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Data Analysis Helps Reduce Product Failures

November 10, 2010 10:06 am | by Andrew Lux, Ph.D. | Comments

One of the critical goals of a medical device manufacturing project is to eliminate the occurrence of product failure. While there are a number of methodologies to implement in order to help increase the chances of success, this article highlights one technique that relies on multi-variate data analysis to achieve the goal.

12 Tips to Outsourcing Development Success

October 26, 2010 12:47 pm | by Tim Bosch and David Ennen | Comments

More medical device OEMs are outsourcing a portion or the entire product development process than ever before. However, when relying on a vendor partner to achieve a successful outcome, OEMs must ensure clear communication is established and maintained. This article provides 12 tips to accomplish this.

In-Molding the Details

September 21, 2010 11:47 am | by Al Hoeschele and Todd Geisser | Comments

Providing easy to follow instructions on a medical device can be a significant challenge; when coupled with ensuring the solution does not create cleaning concerns and will not wear, that obstacle to success becomes even greater. This article examines the benefits of in-mold decorating/labeling for medical devices and how they resolve these, and other, challenges.

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Four Tips to Avoid Molding Mishaps

September 21, 2010 11:09 am | by Brian Hayes | Comments

Design engineers can sometimes get so caught up with the technical specifications of a molding project that they overlook the non-technical processes and miss out on an opportunity to improve production throughput. This article lays out four tips that the design engineer should follow when taking part in their next molding project so as to get the most out of the project.

Sophisticated Disposables

September 21, 2010 10:29 am | by David Fink and Andre LaFreniere | Comments

A growing number of medical device disposable products are looking more like traditional sophisticated reusable instruments. There are a number of trends, both technical and non-technical, that are driving this prevailing change. This article looks to briefly discuss some of those trends and their influence on the emergence of smarter, more functional disposables.

Connections at the Heart of the Matter

September 21, 2010 10:03 am | by Mark D. Halloran | Comments

Ensuring proper connection of leads into implantable cardiac devices can be challenging, especially for small start-ups whose specialty may not focus on this area. As a result, one company is offering a solution that can be completely integrated easily into a device to help satisfy the requirements of this component and enable a faster time to market.

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Parts Without Limits

September 21, 2010 8:19 am | by Brian Ford | Quickparts | Comments

Medical device manufacturers are constantly seeking new and better methods with which to design and manufacture medical devices. Recently, they are looking to a traditional prototype process that is enabling the fabrication of commercially ready components. This article looks at low-volume layered manufacturing.

How are you influencing medical devices related to military?

September 21, 2010 7:57 am | Omnetics Connector Corp., Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions | Comments

Applying Tech: How are you influencing medical devices related to military?

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Ten Surface Treatments that Improve the Performance of Biomedical Components

September 2, 2010 11:49 am | by Surface Solutions Group | Comments

Surface treatments are available to improve function, ease of use, service life, and patient comfort of medical devices and products. Surface Solutions Group of Chicago specializes in solving a wide range of functional problems at the surface of devices, from guide wires to needles to tubing to cannulas. Here is an overview of successes using coatings to improve the surface function of devices.

Opportunities in the Brazilian Market for Medical Products and Devices

September 2, 2010 11:19 am | by Marcelo Sicoli and Thaise Mrad | Comments

The market for medical products and devices in Brazil, estimated at R$ 8 billion (US$ 4.5 billion) continues to expand. From 2008 to 2009 the market grew by 6% and is expected to increase by more than 10% in 2010 according to estimates by ABIMO - Brazilian Medical Devices Manufacturers Association. The optimism of the industry takes into account the prospects of growth in the Country, which might surpass 6,0% this year. In the pharmaceutical market for example, predictions point to a 13% evolution in 2010. 

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How Are You Influencing Emergency Medical Technology?

September 2, 2010 9:51 am | Comments

How Are You Influencing Emergency Medical Technology?

Dual Path Platform Technology: A Basis for Next-Generation Rapid Diagnostic Testing

September 2, 2010 7:08 am | by Lawrence A. Seibert | Comments

A patented technology known as Dual Path Platform (DPP), intended for point-of-care immunoassays, offers a number of advantages over the widely used lateral flow technology. A DPP assay device has already been developed for HIV, as have prototypes for other conditions that range from hepatitis C to influenza.

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Innovations in Medical Imaging: Two Devices in One are the Trend

September 2, 2010 6:22 am | by Messe Düsseldorf | Comments

Two devices in one – that is one of the mega trends in imaging diagnostics. The spectrum ranges from a combination of positron emission tomography (PET) with MRI or computer tomography to a combination of ultrasound with endoscopy. At MEDICA 2010, World Forum for Medicine - International Trade Fair and Congress, to be held from November 17 – 20, 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany, medical technology companies and congress speakers will focus on innovative hybrid procedures such as endosonography and its application in the daily clinical routine. Use of these so-called hybrid procedures is increasing, primarily on cancer patients.

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MEDICA 2010 Presents the Ultrasound Trends: Hot Waves Against Tumors and Undesirable “Love Handles”

September 2, 2010 5:53 am | by Dr. med. Thomas Kron | Comments

Ultrasound allows physicians to do much more than just diagnoses. Sound waves have long been used for therapy, for instance for patients with malignant tumours and too much hip fat. What is possible using ultrasound will again be one of the main topics at MEDICA 2010, World Forum for Medicine - International Trade Fair and Congress, to be held from November 17 – 20, 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With more than 4,000 exhibitors from over 60 countries, it is the world’s largest international medical trade fair and congress. While the latest developments in ultrasound technology will be shown within the framework of the trade fair, many of the speakers at the accompanying congress will present the various application options, for instance in oncology. There will again be practice-oriented sonography courses as well.

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Goodbye Back Pain – With Strength Training Machines, Bandages and Scalpel

September 2, 2010 5:27 am | by Dr. med. Thomas Kron | Comments

MEDICA 2010 presents innovative treatment options For people suffering from back pain, good advice is often hard to find and expensive to boot. Back pain is a disease of great medical and economic significance. Back pain diagnostics and therapy is therefore an important topic at MEDICA 2010, World Forum for Medicine - International Trade Fair and Congress, to be held from November 17 – 20, 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With more than 4,000 exhibitors from over 60 countries, it is the world’s largest international medical trade fair and congress. In addition to tried and true diagnostic and therapeutic options, many new approaches and developments – from innovative orthotic devices or bandages to muscle strengthening therapies and implants for spine surgeons – will be presented at the trade fair and congress.

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