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Ceramic Replaces Titanium With Machining Assistance

June 22, 2011 9:55 am | by Klaus A. Burckhardt, PE | Comments

Coated titanium was to be replaced as the material for the stator housing in a right ventrical assist device. Zirconia ceramic was the material selected and expert machining met the needs for very tight tolerances to fabricate the component.

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11 Critical Question Areas of Tubing

June 22, 2011 8:16 am | by Robert LaDuca | Comments

Tubing is available with a variety of options and in a range of styles. Selecting the right tubing for a specific application can be both challenging and daunting. This article attempts to clarify the process for device makers by highlighting some of the most commonly indicated choices.

Connecting Miniaturized Devices

June 22, 2011 6:50 am | by Bob Stanton | Omnetics Connector Corp. | Comments

Miniaturization is one of the biggest trends in medical device development today. Ensuring that these devices, as they get smaller, are still able to be connected reliably and securely is no simple task. This presentation discusses the miniaturization trend in the medical device manufacturing industry and briefly highlights the nano and micro connectors used in them.

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Technology Teardown: GE Healthcare Vscan

June 13, 2011 5:35 am | by TechInsights | Comments

The "Technology Teardown" takes a look inside a finished medical device at some of the components that have made it a successful product. This month's product is the GE Healthcare Vscan. The "Teardown" is provided by TechInsights.

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Value Added Packaging

May 18, 2011 11:01 am | by Shem Fischer | OraTech | Comments

The demands on medical device packaging experts have increased as new options have been made available to OEMs. Environmental and energy concerns have also contributed. This article looks at how one packaging specialist is offering solutions to the industry.

Perspectives on Device Design—Part 3

May 17, 2011 7:29 am | Comments

How is the movement of healthcare out of the hospital and into patients’ homes impacting device design?

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Perspectives on Device Design—Part 2

May 16, 2011 12:45 pm | Comments

How is the movement of healthcare out of the hospital and into patients’ homes impacting device design?

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Perspectives on Device Design—Part 1

May 16, 2011 12:24 pm | Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. | Comments

How is the movement of healthcare out of the hospital and into patients’ homes impacting device design?

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Compressor Airs Out Pump Shortcomings

May 11, 2011 10:37 am | by Bill Fleming | Dynaflo Pumps | Comments

While diaphragm-type vacuum pumps can offer advantages for medical device manufacturers, they can also present several challenges for specific applications. This Tech Brief highlights a radial compressor that addresses these concerns.

How are you influencing patient management devices?

May 11, 2011 10:17 am | Comments

Rudye McGlothlin, Product Marketing Engineer at Texas Instruments, Chris Mertens, Vice President of Healthcare at HP PSG, and Alex Brisbourne, President and COO at KORE Telematics, respond to the question, “How are you influencing patient management devices?”

Roundtable Q & A: Machining

May 11, 2011 9:58 am | by John Whynott & Dave Ogren | Mikrotech | Comments

Industry leaders John Whynott, Technical Product Manager at Mikrotech LLC and Dave Ogren, Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Stellar Technologies, respond to questions regarding machining for medical devices.

Perspectives on 2010 Year in Review

May 10, 2011 12:35 pm | Comments

What was the most significant headline in the medical device manufacturing industry in 2010?

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Five Material Considerations for Device Design

May 10, 2011 10:36 am | by Kenneth E. Breeding Jr. | Comments

The material selection process during the design of a medical device can be a significant factor in the success or failure of that product. Therefore, designers need to be aware of the most critical considerations to keep in mind in this development phase. This article provides the top five variables that must be identified prior to making the final material selections.

Improving Product Realization Efficiency

April 8, 2011 11:57 am | by Kevin Chang | Comments

Medical product manufacturers continue to face a critical challenge: finding ways to reduce cost and time to market, without compromising quality. While globalization increases the range of options in this area, it also increases the potential for errors. Cost is driven not only by materials and production efficiency, but also by the robustness, or lack thereof, of the communication and handoff processes among the various teams engaged in product development, new product introduction (NPI), and production.

Improvements in Pressure Sensors Help Medical Equipment Design

March 11, 2011 11:17 am | by David Ezekiel | Comments

Goals of new medical equipment design include small size, low cost, low power consumption, and a quiet user experience. Evolving technology embedded in pressure sensors and signal conditioning ICs allows for design improvements and the inclusion of new features in medical equipment. This article highlights specific examples in the design of breathing equipment and oxygen concentrators.

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