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Adding Conveyors to the Lean Manufacturing Mix

December 2, 2009 4:26 am | by Kevin Gingerich | Comments

Moving to a lean system can be of great benefit to most medical device manufacturers. Unfortunately, not all of them are familiar with the tools and strategies that need to be put in place to maximize the return on this investment.

COMs and Smart Batteries: Helping Deliver Advanced Imaging Devices

December 2, 2009 4:26 am | by Christine A. Van De Graaf | Comments

In an effort to enable life saving diagnostic imaging equipment to be taken anywhere it could be necessary, device manufacturers are seeking technologies to help them design devices that will facilitate fully functional, smaller, portable devices.

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The Role of DCE-MRI in Clinical Trials

December 2, 2009 4:26 am | by Mehdi Adineh, Ph.D. | Comments

Medical imaging holds the potential to significantly increase the quality of care able to be provided to injured or ill patients. It is now proving to be a valuable tool in the fight against cancer as well.

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Reducing Cost in Medical Disposable Manufacturing

December 2, 2009 4:25 am | by Tom Ferris and Pawel Wasniowski | Comments

The Project: Reduce costs in the production process of medical disposables without requiring a redesign of the device. The Solution: Move the product to a lower cost labor market and upgrade the production line while implementing principles of Lean and Six Sigma.

Online Video Sharing and Collaboration Speeds Up Medical Device Development

December 2, 2009 4:25 am | by Victor Cruz | Comments

The Project: A system was being sought that would enable a company to speed up the process of receiving medical procedure videos and efficiently share them with the entire team.

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Sealing in Precision Syringe Pumps

December 2, 2009 4:25 am | by Jerome Zawada | Comments

The Project: Resolve a problem with a premature seal failure on a pump. The Solution: Using a slightly modified but pre-existing design, an integrated polymer dynamic seal in the syringe assembly resulted in a seal that substantially outperforms its predecessor.

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Challenges and Opportunities Realized During a Thermoset Tooling Transfer

December 2, 2009 4:25 am | by Tom Sloane | Comments

The Project: Transfer tools from a closing thermoset molder to a new contract molder without sacrificing quality or capabilities. The Solution: Not only were the tools successfully transferred, but critical elements of the product were reevaluated and enhanced.

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Perspectives on Manufacturing Technologies, Part IV

October 5, 2009 6:20 am | Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Intertech Development Company | Comments

The capabilities of manufacturers are growing to enable the fabrication of components that are extremely tiny, very complex, and incredibly intricate. These advances are leading to medical devices that could not have been developed just a few years ago.

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Perspectives on Manufacturing Technologies, Part III

October 5, 2009 6:20 am | Comments

The capabilities of manufacturers are growing to enable the fabrication of components that are extremely tiny, very complex, and incredibly intricate. These advances are leading to medical devices that could not have been developed just a few years ago.

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Perspectives on Manufacturing Technologies, Part II

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | Comments

The capabilities of manufacturers are growing to enable the fabrication of components that are extremely tiny, very complex, and incredibly intricate. These advances are leading to medical devices that could not have been developed just a few years ago.

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Perspectives on Manufacturing Technologies, Part I

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | Comments

The capabilities of manufacturers are growing to enable the fabrication of components that are extremely tiny, very complex, and incredibly intricate. These advances are leading to medical devices that could not have been developed just a few years ago.

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Eco-Friendly Alternative to Traditional Latex

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | by William Doyle | Comments

Latex is a preferred material for thousands of products. However, prolonged exposure has revealed concerns with allergies that cause reactions ranging from mild itching to troubled breathing.

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Pin Fin Heat Sinks: A Sharper Way to Keep Medical Electronics Cool

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | by Barry Dagan | Comments

Keeping electronics cool is critical to ensuring their long life and reliability. Utilizing heat sinks can help achieve this, but determining the proper type and configuration can be a challenge. This article reviews pin fin heat sinks, material options, sparse vs.

Shining a New Light on Surgical Procedures

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | by Paul Scheidt and Dave Medinis | Comments

Maintaining a well-lit field of view during surgical procedures has traditionally been accomplished with Xenon bulb technology. However, this solution brings with it a number of concerns that impacts both the surgical team and the patient.

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Rediscovering the Benefits of Microabrasive Blasting Technology

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | by Colin Weightman | Nitinol Devices & Components, Inc. | Comments

Microabrasive blasting offers medical device manufacturers an effective way to treat the surface of a variety of materials for a wide array of applications. However, many may not be aware of how extensive its benefits are.

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