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Enabling the Next Generation of Implantable Devices Through Fiber Extrusion Processes

July 2, 2013 11:29 am | by Dr. Kevin Nelson, Founder and CSO, TissueGen | Comments

Enabling the delivery of a drug directly to the treatment area significantly enhances effectiveness. Today, innovative new devices incorporating drug-loaded fibers into implantable textile structures have the potential to deliver this type of benefit to an array of therapeutic treatments.

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Implantable Drug Delivery Devices—An Overview

July 1, 2013 4:13 pm | by James Arps, Ph.D., Director, ProMed Pharma LLC | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Comments

As more therapies are able to indicate implantable devices for treatment, incorporating drug delivery into them can be a significant additional benefit. Even when drug delivery is the primary function, implantable devices can be preferable. This article reviews some representative applications that device designers can leverage in developing new products for the implantable drug delivery market.

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Device Shrinkage Achieved Through Consideration of Assembly Factors

June 28, 2013 10:49 am | by Yousef Heidari, VP of Engineering, SigmaTron and Andrew Vo, Director of Test Engineering, SigmaTron | Comments

As medical devices continue to get smaller in size, the assembly of the internal electronics becomes more critical. Like a puzzle, fitting all the necessary pieces together in a smaller space is no simple task. When outsourcing is involved, synergy between teams is critical. The earlier a medical device manufacturer’s design team and their contractor’s team begin working together, the better.

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8 Contract Manufacturing Pitfalls to Avoid

June 27, 2013 2:05 pm | by Troy Hanes, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Sparton | Sparton Medical | Comments

Selecting the best contract manufacturing partner can be a tricky process, especially for start-ups or companies new to the process. Since significant cost savings can be realized from working with a quality service provider, it is important for OEMs to identify key areas to make the process more efficient. This article outlines eight criteria to use during selection proceedings.

Engineering for Change Ambassador Awarded for Global Engineering Efforts

June 27, 2013 10:27 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers, along with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers recently honored Noha S. El-Ghobashy with the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award. El-Ghobashy is an inspiring humanitarian working tirelessly to bring opportunities and advancement to underdeveloped nations.

Powering the Homecare Medical Device Market

June 26, 2013 2:54 pm | by John Benatti, Field Applications Engineer, Astrodyne | Comments

With the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 impacting U.S. design engineers in June, it is critical they are aware of the implications to their medical device designs. For home healthcare devices, there is a collateral standard that will have a specific effect. This article focuses in on powering these products and the items in the standard of significance for that aspect.

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A Comprehensive Look at Balloon Catheter Testing

June 25, 2013 1:52 pm | by David Yanes, Director of Equipment and Catheter Technology, Interface Catheter Solutions | Interface Catheter Solutions | Comments

As balloon catheters are used in critical therapeutic applications, they simply must work as they are intended. Therefore, testing these devices must ensure that failure will not occur. This article looks at the testing process for balloon catheters and what decisions manufacturers need to consider.

Portability Is the Name of the Game

June 24, 2013 2:12 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Mega Electronics, Inc., Tdk - Lambda Americas, Analog Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc., Microsemi Corp./Corporate | Comments

Medical electronic devices are no longer a trend; they are the reality of today’s healthcare environment. Seemingly, the number of powered medical devices far exceeds their non-powered counterparts. Even devices that had traditionally not been powered, such as the stethoscope, are now either being replaced by more effective electronic devices or being updated with electronics to function more efficiently and, more simply, better.

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Simulating Solutions for Molding Challenges

June 21, 2013 4:18 pm | by Tim Lankisch, Director of Engineering, CAE Services | CAE Services Corporation, Arburg Gmbh + Co Kg | Comments

Design and development of a medical device is an exacting process, to say the least, and it assumes even more complexity because it almost always extends across years that encompass multiple iterations of the device. As a result, small things that were satisfactory in the prototype and first production run can grow to be problems that must be solved as production volume rises.

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Innovation Drives Pump Technology to Meet Today’s Medical Designs

June 20, 2013 5:12 pm | by Dave Vanderbeck, Business Development Manager, KNF Neuberger | KNF Neuberger, Inc. | Comments

Given the number of device applications that involve the transfer of a gas or liquid, it is no wonder pump technology is such a significant part of many healthcare-related products. In addition, pumps are not exempt from the trends of miniaturization and cost reduction. As such, this article takes a look at how today’s medical device demands are being answered by advanced pump technology.

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From Orthopedics to Power Transfer—A Bright Future for Implants

June 19, 2013 4:51 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Comments

Much like other medical technology, implants are adapting to a post-depression economy brimming with new materials, new ideas, and ambitious plans for the future. The result is a focus on designing safer, more bio-compatible products for local markets.

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Pressure Balanced Proportional Valve Options

June 18, 2013 4:00 pm | by Jonathan DeSousa, Division Application Engineer, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Comments

To meet the needs of today’s healthcare professionals, medical instrumentation is getting smaller and made to be portable. That means the components in them need to be smaller, while still maintaining a high level of precision. This article will look at micro valve technology in portable medical devices.

It Begins and Ends with Testing

June 17, 2013 3:32 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | WuXi AppTec | Comments

Regardless of the indication, the technology, or the manufacturing process, all medical devices face thorough testing regimens to ensure they function as designed. There’s no room for error with any medical device, whether a low-tech orthopedic knee brace or a life saving pacemaker. The patient relying on the device they are using needs it to work perfectly.

Bioabsorbable Polymers Will Offer New Possibilities for Drug Delivery

June 14, 2013 3:14 pm | by Uwe Winzen, Ph.D., Global Marketing Manager, Lubrizol LifeScience Polymers | Comments

A new formulation of synthetic, biochemically absorbable polymers is creating opportunities in the medical device and pharmaceutical fields. These “bioabsorbable polymers” are materials designed to dissolve into compounds that the body can safely absorb or eliminate.

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UDI Inspection Guidelines

June 13, 2013 2:06 pm | by Jonathan Ludlow, Machine Vision Promoter, Microscan Systems | Microscan Systems, Inc. | Comments

New unique device identification labeling rules are on the way for medical devices, so it’s best for engineers to be aware of what impact they may have prior to them being mandatory. This article looks at the main points behind the coming rule and the considerations for ensuring proper symbol quality and label/mark verification.

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