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A New Optical Technique to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy of Dehydration in Young Children

December 11, 2013 3:09 pm | by Brian Imhausen, Electro-Optics Design Engineer and Project Manager, Bodkin Design and Engineering LLC | Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC | Comments

One clinical measure of dehydration in young children relies on Capillary Refill Time (CRT). The doctor visually evaluates the time it takes for the patient’s finger to refill with blood after a squeeze is released. This subjective assessment...

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Power Management Systems for Mobile Medical Carts

December 10, 2013 2:21 pm | by Michael J. Mardis, Technical Sales, Hoffman Engineered Systems | Comments

Most mobile carts feature onboard power systems equipped with single or multiple batteries intended to provide enough energy to run computers, displays, scanners and other devices for extended periods of time without recharging. Power systems...

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Developing a New Process for Hypotube Stripping

December 9, 2013 3:12 pm | by Paul Ogden, Director of Sales, Syneo | Syneo, Comco, Inc. | Comments

Syneo was already familiar with Comco Inc’s microblasting technology, but had never used it. A customer who had experimented with manual microblasting asked if a system could be developed that incorporated all the benefits of the Syneo’s...

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What Can Home Healthcare Teach Greater Manufacturing?

December 3, 2013 1:11 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The home healthcare market is a burgeoning one, and is already shaping up to be a major arena for companies who have long been in the medical device manufacturing arena. With the Affordable Care Act pushing more long-term treatment to be...

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Addressing ‘Priority Confusion’ to Speed New Product Development

December 2, 2013 2:48 pm | by Jeff Elliott, Technical Writer | Comments

Even the most successful corporations in the world frequently miss new product development launch windows. The primary reason is confused, shifting and unclear priorities, resulting in inefficient multitasking between these priorities. The losses...

NFC-Enabled Sensors Provide Promise for Diabetics and Others

November 22, 2013 2:15 pm | by Oluf Alminde, Senior Marketing Manager (Power & Wireless), ams AG | Comments

With more than 350 million children and adults afflicted with diabetes globally, both healthcare professionals and patients welcome ways to make the treatment process easier and less painful. Today, patients typically self-administer blood glucose...

First 510(k) Clearance for Customized 3D-Printed Polymeric Cranial Implants

November 21, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kip Hanson, Technology Writer | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), South Windsor, Conn., made medical history in February when they received the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for their polymer laser-sintered OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device...

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A Hard Decision: Selecting the Best Hardware Platform for Your Imaging Practice

November 20, 2013 2:19 pm | by Daniel Hägg and Emil Styrke, ContextVision | Comments

Medical imaging modalities come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Regardless of size, from multi-ton, multi-kilowatt MRI machines to battery powered handheld ultrasound units, all modalities require processing of the original images (or...

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The Story of Design: Thrombodynamics Analyser T2

November 19, 2013 12:29 pm | by Dr. Bhavana Weidmann, Business Developer, velixX GmbH | Comments

Launching a new medical device can be a daunting task for any company, especially for a young startup. Innovators are becoming increasingly aware of the gaps and missing links in their knowledge for entering today's highly competitive markets...

Safe and Secure: Medical Device Packaging

November 18, 2013 1:51 pm | by Tom Egan, Vice President, Industry Services, PMMI | Comments

As any manufacturer knows, product packaging plays several prominent roles. It encases a product, preventing it from damage once it leaves the manufacturing facility, while also serving as a canvas for vital product information and brand...

Lasers Play Critical Role in Machining Micron-Sized Components

November 15, 2013 2:13 pm | by Custom Laser Systems | Comments

As medical devices and their internal components continue to decrease in overall size, diameter and wall thickness, medical device manufacturers are increasingly turning to custom built laser systems designed to cut, weld, drill, ablate and...

Designing for Critical Environments

November 14, 2013 3:55 pm | by Erik Moses, Director of Insights, Product Development Technologies | Product Development Technologies, Inc. | Comments

When developing products for critical environments, product managers have a lot to balance: building a reliable solution and ensuring the safety of those affected by it, meeting the need to differentiate the product in the market, and meeting...

How Design Patents Strengthen a Medical Device IP Portfolio

November 13, 2013 3:51 pm | by Eric P. Raciti, Partner; Elizabeth D. Ferrill, Associate; and Elizabeth A. Shah, Associate, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP | Comments

It doesn’t have to look pretty to be worthy of design patent protection. Medical device companies often invest large amounts of time and money producing a product that is attractive to consumers or medical professionals – something ergonomic...

Bridging the Gap Between Prototypes and Production

November 12, 2013 3:38 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs Inc. | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

When indicating plastic molded parts for a medical device project, designers expect a different process to be used for the prototype parts compared to the final production parts. But what if a prototype process enabled production ready parts...

New Laparoscopic Design Facilitates a Consistent, Clear Image During Surgery

October 31, 2013 4:15 pm | by Dr. Wayne Poll, former Director of Robotic Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Founder, Minimally Invasive Devices Inc. | Comments

The growing field and practice of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery relies heavily on the use of medical instruments equipped with video and imaging technology. The quality of the image affects the efficiency, quality and safety of the surgery...

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