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Safe and Secure: Medical Device Packaging

November 18, 2013 1:51 pm | by Tom Egan, Vice President, Industry Services, PMMI | Comments

As any manufacturer knows, product packaging plays several prominent roles. It encases a product, preventing it from damage once it leaves the manufacturing facility, while also serving as a canvas for vital product information and brand...

Lasers Play Critical Role in Machining Micron-Sized Components

November 15, 2013 2:13 pm | by Custom Laser Systems | Comments

As medical devices and their internal components continue to decrease in overall size, diameter and wall thickness, medical device manufacturers are increasingly turning to custom built laser systems designed to cut, weld, drill, ablate and...

Designing for Critical Environments

November 14, 2013 3:55 pm | by Erik Moses, Director of Insights, Product Development Technologies | Product Development Technologies, Inc. | Comments

When developing products for critical environments, product managers have a lot to balance: building a reliable solution and ensuring the safety of those affected by it, meeting the need to differentiate the product in the market, and meeting...

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How Design Patents Strengthen a Medical Device IP Portfolio

November 13, 2013 3:51 pm | by Eric P. Raciti, Partner; Elizabeth D. Ferrill, Associate; and Elizabeth A. Shah, Associate, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP | Comments

It doesn’t have to look pretty to be worthy of design patent protection. Medical device companies often invest large amounts of time and money producing a product that is attractive to consumers or medical professionals – something ergonomic...

Bridging the Gap Between Prototypes and Production

November 12, 2013 3:38 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs Inc. | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

When indicating plastic molded parts for a medical device project, designers expect a different process to be used for the prototype parts compared to the final production parts. But what if a prototype process enabled production ready parts...

New Laparoscopic Design Facilitates a Consistent, Clear Image During Surgery

October 31, 2013 4:15 pm | by Dr. Wayne Poll, former Director of Robotic Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Founder, Minimally Invasive Devices Inc. | Comments

The growing field and practice of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery relies heavily on the use of medical instruments equipped with video and imaging technology. The quality of the image affects the efficiency, quality and safety of the surgery...

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Artifact-Centric Development Approach Simplifies Project Management and Design Transfers

October 29, 2013 3:03 pm | by Matt Harp, Product Marketing Director, Seapine Software | Comments

A new trend has been spotted in medical device companies, giving them improved visibility into project progress, simplifying the transfer of design assets between teams, and reducing the time spent on manual documentation. Results from... 

How ERP Systems Can Increase a Business’s Operational Efficiency

October 28, 2013 3:36 pm | by Aimee Claire | Comments

Every business wants to get ahead of the competition and increasingly looks to innovative ways of achieving effective solutions that cut costs but retain a smooth-running, efficient organization. Many businesses, especially in the medical field...

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Healthcare Technology and Big Data Collide

October 28, 2013 3:32 pm | by Alexander Makeyenkov, head of DataArt Switzerland GmbH | Comments

Over the past few years, there have been several major global market shifts in medical technology. Advanced technology, usually reserved for major hospitals, is showing up in local doctor offices and even in the homes of consumers. Another related...

High Quality Image Solution Powers Groundbreaking Innovation in 3D Mammography

October 25, 2013 2:41 pm | by Adam Scraba, NVIDIA | NVIDIA Corporation | Comments

Fujifilm's AMULET is the first 3D mammography tool that is based on stereoscopic imaging. AMULET captures images at zero degree and four degree views, mimicking the left-eye/right-eye perspective employed in stereoscopic 3D filmmaking...  

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Staying On Top

October 18, 2013 3:28 pm | by Stacey Wiebe, DP Technology | Mori Seiki Usa, Inc., Dp Technology Corp. | Comments

There is magic in machining. After all, job shops turn daydream concepts into those you can actually touch, and with nary an “Abracadabra” to boot. But Single Source, Inc.—no mom-and-pop job shop by any stretch of the imagination—is a place where parts go to be born.

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Positive Results from Factoring Material Properties into Spinal Implant Simulations

October 17, 2013 12:22 pm | by Thomas Mosnier, R&D Manager, Medicrea | Comments

One of the most promising surgical options for treating spinal injury and deterioration of spinal discs is the use of artificial discs to replace the patient’s natural spinal disc. The materials used in these artificial discs are an important factor in the development...

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Technology Meets Philosophy with 'Death Watch'

October 16, 2013 12:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Comments

Smart watches keep you connected to your email, but this death watch counts down your remaining years to the second that you will die. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the Tikker, despite its morbid cognomen, hopes to inspire users to make every second count.

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Using M2M Technology to Measure Concussions

October 15, 2013 4:09 pm | by Stan Marszalek, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Avnet Electronics Marketing | Comments

Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI), are a very serious topic in the world of sports today. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly four million MTBIs are reported each year due to impacts in sports and...

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Three Elements for Efficient Processing in Medical Imaging

October 14, 2013 3:36 pm | by Murtaza Ali, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments Inc. | Comments

Low power systems are key for portable imaging devices, and helps bring them closer to the patients. They allow these devices to be available in emergency vehicles, field hospitals and remote health care centers. To keep power low...   

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