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SLA and Low-Volume Injection Molding and Parts

June 12, 2012 11:47 am | by Patrick Hunter | Comments

SuppServe is a boutique package design firm located in northern California that specializes in single-serve dispensing solutions. “Inventors, innovators, marketers and sellers of all things single-serve”, SuppServe is dedicated to simplifying the delivery methods of a variety of common products that are sold in bulk and require single-serve dosing by the customer.

Machining a Brighter Future

June 12, 2012 11:14 am | by Stacey Wiebe | Comments

Improving Lives with Complex Machinery and the Right CAM. Machining a better world is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. In a world where instant gratification is increasingly instant and consumables increasingly consumable, it can be easy to forget that most everything we use was manufactured by someone, somewhere at some time.

Micro-sample Viscometer Advances Cranial Aneurism Treatment

June 12, 2012 10:47 am | by Michael D’Alelio | Comments

In developing an important new treatment for cranial aneurysms, a leading southern California biotech company faced a key challenge: how to precisely control the viscosity of their injectable medical liquid. To find a solution, the company turned to Cambridge Viscosity.

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The Seven Deadly Counterfeit Cable Sins

June 12, 2012 10:32 am | by David Gallagher and David Fallon | Comments

Counterfeit cables are bulk cables or cable assemblies sold under false pretenses to undercut legitimate manufacturers. Unscrupulous sellers have found many ways to cut costs, but at a price. If you get a low bid for your next cable buy, check these factors to make sure you are getting what you are paying for.

NVision Helps Orthodontic Company Recalibrate CT Scanner

June 12, 2012 10:21 am | by Jerry Fireman | Comments

NVision Inc., a leader in 3D non-contact optical scanning for over 21 years, recently provided an orthodontic company with the information it needed to recalibrate its CT scanner. The company, an orthodontic supplier, utilized NVision’s Engineering Service Division to scan a human skull as part of the verification/inspection process for its in-house CT machine. The scanning results provided by NVision contained all the measurement data necessary for the orthodontic company to recalibrate its CT machine to the highest possible level of accuracy.   

Effective Teams - Product Development Process and Team Deliverables

June 12, 2012 10:00 am | by Howard Stolz | Comments

Why do some teams consistently meet their schedule, cost, and quality targets and others do not?  There are libraries full of answers, but two will be discussed that are critical for effective teams: 1) make sure all team members know the company’s Product Development Process and 2) know which deliverables all team members must provide to each other.

Lessons Learned at the Intersection of Electronics and Medical Molding

June 12, 2012 9:33 am | by Philip Katen | Comments

As the cross-pollination of the molded electronic and medical components industries continues, the products in each industry are becoming much smaller and much more complex. Toolmakers, molders, suppliers and the OEMs of medical components that incorporate electronics must all have a firm understanding of the ideas, processes, expectations and standards of both industries in a collaborative effort to produce the highest quality component-level parts at the lowest viable cost.

Connecticut Company Uses Self-Directed Work Teams to Improve On-time Delivery and Quality

June 12, 2012 8:24 am | by Gaston Pelletier | Connecticut Spring & Stamping | Comments

With the help of a committed management team, a zealous company wide SDWT champion, dedicated team leaders/cheerleaders, and most importantly, participation of everyone on the shop floor, Farmington, CT-based Connecticut Spring & Stamping (CSS), is well on its way to meeting its ambitious goals, just two years after launching the initiative.

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Making the Link from Requirements to Verification

June 12, 2012 7:58 am | by Mark Pitchford | Comments

Requirements traceability is seen to yield a more predictable outcome at deployment, and responds to an increased demand for sound monitoring and management techniques during development, particularly between project phases. Appropriate automation can ensure that requirements are shown to be in compliance across the entire software development cycle, and demonstrates how a combination of tools and best practices can ease the implementation and maintenance of software development for medical devices.

Broncus Invests In Its Future: Innovative Medical Company Turns to the Cloud to Simplify the Document-Intensive Due Diligence Process

June 12, 2012 7:06 am | by Dave Fleming | Comments

For Broncus Chief Operating Officer Gary Kaplan, pursuing funding requires the management of a large number of documents which often need to be customized for each investor involved in due diligence. For example, the recent request from just one potential investor included 120 items, many of which were unique to that company’s needs. With requests coming in constantly, Kaplan found himself overwhelmed by the sheer volume of documents he needed to keep track of on a daily basis.

New Ballbar Technology Just What the Doctor Ordered for Medical Machine Tools

June 12, 2012 6:45 am | by Clive Warren | Comments

Ballbar analysis is a proven method for determining machine tool capability, and is the most practical, convenient and comprehensive tool for assessing the contouring accuracy of CNC machines. Ballbars have been commonplace at precision machining operations for more than 20 years, but a Midwest-based medical device manufacturer, is showing how the latest wireless ballbar technology makes a big difference in doing fast capability checks on small machines, as well as establishing a benchmark on machines' volumetric accuracy.

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Designing Safe Endoscope and Medical Imaging Applications with High-Speed Digital Isolators

June 12, 2012 6:26 am | by Zhang Bin and Harold Tisbe | Comments

In medical imaging devices, large quantities of video imaging data need to be transferred from image sensor to image processor while maintaining high levels of electrical isolation so the sensor won’t shock the patient. The high-speed digital data transmission channels between the sensor and image processor require high-levels of isolation while transferring data at up to 100Mbaud for real-time displays.

Seeing Past the Clouds: PLM and What’s What?

June 12, 2012 5:29 am | by Eric Marks | Comments

There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). While PLM “in the cloud” is available today, its adoption can be slow. Customers are having a difficult time deciphering when, how and even whether to use PLM in a cloud. With the type of sensitive information that is managed in PLM, there has been some apprehension about moving to the cloud. Adoption is slowly gaining momentum as more customers see the available options and advantages.

Reed Relays a Critical Part of High Voltage Charging Circuit in Portable Defibrillators

June 12, 2012 5:10 am | by John Beigel | Meder Electronic Inc. | Comments

Portable automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are showing up regularly in places where large groups of people congregate, like airports and sports stadiums. This huge increase in the number of portable AEDs has not been driven by governmental regulation, but by the overwhelming evidence that they save lives.

Five Steps to Validating the Cleaning Process of Medical Devices

June 6, 2012 10:03 am | by Patrick Kenny, Director of Analytical Services, Microtest Laboratories | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Comments

Many modern medical devices are composed of high-tech materials such as metallic alloys or synthetic plastics. Their production may require the use of various agents to aid in the manufacturing process or produce contaminants that require...

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