A look inside the design of cancer detection and imaging technology offers insight on the time, footprint and specification challenges inherent to medical product development.
Micro-machining technology, simply stated, is the utilization of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in such a way that it creates micro-mechanical systems that serve a specific purpose. MEDER’s objective was to develop a micro-miniature hermetically sealed reed switch that is able to function exactly like the larger, standard hermetically sealed reed switch.
Advances in adhesives, materials, software and sensor technologies are spurring development of a new generation of wearable sensors and monitors for medical and health management applications. A notable example is a patch-based wearable sensor that adheres comfortably to the user’s skin and continuously gathers physiological and lifestyle information, with certain versions that will include vital signs and other indicators for up to seven days. The patch-based wearable sensor represents a major advancement in personal monitoring device design, functionality and wear time.
The patient lies wide awake in the operating room (OR), the top of his draped head bared to the neurosurgeon. A second doctor stands at the patient’s side, lifts the man’s arm, and flexes it gently. The hand and wrist are stiff, with a visible tremor. The surgeon makes a slight adjustment to brain-penetrating electrodes mounted through a starburst-shaped plastic fixture fastened to the man’s skull. “How about now?” the surgeon asks. The arm is moved again, this time naturally, smoothly, without shaking. “That’s it,” says the patient, nodding his head with relief.
Many manufacturers face challenges with energy costs, employee comfort and product integrity year-round. Large diameter, low speed fans go to work to overcome these challenges in industrial facilities around the world. As a means of effective air circulation, big fans reduce condensation, improve overall air quality, disperse localized fumes and keep workers comfortable with smooth, non-turbulent airflow.
Mini-applications (apps) for smart phones and tablet computers are booming. What originally appeared to be nothing more than gimmicks could now be considered to be “coming of age”. Apps may not only revolutionize the private health market, some of them also have the potential to influence how we deal with medicine at home, in hospitals and in medical practices.
It is a fact of life that components are getting smaller and smaller, especially in the medical, automotive, and electronics markets. New micromachining technology, including advanced laser markers with superior beam quality, is being used to achieve results similar to traditional machining technologies, but cheaper, faster, and more flexibly. The fiber marker technology can be two to three times less expensive than standard technology.
Historically, surgical technology has been characterized as relatively conservative with low levels of innovation. With a number of ground-breaking developments, no longer is this the case. One particularly interesting area that has advanced recently is the field of 3D endoscopy, where visualization technology is transforming the tools available to surgeons and the effectiveness of their procedures. This, together with some of the other visualization technologies being developed, puts us on the brink of a technology revolution within the surgical device arena.
Acist (Advanced Contrast Imaging System Technology) is a medical-device company that specializes in developing contrast injection systems in the fields of cardiology and radiology. Acist’s devices infuse dye into the vascular system, letting physicians visualize anatomies.
Additive manufacturing is exploding on the manufacturing scene as leading companies are transitioning from “analog” to “digital” manufacturing in order to recognize cost saving and design benefits not possible through traditional manufacturing , said Dave Burns, President and COO of ExOne.
Substantial legal requirements result in more complex functional specifications for the implant manufacturers: From the design, including the materials, through production, the complete process chain must be documented and validated. CNC-controlled high-tech machines support the prosthetics manufacturers and permit high-quality products to be manufactured, despite being subjected to the continuing high cost pressures.
The Biomedical Research Institute BIOMED located at Hasselt University in Belgium, in conjunction with Orbis Centre in Sittard-Geleen, Xilloc Medical BV located at Maastricht University and Cam bioceramics BV in Leiden have managed to successfully remove the lower jaw of an elderly woman and replace it with one created with 3D printing. While artificial parts built via 3D printing are nothing new in the world of surgery and reconstructive surgery in particular, nothing as sophisticated as a lower jaw had ever been successfully implanted into an elderly patient through such a process.
Why isn’t identifying the right ball spline for an application straightforward and easy? Demystify the semantic differences in the literature and it will, at least, be easier. We’ll do this by thinking of ball splines in terms of how their various configurations affect their functions and then compare their functionality to application requirements.
As the frontier of medicine continues to push new limits, device manufacturers strive to not only keep pace, but to lead the pack with new healthcare solutions. Companies know that perpetual innovation is key to staying ahead of the competition and continually leverage their time and resources to optimize product development to ensure their success and sustainability in this dynamic market.
Manufacturing tests can help OEMs to meet cost, quality, and delivery objectives. Rather than limiting certain tests to the design or initial stages of the product development process, conducting them throughout production can help to ensure a smooth approval process. Additionally, performance benchmarks that are obtained from the testing procedures can aid in monitoring product reliability.