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Texas Tech and TI partner on research to develop fall-prevention system

June 19, 2012 12:14 pm | by Allen Bowling | Comments

About one-third of individuals over 65 fall at least once each year – and that increases to two-thirds for those who have already had a prior fall (Report from the Annals of Internal Medicine). Injuries from a fall are often severe and can lead to long-term disability and even premature death. With an aging baby-boom generation, this is of increasing significance to the health of this population and to greatly rising health-care costs.  

Machine Vision Improves Surgical Tubing Quality

June 19, 2012 11:39 am | by Jerry Fireman | Comments

Surgical tubing is extruded at rates on the order of 600 feet per minute. It’s critical to detect inclusions and other flaws that can cause blockages in the tubing. A laser inspection system was used in the past but the tubing manufacturer was concerned that it was missing many inclusions. The manufacturer evaluated the Integro Anaconda tube inspection system which is based on Cognex machine vision technology and provides very sensitive flaw detection at production speeds. When the machine vision system was first installed on a trial basis, it generated alarms every few minutes.

Virtual mold & process development for medical parts

June 13, 2012 5:00 am | by Christof Heisser and Matt Proske | Comments

Simulation has established itself as an invaluable tool for design engineers in developing new parts and deciding what materials to use in metal casting or plastic injection molding manufacturing processes serving the medical device industry. In the past, such simulation tools were used by analysis groups and the operators of such tools were specialists who would “setup and run” simulations. Today, however, leading design and manufacturing engineers need to be able to provide answers to questions regarding all areas of the manufacturing process, requiring communication between all members of the product development and production team, as well as management and procurement. Conventional design simulation tools, however, do not cover the simulation of the manufacturing process.

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Autoclavable Thermoplastic Rods Are an Industry First

June 12, 2012 12:47 pm | by ClikTech Inc | Solvay Specialty Polymers | Comments

ClikTech Inc., a leading manufacturer of dental sensor and x-ray film holders, has launched the industry’s first use of thermoplastics in multiple rod dental x-ray holder systems. The company’s new Litening RodsTM, made of Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, replace metal rods which are labor intensive and more costly. The new product made of Radel PPSU is light, autoclavable, reusable, and less costly.

SensorMed's Surgical Safety Device Uses Solvay's Polysulfone for High Heat Resistance and Light Dispersion Cable

June 12, 2012 12:36 pm | by SensorMed | Solvay Specialty Polymers | Comments

SensorMed has introduced a disposable version of its CableCap™ laparoscopic safety device, which is designed to eliminate the risk of fire caused by high-intensity surgical light cables in operating rooms. The CableCap device is injection molded of Udel® polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, for high heat resistance, strength, and excellent light dispersion.

Resealable closure for infusion bags

June 12, 2012 12:23 pm | by KRAIBURG TPE | Comments

Even at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level, quality made in Germany is in great demand: The Bolivian plastics specialist Matriplast is probably the KRAIBURG TPE customers nearest to the sky. Together with the manufacturer of the THERMOLAST M compound, the company has recently brought a development project for an innovative new solution to completion. Matriplast produces closures for infusion bags that are made from the special medical series THERMOLAST® M.

Planning a Non-American Exit

June 12, 2012 12:06 pm | by Dr. D’vorah Graeser | Comments

For nearly all medical device companies, there will come a time when it is in the leadership’s best interest to consider their exit strategy. But while many founders and start-up executives may limit their search within the United States, more and more smart executives are looking overseas for their exit from the business. This can sometimes be an intimidating process for those not familiar with international regulations but it’s a consideration more medical device companies should look into.

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.

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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.

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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