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The Challenges of Medical Device Manufacturers, and How Outsourcing Partners Can Help

May 5, 2010 5:16 am | by Naveen Kodandaram | Comments

Outsourcing began as a way of addressing some of the peripheral jobs in development, sustenance, and maintenance of product lines, areas where companies felt that both risk and cost were low. For medical device manufacturers, it is now more important than ever to consider the options in outsourcing partners. This article examines the extent to which medical device manufacturers ought to take advantage of the opportunities provided by outsourcing, and the most beneficial ways of doing so.

Freedom Driver Designed to Power SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart Uses Bayer MaterialScience LLC Materials

May 5, 2010 4:55 am | by Bayer MaterialScience | Comments

Lux Aviation Engineering Corp. utilizes the Makroblend EL703 PC/PET blend to produce a battery pack designed to lighten patient’s load.

Nonin Medical Checks Pulse of Operators Before Purchasing Lista’s Airlink 8000 Workstations

April 30, 2010 12:25 pm | by Lista International Corporation | Comments

A leading manufacturer of medical monitoring devices for doctors, nurses and consumers, Nonin Medical Inc. knows better than most how to gauge a pulse rate. So, when the company decided to purchase new workstations as part of its lean manufacturing implementation, it makes sense that Nonin would figuratively take the pulse of the very people who would utilize the workstations.

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Breaking Through the Stent-Coating Process

April 30, 2010 12:06 pm | by Robert R. Andrews and Jim McCLain | Comments

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, killing almost double the number of people killed by cancer, car accidents and AIDS combined. For this reason, innovative therapies and devices to treat heart disease are in high demand. This article describes a new coating technology which optimizes drug-eluting stents and other medical devices.

Micro Molding: The Outsource and Offshore Alternative to Manufacturing Medical Devices for Minimally Invasive Surgery

April 30, 2010 11:51 am | by John Whynott | Mikrotech | Comments

Medical device companies have long benefited from global outsourcing of labor and manufacturing, and are now beginning to outsource product design and development as well. Rather than examine the pros and cons of insourcing versus outsourcing, this article challenges the basic principles of outsourcing, and brings a different outlook to this highly publicized and challenging subject.

Bug Prevention in Medical Devices

April 30, 2010 11:19 am | by Alen Zukich | Comments

A complex set of factors, including an aging population, is putting pressure on medical device manufacturers to produce increasingly intuitive devices, with advanced features and functionality, faster and less expensively than ever before.

Fully Automated Inspection for Surgical Implants

April 30, 2010 10:59 am | by DePuy Spine | Comments

One hundred percent inspection and identification is essential for most products. DePuy Spine has solved the problem of high costs associated with this necessity through flexible part automation, using a desktop robot and Cognex vision system.

Revolutionary IV Design Relies on Upfront CFD Technology

April 30, 2010 8:44 am | by Ben Powers | Comments

Developing a revolutionary product requires deviating from the well-beaten product development path. The product-development processes you use will dictate just how innovative your products end up. The development and manufacture of Fluidnet’s new infusion pump demonstrates this point.

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Pro-active Manufacturers Save Millions with Advanced Flintec Medical Load Cells

April 30, 2010 8:35 am | by Flintec Ltd. | Comments

Specialist manufacturers who use medical load cells at the heart of their products are saving millions of dollars by bringing in technology partner Flintec early in the design process.

The Advantages of Using Peristaltic Aseptic Filling Machines With a 'Single Use' Production Philosophy

April 30, 2010 8:21 am | by Watson-Marlow Flexicon | Comments

With injectable liquids taking the forefront of the field of new drug development, the market demands a cost-effective and safe way to produce drugs in small batches for specific populations. This article examines the benefits of single-use tubing as an efficient answer to these demands.

Managing Compliance and Software Lifecycles for Medical Device Manufacturers

April 30, 2010 8:08 am | by David Znidarsic | Comments

This article explores electronic license management, a simple solution for medical technology manufacturers that can ensure regulatory compliance while delivering a host of additional benefits, including simplifying how companies bring their products to market and ensuring they can maximize their revenue.

Why a Customer Would Choose a 100W Fiber Laser

April 30, 2010 7:51 am | by A-1 Laser | Comments

There comes a time when a technology changes the way we think about applications or the approach to a problem. Fiber lasers have changed the laser world in just that way.

Antimicrobial Protected Tubing 2010: Focus on New Materials

April 30, 2010 7:24 am | by Marcia Coulson | Eldon James Corp. | Comments

Several issues are pushing dramatic changes in the area of medical tubing. This article covers, in detail, what these areas are, what challenges they pose to all involved in making and using medical tubing, and what new approaches, materials and testing are going into the new breed of tubing that is being demanded by end users today.

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Choosing an EMS Supplier? Look for PLM

April 30, 2010 7:13 am | by Kurt Hartwig | Comments

Are quality and on-time delivery of high importance to you? Maybe engineering design and quick-turn prototype services top your list. Or, perhaps you are more interested in capacity and VIP attention to your projects. If you are like most original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s), you want all of these and more from your electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company. This article will examine the benefits of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), as well as several other vital traits that are often overlooked in an OEM/EMS long-term partnership.

Machine Vision Helps Syringe Assembly System Double Productivity

April 30, 2010 7:02 am | by Cognex Corp. | Comments

Often, in order to provide customers with the best quality products, companies are forced to sacrifice high productivity and competitive pricing. However, one company’s innovations in syringe manufacturing technology have proven that quality can be achieved efficiently, at a low cost.

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