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Air Tool Measures Thousands of Orthopedic Tapers

September 27, 2013 4:03 pm | by Mahr Federal | Mahr Federal, Inc. | Comments

A manufacturer of orthopedic implants needed to improve measurement and documentation proficiency of parts with literally hundreds of configurations. Air gaging from Mahr Federal was chosen because it could quickly and accurately measure precision tapers, along with being simpler and cheaper to engineer than any mechanical gages.

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Medical Devices: How Secure Are They?

September 26, 2013 4:21 pm | by Jon Jarboe, Senior Technical Manager, Coverity | Comments

Medical devices are increasingly dependent on software, evolving from the use of a simple two-transistor circuit for early artificial cardiac pacemakers to sophisticated modern systems supporting infusion pumps, electrocardiogram analysis, and image-guided surgery.

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The Shoes of the End User Are a Developer’s Most Important Tool

September 25, 2013 2:39 pm | by Lorraine Chapman, Director of Research and Experience Design, Macadamian Technologies | Macadamian | Comments

Two-thirds of health IT executives in the U.S. believe the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. But how will the form and function of this technology be defined? How can the designers of technology ensure the best fit with the needs of the healthcare professionals who will make use of it?

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3D Printed, CNC Machined, or Molded Prototypes: Which and When?

September 25, 2013 10:38 am | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

When it comes to component fabrication for production ready parts, designers typically have a good idea which process they’d like to specify. However, when it comes to prototyping, they may not be as clear on the best process for their needs. This article looks at three common fabrication processes—3D printing, machining, and molding—and clarifies which to use when for prototype parts.

Wireless Tech Broadens Healthcare Horizons

September 23, 2013 4:59 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Comments

In the field of medical technology, wireless devices are seeing some of the most broad-reaching growth. This is due mostly in part to the wide range of applications that wireless medicine encompasses. Mobi Health News reports that the top ten areas wireless medicine has directly benefited include: Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.

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Data Acquisition System Performs Fault Identification on a CT Scanner

September 20, 2013 2:22 pm | by CAS DataLoggers | CAS DataLoggers | Comments

CAS DataLoggers Engineer Terry Nagy has worked on a uniquely challenging data acquisition application which highlights the effectiveness of Delphin data loggers. A medical equipment manufacturer had a customer in a hospital who was experiencing problems with a particular CT scan machine that would reset in the middle of the procedure, which cost significant time as patients often had to be scanned again.

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A Specialist for Bridges and Bars

September 19, 2013 12:51 pm | by Siemens Industry | Comments

Small but meticulous—allshape AG in Lengnau, Switzerland, near Biel specializes in high-precision products for all common shapes of dental implants. Thanks to the reliable Sinumerik 840D CNC, allshape AG gives dental laboratories customized and fast delivery service.

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Automated Detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

September 18, 2013 1:25 pm | by By Paolo Fiorini, Principal Scientist, imec; Liesbet Lagae, R&D manager Life Science Technologies, imec; and Ichiro Yamashita, professor, NAIST | Imec | Comments

Imec and Panasonic are jointly developing a fully integrated sample-to-answer device to perform molecular diagnostic tests. Recently, they’ve created prototype of the device. The chip is about half the size of a credit card that performs fast, simple and sensitive detection of genetic markers, specifically single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).

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Robotics Takes on the Life Sciences

September 17, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Szesterniak, Industry Market Manager—Life Sciences, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corp. | Comments

Life sciences is one industry that is currently undergoing a turbulent development environment. Major advancements such as next-generation DNA sequencing and molecular imaging are expected to drive growth in categories such as immunochemistry and genetic testing. Add to this that changes in government regulations and market conditions are forcing life science OEMs to build their products using faster, smaller more modular technologies.

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Fighting an Invisible Enemy

September 16, 2013 2:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

Though medical devices are always moving towards less invasive, more effective technology, they face a constant, persistent and ever-evolving enemy in deadly bacteria and infections. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can be caused by any infectious agent and result in 99,000 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Regulations to Minimize Risk of Electromagnetic Interference

September 13, 2013 4:26 pm | by Ozgur Ozturk, Senior Business Manager, TUV Rheinland of North America | Tuv Rheinland Of North America | Comments

While all electronic products must comply with electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements, EMC evaluation of medical devices is expanded to include product safety. This step-up is understandable as human health and life are frequently dependent on medical devices in a healthcare setting.

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Optimization Through Customization

September 11, 2013 2:10 pm | by John P. Walter, President and CEO, Precipart, & Abby Dress, Associate Professor, Long Island University | Comments

Many engineers and purchasing agents think it is more expensive to custom design a component or assembly these days when often customization can save on total costs. How can this be when an off-the-shelf unit typically is less expensive than its custom-produced counterpart?

The NEXThaler: A New Type of Inhaler

September 11, 2013 1:58 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, MDT | Cambridge Consultants Inc | Comments

A pharmaceutical company that developed a new powder asthma medication needed a delivery device. They identified a product development firm that handled all aspects of the development of an inhaler device with an intuitive design.     

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Designer-Molder Collaboration Streamlines Device Production

September 10, 2013 3:25 pm | by Jim Ritzema, Director of Operations, Rogan Corporation | Rogan Corporation | Comments

Discussion and collaboration between a medical device designer and a molding partner early in the design process can save significant expense and help avoid manufacturing obstacles that would otherwise not emerge until production has begun. This article looks at the great benefits realized from early cooperation between these two parts of the product development lifecycle.

The Plastic Protecting the First UL-Approved Lithium Autoclavable Surgical Battery

September 9, 2013 3:39 pm | by Solvay Specialty Polymers | Solvay Specialty Polymers, Conmed Corp. | Comments

ConMed Corp., a leading global supplier of arthroscopic devices, multi-specialty endoscopic medical video systems, and powered surgical instruments, faced several stiff challenges when it embarked on the development of the industry’s first UL-approved autoclavable battery.

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