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From the Drawing Board to the OR, Part I

April 10, 2014 11:02 am | by Lynn Manning, Science and Technology Writer | Ximedica | Comments

Robotic surgery has become a widely-accepted medical procedure over the past decade, offered by an increasing number of hospitals worldwide. The tele-manipulator and software of robotics restore intuitive movement control to the surgeon...

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Advances in Thick-Gauge Thermoplastic Parts for Medical Equipment Design

April 9, 2014 3:35 pm | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | Comments

Although technology is the star in medical devices from MRI and blood analysis machines to CT and PET scan equipment, it could not function without the custom covers, panels, housings, enclosures and other parts that provide sensitive... 

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Non-Magnetic, Copper Barrier Capacitors Attract the Attention of the Medical Market

April 7, 2014 12:35 pm | by Dave Beckett, Process & Engineering Manager, Syfer Technology | Comments

Rapid technological advances in medical electronics are generating significant demand worldwide for a range of passive electronic components, capacitors in particular, for use in a growing and diversified range of medical equipment.  Two parallel...

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5 Hidden Benefits of Your Trace Matrix: Make Better Decisions and Maximize Resources

April 3, 2014 2:36 pm | by Matt Harp, Product Marketing Director, Seapine Software | Comments

Your average traceability matrix is a complex document that gets little use or attention during the typical research and development process of a device. Then, at the end of the R&D cycle, you can spend days or even weeks compiling...

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Sprinting at Startup Speeds

April 2, 2014 2:58 pm | by Katie Wylie, Boston Device Development | Boston Device Development | Comments

Boston Device Development (BDD), a company that primarily works with VC-backed startups in the development of first generation devices, recently collaborated with ZSX Medical in the making of the Zip-Stitch, a novel laparoscopic instrument...

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The Internet of Things and Medical Device Product Development: Practical Strategy Suggestions

March 31, 2014 2:21 pm | by Joe Kreidler, Director of Electrical and Software Engineering, and Joe Wascow, Principal and CMO, Optimal Design | Comments

With an astonishing 25 billion devices predicted to be connected to the Internet by 2015, the Internet of Things (IoT) stands to become a multi-trillion dollar market by the end of the decade. Wireless sensors are being used on everything...

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U.S. Marine Receives First-Ever Prosthetic Arm Controlled By Implantable Sensors

March 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Curiosity got the best of U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides. When approached with the opportunity to serve as the first test recipient of a new, innovative, and potentially beneficial implantable myoelectric sensor (IMES) system for long...

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Rethinking Force Measurement

March 28, 2014 8:17 am | by Mark Fridman, Sales & Marketing Manager, Mark-10 Corp. | Comments

Force measuring instruments have come a long way. Today’s equipment opens up possibilities once in the exclusive domain of more complex systems. As illustrated in this article, force measurement instruments are able to address the testing...

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Bringing Original Ideas to Life: The Development of the Credit Card Sized Battery

March 27, 2014 8:09 am | by Neil Oliver, Technical Marketing Manager, Accutronics | Comments

An object as being as small as a sugar cube is fairly easy to visualize. Similarly, if the reference was to a quarter or dime, the object’s dimensions are apparent. However, if the item described was compared to an 1ICP-063450-2 lithium-ion...

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Next-Gen Drug Delivery Brings New Promise for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

March 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Dr. Kevin Nelson, Founder and CSO, TissueGen Inc. | Comments

While the combination of drugs or biologics with medical devices is no longer a groundbreaking marriage of technologies, there are areas where it is making significant advances. The incorporation of pharmaceuticals with implantable medical...

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Can MedTech Keep Up with Consumers’ Great Expectations?

March 25, 2014 8:44 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Consumer medical technology is one of the broadest medical device sectors with the most opportunity. It holds the most demand and promise for newcomers and long-time players alike, but if medical device makers do not jump on this opportunity...

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Research Applied – Enhancing Healthcare with Test Equipment

March 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Dipl.-Ing. Andrej Mahr, Applications Engineer, MTS Systems Corp. | Comments

Spinal trauma has significant impacts on quality of life for patients requiring surgical treatment. Therefore, ensuring the best technology and techniques are utilized for an improved level of care is paramount. In this article, MTS helps...

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The Role of High-Temperature Films in the Manufacture of Medical Devices

March 20, 2014 3:06 pm | by Ron Ducharme, Product Manager, FLEXcon | Comments

Medical device manufacturers are continually under scrutiny to produce products that will perform without issues throughout the life span of the product. This requires careful choice and testing of product components. However, an often...

Closed System Drug Transfer Device Delivers Safety with Elegance

March 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Marino Kriheli, Product Manager, Equashield | Comments

Closed system transfer devices (CSTDs) are used to safely transfer hazardous drugs from one receptacle to another. For example, to prepare and administer chemotherapy drugs, which contain hazardous antineoplastic agents, the drugs need...

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Designing-In Batteries for Medical Devices

March 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by Rob Phillips, CEO, Accutronics | Comments

When developing an electronic medical device, there are many factors that need to be considered. Power is just one of the critical areas that must be correct and conform to a variety of considerations. This article looks at battery standards...

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