Cost pressures abound for just about every industry, but few experience the dual pressure to reduce cost without sacrificing quality at the level found in the medical industry. A true benefit of a strong Lean manufacturing philosophy is that it reduces cost by eliminating inefficiency, and, as a byproduct, contributes to improved quality.
Diaphragm-type vacuum pumps are often ideally suited for a variety of medical devices. Unfortunately, flow pulsation can offer a challenge to developers, specifically in flow measurement and control. This article will focus on some simple techniques for reliable and repeatable measurement of flow and pressure, particularly where the pumped media is air or an otherwise compressible gas.
In this month’s “Roundtable Q&A,” industry leaders provide insights on machining topics, including benefits of machining, use of lasers, and areas of growth for machined components.
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Medical device manufacturers that attempt to handle too many tasks in the product development process without the sufficient level of competency are simply setting themselves up for failure. It is vital for them to maintain a strong expertise in those core competencies and look outside for strategic partners who can aid them. This article examines that for the product design process.
As the rising cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to cartwheel out of control, the medical community is demanding a much healthier ROI from the technology solutions that it deploys across multiple disciplines. The interconnect solutions arena is a case in point, as higher performance and greater dependability have become the industry’s catch words.
The Challenge: A large OEM needed a consistent motion controller for a 84-slide capacity IHC benchtop autostain machine. The Solution: A customized, four-axis 1/2-stack motion controller was selected that ran inside the OEM customer’s existing PC, reducing cost for the manufacturer and increasing lab space for the end-user.
In the effort to make medical devices smaller, what has been the most challenging obstacle you have faced and how were you able to resolve this problem?
In recent years, there has been great excitement about the use of neuromodulation to treat a wide array of medical conditions and diseases. The technology uses electrical signals to stimulate or block different nerve impulses in the body and is adapted from technology used in cardiac rhythm management. Advanced ceramic materials are playing an important role in the technology and are poised to play an even greater one as these medical devices flood onto the market to treat an increasing number of ailments.
Recent innovations in computer-assisted surgery are pushing the boundaries of modern medicine to new and exciting frontiers. As conventional surgical instrumentation continues to give way to advanced console- and camera-based systems, surgeons are able to operate on patients with exceptional precision.
In an effort to reduce the time-to-defibrillation interval and improve cardiac arrest survival, health service providers have increasingly turned to a strategy of wider access to defibrillation to augment emergency medical services. In some countries this is being implemented by providing automated external defibrillators (AED) for use by police, first aid volunteers, and even members of the general public.
In the field of electronics design, designing a “best in class” product with a competitive roadmap for the future is vital. For medical designs, in particular, it is especially important to use the highest quality components to ensure longevity, as these products go through long approval and use cycles. To accomplish this, system designers need to design the “right system.” But what does that mean?
Choosing Sensors to Improve Sleep Apnea Machine Efficiency, Accuracy, and Reliability, and Enhance Patient ComfortDecember 22, 2011 9:19 am | by A.J. Smith | Comments
Sleep apnea is a condition that impacts millions of people and can have a significant impact on their sleep. Treating such a condition can be challenging for medical device manufacturers. As such, this article looks at sensor solutions that can be used within a sleep apnea device, explains the differences, and provides valuable insight on the technology.
Wireless foot switch technology can be a preferred control mechanism for a variety of medical devices. However, there are a number of considerations designers need to consider before looking to use this technology. This article serves as a primer for many of those considerations while also providing an overview of the technology.
With more medical devices containing electronic components, the heat generated by these components becomes a greater issue for the designers of the finished products. As such, consulting with a thermal management expert prior to designing...