Fierce competition, economic pressures and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements are motivating medical device manufacturers to uncover new ways to introduce products efficiently while remaining tightly focused on the innovations that drive success. At the same time, manufacturers want to cost-effectively extend the lifecycle of product lines to maximize return on investment.
Electronics manufacturers share a common goal: to produce the highest-quality product possible. What they don't always share are the processes required to achieve that goal. To ensure that quality is maintained from start to finish, the cost of marginal quality is constantly monitored and evaluated, especially with regard to internal process controls. Recently, component "tombstone," a recorded internal process control defect, has emerged as a matter of growing interest.
Manufacturing Source Provides Product Enhancements And Precision Machining Of 22 Different ComponentsJuly 2, 2012 4:36 pm | by Liam Quirke | Marshall Manufacturing | Comments
Marshall Manufacturing Company was chosen by Dr. Emil Verban to manufacture the patented Drillstops®, which increase the safety and precision of dental implant procedures. In use, a tiny set-screw locks the stop to the drill bit, the stop rotates with the drill bit while avoiding tissue damage as the drill penetrates the bone.
From prenatal exams to torn ACLs, ultrasound imaging for medical purposes is used to visualize muscles, tendons, fetuses and internal organs. The technology for imaging has been around more than fifty years and has become one of the most common, non-invasive diagnostic tools in the medical industry. Testing the ultrasound machinery is an intricate process with a high need for accuracy. For this reason, one of the largest international medical diagnostic equipment manufacturers for ultrasound imaging machinery trusts the Moog Animatics SmartMotor on their testing equipment. The SmartMotor was able to supply the precision motion control with the least amount of electrical noise (electrical noise interferes with ultrasound beam alignment).
Laser Seam Sealing of Electronic and Opto-electronic Packages: A welder’s tips for getting beyond 99 percent yieldJuly 2, 2012 9:39 am | by Dr. Geoff Shannon | Miyachi Unitek Corp. | Comments
Seam sealing is the process that permanently bonds the package and lid of a device, providing a barrier for the internal components for the device’s operational lifetime. This is typically the last critical step in the package manufacturing process, so it is among the most important. The completed product performs a vital function and has a high dollar value, so creating a barrier to contamination ingress is essential. The stakes are high – optoelectronic packages for fiber optic cables transmitting signals sometimes in the middle of the ocean must last for a very long time since replacement is difficult and costly. Similarly, aerospace RF/microwave packages perform essential functions, making it imperative to prevent external environmental conditions from penetrating the package, even in extremely aggressive environments.
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When the inventors of the Rip Shears Ripper received feedback from medics in the field that their life-saving product would be even more effective if it glowed in the dark, they and co-developer ICON Injection Molding, sought assistance from custom...
Whether venture capital or angel-funded, medical device start-up companies are often brought to life by doctors with big ideas who have found a quicker or more effective way to treat a particular pathology. Many of these doctors are entrepreneurs at heart and are most happy when immersed in the adrenaline rush of a new start-up. But no matter how novel the device, the passion and zeal behind that drives these new medical innovations must be channeled into a process that will make the idea a commercial success.
Clients new to intellectual property management and patenting frequently comment that the patent application process is “puzzling” especially with respect to timing and the amount and type of information that should be included. Particularly in smaller or newly formed organizations, patent professionals are often asked to address issues...
Subsidiary of Surfaces Synergie Holding, Ionitec has developed a new antimicrobial and self-cleaning coating (TiO2) called SaniUV. This coating is deposited by PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) and the process parameters for obtaining such efficiency are the subject of a patent.
Quickparts Provides PediaVision with Single Source Solutions To Develop Breakthrough Vision Screening DeviceJune 19, 2012 12:29 pm | by Patrick Hunter | Quickparts | Comments
PediaVision® is a medical device company providing comprehensive vision assessment technology to adults and children as young as 6 months old. Their latest innovation, Spot, is a patent-pending technology that can assess a child’s vision quickly and objectively, eliminating the subjective analysis that results from many of today's vision screening tools.
About one-third of individuals over 65 fall at least once each year – and that increases to two-thirds for those who have already had a prior fall (Report from the Annals of Internal Medicine). Injuries from a fall are often severe and can lead to long-term disability and even premature death. With an aging baby-boom generation, this is of increasing significance to the health of this population and to greatly rising health-care costs.
Surgical tubing is extruded at rates on the order of 600 feet per minute. It’s critical to detect inclusions and other flaws that can cause blockages in the tubing. A laser inspection system was used in the past but the tubing manufacturer was concerned that it was missing many inclusions. The manufacturer evaluated the Integro Anaconda tube inspection system which is based on Cognex machine vision technology and provides very sensitive flaw detection at production speeds. When the machine vision system was first installed on a trial basis, it generated alarms every few minutes.
Simulation has established itself as an invaluable tool for design engineers in developing new parts and deciding what materials to use in metal casting or plastic injection molding manufacturing processes serving the medical device industry. In the past, such simulation tools were used by analysis groups and the operators of such tools were specialists who would “setup and run” simulations. Today, however, leading design and manufacturing engineers need to be able to provide answers to questions regarding all areas of the manufacturing process, requiring communication between all members of the product development and production team, as well as management and procurement. Conventional design simulation tools, however, do not cover the simulation of the manufacturing process.
ClikTech Inc., a leading manufacturer of dental sensor and x-ray film holders, has launched the industry’s first use of thermoplastics in multiple rod dental x-ray holder systems. The company’s new Litening RodsTM, made of Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, replace metal rods which are labor intensive and more costly. The new product made of Radel PPSU is light, autoclavable, reusable, and less costly.