achieving UDI Compliance & Reducing Print Time

April 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by Josh Roffman, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management, Loftware | Comments

Founded more than 30 years ago in Switzerland, EMS Electro Medical Systems is a manufacturer of micromechanical instruments. Specializing in the design and development of orthopedic, urological and dental prophylaxis devices, the company...

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Microvalves: Enabling a New Technology for Tissue Expansion Systems

April 2, 2015 2:50 pm | by F. Mark Payne, Director of Research and Development, AirXpanders | Comments

Each year, approximately 250,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. As a result, more and more patients with cancer in one or both breasts are making the difficult decision to undergo a unilateral or bilateral mastectomy...

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New Pumps and Valves Take the Pain Out of Designing Anesthesia Support Devices

April 1, 2015 11:20 am | by Richard N. Whipple, Marketing Communications Manager, & Jonathan DeSousa, Division Applications Team Supervisor; Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin Corp. | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Comments

Most next-generation medical devices are getting smaller and more portable to meet the needs of an ever changing hospital environment. But while device sizes are decreasing to help reduce weight and facilitate portability, device performance...

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3D Printing a Smile on Your Face

March 31, 2015 10:20 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Stratasys, Inc. | Comments

Although additive manufacturing equipment and materials have been around since the early 1980s, 3D printing didn't become common knowledge to much of the public until two decades later. Today, the applications for this technology seem almost...

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4 Best Practices to Keep Pace with Rapid Healthcare Software Development

March 30, 2015 10:45 am | by Eugene Borukhovich, VP of Healthcare, European Markets, SoftServe, Inc. | Comments

Fueled by advances in computing, wireless technologies, data warehousing, and analytics science—combined with the widespread adoption of smart devices, cloud computing, and SaaS information models—all markets and industries are under pressure...

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Organ Printing, Regulation in the Spotlight on MDT Live

March 27, 2015 3:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

3D printing for medical devices is still a wild frontier without thorough regulation, which can both make building a product difficult and can spur innovation. Three experts sat down with Editor-in-Chief Sean Fenske this week to talk about...

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6 Mantras for Medical Device Manufacturers

March 27, 2015 11:32 am | by Bart Reitter, Director, QAD Life Sciences | Comments

If the physician’s maxim is Primum non nocere – first, do no harm – then a similar phrase can be applied to medical device manufacturers: produce safe, high-quality products with a reasonable return on investment. Lengthier and less succinct...

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Getting a 'Sense' of Monitoring Health at Home

March 25, 2015 11:15 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Metrigraphics, LLC, Honeywell Sensing And Control | Comments

Monitoring patients is no longer a practice confined to the hospital. Health monitoring technologies designed for the home are proliferating as a result of the rising costs of healthcare and patient transportation issues, among others. Due to this...

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3D Printing Ushers in a New Age for Prototyping

March 24, 2015 10:49 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | GW Plastics, Inc., Stratasys, Inc., Proto Labs, Inc., Insight Product Development, Farm Design, Inc. | Comments

By providing engineers with a physical sample of a part or device design, prototypes offer a glimpse at the final look of a product. They enable someone to handle the design, get an idea of weight and “feel,” use for evaluating packaging options...

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7 Criteria to Improve Reprocessed Medical Device Instructions

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by Emily Mitzel, Consulting Manager; Alpa Patel, Senior Scientist; and Nick Workman, Study Director; Nelson Laboratories | Nelson Laboratories, Inc. | Comments

When it comes to the reprocessing of medical devices in the healthcare facility, simple is better. For decades, reusable medical devices have been used to enhance the health and well-being of patients undergoing medical procedures. Reprocessed...

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Safe Power for Medical Devices Used at Home

March 20, 2015 11:25 am | by Diane Cupples, Vice President of Marketing, Schurter Inc. | Schurter, Inc. | Comments

An aging population and the rising cost of healthcare around the world are a matter of concern to the general public these days. This is especially true in the U.S.A., where keeping costs under control becomes more and more challenging. In order...

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Models Add Efficiency to Bioabsorbable Implant Development

March 19, 2015 11:01 am | by Abhay Bulsari, Owner/Technical Manager, Nonlinear Solutions Oy; Kimmo Lähteenkorva, R&D Manager, ConMed Corp.; and Esa Suokas and Mikko Huttunen, Senior Scientists, ConMed Linvatec Biomaterials Oy | Comments

Product development of orthopedic bioabsorbable implants requires the knowledge of the dynamics of bioabsorption. Bioabsorption is simulated in vitro by hydrolysis experiments. Several variables including shear and bending strength, mass...

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3 Tips for a Successful Outsourced Device Launch

March 18, 2015 11:21 am | by Tom Nadal, Director of Business Development, CleanCut Technologies | CleanCut Technologies | Comments

Whether you’re a seasoned medical device professional or a recent grad stepping into your first full-time position in marketing, engineering, operations, quality, or regulatory at a medtech OEM, chances are you’ll be a contributing member...

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Coating Success Depends on More Than Material Selection

March 16, 2015 11:10 am | by Tim Kissling, Owner & President, Precision Coating Technology & Manufacturing Inc. | Precision Coating Technology & Manufacturing, Inc. | Comments

Many medical device designers have worked with coatings suppliers to identify the right material for an application, but have later encountered unforeseen issues that result in higher costs, production delays, and sometimes, even product...

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