Surface treatments are available to improve function, ease of use, service life, and patient comfort of medical devices and products. Surface Solutions Group of Chicago specializes in solving a wide range of functional problems at the surface of devices, from guide wires to needles to tubing to cannulas. Here is an overview of successes using coatings to improve the surface function of devices.
The market for medical products and devices in Brazil, estimated at R$ 8 billion (US$ 4.5 billion) continues to expand. From 2008 to 2009 the market grew by 6% and is expected to increase by more than 10% in 2010 according to estimates by ABIMO - Brazilian Medical Devices Manufacturers Association. The optimism of the industry takes into account the prospects of growth in the Country, which might surpass 6,0% this year. In the pharmaceutical market for example, predictions point to a 13% evolution in 2010.
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A patented technology known as Dual Path Platform (DPP), intended for point-of-care immunoassays, offers a number of advantages over the widely used lateral flow technology. A DPP assay device has already been developed for HIV, as have prototypes for other conditions that range from hepatitis C to influenza.
Two devices in one – that is one of the mega trends in imaging diagnostics. The spectrum ranges from a combination of positron emission tomography (PET) with MRI or computer tomography to a combination of ultrasound with endoscopy. At MEDICA 2010, World Forum for Medicine - International Trade Fair and Congress, to be held from November 17 – 20, 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany, medical technology companies and congress speakers will focus on innovative hybrid procedures such as endosonography and its application in the daily clinical routine. Use of these so-called hybrid procedures is increasing, primarily on cancer patients.
Ultrasound allows physicians to do much more than just diagnoses. Sound waves have long been used for therapy, for instance for patients with malignant tumours and too much hip fat. What is possible using ultrasound will again be one of the main topics at MEDICA 2010, World Forum for Medicine - International Trade Fair and Congress, to be held from November 17 – 20, 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With more than 4,000 exhibitors from over 60 countries, it is the world’s largest international medical trade fair and congress. While the latest developments in ultrasound technology will be shown within the framework of the trade fair, many of the speakers at the accompanying congress will present the various application options, for instance in oncology. There will again be practice-oriented sonography courses as well.
MEDICA 2010 presents innovative treatment options For people suffering from back pain, good advice is often hard to find and expensive to boot. Back pain is a disease of great medical and economic significance. Back pain diagnostics and therapy is therefore an important topic at MEDICA 2010, World Forum for Medicine - International Trade Fair and Congress, to be held from November 17 – 20, 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany. With more than 4,000 exhibitors from over 60 countries, it is the world’s largest international medical trade fair and congress. In addition to tried and true diagnostic and therapeutic options, many new approaches and developments – from innovative orthotic devices or bandages to muscle strengthening therapies and implants for spine surgeons – will be presented at the trade fair and congress.
Planmeca Oy, the largest privately owned high-tech dental equipment maker, is using Z Corporation 3D printing technology to transform maxillofacial surgery, leading to shorter procedures, reduced hospital stays, lower health-care costs and improved patient outcomes.
Advanced CNC Machining Allows for Dramatic Improvements in R & D and Production Output for Surgical ToolmakerAugust 25, 2010 8:58 am | by Stryker | Comments
The Stryker Corporation’s highly specialized System 6 power tools, which include high-precision handheld devices such as oscillating bone saws, demand frequent manufacturing requirements for low quantities of these devices. This presents an ongoing challenge for the Production Group’s management team at the company’s main manufacturing location in Kalamazoo. The location is also home to the company’s Experimental Group, which investigates new technologies, advanced materials, and various manufacturing protocols in an effort to maintain optimal productivity for the company. Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) protocols are strategized here as well.
A contract manufacturer servicing original equipment manufacturers in the endoscopy/arthroscopy, orthopedic, dental/orthodontic and vascular markets has been making significant inroads into selling machined components for medical blade applications over the last several years. This is partly because of its customers’ increased use of Custom 465 stainless, produced by Carpenter Technology Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.
In 2009, after more than five years in development, the members of an integrated drug delivery device team from West, The Tech Group and Insight Product Development gathered in Raleigh, NC for a final round of usability testing. This stage included mock self injection by perspective in-home users of a proprietary device with the potential to challenge the auto-injection market with a new, easy-to-use design featuring visual, audible and tactile features to help end users comply with drug delivery instructions.
Challenge: Homegrown Access database to manage product data PLC Medical Systems Inc. a medical technology company specializing in innovative technologies for the cardiac and vascular markets, was managing product data with a homegrown Access database system. Requiring a great deal of manual intervention and paper processes, something as small as a change in a Quality document required the document to be printed out, old documents pulled from a folder and put in the new version, and then brought from person to person (engineering, quality control, operations) for sign-off. This setup did not have the proper tracking for who was actually trained on a certain procedure, or who signed off on an Engineering Change Order (ECO) and when. In addition, it did not allow PLC to capture employee product knowledge should someone leave.
Corporate Acquisitions Pose Unique IT Integration and Product Development Challenges for Global Supplier of Medical Testing EquipmentAugust 19, 2010 7:50 am | by Don Cunningham | Comments
The Project: Waters Corp. needed to create a single, common software development platform for its technology tools and systems to leverage its distributed teams’ expertise in order to meet the needs of its global medical and pharmaceutical customers.
In the race for convenient, single-use diagnostics, an emerging American company is bringing speed, ease of use, and affordability to the detection of bacteria. By applying a simple, yet revolutionary, idea to the old-fashioned Petri dish, BioNanoPore test kits show quantitative results in a matter of hours compared to the potential one to three days with traditional Petri dish methods.
Product testing is a critical component in the development of a medical device. But how many engineers truly understand the importance of what are arguably the three most crucial tests for a medical device? This article reviews these three tests–cytotoxicity, sensitization, and irritation–and offers some insight that will ideally make them go more smoothly for engineers.