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Designing Cutting-Edge Wearable Medical Devices

August 10, 2011 9:38 am | by Marten L. Smith | Comments

As healthcare moves out of hospitals and becomes more integrated with peoples’ lives, medical devices are evolving from portable equipment to wearable devices that are meant to be used continuously for extended periods of time. These new devices present designers with many new challenges. This article examines some of those challenges and offers examples of how they can be met.

A Dozen Words of Wisdom From the Test Lab

August 10, 2011 8:00 am | by Mark Francis | Comments

Ensuring a successful testing regimen of a medical device is a delicate matter of close communication and a common level of understanding between the OEM and the testing solution partner. To help achieve this, one lab has shared 12 tips to aid the manufacturer in understanding the best approach to take when working with a test partner. 

Applying Tech: Wireless Medicine—Part 2

August 10, 2011 7:28 am | Comments

How are you influencing wireless medicine?

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Applying Tech: Wireless Medicine—Part 1

August 10, 2011 7:09 am | Comments

How are you influencing wireless medicine?

The Value of High End Computer Aided Design Software

August 8, 2011 7:07 am | by Stephen M. Samuel | Comments

High end computer aided design (CAD) software can give medical device designers a competitive edge. Although many designers characterize their work as too simple, using high end software can carry a company to the top. By designing products quickly and efficiently with high end CAD, designers can introduce products to the market before competitors, leading to higher quality and less cost with future designs.  

Facilitating Innovation for Medical Device Manufacturing

August 3, 2011 8:10 am | by Josh Brown | Comments

Laser plastic welding is helping to pave the way for a new era of medical devices. As a technique for bonding two or more thermoplastic components together, it has advantages to other methods, including cleanliness, precision, hermetic sealing, and quality controls. Moreover, laser plastic welding brings economic efficiencies, design flexibility, aesthetic welding, and new material options to the medical manufacturing industry.

Ensuring Connectivity for Reliable Home Monitoring of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

August 3, 2011 6:01 am | by Gwenn Larsson | Comments

Patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are at a high risk for vision loss. However, new wireless technology can aid the preservation of eyesight. Using cellular technology provided by Telenor Connextion, Notal Vision has recently enhanced its ForseeHome AMD Monitor, the first FDA cleared telemedicine device for monitoring the vision of patients with AMD. Equipped with psychophysical testing and wireless communication, the ForeseeHome operates as a home-based monitoring technology capable of saving one’s eyesight.

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Innovative Treatment Option for Lung Cancer Patients

August 1, 2011 10:16 am | by Ken Tumblison | Comments

The Dynamic Thorax Phantom, a high-quality, cost-effective device has been produced for the treatment of lung cancer. This latest innovation in lung cancer radiation treatment was developed by CIRS, along with aid from BBG to manufacture the device. BBG was most crucial in the development of the control unit after enlisting Buckeye Shapeform to create custom enclosures.

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Working with the Right Partner to Deliver Customized Medical Outsourcing Solutions

August 1, 2011 5:36 am | by Lynne H. Barton & Kent A. Hevenor | Comments

Millstone Medical works with SencorpWhite’s CeraTek pouch and tray sealers to deliver high quality packaging for top medical manufacturers. SencorpWhite helps Millstone to meet quality requirements, and also provides the documentation Millstone needs for validation. The company’s successful relationship with SencorpWhite allows manufacturers to depend on Millstone for top rate packaging.

IVD Value Engineering

July 27, 2011 10:23 am | by Richard Rubin | Comments

When an older instrument requires highly interruptive engineering demands to keep it on the market, some companies may seek engineering resources to support their legacy product line, which can be a viable and highly cost-effective solution. To better understand the feasibility and benefits of strategic partnerships, Celestica conducted an IVD instrument refresh project to discover unknown cost reduction options, and alleviate risks within the product lifecycle. For the project, a special task force was assembled, and important findings were established.

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Powerful Drive Elements from Piezoelectric Materials: Future Technology in Medical Engineering

July 27, 2011 6:07 am | by Sandra Ebler | Comments

Demands on components increase with the advancing miniaturization in medical engineering. However, an important prerequisite for such advancement is the choice of the matching drive. Piezo-based drive solutions have thrived for quite some time in the semiconductor, biotechnology, and metrology industries. In addition, piezo-based drives are being used more often in medical engineering. Piezo elements and piezo actuators are ideal for medical applications because they generate linear motions very precisely without detours, and they are easily matched to the relevant application environment. Their small size means that not only laboratory applications can be realized, but also an increasing number of mobile solutions, be it in mobile measuring instruments, portable laboratories, infusion devices, or therapeutic equipment. 

Subminiature LVDT Linear Position Sensor Serves as Critical Component in Ophthalmic Ultrasound System

July 25, 2011 11:21 am | by Eileen Otto & Jean Carl | Comments

The Eye Cubed has been released by Ellex Innovative Imaging, which manufactures ophthalmic laser and ultrasound systems used by ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat eye diseases. A major element of the Eye Cubed is the MD 188 Series Sub-miniature LVDT Position Sensor by Macro Sensors. In conjunction with CT or MRI, the Eye Cubed is used for imaging orbital tumors and optic nerve abnormalities. It can also locate foreign bodies that become lodged in the eye.

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Versatile Biomaterial Brings Exceptional Performance in Spinal Devices

July 25, 2011 10:08 am | by Joseph Grande | Comments

DiFUSION Technologies’ new interbody implants are made of Solvay’s Zeniva PEEK, which has a modulus very similar to that of bone, along with toughness and fatigue resistance. The implants are for intervertebral body fusion of the thoracolumbar spine, and to be used with supplemental internal fixation. These implants are hollow, meaning the bone can grow through the device, and fuse the nearby bony surfaces of the vertebrae.

Needle Sharpener Keeps Phoenix on Point

July 25, 2011 8:25 am | by Kris Drennen | Comments

Thanks to a special needle design from Advanced Machine & Engineering (AME), Phoenix Medical Products has seen a 40% improvement in production and a 10% decrease in scrap. Phoenix can now safely rely on the AME needle sharpener for its needle design, production, sterilization, and packaging needs.

Medical and Optical Coating Viscosity Control: Lessons Learned

July 20, 2011 6:18 am | by Michael D'Alelio | Comments

To ensure the effectiveness of a medical device, correct film thickness is crucial for optical and medical coatings. If film thickness is compromised, the medical device will not interact properly with a patient’s body. Accordingly, viscosity is needed to maintain preferred film thickness. Cambridge Viscosity, a provider of automated viscometers, offers seven pieces of advice when utilizing viscometers.

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