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Hearing the Call for Rapid Prototyping

April 26, 2013 12:22 pm | by Avi Cohen, Manager, Dental and Medical, Objet | Objet Geometries Ltd. | Comments

The manufacture of hearing aids has traditionally involved a time-consuming, manual process that limited the amount of production that could be achieved by a single technician. However, with the implementation of rapid prototyping technology alongside CAD/CAM solutions, this process has been sped up exponentially. This article looks at the changing trend for the production of hearing aids.

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Portable Ventilators & the Advanced Design of Brushless DC Motors

April 25, 2013 5:07 pm | by Michael Bloom, President, Sinotech | Sinotech | Comments

The BLDC motor is a synchronous electric motor that has coils wound around the stationary lamination stack of a stator—not a rotating armature—and magnets mounted on a rotor. This basic design has allowed engineers to create BLDC motors small enough to fit into portable ventilators used in hospitals, emergency vehicles, and homes.

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Virtual Imaging for the Medical Industry

April 24, 2013 5:07 pm | by Bruce Ridley, Vice President, eMagin Corporation | Comments

While virtual imaging technology has permeated other industries such as entertainment and military, it has yet to make a significant impact in medical. However, as newer, more advanced capabilities are introduced, designers may take advantage of this offering more often. This article looks at virtual imaging for medical device applications.

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Why New Inspection Methods Can Cost Less

April 24, 2013 10:36 am | by Steve Heveron-Smith, VP of Business Development and Marketing, Lumetrics | Lumetrics Inc. | Comments

This article describes the challenges and successes in which a modern, non-contact technology replaced older manual methods. Four scenarios are discussed in which this newer technology can be integrated into a company’s process: new product development, process improvements, problem resolution, and existing products.

Meeting the FDA’s Mandates for Unique Device Identification

April 22, 2013 2:22 pm | by Hiroshi Ono, Group Product Manager, Roland DGA Corp. | Roland DGA Corporation | Comments

The FDA’s UDI rule is on its way and will impact virtually everyone in the industry in one way or another. While the rule has its benefits, getting to compliance will not be achieved overnight. This article provides an overview of the direct part marking technologies required to comply with the UDI rule and offers a solution that addresses the shortcomings of several other technologies.

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Securing MedTech That’s in the Public Eye

April 22, 2013 10:06 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions Division, Southco | Southco | Comments

As more healthcare technology moves out of secured hospital areas and into much more open, public spaces, medical device designers need to incorporate more sophisticated access control technology into the devices they are developing. Electronic access solutions can offer the security needed to ensure patient data remains secure and regulatory compliance is achieved.

Simulation Now Recognized by FDA as Essential to Medical Device Evaluation

April 18, 2013 4:24 pm | by Cheryl Liu, Life Sciences Senior Technical Lead, SIMULIA, Dassault Systèmes | Simulia, Dassault Systemes | Comments

One of the toughest design engineering challenges is making a medical device that works flawlessly with the human body. The unique anatomy and physiology of every patient create physical complexities and ever-shifting functional parameters that must be thoroughly accounted for when producing a therapeutic product that may need to last a lifetime.

Addressing LOC Product Development from the Systems Side

April 18, 2013 10:33 am | by Tim Bowe, CEO, Foliage | Foliage | Comments

The rapid introduction of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) technology is accelerating the move to Point-of-Care Testing (POCT). However, many companies are finding that perfecting LOC technology is only part of building a viable business model. The need for a complete system approach is a prerequisite to broad and rapid market adoption. The options for building a complete system are complex, confusing, and sometimes conflicting.

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Designers, Hackers, Healers, & Hustlers Tackle Employee Wellness in Innovation Challenge

March 11, 2013 4:50 pm | by Ryan Wynia, Founder|Design Visioneer, FIREBONE | Comments

The innovators selected to participate in StartX MedIC were unbelievable individuals. The participants included physicians, surgeons, physicists, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer scientists, data scientists, computer programmers, industrial designers, interface designers, interaction designers, start-up founders, serial entrepreneurs, inventors, PhD students, medical students, and marketing executives from all types organizations and institutions.

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Applications Processors Help Bridge the Gap Between Distant Doctors and Patients

February 6, 2013 2:46 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Telepresence has uses in a variety of environments such as large enterprise and manufacturing facilities, where a robot can help distant engineers and other team members stay connected with their team with live audio and video, eliminating costs and travel time.

A Matter of Materials: Molding

January 29, 2013 3:31 pm | by Scott Young, Ph.D. | West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Comments

New material offerings are critical to medical device manufacturers as they provide new opportunities in the development of cutting edge technologies. This three-part round-up features three new materials that are impacting medical device manufacturing in the areas of adhesives/coatings, molding, and extrusion. This part focuses on molding.

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A Matter of Materials: Adhesives/Coatings

January 29, 2013 3:29 pm | by Jennifer Hooker | Master Bond, Inc. | Comments

New material offerings are critical to medical device manufacturers as they provide new opportunities in the development of cutting edge technologies. This three-part round-up features three new materials that are impacting medical device manufacturing in the areas of adhesives/coatings, molding, and extrusion. This part focuses on adhesives/coatings.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine: Components, Characteristics, and Device Implementation

January 23, 2013 11:20 am | by Luis Puebla | Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. | Comments

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when the back muscles of the throat relax while sleeping, causing the airway to narrow, resulting in snoring. These muscles could also completely block the flow of air to the lungs. When the brain detects a lack of oxygenation, it sends an impulse to the muscles forcing them to restart the breathing process.

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Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part II

January 17, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Minifab, Tci Precision Metals, Intertech Development Company, Munro & Associates, Inc., Medical Murray, Inc. | Comments

  Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? Contract manufacturing continues to shift from just “manufacturing” to include a full road map of your finished products, including design, test, manufacturability, and distribution.  

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Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part I

January 16, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Syspro, Honeywell Sensing And Control, Portescap, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Comments

Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? The need for medical device manufacturers to have product recall plans in place was reaffirmed by the release of the latest figures on medical device unit recalls. According to the quarterly ExpertRECALL Index released August 22, 2012, over 123 million medical device units were recalled in the second quarter of 2012...

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