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Securing Success for Orthopedic Implants

November 11, 2011 10:11 am | by Del Williams | Comments

The Challenge: A company needed a fastener for an orthopedic device that would offer a high degree of repeatability in motion without a loss of function. The Solution: The Spiralock self locking fastener successfully survived load and fatigue testing to one-million cycles without loosening or backing out.

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Roundtable Q & A: Medical Electronics

November 11, 2011 9:38 am | by Seamus Grady, Dr. Juergen Schilz, and Bill Tormey | Comments

In this “Roundtable Q&A,” industry leaders provide insights on medical electronics topics, including the design impact of consumer electronics, obstacles to success with taking a product from wired to wireless, and the value of making devices “smart.”

Battery Holders Adapt to Handheld Device Needs

November 11, 2011 9:15 am | by Thomas Blaha | Comments

With handheld medical devices getting smaller and smaller, consideration is being given to every component on the device. This includes the battery holder section. While often overlooked, taking this portion of the device into account early in the development process can result in a clever solution to prevent it from adding too much “bulk” to a device design.

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Ink Nanostructures with Tiny ‘Soldering Iron’

November 10, 2011 7:00 am | by Berkeley Laboratories | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shed light on the role of temperature in controlling a fabrication technique for drawing chemical patterns as small as 20 nanometers.

Challenges and Rewards of Molding Silicone

November 9, 2011 11:50 am | by Mats Håkanson | Comments

Silicone is a significant material in medical device design. As such, finding an expert partner who understands all of its benefits and challenges is key for manufacturers who wish to implement the material into a product. This article highlights several advantages of using silicone for component fabrication as well as some of the obstacles to success.

Anodized Device Delivery: The New Face of Medical Packaging

November 9, 2011 11:12 am | by Steven Rusch | Comments

Traditionally, the appearance of medical devices was an afterthought and not considered a critical element of design. However, with more devices being used directly by the patient, aesthetics have come to the forefront. This article looks at a technology that helps maintain a high level of functionality in the packaging of a device and couples it with a great appearance.

High Powered Medicine

November 9, 2011 11:02 am | by Dr. Thomas Dittrich | Comments

The trend to miniaturize medical devices is active throughout the industry. With it, the challenge of identifying power solutions for these technologies is one that medtech companies are eager to solve. This article highlights one specific design option, that is, high energy lithium metal oxide batteries and showcases the advantages they present.

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Printed Electronics Technology Moves Closer to Fully-Printed Devices

November 9, 2011 7:12 am | by Dr. Harry Zervos | Comments

Screen Printing is one of the more established technologies utilised in the manufacture of what a lot would consider "conventional" electronics.

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Body Area Networks: A way to improve remote patient monitoring

November 1, 2011 9:29 am | by Iboun Taimiya Sylla, Texas Instruments | Comments

With today’s aging population, monitoring healthcare systems represents an important element of the healthcare issue, especially in countries where the limits of the system are being tested. Monitoring the health condition of elderly people and sharing information with remote care providers or hospitals is increasingly in great demand...

Perspectives on Balancing Development Success, Part II

October 28, 2011 12:12 pm | WuXi AppTec | Comments

With the development of a medical device, how do you best achieve a balance between time to market, cost savings, and regulatory compliance?

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Perspectives on Balancing Development Success, Part I

October 28, 2011 11:33 am | Comments

With the development of a medical device, how do you best achieve a balance between time to market, cost savings, and regulatory compliance?

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Biomedical Textiles Stay in Step with the Beat of Cardiovascular Designs

October 28, 2011 11:02 am | by Jeffrey M. Koslosky | Secant Medical, Inc. | Comments

Material options for medical devices are not limited to only plastics or metals. Biomedical textiles play an important role, serving as solutions for a number of areas of the medical device community, including the cardiovascular sector. This article provides insight into how these textile solutions are fabricated, what specific materials are utilized, and what unique products are able to be realized.

Roundtable Q & A: Medical Packaging

October 28, 2011 10:19 am | by Kelly Doyle, Chris Osborn, and Thomas A Misik | Comments

In this month’s “Roundtable Q&A,” industry leaders provide insights on medical packaging topics, including the use of new materials, commonly overlooked issues by medical device designers and manufacturers, and combating counterfeiting with help from the packaging.

Disposable vs. Durable

October 28, 2011 10:03 am | by David Fink | Comments

A question must be addressed at the start of any new medical device product development process, “Will the device or a component be disposable or be durable?” With safety being of paramount importance, cost and “green” considerations also enter into the equation. This article examines both options and the considerations that must be taken into account for each.

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Making the Change: Advancements in Single-Use Tube Connections

October 27, 2011 12:38 pm | by Chuck Philipp | Value Plastics, A Nordson Company | Comments

Single-use tubing connectors are an important component in a multitude of medical devices and often the primary connection interface between the patient and the healthcare equipment providing the treatment. But as the popularity of single-use tubing sets continues to rise, so does the number of issues that design engineers must overcome in making the connections both easy for end users and safe for their patients.

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